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Fleet Bridge, one of the four bridges over the Fleet in its passage through the City. It connected Ludgate Hill with Fleet Street; "a bridge of stone," says Stow, "fair coped on either side with iron pikes; on which, towards the south, be also certain lanthorns of stone for lights to be placed in the winter evenings for commodity of travellers. ... It seemeth this last bridge to be made or repaired at the charges of John Wels, mayor, in the year 1431, for on the coping is engraven Wels embraced by angels like as on the standard in Cheape, which he also built." Fleet Bridge was one of the places fixed for the receipt of toll from carriers and dealers bringing corn and other commodities into the City for sale. The bridge described by Stow was destroyed in the Great Fire, and the new one erected in its stead was of the breadth of the street, and ornamented with pine-apples and the City arms. It was taken down October 14, 1765.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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