FLEET STREET

The most curious thing about the Griffin of Fleet Street is that he is not a griffin at all but a dragon—lacking the leonine hindquarters and hawkish visage that characterise a griffin. Fleet Street has become synonymous with the press in Britain. This association dates back to the printing houses founded there in the 1500s, and in 1918 almost every national newspaper had its offices here. Today, however, the association has become a little outdated. Newspapers have been largely replaced by banks and lawyers. The old offices of the Daily Telegraph now house Goldman Sachs—a shift rich in symbolic suggestion.

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