Farringdon Road, EC1A

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Directional, the road leading to Farringdon, it does not enter Farringdon Ward. This is a continuation of the older Farringdon Street. It was created during the slum clearance of 1856 when the area was “inhabited by many persons of a vicious and immoral character”. The work also covered over the malarial River Fleet. The work destroyed many small yards and lanes which were “almost impassable for carriages”. The name originates from the Farringdon family who had held the ward, after which this street is named, since 1281 with Sir William de Farnedon, a warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. It was originally called Ward of Anketill de Auvergne and passed from father to son. It did not take its present name until 1363 when Sir Nicholas de Faringdon, was appointed Lord Mayor of London for “as long as it shall please him” by King Edward II. John Stow wrote: “Thre whole great ward of Farindon tooke name of W. Farindon. Goldsmith, Alderman of this ward. This Aldermanry descended to Nicholas Farendon son to the said William and to his heyres.”

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