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Coleman street Ward. [Present State.]

with a Free stone Pavement; hath a Passage down Steps, into Swan Alley. Whites Alley, very long, but narrow, comes out of Coleman street, and falls into Pitchers Court; which is a good handsome place, having a Door into Bell Alley, and a passage thereunto upon sufferance. On the North side, and about the middle of the Alley, is a place called Alms House Yard, containing six Houses, for so many poor Men and their Wives; or the Survivers of them, belonging to the Company of Leathersellers. Pump Court, but small and ordinary. Carpenters Yard, being only a large Timber Yard. White Hind Court, a pretty handsome Place, but narrow.

Whites Alley.

Almshouse Yard.

Pump Court.

Carpenters Yard.

White Hind Court

Swan Alley also goes out of Coleman street, and with a turning passage runs into Bell Alley; and with another turning passage, falls into another Alley, also called Swan Alley; which is better built, with Gardens unto the Houses. More Northwards, this Alley runs into a Place called Jones's Rents; which is a ruinous place, the Houses ready to fall down. Out of this place, with a little narrow turning, the way leads into Cross Keys Court, which is indifferent good: And out of this Court, is a passage to London Wall. That part of Swan Alley next to Coleman street, is wide enough for Carts, and is indifferent good.

Swan Alley.

Jones's Rents.

Cross Keys Court.

Crown Inn, only for Livery Horses. White Horse Inn, the like. Coach and Horses Yard, pretty good for stabling and Coaches. Brickenton Court, indifferent; at the upper end is a Merchants House. Nuns Court, a pretty handsome place, with a large House at the upper end, inhabited by a Merchant. White Hart Inn, but small and ordinary. Green's Court, indifferent long, but narrow and ordinary. Bishops Court, small and narrow. George Inn, but indifferent. Chimney Alley, very ordinary, with decrepid Houses, ready to fall. Bell Inn, indifferent good, chiefly for stabling. Armourers Hall, a pretty handsome Brick Building.

Crown Inn.

White Horse Inn.

Coach and Horses Yard.

Brickenton Court.

Nuns Court.

White Hart Inn.

Greens Court.

Bishops Court.

George Inn.

Chimney Alley.

Bell Inn.

Armourers Hall.

London Wall, being a Street so called, which in the whole is very long, beginning at Cripplegate, and running to Winchester street, but in several Wards, as have been taken Notice of. The Part in this, and Basinghall Ward, begins a little Eastward of Basinghall street, and runneth to the Cross Keys Court. The Houses are on the South side, which commonly are but old Timber Houses: A place of no great Account, only some few Curriers dwell there. Its greatest Ornament is Sion College, already treated of; and New Bethlem, seated on the other side of London Wall, in Moorfields.

London Wall.

In this part of the Street, are these Courts and Places. Star Court, a pretty small Place. White Lyon Court, indifferent good. Red Lyon Court, likewise pretty good, with a Free stone Pavement. Black Swan Alley, very ordinary and nastily kept.

Star Court.

White Lyon Court.

Red Lyon Court.

Black Swan Alley.

The part of this Ward without the City Walls, taketh in all the lwer Walks, or four Quarters of Moorfields; but none of the Houses on the East and North side. On the South side is Bedlem or Bedlam, for the Lunaticks. Which is in this Ward; as likewise, the new Row of good Houses, not yet named; with part of the Street called Fore street, which runneth to Cripplegate. And adjoining to Moorfields, is the Swan Inn, well built, and indifferent for Stabling.

The Ward without the Walls, in Moorfields.

Swan Inn.

This Hopsital of Bethlem, or Bedlam, is pleasantly seated, with its Front regarding Moorfields. It is a very long Building, extending it self almost the breadth of the Field. It is stately and graceful to behold, and tends much to the Honour of the City: The Charge of which Building cost about 17000l. It is inclosed with a Wall, and hath an Iron Gate for entrance, in the middle, with a fine Free stone Pavement, for a Walk, from one end to the other; and at each end, a large Place for those that are coming to their Senses, to walk and air themselves in. This Hospital is made very convenient within, for such a purpose, to keep Lunaticks in; having four Wards or long Rooms, as now severed in the middle, for the keeping apart the Men from the Women. Of these Wards, two are for the Men, and two for the Women, the one over the other. And on one of the sides of the Rooms or Wards, are small Rooms, in which they are kept, when not fit to walk in the Ward. But of this Hospital, see more in Book I. Chap. XXVI.

Bethlem, or Bedlam Hospital.

There are to watch at Moorgate, and at the several Stands in this Ward, every Night, a Constable, a Beadle, and 32 Watchmen.

The Watch.

The Jurymen returned by the Wardmote Inquest, for this Ward, are to serve in the several Courts in Guildhall, in the Month of August.]


And let here be the end of this Ward; which hath an Alderman, his Deputy, Common Counsellors 4. Constables 4. Scavengers 4. Of the Wardmote Inquest, 13. and a Beadle. It is taxed to the Fifiteen, 15l. 16s. 9d. *

The Government of this Ward.

*In London at 19l. and in the Exchequer at 19l. First Edit.

The Alderman of this Ward, is Sir Harcourt Masters, Kt.