- Farringdon Road
Farringdon Road is a road in
Clerkenwell, Central London. Its construction, which took almost 20 years between the 1840s and the 1860s, is considered one of the greatest urban engineering achievements of the nineteenth century. Not only was it one of the first engineered multi-lane roads, but it also buried the River Fleetin a system of underground tunnels, solving one of London's most daunting sanitary problems. Its construction also included the building of the world's first stretch of underground railroad, a branch of the Metropolitan Railwaythat later became part of the London Undergroundrunning beneath Farringdon Road from King's Cross into the City at Farringdon Street station.
Today, Farringdon Road is part of the
A201 roadconnecting King's Cross to Elephant and Castle. It goes south-east from King's Cross, crossing Roseberry Avenue, then turns south crossing Clerkenwell Roadbefore going past Farringdon station. It finishes on the border between the City of London, the London Borough of Camdenand the London Borough of Islington, at an intersection with Charterhouse Streetand Farringdon Street.
Farringdon Road follows the course of the
River Fleet, London's largest subterranean river.
Amongst the notable buildings on Farringdon Road is the headquarters of
The Guardiannewspaper at no. 119 and the western side of Smithfield Market.
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