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Grasshopper sign JRU01_01_106 Featured Historic Images Image

Grasshopper sign JRU01_01_106

Martins Bank, Lombard Street, City of London. Looking east along Great George Street towards Big Ben and Parliament Square, with pedestrians on the pavement in the foreground, photographed 1950-1953.
The sign of the grasshopper was the crest of the Gresham family, and was used to distinguish the house of Thomas Gresham in Lombard Street in the 16th century. Gresham was a financier to Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, and founder of the Royal Exchange. The sign bears Gresham's initials and the date 1563; it is believed he traded at the site from this date. The freehold of the Grasshopper, later numbered 68 Lombard Street, was purchased by John Martin in the 1740s. Martins Bank was demolished and rebuilt in 1930. The bank remained at the site until it merged with Barclays in 1969; the grasshopper was still hung outside 68 Lombard Street into the 21st century. It is believed that 68 Lombard Street is the longest continuous use of business premises as a bank

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Hereford High Town JRU01_01_215 Featured Historic Images Image

Hereford High Town JRU01_01_215

THE OLD HOUSE, ST PETER'S STREET, HEREFORD, HEREFORDSHIRE. The Old House, viewed from the east across High Town, with the spire of St Peter's Church beyond.
The Old House was built in around 1621. It is the only remaining building of the former Butcher's Row, which was demolished in the 19th century. Since the 1920s the building has been used as a museum

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Westminster JRU01_01_040 Featured Historic Images Image

Westminster JRU01_01_040

CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON. A view looking north-east across Westminster from the tower of Westminster Cathedral, showing St James Park station, the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster Abbey and Victoria Tower of the Houses of Parliament.
The campanile or tower of Westminster Cathedral is 284ft tall, and has a viewing gallery near its top. The Rose Tower of the Houses of Parliament, shown on the right of this photograph, was restored between 1936 and the early 1950s

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