LOOKING DOWN CORNHILL.
Cornhill is a narrow street where formerly a corn market was held from time immemorial, and, before the occurrence of disastrous fires, it contained many famous taverns. It runs eastward from the Mansion House, straight past the south side of the noble Royal Exchange, and is now chiefly occupied by insurance offices. One ot these is the building with the clock. The house to the left in our view is partly used by the Union Bank. In Cornhill, facing the portico of the Exchange, is a confectioner's shop which is said to be the oldest shop in London. Beyond are seen the turrets of one of the few churches dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The poet Gray, we may add, was born in Cornhill.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896