Sir: The recent correspondence regarding the proposed redevelopment of Paternoster Square reminds me of the comments of my late mother, who worked at a bookshop in Paternoster Row in the Thirties.
She described the shop as a rat-infested hell-hole which was frequented by clergymen who came to the shop for a free read. She considered that the Germans had done us all a favour by reducing the shops to rubble.
Her point was, of course, that a picturesque and pleasing exterior sometimes hides an internal slum. My personal view is that nothing that is built there can complement the cathedral - certainly not another array of classical buildings. The area should be cleared and a park created with pedestrian access only, allowing a full view of Wren's triumph.
C. M. Bouck-Standen
17 JanuaryReuse content