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Church of St Bartholemew the Great

Cloth Fair was the site where medieval merchants gathered to buy and sell material during Bartholomew Fair and is a short residential street to the east of Smithfieldmarker in the north-western part of the City of Londonmarker. It forms part of Farringdon Withinmarker ward and is in the EC1marker postal district.

The street runs south-west to north-east from Little Britainmarker, the very start of the A1marker, the country’s longest named road, parallel to Long Lane to the north and St Bartholomew-the-GreatmarkerAnglican church to the south, until it merges with Middle Street some 150 yards (137.14 m) later.

The street was originally within the precincts of the Priory of St Bartholomew's, and until 1910 formed a separate Liberty, with gates that were shut at night. Such a small area could not meet the demands of installing street lighting and sewers, and rejoined the City. The area has a rich history, a colourful past and proud literary traditionit contains within its short boundaries the oldest residential dwelling in London, a pair of properties administered by the Landmark Trust, a peaceful local and the former home of John Betjeman, now a restaurant.

Entrance to Betjeman’s home


  1. "18 views of the Ancient Priory Church of St Bartholemew the Great" (15th Edition,rev) Webb,E.A (Freeman Dovaston London, 1922)
  2. Parish web site
  3. Based on measurement using Ordnance Survey (1:2500) 1940 L.C.C revision Sheet 62
  4. History of Smithfields
  5. 18th Century Crime Scene
  6. It was immortalised in a story in The Gentleman's Magazine( Details of Publication) illustrated by Phiz
  7. "City of London:A History" Borer,M.A. (Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1977) ISBN 0094618801
  8. Property details
  9. Rising Sun Alley
  10. "John Betjeman" Hillier,B. (John Murray,London,2007) ISBN 97807 19564444
  11. Betjeman’s

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