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Old 03-24-2011, 01:37 AM
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Hi all,
I had to visit a firm in London today, the building was on the corner of Mitre street and Aldgate,after my solitary walk around mitre square I went to the said firm.
As I entered the main recception I noticed the interior had a large perspex glass that was protecting an acient looking wall complete with stone arches. I asked the receptionist what the protected wall was, and she told me it was the remains of the monastry that mitre square was built on.
I thought that any remains had long gone, so quite surprised that some of it still remains.
I would like to think that I had found something that know one else knew about, anyone out there knew it exiisted ?
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Yep, the glass was placed so the Priory remains could be viewed.

Infact ruins would have been in PC Pearces garden.

Its one of those secrets that not many are aware of, like St Katherine Krees churchyard.

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Old 03-24-2011, 01:50 AM
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Thanks Monty,
, I feel quite blessed... and felt like indiana jones for a short while.
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Hi Spyglass,

Check this thread out.

http://forum.casebook.org/showthread.php?t=726&page=6

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Monty,
I did'nt know that the original monastry covered such a large area.
Once again, many thanks.
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If anyone is interested in reading about the priory's medieval history, the account from the Victoria County History volume for the City of London is available here on the British History Online website:
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/rep...x?compid=35357
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Hi all,
I had to visit a firm in London today, the building was on the corner of Mitre street and Aldgate,after my solitary walk around mitre square I went to the said firm.
As I entered the main recception I noticed the interior had a large perspex glass that was protecting an acient looking wall complete with stone arches. I asked the receptionist what the protected wall was, and she told me it was the remains of the monastry that mitre square was built on.
I thought that any remains had long gone, so quite surprised that some of it still remains.
I would like to think that I had found something that know one else knew about, anyone out there knew it exiisted ?
I missed seeing the priory remains when I was in London for the tour during the 2009 London JtR convention so I will have to try to see them when I am in London in October for this year's event. Putting it firmly on my to-do list...

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Although the ruins are visible from the street, they're quite hard to see (and photograph) due to it being brighter outside than it is within. You do have a lot of reflections to contend with. This is the best I could manage a couple of years back....

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The arch inside the building

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I did'nt know that the original monastry covered such a large area.
Good evening, Spyglass. The religious complex occupied a substantial area, from London Wall (Duke Street) to Leadenhall St, from Aldgate to Creechurch Lane. St James Court was the Great Court, Mitre Square the inner cloister. The church itself was a large vaulted structure.

The main gate entrance was on Creechurch Lane. If you turn off Leadenhall and walk up Creechurch almost to Mitre Steet to right here today -

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You would be at the site of the priory's main gate. Historians say it resembled St John's Clerkenwell (pictured below) which still stands.

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You live and learn, innit. I had no idea that anything remained of the monastery. All I ever noticed was the blue plaque in the square. Thanks, gentlemen.
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