Bell Yard, WC2A

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Bell Yard, WC2A

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Bell Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.




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Arundel Street, WC2R Arundel Street runs from the Strand to Temple Place.
Atkin Building, WC1R Atkin Building is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Back Hill, EC1R Back Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC1R postal area.
Backhill, EC1R Backhill is one of the streets of London in the EC1R postal area.
Baldwin Gardens, EC1N Baldwin Gardens is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Baldwins Gardens, EC1N Baldwin Gardens runs between Gray’s Inn Road and Leather Lane.
Baldwins Gardens, WC1X Baldwins Gardens is one of the streets of London in the WC1X postal area.
Barge House Street, SE1 Barge House Street is a renamed section of Upper Ground Street.
Barnard’s Inn, EC4A Barnard’s Inn lies near Holborn Circus.
Bartlett’s Buildings, EC4A Bartlett’s Buildings was the name of a street situated off of Holborn Circus
Bedford Row, SE1 A street within the WC1R postcode
Bouverie Street, EC4Y Bouverie Street is named for the Pleydell-Bouveries, Earls of Radnor, who were landowners in this area.
Breams Buildings, EC4A Breams Buildings is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Broadwall, SE1 Broadwall is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Brooke Street, EC1N Brooke Street is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Carey Street, WC2A Carey Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Chancery Lane, WC2A Chancery Lane has formed the western boundary of the City of London since 1994, having previously been divided between the London boroughs of Westminster and Camden.
Chichester Rents, WC2A Chichester Rents is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Clement’s Inn, WC2R Clement’s Inn is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Clements Inn, WC2A Clements Inn is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Clerkenwell Road, EC1N Clerkenwell Road is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Clerkenwell Road, EC1R Clerkenwell Road is one of the streets of London in the EC1R postal area.
Cliffords Inn Passage, EC4A Cliffords Inn Passage is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Cliffords Inn, EC4A Cliffords Inn is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Crane Court, EC4A Crane Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Crown Office Row, EC4Y Crown Office Row is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Cursitor Street, EC4A Cursitor Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Cursitor Street, W1 Cursitor Street is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
Devereux Court, WC2R Devereux Court lies on the south side of the Strand, opposite the Law Courts.
Duchy Street, SE1 Duchy Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dyer’s Buildings, EC1N This is a street in the EC1N postcode area
Dyers Buildings, EC1N Dyers Buildings is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Essex Court, EC4Y Essex Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Essex Street, WC2R Essex Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Falcon Court, EC4Y Falcon Court is a courtyard off the south side of Fleet Street between Chancery Lane and Fetter Lane.
Fetter Lane, EC4A Fetter Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Fleet Street, EC4A Fleet Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Fleet Street, EC4Y Fleet Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Fountain Court, EC4Y Fountain Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Fulwood Place, WC1V Fulwood Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Furnival Street, EC4A Furnival Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Gabriels Wharf, SE1 Gabriels Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Garden Court, EC4Y Garden Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Gough Square, EC4A Gough Square is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Gravel Street, EC1N Gravel Street is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Grays Inn Place, WC1R Grays Inn Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Grays Inn Square Chambers, WC1R Grays Inn Square Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Grays Inn Square, WC1R Grays Inn Square is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Great New Street, EC4A Great New Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Great Turnstile, WC1V This is a street in the WC1V postcode area
Greville St Hatton Garden, EC1N Greville St Hatton Garden is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Hand Court, WC1V Hand Court is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Hardwicke Building, WC2A Hardwicke Building is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Hare Court, EC4Y Hare Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Hare Place, EC4Y Hare Place is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Hat and Mitre Court, EC1M Hat and Mitre Court is a road in the EC1M postcode area
Hatton Garden, EC1N Hatton Garden is a street and area noted as London’s jewellery quarter and centre of the UK diamond trade.
Hatton Square, EC1N Hatton Square is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Hatton Wall, EC1N Hatton Wall is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Herbal Hill, EC1R This is a street in the EC1R postcode area
Holborn, EC1N Holborn commemorates the River Fleet, also known as the Holbourne stream.
Howard Street, WC2R Howard Street ran from Surrey Street to Arundel Street until 1974.
Inner Temple Lane, EC4Y Inner Temple Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Jockeys Fields, WC1R Jockeys Fields is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
John Street, WC1N John Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1N postal area.
King?s Bench Walk, EC4Y King?s Bench Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Kings Bench Walk, EC4Y Kings Bench Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Kings Mews, WC1N Kings Mews is one of the streets of London in the WC1N postal area.
Laystall Street, EC1R Laystall Street is one of the streets of London in the EC1R postal area.
Leather Lane, EC1N Leather Lane is a street one block west of Hatton Garden, in the Holborn area of London.
Little Essex Street, WC2R Little Essex Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
London Silver Vaults, WC2A London Silver Vaults is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Maltravers Street, WC2R Maltravers Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Masters House Temple Church, EC4Y Masters House Temple Church is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y Middle Temple Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Milford Lane, WC2R Milford Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Mitre Court Buildings, EC4Y Mitre Court Buildings is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
National Film Theatre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
New Fetter Lane, EC1N New Fetter Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
New Fetter Lane, EC4A New Fetter Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
New Square Passage, WC2A This is a street in the WC2A postcode area
New Square, WC2A New Square is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Norfolk Street, WC2R Norfolk Street ran from the Strand in the north to the River Thames and, after the Victoria Embankment was built (1865–1870), to what is now Temple Place.
North Mews, WC1N North Mews is one of the streets of London in the WC1N postal area.
Northington Street, WC1N Northington Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1N postal area.
Norwich Street, EC4A Norwich Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Old Barge House Alley, SE1 This is an article about Old Barge House Alley.
Old Buildings, WC2A Old Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Old Mitre Court, EC4Y Old Mitre Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Old Square, WC2A Old Square is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Outer Temple, EC4Y Outer Temple is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Oxo Tower Wharf Barge House Street, SE1 Oxo Tower Wharf Barge House Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Paper Buildings Temple, EC4Y Paper Buildings Temple is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Paper Buildings, EC4Y Paper Buildings is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Pemberton Row, EC4A Sir James Pemberton was Lord Mayor of London in 1611, and a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Pleydell Street, EC4Y Pleydell Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Plough Place, EC4A Plough Place is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Ploughs Place, EC4A Ploughs Place is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Portpool Lane, EC1N Portpool Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Pump Court, EC4Y Pump Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Quality Court, WC2A Quality Court is a courtyard, built around 1700.
Red Lion Court, EC4A Red Lion Court forms part of labyrinth of little passages behind the shops on the north side of Fleet Street.
Regent Square, WC1N Regent Square is a road in the WC1N postcode area
Riverside Walk, SE1 Riverside Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Rolls Buildings, WC2A Rolls Buildings is a road in the WC2A postcode area
Rolls Passage, EC4A Rolls Passage is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Saint Cross Street, EC1N This is a street in the EC1N postcode area
Serjeants Inn, EC4Y Serjeants Inn is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Serle Street, WC2A Serle Street is a road in the WC2A postcode area
Silver Vaults, WC2A Silver Vaults is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
South Bank, SE1 South Bank is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
South Square, WC1R South Square is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
South Square, WC1X South Square is a road in the WC1X postcode area
Southampton Buildings, WC1V Southampton Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Southampton Buildings, WC2A Southampton Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Stamford Street, SE1 Stamford Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Staple Inn Buildings North, WC1V Staple Inn Buildings North is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Staple Inn Buildings, WC1V Staple Inn Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Staple Inn Buildings, WC1V Staple Inn Buildings is part of historic Staple Inn.
Star Yard, WC2A Star Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Stone Buildings, WC2A Stone Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Strand Lane, WC2R Strand Lane is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Strand, EC4A This is a street in the EC4A postcode area
Surrey Street, WC2R Surrey Street was built on land once occupied by Arundel House and its gardens.
Temple Avenue, EC4Y Temple Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Temple Chambers, EC4Y Temple Chambers is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Temple Gardens, EC4Y Temple Gardens is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Temple Pier, WC2R Temple Pier is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Temple Place, WC2R Temple Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
The Australia Centre, WC2B The Australia Centre is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Took?s Court, EC4A Took?s Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Tooks Court, EC4A Tooks Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4A postal area.
Tweezer’s Alley, WC2R Tweezer’s Alley probably got its name after the tweezers used by smiths to heat items in the forge that stood there.
Upper Ground, SE1 Upper Ground is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Verulam Street, WC1X Verulam Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1X postal area.
Vine Hill, EC1R Vine Hill now displays no evidence on the vines that once flourished in the grounds on which it stands.
Warwick Court, WC1R Warwick Court is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Water Street, WC2R This is a street in the WC2R postcode area
Waterhouse Square, EC1N Waterhouse Square is one of the streets of London in the EC1N postal area.
Waterloo Bridge, SE1 Waterloo Bridge, as well as being the bridge itself, lends its name to the southern approach road.
Waterloo Bridge, WC2R Waterloo Bridge is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Yorkshire Grey Roundabout, SE9 Yorkshire Grey Roundabout is a road in the SE9 postcode area


Holborn

Hol^born is both an area and also the name of the area’s principal street, known as High Holborn between St. Giles’s High Street and Gray’s Inn Road and then Hol^born Viaduct between Hol^born Circus and Newgate Street.

The area’s first mention is in a charter of Westminster Abbey, by King Edgar, dated to 959. This mentions ’the old wooden church of St Andrew’ (St Andrew, Hol^born). The name Holborn may be derived from the Middle English hol for hollow, and bourne, a brook, referring to the River Fleet as it ran through a steep valley to the east.

It was at first outside the City’s jurisdiction and a part of Ossulstone Hundred in Middlesex. The original Bars were the boundary of the City of London from 1223, when the City’s jurisdiction was extended beyond the Walls, at Newgate, into the suburb here, as far as the point where the Bars where erected, until 1994 when the border moved to the junction of Chancery Lane. In 1394 the Ward of Farringdon Without was created, but only the south side of Holborn was under its jurisdiction with some minor properties, such as parts of Furnival’s Inn, on the northern side.

The Holborn District was created in 1855, consisting of the civil parishes and extra-parochial places of Glasshouse Yard, Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, Ely Rents and Ely Place, St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars with St George the Martyr and St Sepulchre. The Metropolitan Borough of Holborn was created in 1900, consisting of the former area of the Holborn District and the St Giles District, excluding Glasshouse Yard and St Sepulchre, which went to the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury. The Metropolitan Borough of Holborn was abolished in 1965 and its area now forms part of the London Borough of Camden.

In the 18th century, Holborn was the location of the infamous Mother Clap’s molly house but in the modern era High Holborn has become a centre for entertainment venues to suit more general tastes: 22 inns or taverns were recorded in the 1860s and the Holborn Empire, originally Weston’s Music Hall, stood between 1857 and 1960, when it was pulled down after structural damage sustained in the Blitz. The theatre premièred the first full-length feature film in 1914, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, a 50-minute melodrama filmed in Kinemacolour.

Charles Dickens took up residence in Furnival’s Inn, on the site of the former Prudential building designed by Alfred Waterhouse now named Holborn Bars. Dickens put his character Pip, in Great Expectations, in residence at Barnard’s Inn opposite, now occupied by Gresham College. Staple Inn, notable as the promotional image for Old Holborn tobacco, is nearby. The three of these were Inns of Chancery. The most northerly of the Inns of Court, Gray’s Inn, is in Holborn, as is Lincoln’s Inn: the area has been associated with the legal professions since mediaeval times, and the name of the local militia (now Territorial Army unit, the Inns of Court & City Yeomanry) still reflects that. Subsequently the area diversified and become recognisable as the modern street.

A plaque stands at number 120 commemorating Thomas Earnshaw’s invention of the Marine chronometer, which facilitated long-distance travel. At the corner of Hatton Garden was the old family department store of Gamages. Until 1992, the London Weather Centre was located in the street. The Prudential insurance company relocated in 2002. The Daily Mirror offices used to be directly opposite it, but the site is now occupied by Sainsbury’s head office.

Hatton Garden, the centre of the diamond trade, was leased to a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Christopher Hatton at the insistence of the Queen to provide him with an income. Behind the Prudential Building lies the Anglo-Catholic church of St Alban the Martyr.

In the early 21st century, Holborn has become the site of new offices and hotels: for example, the old neoclassical Pearl Assurance building near the junction with Kingsway was converted into an hotel in 1999.

Holborn station is located at the junction of High Holborn and Kingsway. Situated on the Piccadilly and Central Lines, it is the only station common to the two lines, although the two lines also cross each other three times in West London.

The station was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR, now the Piccadilly Line) on 15 December 1906 with the name Holborn (Kingsway). Kingsway was a new road, cutting south from High Holborn through an area of cleared slums to Strand. The suffix was dropped from tube maps in the 1960s.
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