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THAMES STREET, divided into Lower and Upper Thames Street, is a road in the City of London
City of London
, the historic and financial centre of London
London
. It forms part of the busy A3211 route (prior to being rebuilt as a major thoroughfare in the late 1960s, it was the B132) from Tower Hill to Westminster
Westminster
. The London
London
Bridge underpass marks the divide between Upper and Lower Thames Street, with Lower to the east and Upper to the west.

HISTORY

Looking east down Thames Street, at the London
London
Bridge underpass, in c.‚ÄČ1965 (left) and in 2013 (right). The street has clearly become a major thoroughfare in today's City of London.

Thames Street is mentioned in the diary of Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
. The first mention of the road, however, is from 1013 when the Custom-house was founded on the street. During the reign of King Henry VIII , the street contained the London
London
residences of many courtiers, including that of William Compton , where Henry VIII allegedly met his mistresses .

In the culture of the twentieth-century, the street is probably best remembered for its place in T. S. Eliot 's The Waste Land : O city city, I can sometimes hear Beside a public bar in Lower Thames Street, The pleasant whining of a mandoline And a clatter and a chatter from within Where fishmen lounge at noon: where the walls Of Magnus Martyr hold Inexplicable splendor of Ionian white and gold.

At 101 Lower Thames Street, remains of a Roman bath were excavated. They are preserved in the cellar of the modern building on the site.

Little evidence of the street's history remains, in a large part due to the Blitz and post-War redevelopment, and it now contains many office buildings, including the headquarters of the Daily Express newspaper. The London
London
Fire Brigade 's fire investigation unit is based at Dowgate fire station on Upper Thames Street at the corner of Allhallows Lane; the station is the only one within the City of London. The most notable change is on the western end of the t