Clambering around in the spiritual home of British journalism

Following my last post, here are a few more highlights from my do-it-yourself tour of Fleet Street last Sunday, when I was looking for remaining vestiges of the street’s history of printing and journalism.

There are still quite a few pubs which had strong connections to writing and journalism. Here’s some photos of a few of them. The first one is a plaque commemorating the site of The Devil Tavern, at 2 Fleet Street, which was demolished in 1787. I took a photo of it because I assumed the “Devil” referred to a printer’s devil. I may be wrong on that connection, but The Devil Tavern housed the Apollo Club which included writers such a Pope, Shakespeare, Jonson, Johnson and Swift.

Plaque for The Devil Tavern

The Punch Tavern, journalists ub,
originally known as “Crown and Sugar loaf”

Ye Olde Cock Tavern. Pepys, Tennyson, Dickens drank here

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – P.G.Wodehouse, Mark Twain, Tennyson, Conan Doyle – you name them, they’ve drunk here

El Vinos, famous journoes’ pub

Entrance to St Bride’s church

I had a wonderful walk around St Bride’s Church, known as ‘the spiritual home of British journalism’. There is a superb crypt which houses an interesting museum. As I was clambering around in the crypt I saw this plaque to the memory of dear old Derek Jamieson, who was certainly a tabloid journalist through and through:

Plaque to Derek Jamieson in the crypt of St Bride’s church

I also found a bench in the church commemorating Julius Reuter, who founded Reuters news agency and was known as “the man who knew everything first”.

Bench commemorating Julius Reuter in St Bride’s church

There is a printing museum behind St Bride’s church but it was not open when I was visiting.

On the other side of Fleet Street is the old Daily and Sunday Telegraph building which is now used by Goldman Sachs. What caught my eye is that it is now called “Peterborough House” and has “Peterborough Court” next to it, which is an endearing tribute to the Telegraph “Peterborough” diary column, which ran for half a century.

Peterborough Court on the site of the old Telegraph building

The former Reuters building

Detail above the old Telegraph building door

Here are a few more writing/journalism linkages which I noticed in Fleet Street:

Statue to Dr Samuel Johnson

The old D.C.Thomson building

London News Agency name on building which housed the Fleet Street News Agency


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