Langborne Ward. Modern State thereof. 163

Langborne Ward. Modern State thereof.

It is well inhabited, especially by Salesmen for Mens Apparel. In this Lane are several Courts and Alleys, viz. Exchange Alley, Castle Alley, and White Lyon Court. But are in Cornhil Ward.

But now for the South side of Lombard Street. Betwixt Grasschurch Street and St. Clements Lane, are these Courts and Alleys, viz. White Hart Court, which hath a Passage through an Entry, into another Court so called, which leadeth into Grasschurch Street, a Place well inhabited by Wholesale Dealers, and most by Quakers, where they have their Meeting-house. But of this Court, the greatest part is in Bridge Ward within, that which is in this Ward being next to Lombard Street. Plough Yard hath a good Free Stone Pavement, and the Houses well built and inhabited. Three Kings Court, well inhabited by Wholesale Dealers and others. Out of this Court is a Passage into two others, the one leading into St. Clements Lane, narrow and ordinary; but the other is large and open, and well Tenanted; and this Court hath a Passage into Nags Head Court, which is long and large, and another Passage into St. Clements Lane. George Alley but small.

White Hart Court.

Quakers Meetinghouse.

Plough Yard.

Three Kings Court.

Nags Head Court.

George Alley.

Stepping over theWay again, to the North side, Westward of Birching Lane, are these following Places. Exchange Alley, which passeth strait through Cornhil: Here are divers eminent Coffee Houses, as Garways, Jonathans, Barkers, Elmers, chiefly frequented by Brokers, Stockjobbers, Frenchmen, Jews, as well as other Merchants and Gentlemen.

Exchange Alley.

Popes Head Alley hath a good Passage into Cornhil, so called from the Popes Head Tavern therein seated, being of a very considerable Trade: This Alley still enjoys a good Trade for Toys and Turners Wares there sold; but not so much as before the great Fire. Here is Bridges Coffeehouse and Warehouse. On the other side of the way the Post- Office, built by Sir Robert Vyner Goldsmith, Alderman of the City of London, Knt. and Bart. on the Ground, where stood a great Tavern before the Fire: This was his Dwelling, being a very large and curious Building, with good Rooms: The first Entrance out of Lombard Street into this House is through a large Gate and broad Entry, which leadeth into a handsome Court neatly paved with Free Stone, enclosed in with the Buildings belonging unto it; and behind the House is a Yard for Stabling and Coaches, where there is a back Gate into Sherborn Lane: This House is very convenient for the Management of this great Business of the General Post-Office.

Popes Head Alley.

Post Office.

Near adjoining to this House is the Church of S. Mary Woolnoth, seated at the corner of Sherborn Lane; It is in the Diocess of London, the Prioress of St. Helen was the Patroness.

St. Mary Woolnoth Church.

This Church was burnt in the Fire of London 1666: Towards the Rebuilding, Beautifying, and the Organs, Sir Robert Vyner aforesaid was a very liberal Benefactor. This Church being found very defective, with the Steeple, was pulled down in the year 1716, to be new built.

To this Parish that of Woolchurch is united: The Place whereon that Church stood being now the Stocks Market.

Cardinals Cap Tavern seated in an Alley so called, which hath a very narrow Passage into Cornhil, with a Tenement thereunto annexed, and another House behind the said Tavern, with another small Alley near adjoining. This Tavern was formerly of more Repute than at present.

Stocks Market.

Then again on the South side is Dove Court, a good handsome square Place, with a Freestone Pavement, having a Passage into Bearbinder Lane, and another into the upper end of Swithing Lane near its falling into Sherborn Lane, and another into Lombard Street; but part of this Court, as also Swithen's Lane, and Bearbinder Lane, are in Walbrook Ward.

Dove Court.

Out of Lombard Street, on the South side, Sherborn Lane, Abchurch Lane, St. Nicolas Lane, and St. Clements Lane take their Rise, and run Southward into Cannon Street.

Sherborn Lane hath the greatest Part in Walbrook Ward, where it is taken notice of.

Sherborn Lane.

Abchurch Lane hath the greatest Part in Candlewick Ward, where it is treated of.

Abchurch Lane.

St. Nicolas Lane, well built and inhabited by Merchants and wholesale Dealers. The South end beyond Fox's Ordinary, is in Candlewick Ward. On the West side near unto Lombard Street, is a small Alley without a Name; and a little more Southwards, is the Church Yard of St. Nicolas Acons, the Church not being built since the great Fire of London, whereby it was demolished, and the Parish united to S. Edmund's Lombard Street. This Church was in the Diocess of London, the Abbot of Malmesbury anciently the Patron.

St. Nicolas Lane.

Foxes Ordinary.

St. Nicolas Acons Churchyard.

More South, on the same side of the Way, is Fox's Court, or Ordinary (from a Publick Eating House formerly there) a handsome Place with good built Houses well inhabited by Merchants, and People of Repute. Near unto this Court is the Bell Tavern, which hath a Passage through Bell Alley into Cannon Street.

Foxes Court.

Bell Tavern and Alley.

More East from Nicolas Lane, is St. Clement's Lane, well built and inhabited by Merchants, and Persons of Repute. The South Part, which is next to Cannon Street, is in Candelwick Ward; to wit, from the North side of St. Clement's Eastcheap Church, which is a handsome Brick Building with Freestone Work at the Corners; of which Church, more in Candlewick Ward, in which it is seated.

St. Clements Lane.

The Church.

Adjoining to this Church, is a good handsome Place called Church Alley, the North side having a Row of Houses; the South side lying open to the Church and Churchyard.

Church Alley.

A little more Northwards, and on the same side, is Nagshead Court, a very large Place, well built and inhabited, having a Passage into Grassechurch Street. About the middle of this Court is an open square Place well built and inhabited. Out of this Court is also a Passage into Three Kings Court, which is likewise a good square Place well tenanted; and out of this Court are likewise two others which bear the same Name of Nagshead Court, the one leading to Lombard Street, and the other into St. Clement's Lane. And thus much for Lombard Street.

Nags Head Court.

Three Kings Court.

Then farther East is Fenchurch Street: a Street of good account, being large, well built and inhabited by Merchants and others. It is a Street of a good length, beginning near Aldgate, and running Westward into Grassechurch Street: In In the midst of this Street, before the Fire of London 1666, stood a small Church of St. Gabriel Fenchurch, corruptly called Fanchurch, not rebuilt, but the Parish united unto St. Margarets Pattons.

Fenchurch Street.

St. Gabreli Fenchurch.

Here is an Entry called Fenchurch Alley; at the upper end of which is the Churchyard.

Fenchurch Alley.

At the South West Corner of this Street is the Church of St. Benet Grassechurch, but not in this Ward.

The Courts, Alleys, and Places of Name in the Part of the Street in this Ward, are as followeth, beginning at the West end.

First is, Ramhead Inn, both small and ordinary.

Ram Head Inn.

Ingram's Court, an open square Place, well built and inhabited, made into Buildings in the Place of Sir Thomas Ingram's House the owner thereof.

Ingrams Court.