The fascinating history behind three of London’s popular Neighbourhoods
Moorgate takes its name from one of the seven medieval gates of the city. Moorgate was constructed in 1846 in order to provide a new route to London Bridge but it now runs from Finsbury down to Lothbury at the southern end. Moorgate was one of the last gates to be constructed, though it was considered to be one of the most impressive gates of the city. The area around Moorgate known as Moorfields was also one of the last open spaces of London. It was used for gardening and parties, as well as skating in the winter when the ponds froze over. The area of Moorgate was generally used for brick making for civic projects, such as repairing the London Wall. Moorgate was a prime spot for work with lots of space for both firing and drying bricks. It was also close enough to the centre of the city for the transfer and arrive at the City wall quickly. Now in 2018, Moorgate is home to a great financial district. A one mile walk away from London Bridge, as well as walking distance from the Bank of England and London Metropolitan University. Moorgate is a unique part of the London and important slice of English history, so be sure to admire the walkways, elm trees and flora, not to mention the elegant curved terraces looking over London’s mature plane trees, bedding and the fine Japanese Pagoda tree - the only one in the City.
The City of London
The medieval and Roman remains aren’t the only reason the City of London is so unique. Situated on the north bank of the Thames, it became a busy port for trading and importing goods. As business increased, tradesmen came together to invest money in setting up Merchant Venture Companies. Seeking exclusive rights of trade with different parts of the world. The City of London is also the centre of global foreign exchange dealing. Over 40% of all the world’s foreign exchange transactions are made in the City – a total of 2.7 trillion per day! Though it is the oldest part of London, the City doesn’t look very old. That’s because it’s been destroyed and rebuilt twice - once in the Great Fire of London in 1666, and then again after being bombed in the Second World War.
Camden Town was named after Charles Pratt, the first Earl Camden, who started its development in 1791. Camden was one of London’s first crafts and antiques markets and retains its original focus as the principle Camden market for crafts. The Romans built one of the greatest highways leading to the west which is now known as Holborn and Oxford Street and the Saxons later built more connections which stretched out from the Thames through Covent Garden. Significant improvements to transport also came from Camden which provided easy access around the city and therefore, employment for the local population.