In wandering around Aldgate at the weekend, I was struck by the ambiguity of it as a neighbourhood:  forever on the threshold of the City;  in the eighteenth century, bounded by the walls of the city to the north of Bevis Marks and Poor Jury Lane, intersected by Leaden Hall and Fenchurch Street.   As pbmum, one of my correspondents, has pointed out, it used to be known as Gardiner’s Corner after a large neo-baroque department store at the junction of Whitechapel High Street and the Commercial Road (opposite the tube station) which sold clothes to mariners, from socks to an Admiral’s Hat.   Now the boundary of the City is moving eastwards with huge new office buildings crowding out the old roundabout.   What is odd and impressive is the way Petticoat Lane and the Sunday morning market survive, but only just, weaving their way northwards from the tube station nearly to Liverpool Street:-




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