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View of St Pauls from St Martins Le Grand

View of St Pauls from St Martins Le Grand

Engraver: Bailey, J.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Ktop XXIII

Item number: 35-u

Genre: Topographical Print

This view shows St Martin-Le-Grand Street, before the New Post Office was built.. St Martins Le Grand was a pre-Norman monastery and college. It was endowed with land in Cripplegate by William I. The medieval church precinct provided a large sanctuary for those who had broken the law. In fact prisoners on their way to Newgate to Tower Hill for execution often managed to escape as they passed by the south gate. The church usually accepted petty criminals but traitors and Jews were turned away. The college was dismantled in Tudor times, and the rights of sanctuary lasted until 1697

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