Shots in the City : London Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. Here is my hidden corners of the City of London.
No. 1 : Salter's Garden
No. 2 : The Guildhall
Did you know? Recently restored Salter's Garden is dedicated to the Worshipful Company of Salters whose traders are responsible for the usage of salt in food and chemical production. The garden contains one of the best preserved sections of the old London Wall built by the Romans.
Did you know? Hidden beneath the grand buildings of the Guildhall where the Lord Mayor's Banquet is held annually, are the ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre. Open to the public, through access in the Guildhall's Art Gallery, it was discovered in 1985 during the redevelopment of the Gallery and offers an insight into Roman London, known to the Roman's as Londinium.
No. 3 : Leadenhall Market
Did you know? A boutique covered market in the centre of the City of London, Leadenhall Market was used for the filming of the worldwide phemenon movie series, Harry Potter. If you want a flavour of the films for yourself, try finding the Specsavers shop, where they filmed the wand shop in Diagon Alley.
No. 4 : The Gherkin & St Andrews Undershaft
No. 5 : St Botolphs in Postman's Park
No. 6 : Lloyd's Building
Did you know? Beneath St Mary Axe, affectionately named the Guerkin, in the financial district of the City of London, sits the aptly named St Andrews Undershaft. Built in 1532, the church's strange name derives from the shaft of a maypole that was set up opposite the church each year for people to dance around. It was so large that even Geoffrey Chaucer wrote about its size in his writings!
Did you know? At each compass point of the City of London stands a church named St Botolphs because St Botolph is the patron saint of travellers. People journeying from the city or returning home would often pay a visit to pray before they set off on their travels or to give thanks for a safe return.
Did you know? Designed by Richard Rogers, the Lloyds building is home to insurance firm, Lloyds of London. The building was completed in 1986 and became Grade I listed in 2011, becoming the youngest building to recieve this title. It is an example of Bowellism, which makes the most of the inside space in a building by putting lifts and ducts on the exterior.
No. 7 : St Vedast alias Foster
Did you know? Established in 1170, St Vedast church was designed Christopher Wren, who also designed St Pauls Cathedral. St Vedast is a lesser known saint, who was responsible for restoring the Christian Church in France, and this is one of only two churches dedicated to him in the United Kingdom.