St Paul’s Walk Until the Great Fire

Until the mid seventeenth century, writes L.W. Cowie, the nave of old St Paul’s Cathedral was an active centre of commerce.

A 1916 engraving of Old St Paul's as it appeared before the fire of 1561.In England the seat of government and the chief commercial town were not combined in a single city, as in other countries, but came to lie in separate places along the Thames.

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