Moorfields, EC2Y

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Moorfields featured on the edge of the City in Ralph Agas’s woodcut map from 1561

Named after the marshy moorlands, the Moor Fields, that were here on the edge of the City and only drained in 1527. These black fields were described by William FitzStephen in his chronicle of London from about 1180: “When that great marsh which washes the walls of the city on the north side is frozen over, the young men go out in crowds to divert themselves upon the ice.”

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