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Paternoster Row was a street in the City of London that is supposed to have received its name from the fact that, when the monks and clergy of St Paul's Cathedral would go in procession chanting the great litany, they would recite the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster being its opening line in Latin) in the litany along this part of the route. The prayers said at these processions may have also given the names to nearby Ave Maria Lane and Amen Corner. An alternative etymology is the early traders who sold a type of prayer bead known as a "pater noster".
Trübner & Co. was one of the publishing companies on Paternoster Row. The street was devastated by aerial bombardment during the Blitz of World War II, suffering particularly heavy damage in the night raid of 29–30 December 1940, later characterised as the Second Great Fire of London, during which an estimated 5 million books were lost in the fires caused by tens of thousands of incendiary bombs.
The street was replaced with Paternoster Square, the modern home of the London Stock Exchange, although a City of London Corporation road sign remains in the square near where Paternoster Row once stood.
Printers and booksellers based in Paternoster Row
Note: Before c. 1762 premises in London had signs rather than numbers.
- The Globe - T. Cooper (1740)
- No. 1 - J Van Voorst (1851)
- No. 2 - Orr and Co. (1851), J. W. Myers (~1800)
- No. 3 Jan Van Voorst (1838)
- No. 9 - S. W. Partridge and Co. (1876) 
- No. 12 - Trubner and Co (1856)
- No. 15 - Bagster and Sons (1825) (1851)
- No. 20 & 21 - F. Pitman, later F. Pitman Hart and Co. Ltd. (1904) 
- No. 21 J. Parsons, (1792)
- No. 23 Piper, Stephenson, and Spence (1857)
- No. 24 - George Wightman (1831)
- No. 31 - Sheed & Ward
- No. 33 - Hamilton and Co. (1851)
- No. 37 - James Duncan (1825-1838) ; Blackwood and Sons, (1851)
- No. 39 - Longman, Hust, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green (1825), later Longman and Co. (1851) later Longmans, Green, and Co. (1902).
- No. 40 – West and Hughes (~1800)
- No. 47 - Chambers (1891), formerly occupied by Baldwin and Craddock
- No. 56 - The Religious Tract Society (1851)
- No. 60 - The Sunday School Union (1851)
- Oxford University Press - Bible warehouse destroyed by fire in 1822, rebuilt c. 1880.
- Sampson Low (after 1887)
- Thomas Nelson
- Hawes, Clarke and Collins (1771) 
- H. Woodfall & Co.
- C Davis (1740)
- No, 27 Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row - Walton and Maberly (also at 28 Upper Gower Street) (1837-1857)
Others based in Paternoster Row
- No. 60 - Friendly Female Society, "for indigent widows and single women of good character, entirely under the management of ladies."
In popular culture
- The Paternoster Gang are a trio of Victorian detectives aligned with the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who, so named because they are based in Paternoster Row.
- In the episode "Young England" of the 2016 television series Victoria, a stalker of Queen Victoria indicates that he lives on Paternoster Row. (Coincidentally, the actress playing Victoria in the series, Jenna Coleman, had appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who that featured the aforementioned Paternoster Gang.)
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