Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 1920

An early walk to Dicken’s old Curiosity Shop then went to London Tower. Saw the cell of Walter Raleigh, Fox etc. The place of execution of Lady Jane Gray etc. etc., the moat, the crown jewels, all kinds of war trappings etc. Crossed London Bridge, Tower Bridge, saw the home of Cardinal Newman who wrote “Lead Kindly Light” and the Bank of England, which stands in Thread Needle Street.

“The historic Bank of England which has stood in the heart of London since 1788, and is known over the entire world as heart of the world’s financial operations, is to be torn down. The present structure covers four acres of costly land, said to be worth twenty-five millions; it is on some of the most expensive land on earth. This great spread of enclosure is necessary because it is only about two stories high and must house two thousand workers. The odd thing about the building is that it has no outer windows, all light coming in through the court, and has walls of steel and stone twelve feet thick. The walls were designed to withstand the strongest artillery when they were built and at night they are guarded also by a large detachment of soldiers.

When this building has been wrecked, a modern office building will go up to the London limit of height - a hundred feet above the street.”

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