Walkabout in Clerkenwell and Farringdon
Nestled in between Holborn, Bloomsbury, Kings Cross, Barbican and The City is the City Fringe area of Clerkenwell and Farringdon, London, EC1. Clerkenwell and Farringdon are bordered by Goswell Road to the East, Farringdon Road to the West, Holborn to the South and Pentonville Road to the North. The Northern part is known as Clerkenwell and the Southern part, the smaller area around Farringdon Station, is known as Farringdon.
Clerkenwell is a very trendy area popular with creative firms. It is historically famous for trades like jewellery, lock-making, printing, bookbinding, and the making and repair of clocks and watches.
Apart from the station, which opened in 1863 and is one of the oldest surviving underground railway stations in the world, Farringdon is also famous for Smithfield Market. Smithfield Market has been trading meat since medieval times. It is the largest EU approved wholesale meat market.
In the first half of our video we walk around Farringdon. We start at Farringdon Underground Station, cross over Farringdon Road and walk up Greville Street. The River Fleet is buried underneath Farringdon Road and its surrounds.
We carry on walking up, past Hatton Garden, and up to Leather Lane. Leather Lane is an outdoor street selling food, clothes and produce. We then head back down Clerkenwell Road and back to Farringdon Station.
In the second half of the video we walk up Cowcross Street, which is named as such as it was the path for cattle being taken to nearby Smithfield Market. We walk through Smithfield Market, along Long Lane back and down Lindsey Street. We then make our way along Charterhouse Street, which has a very lively nightlife scene, past Charterhouse Buildings which is a historic building complete with museum dating back to 1348, and then through the University campus. We come out on Clerkenwell Road and then end our walking tour at the junction with Goswell Road and Old Street.
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