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It’s hard to believe but Clerkenwell once had no residential estate agents. Then loft living came along… With EC1 continuing to prove its worth as one of London’s top postcodes, we ask: how much do you know about the area?

It's hard to believe but Clerkenwell once had no residential estate agents. Then loft living came along... With EC1 continuing to prove its worth as one of London's top postcodes, we ask: how much do you know about the area?

Recently, we launched a campaign to uncover 101 intriguing facts about Clerkenwell. Working with local historian and illustrator Jane Young (www.londonkillsme.com), we created three illustrated posters in a series 101 Things You Might Not Know About Clerkenwell. Here, we share some of the results of our fact-finding mission...

To pick up the full series, or for more information about what we can do for you if you are buying, selling, renting or letting , drop into our office at 70 Clerkenwell Road. Alternatively, call 020 7251 8877 or visit www.greene.co.uk

10 things you might not know about clerkenwell

1 The Farmiloe Building on St John Street was built in 1868 as a warehouse and showroom for George Farmiloe & Sons, builders' merchants specialising in lead and glass. It's now the central location for Clerkenwell Design Week each year.

2 Clerkenwell was the centre of the gin-distilling industry until the Sixties. The former Nicholsons' Gin Distillery at 183-205 St John Street closed in 1961 and was developed into apartments in 1998.

3 Passing Alley, which leads from St John's Square to St John Street, was originally a continuation of what is now Briset Street. It appears on a map of the area from 1747 as, however, "Pissing Alley".

4 Estate agency Urban Spaces, at 70 Clerkenwell Road, specialises in loft and warehouse conversions in EC1, as well as in other sought-after postcodes in the city. Non-executive director Harry Handelsman first brought New York loft-style living to London in the Nineties.

5 The Clerkenwell Green Association for Craftsmen was founded in 1970 as a charity to support and revive a long tradition of artisan skill.

6 Percival Street was named after Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated, in 1812.

7 The highly individualised Italian Gothic façade at 34 Farringdon Lane was built in 1875 for clockand watch-makers John Greenwood & Sons.

8 The district of Clerkenwell derived its name from The Clerks' Well, where medieval miracle plays were once performed by the parish clerks of London.

9 Architects CZWG designed a house for Janet Street-Porter in 1986 on a former bomb site at 44 Britton Street.

10 Crossrail will bring another dimension to the development of Clerkenwell. More than 140 Crossrail trains are due to pass through Farringdon station every hour.

3 Things you might not know about Greene & co

1 The company was established in 1982, in West Hampstead. It now has six offices across London, serving West Hampstead, Maida Vale, Crouch End, Belsize Park, Clerkenwell and Kensal Rise, all specialising in residential sales, lettings and new homes; with a Kentish Town branch – coming soon.

2 Urban Spaces, London's unique property specialist, is part of the Greene & Co group

3 Compass, the new magazine from Greene & Co, is out now. Pick up a copy from any branch or subscribe online at www.greene.co.uk/compass

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