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CORDWAINERS STREET WARD.
Soper Lane, Whence so called.
St. Mary Aldermary.
Sir Henry Keeble.
St. Mary le Bow.
Antiquities of Bow Church, Bell, and
The Crownfild in Cheap.
The present State of this
BREADSTREET Ward and CORDWAINER WARD
THE next is Cordwainers street Wad,
name of Cordwainers, or Shoomakers, Curriers, and workers of Leather, dwelling
For it appeareth in the Records of Henry VI. the ninth of his Reign, that an
taken then for Cordwainers and Curriers in Corney street, and Sopers lane.
Cordwainers street Ward.
This Ward beginneth in the East, on the West side of Walbrooke, and runneth
thorow Budge row (a street so called of the Budg Furr, and of Skinners dwelling
then up by St. Anthonines Church thorow Aetheling (or Noble street) as Leyland
it, commonly called Wathling street, to the Red Lion, a place so called, of a
great Lion of
Timber placed there, at a gate entring to a large Court, wherein are divers fair
Shops, well furnished with Broad-cloths, and other Draperies of all sorts to be
this is the farthest West part of this Ward.
The Bounds of it.
Aetheling or Wathling street.
The Red Lion.
On the South side of this street from Budge row, lyeth a lane turning down by
gate of the Tower Royal, and to the South end of the stone Wall beyond the said
which is of this Ward, and is accounted a part of the Royal street.
Against this West gate of the Tower Royal, is one other Lane, that runneth West
Cordwainer street, and this is called Turnhase lane: on the South side whereof
is a piece of
Wringwren lane, to the North west corner of St. Thomas Church the Apostle. Then
out of the High
street called Watheling, is one other street which runneth thwart the same; and
Cordwainer street, whereof the whole Ward taketh name.
This street beginneth by West-Cheape, and St. Mary Bow Church is the head
the west side, and it runneth down south, thorow that part, which of latter time
Hosier lane, now Bow lane, and then by the west end of Aldermary Church, to the
builded houses, in place of Ormond house, and so to Garlick hill or hith, to St.
Hosier lane in Cordwainers street.
The upper part of this street towards Cheape, was called Hosier lane, of Hosiers
there, in the place of Shoomakers: but now those Hosiers being worn out by Men
Trades, (as the Hosiers had worn out the Shoomakers) the same is called Bow
On the west side of Cordwainer street, is Basing lane, right over against
This Basing lane, west, to the back gate of the Red Lion in Watheling street, is
Cordwainer street Ward.
Now again on the north side of the high street, in Budge row, by the east end of
Anthonines Church, have ye St. Sithes lane, so called of S. Sithes Church,
standeth against the north end of that lane, and this place is wholly of
Ward. And also the south side of Needlers lane, which reacheth from the north
end of St.
Sithes lane, west to Sopers lane: then somewhat west from St. Anthonines Church,
south end of Sopers lane, which took that name, not of making Sope there, as
supposed, but of one Alleyne le Sopar, in the ninth of Edward II. I have not
read of Sope-
making in this City, till within this hundred years, that John Lambe, dwelling
street, set up a boyling house. For this City (in former time) was served of
white Sope in
hard cakes (called Castle Sope, and other) from beyond the Seas, and of gray
speckled with white, very sweet and good, from Bristow: sold here for a penny
and never above penny farthing, and black Sope for an half-penny the pound.
S. Sythes lane.
Sope-makers. how ancient.
Gray Sope made in London, dearer than bought
In this Sopers lane the Pepperers anciently dwelt, wealthy Tradesmen, who dealt
pices and Druggs: Two of this Trade were divers Maiors in the
Reign of King
Henry III. Viz. Andrew Bocherel and John de Gisorcio, or Gisors. In the Reign
Edward II. Anno 1315. they came to be governed by Rules and Orders, Which are
in one of the Books of the Chamber, under this Title, Ordinatio Piperarum de
Pepperers of Sopers lane.
Ces sount les Pointz que les bons gentz de Soperelane del mestier des peverers,
These are the Points which the good Men of Soperslane of the Mystery of
the Assent of Sir Stephen de Abyndone, Maior of London, John de Gisorce, Nicolas
Farendone, John de Wengrave. Robert de Kelstrey, Will. le Leyre, &c.
made for the common Benefit of the whole people of the Land, &c.]
Then in Bow lane (as they now call it) is Goose lane, by Bow Church. William
Mercer, had Tenements there, in the 26 of Edward III.
Then from the South end of Bow lane, up Wathling street, till over against the
And these be the bounds of Cordwainer street Ward.
The Parish Church of St. ANTHONINES.
Touching Monuments therein: first you have the fair Parish Church of St.
Budge row, [more vulgarly known by the name of St. Antlins] on the north side
This Church was lately re-edified by Thomas Knowles, Grocer, Maior, and by
This Church was repaired and beautified in the year of our Lord 1616. Toward