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Cannon Street


Published on:  2020-04-29 10:26:00


It is a road in the City of London, the historic nucleus of London and its modern financial centre. It is the site of the ancient London Stone and gave its name to Cannon Street station, a mainline railway terminus and connected London Underground station. The area around Cannon Street was initially the place of residence of the candle-makers. The name first appears as Candelwrichstrete (i.e. "Candlewright Street") in 1190. The name was shortened over 60 times as a result of the local cockney dialect and settled on Cannon Street in the 17th century, and is therefore not related to the firearms. In the late 19th century Cannon Street was occupied by large wholesale warehouses, especially of cotton goods and other fabrics. The London Stone, from which it has been suggested distances were measured in Roman times, was originally situated in the middle of Cannon Street. The Roman governor's palace Praetorium may also have been located in this area, between the principal street of Roman Londinium and the River Thames. The remains of a very large high status building were found with a garden, water pools and several large halls, some of them decorated with mosaic floors. Cannon Street also appeared in scene VI of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2.

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