There are very few reminders
in Fleet Street of the importance it used to have in the national newspaper
industry. The images below will show you all that is left nowadays. This
underlines the need for the Fleet
Street Heritage Sundial which will put the names of the newspaers back into Fleet Street
Starting at the top end of Fleet Street, next to the church of St. Dunstan
in the West, aree the offices of DC
Thomson and Co Ltd at 185 Fleet Street. This building has mosaic lettering
on its side and front walls, with the names ofd the Dundee Evening Telegraph,
People's Friend, People's Journal, and Dundee Courier on the return wall,
and the same but with the Sunday Post at the top on the front wall.
The numbering of Fleet Street starts with
no 1. on the south side, and runs consecutivelyto Ludgate Circus, and
then returns on the north side
At no 44 is the former headquarters ofd the London News Agency Ltd, whose
name remains on the top two floors of the building
The most detailed and informative relics from time past are in a narrow
alley running between Bouverie Street and Whitefriars Street along the
side of what used to be Northcliffe House, the printing works of the Daily
Mail. Magpie Court is halfway down Bouveerie Street on the left hand side,
and has tiles with a considerable amount of text, some line drawings and
some photographs. The first picture belwo shows one of the line drawings,
a printng shop in 1608, and the following two pictures give an impression
of the others. It is worth examining them all in detail.
The alley tdwists and turns, and is then renamed Ashentreee Court. On the right hand side are 10 stainless steel panels
which comemmorate the Daily Mail in Northcliffe House, and has some stunnng pictures of what a hot-metal volume newspaper works was
like in those days.
If you then walk up the hill in Whitefriars Street, you will see opposite you the clock which used to have the
name of the Daily Telegraph on it, but this has now been whited out.
and further dow the street is the iconic Art-deco Express building which still has the lettering fore the
(Daily)Express on one site and for the (Sunday) express on the other. The ifacade and the entrance hall
are listed, and are normally open to the public as padrt of the London Open Days in Septe