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An Architectural History of Clerkenwell

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Farringdon Station

Cowcross Street

LONDON

EC1M 6BY

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In medieval times, Clerkenwell was an area of fields on the outskirts of the City of London, dominated by monastic institutions. It began to be built up in the eighteenth century and by the nineteenth century it had become a squalid industrial area, notorious for its slums. Victorian road building swept away the worst of these and replaced some of them with some of the earliest examples of social housing. As industry moved out and the population began to decline in the twentieth century the area became run-down and neglected. Regeneration began around the 1970s and today it is a thriving creative hub, where many designers and architects live and work.

Buildings from all these eras make up the fabric of today’s Clerkenwell. On this walk we will look at examples of these; from Clerkenwell’s oldest building, which was almost demolished in the nineteenth century, to its newest, threatened with demolition almost as soon as it was completed. We’ll consider how old and new sit together and complement each other and see how older buildings have been repurposed to meet changing needs.

The walk will last about two hours. It starts at Farringdon Station and finishes at Exmouth Market.


Please check travel arrangements on the day at Transport for London's Journey Planner site.


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