London improvements: Demolition of the Poultry for the new street leading to the Thames Embankment

London improvements: Demolition of the Poultry for the new street leading to the Thames Embankment. Click on image to enlarge it. 1869. Source: Illustrated London News, which comments “The contractors for the projected new street which has been decreed by the Metropolitan Board of Works to connect the Blackfriars-Bridge end of the Thames Embankment with the heart of the city of London hare lately begun their operations. This proposed new thoroughfare will commence from Earl-street, New Bridge-street, close to the Ludgate-hill station of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway; thence it will run along a line drawn from west to east, a little to the north of the line of Upper Thames-street, to the south of the site of Doctor’s-commons and of St. Paul’s-churchyard. It will cross Cannon-street at the end of Bow-lane; thence turn slightly northward, and come out at the end of Walbrook, in the Poultry, ou the east side of the Mansion House. Its total length will be about equal to that portion of the Strand between St. Clement’s Church and Charing-cross. The demolition of houses in the Poultry, for the purpose of this improvement, has already commenced, as shown in one of our Illustrations.”

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“New Main Street to the City.” Illustrated London News. 54 (9 January 1869): 32, 42. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 26 December 2015.

Last modified 26 December 2015