The History of 125 Old Broad Street
From the reign of Elizabeth I until the 17th Century, Old Broad Street was a fashionable place to live. The LORD MAYOR, Sir William Cockayne, the Marquess of Winchester and the Earl of Shrewsbury all had houses here.
Alexander Pope’s father was a linen draper here in the 1670’s and there was a well-known glasshouse in the street where Venetian glass was made from early in the 17th century until it was destroyed in the GREAT FIRE in 1666
On the west side was St Peter Le Poer until it was demolished in 1907 and a 7 story office block erected. Excavations revealed traces of the original friary cemetery.
No 24 partly occupies the site of Sir Thomas Gresham's handsome house which had gardens extending to Bishopsgate Street. In 1645 the house became the first home of the Royal Society. The building was demolished in 1768
No 19 which occupies part of the site of SOUTH SEA HOUSE, home to the South Sea Company of South Sea Bubble fame where Charles Lamb worked as a clerk, is now the City of London Club, built in 1833.
The London Stock Exchange occupied the site of 125 Old Broad Street until its move to Paternoster Square in 2004.