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Moorfields (also known as now the site of The Barbican)2322

Brief Description

Little remains of the original Moorfields, which has been largely built over.


In Elizabethan times, Moorfields was a common area used by local people for purposes such as drying clothes and grazing animals. Bethlehem Hospital was built between 1675 and 1676, and Moorfields was set out with peripheral and cross walks either at this time or slightly earlier. The grass plots were protected by rails, and trees were set against them, forming open walks. The north part of Moorfields was also set out with walks, but in diagonal form. The site was subsequently destroyed by development.

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