In an extract from his new book, London Railway Stations, CHRIS HEATHER outlines the history of Blackfriars station

The name ‘Blackfriars’ relates to the area of London where Dominican monks established a monastery in the year 1224, on the east side of Shoe Lane, north of the Thames. It was a large priory stretching about 400 yards from Ludgate Hill down to the river Thames at Puddle Dock. The monks wore long black robes, and were known locally as the Black Friars. In 1538 Henry VIII dissolved the Order, and their priory was pulled down.

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