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Sun Street

Sun Street runs parallel to Bucklersbury from the Market Place to Tilehouse Street. Today it is conspicuous for the number of restaurants along its length. The street is named after the Sun Hotel, halfway along. This old coaching inn has a long and illustrious history. It is said to have provided shelter for both Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. Certainly its large Elizabethan yard was once home to 250 French prisoners, held during the Napoleonic wars. The Sun Hotel was once much larger, possessed of its own farm, piggery and medicinal spa. It is thought that a public stage coach ran from here to London from at least 1706.

Another famous hostelry on this road was the Angel Vaults Inn, now sadly demolished. This Inn used to play host to the local Archdeaconry courts up to the 17th century. In the 1950s ominous noises from the roof led to an investigation. It was found that three roofs had been built, one on top of the other, and that the oldest dated back before 1450. The condition of the roofs was so poor that the building was declared unsafe.

From here, you can go to the Market Place,
or to Tilehouse Street.

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