William Shakespeare. Winston Churchill. Roman London.
Turn right out of Guildhall and then right again to pass under the offices. Go right onto Aldermanbury to cross over Love Lane, where in the garden you will find a:-
Bust of William Shakespeare. It commemorates John Heminge and Henry Condell - fellow actors and personal friends of Shakespeare - who lived in this parish for many years. It was they who collected together all Shakespeare’s known works and subsequently arranged for the publication of the first folio of his plays in 1623. As the inscription on the monument here states: “They thus merited the gratitude of mankind.”
Behind the bust you will find the remains of the church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, which was built in London in the 1670s after the Great Fire of 1666. The church was gutted by fire in the Blitzkrieg bombing in 1940, and in the 1960’s was moved piece by piece to Fulton, Missouri, where it now stands in the grounds of Westminster College, where Winston Churchill gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.
Exit the garden and bear right along Love lane, which was once a red light district and is named for the services that were once dispensed here! You will pass the grey bulk of Wood Street Police Station. The distinctive smell of horse manure hangs heavy in the air here as the City of London Police stable their horses here, you might well see them setting out on their mounted patrols.
Cross over Wood Street and proceed along the covered passage called St Alban’s Court. Bear left and then right into Oat Lane and keep ahead to turn left along Noble Street. Cross to the railings on the opposite side and look down at:
The Remains of the Roman Fort. Built around AD120, the fort originally covered twelve acres and accommodated the guards of the Roman Governor of Britain. At least 1,000 men were once housed in the barracks here. These surviving walls were part of the curved southwest corner watchtower.