Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell

    11 Nov 2015
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
    8 ratings

    Cross St John Street

    Pay wave

    Follow the road as it veers to the right, and keep walking. When you can, make your way over to the left hand side of the street and continue straight.

    This is called Cowcross Road. The name reflects the history of Smithfield Market, the big building coming into view at the end of this street. Smithfield used to be a live cattle market. The cattle were driven down St John's Street to the market, in the same direction we’re walking now. Some broke away from their owners and created havoc in local shops. This is where we get the saying 'A bull in a china shop'. The live cattle market was moved in the 1800s, because the authorities disliked the disorder of the cattle so near to the City of London. Also the blood and gore from the slaughterhouses was not popular with local people.

    Carry on walking to the end of the road, staying on the left hand side.

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