We started at Farringdon Station. It was quite a fast walk, so not a great deal of time for good photos! We went past Smithfields Market. Livestock and meat have been sold here for 1000 years. This building opened in 1868.
I like the shape of this corner building at the end of Smithfields. There is a similar one at the back -
Sutton's hospital in Charterhouse. Established 1371 as a Carthusian Monastery. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537 it became a Tudor mansion. 1611 Thomas Sutton bought it and set up almhouses & a chapel. Now houses 40 male pensioners known as “The Brothers”.
St John's Gate. The south gate of the Grand Priory of St John, built 1504. It later became a printing works and Samuel Johnston worked here. In 1870 the Order of St John took over as the ambulance brigade HQ & now houses a museum.
Near St John’s Gate. Lovell & Christmas, and Passing Alley -
Note the roof garden on this modern place-
St James Clerkenwell Church. Originally the site of the Nunnery of St Mary, 1100-1539. The present building dates to 1792. The churchyard has graves of about 500 Protestant Martyrs.
I like the brick work on these buildings -
Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer. Built on the site of the Spa Fields Chapel, this 1888 structure is now C of E. It is the only Italian style basilica church in London.
Laboratory Building. Water Testing Laboratories of the Metropolitan Water Building built 1936-38. Taken over by Thames Water 1973, converted to flats in the 1990s. The small pond is the New River Head, but the river is now underground. It comes from Amwell in the north. The New River is quite historical, see Thames Water. Sadler’s Well theatre is next to the Laboratory Building.
Red Lion Theatre Pub, at The Angel, Islington. There has been a pub on this site since 1415. The present building dates from 1899 and a small studio theatre was added in 1979.
The Angel is also a property in the game of Monopoly, named after the historic buildings here.
Part of the Regent's Canal, at The Angel -
Ironmonger Row baths. Built 1931 as a public wash house & later upgraded to a Turkish Bath, with steam rooms, cold pools, massage slabs etc. There is a swimming pool more than 30 m long. Now it is a gym, refurbished in 2012.
This salvaged facade is from the remains of buildings occupied by goldsmiths on this site that were damaged in The Blitz.
Note the wall tiles and wood floor. The fish and chips were really good - and the restaurant serves wine and beer!