Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Paternoster Row

Paternoster Row - photograph


From a very remote period Paternoster Row, the name of which suggests the Cathedra1's proximity, has been specially connected with the publishing and bookselling trades, but many large firms are now established elsewhere. Our view of the Row is taken from the west end, near Amen Corner, looking down its narrow length to where Cheapside begins. On the left hand side are Ivy Lane, the site of Dr. Johnson's Tuesday evening club meetings, and, further on, Lovell's Court, where Richardson wrote part of "Sir Charles Grandison"; while on the right is the Chapter Coffee House, now rebuilt, where Chatterton was quite familiar, as he told his mother, knowing all the geniuses there, and where Charlotte and Anne Brontė stayed on their first visit to London. But the Row, alas, has been rebuilt out of recognition.