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Old Street
Street
is a street in central and east London
London
that runs west to east from Goswell Road
Goswell Road
in Clerkenwell, in the London
London
Borough of Islington, via St Luke's and Old Street
Street
Roundabout, to the crossroads where it meets Shoreditch
Shoreditch
High Street
Street
(south), Kingsland Road
Kingsland Road
(north) and Hackney Road
Hackney Road
(east) in Shoreditch
Shoreditch
in the London
London
Borough of Hackney. The nearest London
London
Underground station is Old Street
Street
on the Northern line. It is also on the National Rail
National Rail
Northern City Line.

Contents

1 History 2 Notes 3 Transport 4 References

History[edit]

A map showing Old Street
Street
ward of Finsbury Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1952.

Old Street
Street
was recorded as Ealdestrate in about 1200, and le Oldestrete in 1373. As befits its name there are some suggestions that the road is of ancient origin. It lies on the route of an old Roman or possibly pre-Roman track connecting Silchester and Colchester, skirting round the walls of Londinium, today the areas known as the City of London. The western part was widened between 1872 and 1877, but it narrows east of Coronet Street; there survive, at Nos. 340-342 on the south side of the street and Nos. 323 and 325-329 on the north side, some domestic buildings from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, though somewhat battered and altered in function. At the east end of Old Street
Street
there is a notable deviation of the line of the street as it joins the old Roman Road north to York. This deviation is visible on old maps but unexplained, and is today fronted by Shoreditch
Shoreditch
Town Hall and the former Shoreditch
Shoreditch
Magistrates Court (now a hotel). Together with St Leonard's, Shoreditch
Shoreditch
at the east end of Old Street, this was the civic hub of the former Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch. The eastern half of the road is on the London
London
Inner Ring Road and forms part of the boundary of the London
London
congestion charge zone. Old Street
Street
and the surrounding areas of Hoxton Square
Hoxton Square
and Great Eastern Street
Street
host a thriving night life. The street and its adjacent areas have attracted IT and tech companies, both established and start-ups, and Old Street
Street
Roundabout, located at the junction with City Road, has been dubbed Silicon Roundabout.[2] Old Street
Street
station is located under the roundabout. With the increase in passenger numbers using the station, in 2014 Transport for London
London
announced that it was to offer pop-up retail space there as part of a drive to increase its revenue.[3] Within the past few years Old Street
Street
has become a favoured location for notable graffiti artists such as Banksy
Banksy
and Jef Aérosol.[citation needed] Banksy
Banksy
has featured several pieces on " Shoreditch
Shoreditch
Bridge".[4] Notes[edit]

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1998) London: North. London: Penguin Books. Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert (1983) "Old Street" in The London Encyclopedia.

Transport[edit] Old Street
Street
is served by these bus routes:

55: Leyton, Bakers Arms
Bakers Arms
- Oxford Circus 243: Wood Green
Wood Green
- Waterloo N55: Woodford Wells
Woodford Wells
- Oxford Circus 205: Paddington
Paddington
- Bow church station 214: Liverpool Street
Street
- Hampstead lane

Also 242, 271 References[edit]

^ Islington.gov.uk Archived 8 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ London's Silicon Roundabout Wired UK, 29 January 2010, accessed November 2010. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2014/april/pop-up-shops-arrive-at-old-street-tube-station-to-reflect-the-vibrancy-of-tech-city ^ "Example of Banksy
Banksy
Art on Old Street", 1 February 2008

Coordinates: 51°31′36″N 0°04′57″W / 51.52653°N 0.08246°W / 51.52653; -0.08246

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