The Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, London, England

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Here you are looking up Threadneedle Street, London. The Bank of England is the big, low building to the left. King William Street is to the right of the view. It is only a little way down King William Street to London Bridge. The Royal Exchange is the building on the right side of Threadneedle Street. St. Paul's Church, the Guildhall, the Tower of London, the Custom House and three large railway stations are all close at hand. You are looking at the center of the money quarter of London. The Bank of England is often spoken of as "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street." It was founded in 1691 by William Paterson. The building you see here was not built till almost a hundred years later. But even then it is almost as old as the United States. It contains the money that is back of England in her many enterprises. Here the printing of the banknotes is done. Here are stored the bars of gold and silver to be minted. Here too is wealth such as cannot be imagined. The vaults hold in money about $200,000,000. The Royal Exchange is a much newer building. Tuesday and Fridays, between 3:30 and 4:30, this is one of the world's busiest money exchanges. One would expect London to be the center of the world's business and finance. It is the largest city in the world, and it is the world's greatest port. On what river is it? What is the second city in size in the world? In England? Observe the two-storied busses. Some of these are still drawn by horses, but many are run just as automobiles are.What can you say about the height of the buildings? Keystone ID: 3004 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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