We reached the London Fruit & Wool Exchange & decided to see exactly what our hero mayor has agreed can be redeveloped (pulled down). This building that was the London Fruit & Wool Exchange takes up the whole block – extending sizeably down Commercial Road, Brushfield Street & Crispin Street. This immediately lends itself to fantastic council housing – possibly for the homeless ( anybody really! ). It is nonsensical to agree to the destruction of this solid & handsome building in the name of commerce. Why can’t the real needs of London be addressed. Do they not recognise that the workers need somewhere to live? This is only part of the issue of wanton destruction. Did you know that there is graffiti in the vaults from people sheltering from the WWII Blitz – this is Londoner’s History that will be obliterated in the name of profits. Someone on my tour suggested that too much of our City of London history & buildings are being destroyed in the name of profit. Sadly, it appears that working class history is easiest destroyed.
P.S. I had wanted to show you a photo of the building before it goes, but the weather was too wet for photography!