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 Fleet in 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 Railway that later became part of the London Underground running beneath Farringdon Road from King's Cross into the City at Farringdon Street station.

Today, Farringdon Road is part of the A201 road connecting King's Cross to Elephant and Castle. It goes south-east from King's Cross, crossing Roseberry Avenue, then turns south crossing Clerkenwell Road before going past Farringdon station. It finishes on the border between the City of London, the London Borough of Camden and the London Borough of Islington, at an intersection with Charterhouse Street and 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 Guardian newspaper at no. 119 and the western side of Smithfield Market.

ee also

* Farringdon Station


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