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Borough High Street

Borough High Street, the road that leads off from London Bridge, has always been one of the great highways of England. It was not only the main road to the Continent, but also for Canterbury, so may kings, clergyment, ambassadors, pilgrims, armies etc, have travelled this route. What remains from pervious times are the many yards, most of which used to be coaching inns, very few remain today, but a good surviving example is the George Inn in George Inn Yard, which was built in 1677. The White Hart Inn in White Hart Lane is mentioned in Shakespearse's Henry 4. In Talbot Yard used to the the site of the Talbot Inn, where Chaucers pilgrims started their treck to Canterbury. A pillory used to stand in the middle of the street unitl 1620. In 1676 a fire destroyed most of the northern end of the street. In 1830 as part ot a street widening scheme most of the building on the western side of the street were torn down.

Southwark Cathedral

Close to the bridge is Southwark Cathedral. The first church on this site was built in the 7 century by a local ferrymen. In the 9 century the church was rebuilt by St Swithun. In 1212 the church was burned down and rebuilding begun in 1220. In 1393 there was a further fire and in 1469 the stone vaulted roof collapsed, to be replaces with a wooden one. The current tower was added in 1689. In 1897 it was made a Cathedral.

Borough Market

Underneath the railway lines at the junction of Borough High Street and Southwark Street is Borough Market, it is thought to be the oldest fruit and vegetable market in London. The traders originally had their pitches at the southern end of the bridge, but were moved off as they caused a nuisance.

Guys Hospital

Along St. Thomas Street is Guy's Hospital, which was founded in 1721 by Thomas Guy. The old buildings date from 1726, and the new towers from 1975.

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