Building    From 1566 

Royal Exchange

Categories: Commerce

The Royal Exchange was established by Thomas Gresham in 1566, following his, and his father's, favourable experiences of the Antwerp Bourse as a place where merchants could arrange credit and loans and so trade effectively.

The first building was lost in the Great Fire but replaced by 1669. A fire insurance company, Royal Exchange Assurance, was based in this building which is depicted on their insignia. Despite this, another, more localised, fire destroyed the second Royal Exchange building in 1838. Prince Albert laid the foundation stone of the third (and last, as of 2007) on 17 January 1842 and two years later Queen Victoria presided at the opening ceremony. This building is by Sir William Tite. If you want to know about the sculpture in the pediment, by Richard Westmacott, son of Richard Westmacott, then Ornamental Passions is the place to go.

Renovated in 2001, the Grade 1 listed building is now, it seems, mainly occupied by seriously expensive jewellery shops. IainVisits has (illicit) photos. 2017:Londonist visited the building and didn't like it very much.

Murals inside painted in 1892 by Lord Leighton and Frank Brangwyn. 2016: Londonist reports that these are at risk.

2023: Londonist's roving reporter found some statues from the building, the one destroyed in the 1838 fire, in the garden of a hotel in Swanage.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Royal Exchange

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Prince Albert - Holborn

Prince Albert, dressed as a field marshal, doffs his hat to the passing traff...

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John Thornton

John Thornton

Philanthropist who promoted Christian missionary work.  Died following an accident at Bath.  He is listed on the plaque as a menber of the Clapham Sect but it did not really get going until his dea...

Person, Commerce, Religion

1 memorial
Stanley Howard Burton

Stanley Howard Burton

Stanley served in the RAF during WW2.  The Burtons were philanthropic and in Leeds there is a gallery and a theatre named "Stanley & Audrey Burton" so we think he may have married an Audrey.  W...

Person, Commerce

3 memorials
Trustees of Borough Market

Trustees of Borough Market

Borough Market is a charitable trust, run by a board of volunteer trustees. They ensure that the activities of the market meet the trust's clearly defined responsibilities.

Group, Commerce

2 memorials
Alec W. Poupart

Alec W. Poupart

Trader at Covent Garden Market at its original site.

Group, Commerce

1 memorial