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the great Fire, to be taken down, and built no more.
Adjoining to this Steet, on the North side, is Hony lane; being now, as it were,
with a Free stone pavement, serving as a passage to Hony lane Market; the former
and other Buildings, being, since the Fire of London, converted into this
which Buildings, was the Parish Church of St. Alhallows Hony lane; and by reason
thought fit not to rebuild it, the Parish is united to St. Mary le Bow. This
Market is well
served every Week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with
The Place taken up by this Market, is spacious; being in length, from East to
Feet; and from North to South, 97 Feet. In the middle, is a large and square
standing on Pillars, with Rooms over it, and a Bell Tower in the midst. There
is in the
Market, 135 standing Stalls for Butchers, with Racks, Blocks, and other
covered over, to shelter them from the Injury of Weather; and also, several
Fuiterers. The West end of the Market lyeth open to Milkstreet, where there is
Conduit Water, for the use of the Market. There are two other Passages unto it,
that is, one
out of St. Laurence Lane, besides that which comes out of Cheapside; which
inhabited by Grocers, Fishmongers, Poulterers, Victuallers, and Cheesemongers.
Northwest corner of this Market, is Robinhood Alley, being a passage into
Trump Alley, lieth against Bow Church; which, turning Eastward, falleth into
Laurence Lane: This Alley is indifferent good in the middle part, but the
entrances are but
Honey lane Market.
Robin Hood Alley.
Mercers Chappel: As to the present state of this Chappel, it is a very fair
containing, besides the Hall where the Company meets about their Affairs,
Rooms and Appartments, running backwards, with a large pair of Gates opening
Ironmonger lane. In the Chappel, was lately preached every Sunday Morning, a
Italian, set up by the Italian Merchants. The Front of this Chappel is in
Cheapside, being an
arched Pile of Free stone Building, which gives entrance into the Chappel. Over
Portico, is the Figure of a Maiden-head, crowned with a Chaplet of Roses, and
dishevelled, being the Arms of the Company; with a Cupid on each side. Over
Iron Balcony, with two other Figures standing in Nitches: And over these, being
higher, is the Figure of Charity, sitting with Children; and over this another
The Old Jury, East of this Chappel, hath but a little part in this Ward, as was
before; the rest is in Coleman street Ward.
On the South end, and West side of this Street, stood the Parish Church of St.
Colechurch. In this part of the Old Jury, is Dove Court, being but ordinary:
and is a
passage into Grocers Alley.
St. Mary Colechurch.
Then on the South side of Cheapside, and over against Mercers Chappel, is Bird
Alley, which is but indifferent. Feathers Court, which is also but ordinary.
Court, or Leg Court, over against St. Laurence Lane; but narrow, and none of the
Crown Court, also opposite to St. Laurence Lane; a very handsome open Place,
Houses; neatly kept, and well inhabited.
Bird in hand Alley.
Golden Leg Court
Bucklersbury turneth out of Cheapside, and runneth on the back side of the
Walbrook: A Street very well built, and inha-
bited by Tradesmen, especially Drugsters and Furriers.
Barge Yard, a handsome open Place, and very well inhabited, having some large
the upper end; in one of which., Sir Theodore Janson, Kt. dwelleth, or lately
Toward the West end of this Street, and on the South side, is Pancrase lane,
into Queens street. The North side of which Lane is in this Ward; and the South
Cordwainers Ward. On this North side of the Lane, were two Parish Churches,
Pancrase Sopar lane, and St. Benet Sherehog. That of St. Pancrase, was consumed
Fire of London, and not rebuilt; but the Parish united to St. Mary le Bow. And
where the Church stood, is inclosed for a burial Place for the Parishoners. And
of it, upon Columns, stands a Cistern to receive Water, which formerly came to
Conduit at the East end of Cheapside.
St. Pancrase Soper lane.
St. Benet Sherehog.
The Parish Church of St. Benet Sherehog, is seated also in the North side of
and formerly called St. Sithes Church. The Prior of St. Mary Overies was Patron
Church: It was burnt down by the great Fire, and not rebuilt. But the small
Parish is united
unto St. Stephen Walbrook; and the Place where the Church stood, is severed with
Wall, for a burying Place for the Inhabitants.
St. Benet Sherehog Church.
New Queen street, so called, as being a new Street since the Fire of London,
built in the
Place of Sopar lane, but much broader. Which said Street fronts New King
was also made so spacious for the Grace of Guild-hall, that fronteth both; and
Conveniency of the Lord Maior, Aldermen, and City Officers in their passage from
hall, to take Barge at the Three Crane stairs, at the lower end of this Street,
to be rowed to
Westminster, for the new Lord Maior to be sworn by the Barons of the Exchequer.
The part of the Street in this Ward, goeth no further than Pancrase lane on the
and to Weld Court on the West side; which is a very good large Place, with an
passage, and well inhabited; which falls into George Yard. This Yard hath a
Bow Lane and hath but a small part in this Ward: the like hath George Yard, as
Weld Court, the greatest being in Cordwainer Ward, where they are taken notice
The Poultry, a good large and broad Street, and a very great Thoroughfare for
Carts, and Foot Passengers, being seated in the Heart of the City, and leading
to and from
the Royal Exchange; and from thence to Fleet street, the Strand, Westminster,
Western Parts: And therefore so well inhabited by great Tradesmen. It begins on
by the Old Jury, where Cheapside ends, and reaches to the Stocks Market, by
On the North side is Scalding Alley; a large Place, containing two or three
Alleys, and a
square Court with good Buildings, and well inhabited; but the greatest part is
Ward, where it is mentioned.
St. Mildreds Poultry; this Church is neatly built of Free stone, with a graceful
over into the Street. The Church was destroyed in the great Fire of London, and
now it is, and to this is united the Parish of St. Mary Colechurch.
Somewhat West to this Church is the Poultry Counter, being the Prison belonging
of the Sheriffs of London, for all such as are Arrested within the City and