A Farewell to Fleet Street

Andrew Saint says goodbye to the home of the national newspapers.

'Fleet Street' in the traditional understanding of the term is soon going to be a thing of the past. With The Times and the Daily Telegraph firmly established in Docklands, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express are girding themselves to move, while almost all the other national newspapers are following suit and sending at least their printers far from the heart of London. Goodbye, then, to the last concentration of heavy manufacturing history in the centre of the metropolis, as well as to a powerful and historic component of London's life and culture. But what is going to happen now to the fabric of this fascinating section of the City, with its blend of venerable alleys and noisy streets, its Victorian pubs and printing buildings, and its few interwar palazzi of aspiring newspaper tycoons?

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