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[Chief Streets.] Vintrie Ward. 13

[Chief Streets.] Vintrie Ward.

And now for the modern Condition of this Vintry Ward.

This Ward, as doth appear by the Map, is bounded on the East by Dowgate Ward, on the South by the River of Thames, on the West by Queen Hith Ward, and on the North, by Cordwainers Ward. The chief Streets in this Ward are Thames street, and New Queen street, Then Garlick Hill, and Colledge-hill, St. Thomas Apostles, in which said Streets and Hills, are several Lanes, Courts and Alleys.

Chief Streets.

R. B.

Thames street runneth through the heart of this Ward from East to West. Being a street, as before noted, well Inhabited by able Tradesmen: the part in this Ward is from little Elbow lane in the East where Dowgate Ward joyns unto it, and to Townsend lane in the West, where Queen hith Ward begins. In this part of Thames street, within this Ward, are these places. Shepherds Alley, long and narrow, but indifferent good. Black Swan Alley, indifferent well built, and wide enough for Boats to pass to the River side; here was formerly a large house called Worcester house, as belonging to the Earls of Worcester, and from thence so called: now converted into Tenements, and here the Fruiterers have their Hall. Anchor lane, long and narrow, running down to the Thames: It was formerly called Palmers lane; and here the Plumbers have their Hall. Vintners Hall seated in Thames street, now a curious large Building, which encloseth a large square Court, with a handsome Free-stone pavement. The North side fronts the street, where there is a curious pair of Gates, with Free-stone Pillars on each side wreathed with Grapes and Leaves, and upon each of the Pillars are 3 Tuns, with a Bacchus sitting thereon; behind the Hall and other Buildings, is a Garden, from which is a passage to the Thames; where there is a pair of stairs. And being thus open, hath a curious propect into the Thames.

Thames street.

Shepherds alley.

Black Swan alley.

Worcester house.

Fruiterers hall.

Anchor lane.

Plumbers hall.

Vintners hall.

New Queen-street, commonly called the Three Cranes in the Vintry. a good open street, especially that part next Cheap-side, which is best built, and inhabited; but it hath no more in this Ward than a little beyond St. Thomas Apostles, the rest of this street being in Cordwainers Ward, and Cheap Ward: At the lower end of the street, next the Thames, is a pair of Stairs, the usual place for the Lord Maior and Aldermen to take Water at, to go to Westminster Hall, for the new Lord Maior to be sworn before the Barons of the Exchequer. This place with the 3 Cranes is now of some account for the Costermongers, where they have their Ware-houses for their Fruit.

New Queen street.

Three Cranes.

Church-Lane, so called, as seated over against St. Martins Vintry Church, a long and narrow Lane, which leadeth to the River of Thames, out of this place is a passage into new Queen street.

Church lane.

Three Crane Lane, long and narrow, running down to the Thames, where there is a pair of Stairs; this Lane is also taken up by Costermongers; about the middle of the Lane is a passage into Church lane; as also into Brick hill lane: over against this Lane was the Church of St. Martin in the Vintry; it is in the Diocess of London: The Abbot of Glocester was Patron, and the Dismes xxvis. viiid. This Church was consumed in the Fire of London, 1666, and not rebuilt, but the Parish united to St. Michael Royal.

Three Crane lane.

S. Martins Vintry.

Brick hill lane, a pretty open place, with good Buildings, and runneth down almost to the Thames. Near unto this Lane, is a good handsome house, at present made use of by the Royal Fishery Company of England.

Brickhill lane.

Emperors head lane, narrow and ordinary, with a passage to the Thames. Tennis Court or Fryars lane, runneth down almost to the Thames, where there is a Dyers, and falls into Dowgate. In this Lane is the entrance into Joyners Hall, a pretty neat Building, with a handsome, but small Court before it, having a Free-stone pavement, and a pair of Gates at the Entrance, with carved Figures at the top of the side posts, but the Hall is in Dowgate Ward.

Emperors head lane.

Tennis Court lane.

Joyners hall.

The North side of Thames street hath these places; Little Elbow lane, which falls into Great Elbow lane, and so into College Hill by St. Michael Royal Church, both which Lanes are indifferent. The East part of this Lane is in Dowgate Ward. This Church of St. Michaels Royal is a curious Free-stone Building, having Battlements with turned Pillars, with a lofty towered Steeple of Free-stone.

Little Elbow lane.

Great Elbow lane.

St. Michaels Royal Church.

It is a Peculiar of Canterbury, the Wardens of the Company of Mercers were the Patrons; The Church was destroyed in the general Conflagration: and is now rebuilt as aforesaid: to which Parish is that of St. Martins in the Vintry united.

College Hill comes out of St. Thomas Apostles, falls into Thames street: a place well built, and inhabited by Merchants and others. On the West side is Maiden lane, which crosseth New Queens street, and falls into Garlick Hill by St. James Garlick Hithe Church. Out of this Lane is a passage into Thames street, and another into Maiden head Court which is but ordinary; on the East side of Colledge Hill is St. Michaels Royal Church, and almost over against the said Church, is Buckingham house, so called as being bought by the late Duke of Buckingham and where he some time resided upon a particular humour: It is a a very large and graceful Building, late the Seat of Sir John Lethulier an eminent Merchant; some time Sheriff and Alderman of London, deceased.

College Hill.

Maiden lane.

Maiden head Court.

Buckingham house.

St. Thomas Apostles, of which there are two, viz. Great St. Thomas Apostles which is in this Ward, and little St. Thomas Apostles which is in Cordwainer Ward. This Great St. Thomas Apostles is a good handsome Street, and well inhabited, on the North side was seated the Church of St. Thomas Apostles, which, before its being burnt in the general Fire of London, stood in the middle of New Queenstreet, a street made since the said Fire out of Soper lane, &c. for a streight passage to the waterside from Guild hall.

St Thomas Apostles.

St. Thomas Apostles.

New Queens street.

This Church not being built, the Parish is united unto St. Mary Aldermary.

In this street of Great St. Thomas Apostles are these places: Black Lyon Inn, but indifferent.

Baldwins yard, a good handsome open Court, with good Buildings at the upper end. Blunderbuss alley on the East side of St. Thomas Church yard, very small. Dodsons Court, a pretty large open place, with a Free-stone passage into Budge Row, pretty well built

Baldwins yard.

Blunderbuss alley.

Dodsons Court.


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