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Former site of Blackfriars Monastery

The Dominican monks, colloquially called the Blackfriars because of their black habits, had an impressive monastery after which this area of London is named. After intense involvement in Henry VIII’s love life, they were dissolved along with all of England’s other orders.

The London Stone

No one knows exactly where the London Stone came from, but in the medieval and early modern periods it was an important symbolic place, as well as a way of marking out addresses in the city.

The Golden Boy at Cock Lane

The statue of the Golden Boy marks the spot where the Great Fire of London was finally stopped. It sits at the corner of Cock Lane in Smithfield, so-named because of the many brothels lining the street.

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The ‘amorous career’ of Lady Anne Hatton

This viewpoint discusses the controversial marriage of James Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn and his third wife, Lady Anne Hatton, which took place in 1800.