Keeley Street, WC2B

Road in/near Holborn, existing between 1690 and now

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Keeley Street, WC2B

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Keeley Street has a dual history

Little Wild Street came into existence around 1690 - there is a deed dated 1 September 1690 which refers to a "toft, peece or parcell of ground, being parcell of the garden late belonging to Weld House in or near Weld Streete … abutting towards the south to a new streete or passage of thirty foote in breadth there made or intended to be made, to lead out of Weld Streete towards Duke Streete and the arch in Great Lincolne’s Inn Fields." (N.b. Duke Street later became Sardinia Street).

There was a matching Great Wild Street which it lay off of. Towards the end of its history, the Little Wild Street Baptist Church and a school were notable buildings.

As part of the Aldwych scheme, Keeley Street was built over the top of Little Wild Street with its eastern end adjusted to reach Kingsway. All the existing buildings in the original street were demolished, leaving only its route.


The Aldwych scheme as proposed in 1902 (click to enlarge)


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Little Wild street in the Drury Lane rookery (c!902). It was photographed just before its demolition to make way for the Kingsway and Aldwych development.

Little Wild street in the Drury Lane rookery (c!902). It was photographed just before its demolition to make way for the Kingsway and Aldwych development.
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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
British Museum station British Museum was a station on the Central line, located in Holborn and taking its name from the nearby British Museum in Great Russell Street.
Garrick Yard Garrick Yard, together with the more familiar Garrick Street to the northeast of here, both took their names from the Garrick Club which commemorates the famous 18th century actor, David Garrick.
Lisle’s Tennis Court Lisle’s Tennis Court was a building off Portugal Street in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London.
Old and New London: Temple Bar Temple Bar was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, in 1670–72.
Temple Bar Temple Bar is the point in London where Fleet Street, City of London, becomes the Strand, Westminster, and where the City of London traditionally erected a barrier to regulate trade into the city.
The 1860s map of London "Stanford’s Library Map of London and its Suburbs" was published in 1862
Weston’s Music Hall Weston’s Music Hall was a music hall and theatre that opened in 1857. In 1906, the theatre became known as the Holborn Empire.

NEARBY STREETS
Africa House, WC2B Residential block
Aldwych, WC2B The name Aldwych derives from the Old English eald and wic meaning 'old trading town' or 'old marketplace'; the name was later applied to the street and district.
Aldwych, WC2B Aldwych is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Arne Street, WC2E Arne Street was named after the 18th century composer Thomas Arne, who was born near here.
Arundel Street, WC2R Arundel Street runs from the Strand to Temple Place.
Australia House, WC2B Residential block
Barter Street, WC1A Barter Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Beaumont Buildings, WC2B Beaumont Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Bedford Chambers, WC2E Bedford Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Bell Yard, EC4A Bell Yard is a small lane off the Strand where the Bell hostel once stood.
Betterton Street, WC2H Betterton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Blackmoor Street, WC2B Blackmoor Street was in the Drury Lane slum.
Bloomsbury Street, WC1A Bloomsbury Street runs from Gower Street in the north to the junction of New Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue in the south.
Bloomsbury Way, WC1A Bloomsbury Way is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Bow Street, WC2B Bow Street was first developed by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford in 1633.
Bow Street, WC2B Bow Street was built in the shape of a bow between 1633 and 1677.
Broad Court, WC2B Broad Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Bucknall Street, WC2H Bucknall Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Burleigh Street, WC2E Burleigh Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Bury Place, WC1A Bury Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Carey Street, WC2A Carey Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Carriage Hall, WC2E Carriage Hall is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Catherine Street, WC2E Catherine Street runs from Russell Street in the north to Aldwych in the south.
Catton Street, WC1R Catton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Central Arcade, WC2E Central Arcade is one of the streets of London in the WC2E 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.
Ching Court, WC2H Ching Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Clare Market, WC2A Clare Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Clare Market, WC2E This is a street in the WC2E postcode 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.
Coptic Street, WC1A Coptic Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E Covent Garden Piazza is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Covent Garden, WC2E Covent Garden, is the name of a district, but also the name of the central square which formerly hosted a fruit-and-vegetable market.
Covent Garden, WC2H Covent Garden is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Crown Court, WC2B Crown Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Crystal Wharf, N1 A street within the WC2B postcode
Dane Street, WC1R Dane Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Devereux Court, WC2R Devereux Court lies on the south side of the Strand, opposite the Law Courts.
Drury Lane, WC2B Drury Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Dryden Street, WC2E Dryden Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Dudley Court, WC2H Dudley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Dyott Street, WC1A Dyott Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Eagle Street, WC1R Eagle Street runs parallel to High Holborn, one block north.
Earlham Street, WC2H Earlham Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Endell Street, WC2H Endell Street, originally known as Belton Street, is a street that runs from High Holborn in the north to Long Acre and Bow Street in the south.
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.
Exeter Street, WC2E Exeter Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Fisher Street, WC1R Fisher Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Floral Street, WC2E Floral Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E 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.
Galen Place, WC1A Galen Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Garden Court, EC4Y Garden Court is one of the streets of London in the EC4Y postal area.
Garrick Street, WC2E Garrick Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Gate Street, WC2A Gate Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Gilbert Place, WC1A Gilbert Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Grape Street, WC2H Grape Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Great Queen Street, WC2B Great Queen Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Great Russell Street, WC1A Great Russell Street commemorates the marriage of the daughter of the 4th Earl of Southampton to William Russell in 1669.
Great Turnstile, WC1V This is a street in the WC1V postcode area
Hand Court, WC1V Hand Court is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Hanover Place, WC2E Hanover Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Hardwicke Building, WC2A Hardwicke Building is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Henrietta Street, WC2E Henrietta Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
High Holborn, WC1V High Holborn was part of the old road from Newgate and the Tower to the gallows at Tyburn.
High Holborn, WC2A High Holborn is a road in the WC2A postcode area
High Holborn, WC2B High Holborn is a road which is the highest point in the City of London - 22 metres above sea level.
Houghton Square, SW9 Houghton Square is a road in the SW9 postcode area
Houghton Street, WC2A Houghton Street is a street which has been ’demoted’ over time.
Howard Street, WC2R Howard Street ran from Surrey Street to Arundel Street until 1974.
James Street, WC2E James Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Jubilee Hall Jubilee Market, WC2E Jubilee Hall Jubilee Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Jubilee Market Hall Tavistock Court, WC2E Jubilee Market Hall Tavistock Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Jubilee Market, WC2E Jubilee Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Kean Street, WC2B Kean Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Kemble Street, WC2B Kemble Street is a road in the WC2B postcode area
King Street, WC2E King Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Kingsgate Street, WC1R Kingsgate Street ran from High Holborn to Theobald’s Road.
Kingsway, WC2A This is a street in the WC2A postcode area
Kingsway, WC2B Kingsway is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Langley Court, WC2E Langley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Langley Street, WC2H Langley Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the largest public square in London, laid out in the 1630s under the initiative of the speculative builder William Newton.
Lion Court, WC1V Lion Court is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Little Essex Street, WC2R Little Essex Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Little Russel Street, WC1A Little Russel Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Little Russell Street, WC1A Little Russell Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Little Turnstile, WC1V Little Turnstile is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
London Silver Vaults, WC2A London Silver Vaults is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Long Acre, WC2E Long Acre is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Macklin Street, WC2B Macklin Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Maltravers Street, WC2R Maltravers Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Maple Leaf Walk, SW11 Maple Leaf Walk is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Martlett Court, WC2B Martlett Court is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Melbourne Place, WC2B Melbourne Place is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Mercer Street, WC2H Mercer Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Milford Lane, WC2R Milford Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Monmouth Street, WC2H Monmouth Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Montreal Place, WC2R Montreal Place is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Museum Street, WC1A Museum Street is so-named since it approaches the main entrance of the British Museum.
Neal Street, WC2H Neal Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Neals Yard, WC2H Neals Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
New Compton Street, WC2H New Compton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
New Oxford Street, WC1A New Oxford Street was built in 1840 to ease congestion in St Giles High Street.
New Oxford Street, WC2H New Oxford Street is a road in the WC2H postcode area
New Row, WC2N New Row is one of the streets of London in the WC2N 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.
Newton Street, WC2B Newton Street is named for Isaac Newton, scientist and mathematician.
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.
Nottingham Court, WC2H Nottingham Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Odhams Walk, WC2H Odhams Walk is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Old Buildings, WC2A Old Buildings is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Old Square, WC2A Old Square is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Parker Mews, WC2B Parker Mews is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Parker Street, WC2B Parker Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Peabody Trust Estate, SE21 Peabody Trust Estate is a road in the SE21 postcode area
Peabody Trust Estate, SE24 Peabody Trust Estate is a road in the SE24 postcode area
Pied Bull Court, WC1A Pied Bull Court is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Pied Bull Yard, WC1A Pied Bull Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Portsmouth Street, WC2A Portsmouth Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Portugal Street, WC2A Portugal Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Procter Street, WC1V Procter Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Proctor Street, WC1V Proctor Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1V postal area.
Quality Court, WC2A Quality Court is a courtyard, built around 1700.
Red Lion Street, WC1R Red Lion Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Rose Street, WC2E Rose Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Russell Chambers, WC2E Russell Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Russell Street, WC2B Russell Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Russell Street, WC2E Russell Street is a road in the WC2E postcode area
Sandland Street, WC1R Sandland Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Sardinia House, WC2A Residential block
Sardinia Street, WC2A Sardinia Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Sardinia Street, WC2B Sardinia Street, formerly Duke Street, was a street that ran from Prince’s Street in the south to the western side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields in the north.
Serle Street, WC2A Serle Street is a road in the WC2A postcode area
Seven Dials, WC2H Seven Dials was built on the site of the Cock-and-Pie Fields, named for a nearby inn.
Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H Shaftesbury Avenue was named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Victorian politician and philanthropist.
Sheffield Street, WC2A Sheffield Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Shelton Street, WC2B Shelton Street is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Shelton Street, WC2H Shelton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Shorts Gardens, WC2H Shorts Gardens is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Sicilian Avenue, WC1A Sicilian Avenue is a shopping parade that diagonally runs in between Southampton Row and Bloomsbury Way.
Silver Vaults, WC2A Silver Vaults is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Slingsby Place, WC2E Slingsby Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
South Square, WC1R South Square is one of the streets of London in the WC1R postal area.
Southampton Buildings, WC2A Southampton Buildings marks the site of the house of the 4th Earl of Southampton, son of Shakespeare’s patron.
Southampton Place, WC1A Southampton Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Southampton Row, WC1V Southampton Row is a road in the WC1V postcode area
Southampton Street, WC2E Southampton Street - named for Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton and landowner.
Southampton Street, WC2R Southampton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
St Clement’s Passage, WC2A St Clement’s Passage is a road in the WC2A postcode area
St Clements Lane, WC2A St Clements Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
St Giles High Street, WC2H St Giles High Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
St Giles House, WC2B Residential block
Star Yard, WC2A Star Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Stedham Place, WC1A Stedham Place is one of the streets of London in the WC1A 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 Underpass, WC2R Strand Underpass is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Strand, WC2A Strand is one of the streets of London in the WC2A postal area.
Strand, WC2B Strand is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Strand, WC2N Strand is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Strand, WC2R Strand (or the Strand) runs just over 3⁄4 mile from Trafalgar Square eastwards to Temple Bar, where the road becomes Fleet Street inside the City of London.
Streatham Street, WC1A Streatham Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Stukeley Street, WC2B Stukeley Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Surrey Street, WC2R Surrey Street was built on land once occupied by Arundel House and its gardens.
Tavistock Street, WC2B Tavistock Street is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Tavistock Street, WC2E Tavistock Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Temple Place, WC2R Temple Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
The Arcade, WC2B The Arcade is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
The Australia Centre, WC2B The Australia Centre is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
The Edmund J. Safra Fountain Court, WC2R The Edmund J. Safra Fountain Court is a road in the WC2R postcode area
The Market Piazza, WC2E The Market Piazza is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
The Market The Piazza, WC2E The Market The Piazza is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
The Market, WC2E The Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
The Piazza, WC2E The Piazza is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
The Strand, WC2N The Strand is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
The Strand, WC2R The Strand is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Thomas Neal Centre, WC2H Thomas Neal Centre is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Thomas Neal’s shopping centre, WC2H Thomas Neal’s shopping centre is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Tower Court, WC2H Tower Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Tower Street, WC2H Tower Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H 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 St Martin’s Lane, WC2H This is a street in the WC2H postcode area
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
Wellington Street, WC2E Wellington Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Wellington Terrace, W2 Wellington Terrace is a street in Paddington.
West Central Street, WC1A West Central Street is one of the streets of London in the WC1A postal area.
Whetstone Park, WC2A Whetstone Park is a road in the WC2A postcode area
Wild Court, WC2B Wild Court leads west from the Kingsway.
Wild Street, WC2B Wild Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area.
Willoughby Street, WC1B Willoughby Street was formerly known as both Vine Street and Wooburn Street.
Yorkshire Grey Yard, WC1R Yorkshire Grey Yard lies off of Eagle Street, WC1


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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Temple Bar, London - 1880s
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Wild Street (1902)
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Wych Street, 1884.
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The Strand in the 1890s
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