10 APRIL 1964, Page 17

The Paternoster Block

Without it TV cameras would be deprived o/ a Inagnificent vantage-point for views of Ludgate Hill. and Fleet Street.—Sir William Holford.

And who shall balance gain with loss Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross? Land values stand so very high That office blocks must scale the sky; And in this age of crowded space Cathedrals take a second place; Yet let one thought at least assuage The Dean and Chapter's natural rage. The Chapter, unrecorded still, Stumbles today up Ludgate Hill. An office roof, in all precision, Is just the place for television. On top a camera can perch To snap them as they go to church; Or even, if the worst befalls, To shoot the ruins of St. Paul's.

Sir Christopher in Kingdom Come Must find this all extremely rum.