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Shoreditch: Reverting to Type

  • Old Street Underground Station, Exit 2 from Subway London EC1Y 1BE (map)

Printing was Shoreditch’s most important industry - after the furniture trade - in the 19th and 20th centuries. While Fleet Street focused on newspapers, Shoreditch specialised in printing for firms in the City of London and companies involved in the industrial revolution. Sue’s walk finds evidence of companies in the area in the 19th century that printed the first cheques, railway tickets and timetables, even currency for countries around the British Empire - they literally had a licence to print money! The Radio Times - which played a large role in spreading information in the world wars – was printed in Shoreditch. With the recent springing up of design, graphics and software companies in the area now known as Silicon Roundabout, in many ways Shoreditch has come full circle.