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Royal Exchange

Posted in Anniversary, Architecture on Thursday, 30 December 2010

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Queen Elizabeth I opens the original Royal Exchange. Illustration by C. L. Doughty

10 January marks the anniversary of the destruction of the Royal Exchange designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1838. The original Royal Exchange was opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571, having been founded by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1565. The original building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and a second, Wren-designed Exchange was opened in 1669, only to be destroyed in 1838. The third Royal Exchange, designed by Sir William Tite, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1844. It ceased to be a centre of commerce in 1939 and is nowadays a shopping centre.

picture, Royal Exchange, Lord Mayor's Parade

The Lord Mayor’s Parade passes the third Royal Exchange

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