Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

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An affectionate name for the Bank of England, coined by the English politician and dramatist R. B. Sheridan (1751–1816). The street in which the Bank stands (since 1734 in a Renaissance building by George Sampson) probably takes its name from the thread and needle used by the Merchant Taylors, a guild whose hall is in the same street.

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services.

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