Print-friendly version of this page Farringdon station - the terminus for the very first underground railway in 1863 - is a London Underground and National Rail station in Clerkenwell, just north of the City of London in the London Borough of Islington. It will change significantly when it becomes an important interchange station between the two largest transport infrastructure programmes currently under way in London, the Thameslink Programme and Crossrail, both of which are scheduled for completion in 2018.
Leather Lane is a street one block west of Hatton Garden
, in the Holborn
area of London.
It is home to a well-used weekday market which specialises in clothing, footwear and fruit and veg. There are now many food retailers capitalising off the lunchtime trade offering a range of different foods from falafel wraps and burritos to hog roasts and jacket potatoes.
The lane was laid out in the medieval period following old fields and property boundaries.
The Bourne Estate
is a group of well-regarded Edwardian tenement blocks on the west side of the Lane.
Farringdon is partly within the City of London and partly in the London Borough of Islington. The name originates from the names of wards of the old City (Farringdon Within, Farringdon Without).
Today, as a place Farringdon is somewhat ill-defined, its original site and layout having perhaps been lost under later development: little more than the station and a few street names help to locate it now.