Cripplegate Ward. [Present State.] 92

Cripplegate Ward. [Present State.]

Maidenhead Court, a handsome square open Place, with good Buildings; having a wide entrance for Cart or Coach, with a Gate to shut up a Nights. Nigh to this Court, is a large Yard for Livery Horses. Paved Alley, long and ordinary, runs up into Staining street, by the Churchyard Wall of Staining Church; and thence into Lilly pot lane, which leads into Noble street.

Maiden head Court.

Paved Alley.

On the East side of the Street, is St. Albans Woodstreet Church, fronting the Street; but all the Body of it is in Love lane, which incompasseth the other three sides; and on the North side is the Church Yard. It was burnt in the Fire of London, and now rebuilt very handsome of Free stone, and a graceful coming unto it. The Steeple was lately taken down, and built up again.

St. Albans Woodstreet Church.

To this Church, is now united the Parish of St. Olaves Silverstreet, burnt, but not rebuilt.

Frying Pan Alley, but indifferent, and hath a turning Passage into Paved Alley. Bell Inn, large, and well resorted unto. Clerks Hall, a pretty good Building. Livery Stable Yard, a pretty handsome Place, well built, but small for that use. Birds, or Burges Court, pretty good, the middle being more open, with a Free stone Pavement, and hath a passage into Philip lane.

Frying Pan Alley.

Bell Inn.

Clerks Hall.

Livery stable Yard.

Birds Court.

In Little Woodstreet, in an Alley, are seven Rooms, for so many poor People to live Rent free; the Gift of Henry Barton, Skinner, and Maior, 1516.

Maiden lane, a Street well inhabited and built; it comes out of Woodstreet, and falls into Foster lane; but the part in this Ward, goeth but to Staining lane. Here is Haberdashers Hall, a large and well built House, with a good Court before the Hall; and a Free stone Pavement. In this Street is Flying horse Court, which is but ordinary; and Mutton Court, likewise narrow and mean.

Maiden lane

Haberdashers Hall.

Flying horse Court.

Mutton Court.

Gutter lane, hath some part in this Ward.

Gutter Lane.

Cripplegate Ward without the Wall.


This is a large Tract of Ground, containing several Streets, and all crowded with Courts and Alleys. The chief are Forestreet, the Postern street, Backstreet in little Moorfields; Moor lane, Grub street, Whitecross street, Redcross street, Beech lane, Golden lane, Barbican, and Jewen street. Of these in Order.

Forestreet, pretty broad, and well inhabited, runneth from the North end of St. Giles Cripplegate Church, unto Moorlane, Eastwards; and then it falls into Postern street, which leadeth to Little Moorfields, against new Bethlem. And about the middle of this Street, is a Passage through Cripplegate; in which is a short Street, well built and inhabited: Where is White Horse Inn, pretty good.


White horse Inn.

In this Street are a great many Courts and Alleys, which I shall take notice of, beginning next to St. Giles Church.

St. Giles Cripplegate Church, seated opposite to Redcross street, and in Forestreet. The Church is very large, as indeed it ought to be, as belonging to so large and populous a Parish; with a spacious Church yard adjoining unto it. It hath a very handsome Towred Steeple, with Spires at each corner, and a Lanthorn in the midst; with a good Ring of Bells.

St. Giles Cripplegate Church.

Some small distance from this Church, Eastwards, and opposite to Cripplegate, is a Water Conduit.

Cripplegate Conduit.

Little Cock Alley, very ordinary. Great Cock Alley or Yard, a good large Place, indif- ferent Building, and hath a passage into Whitecross street. Grashopper Alley, long, narrow, and ordinary. White Hart Inn, pretty good, chiefly for Livery Stables. Adjoining to this Inn is the Crown Tavern, of a pretty good Resort and Trade. Three Dagger Court, both ordinary and meanly inhabited. Black Horse Alley, long, but very mean. Unicorne Alley, long and ordinary. Betwixt this and Black Horse Alley, is an ordinary Court, only for the Parish Alms People. Red Hart Court, pretty handsome, with new built Houses, and a Free stone Pavement; pretty well inhabited. Days Court, indifferent good: Opposite to this Court, are two pretty long Carpenters, or Timber Yards. Founders Court, but ordinary. Red Bull Court, pretty good. Aldermanbury Postern, a pretty handsome short Street, well built, and inhabited; hath a passage through London Wall, over against Aldermanbury, and therefore so called.

Little Cock Alley.

Great Cock Alley.

Grashopper Alley.

White hart Inn.

Crown Tavern.

Three Dagger Court.

Black horse Alley.

Red hart Court.

Day's Court.

Founders Court.

Aldermanbury Postern.

The Postern street begins at the corner of Moor lane, and runs into Little Moorfields; a Place pretty well built and inhabited, and of some Trade. Mauls Court, a pretty handsome neat Place, with Garden Plots before the Houses. The Postern, a good well built and inhabited Street; hath a passage into London Wall street. Here is Lorimers Hall, a pretty neat Bulding, adjoining to London Wall. The Green Yard, which is large, and made use of by the City as a Pound, for such Cars and Coaches, whose Drivers commit any Offence in the Streets, contrary to Orders or Rules to be observed by them. Cradle Court, indifferent good; nigh unto which is a Carpenters Yard. Moor Court, small and ordinary.

Mauls Court.

The Postern.

Lorimers Hall.

The Green Yard.

Cradle Court.

Moor's Court.

Little Moorfields, or the Back street, now so called, to distinguish it from the new double Row of Houses, now finished; which is called the Forestreet. Which said new Row of Buildings is in Coleman street Ward: Which said Buildings are good, and well inhabited. Out of this Back street, are several Courts and Alleys, viz. Crown Court, long, and indifferent good. Hind Alley, likewise long, and pretty good. Half Moon Alley, long and narrow, and but indifferently built and inhabited; as are most of these Alleys. At the upper end it divides it self into two parts, one of which falls into Vine Court, and the other into Angel Alley, and thence into Moor lane. Angel Alley is long, and pretty good; and at the upper end, falls into Moor lane; and hath a passage into Half Moon Alley. Hartshorn Alley, likewise long and mean, running into Moor lane; and lieth open, in some part, to Angel Alley; the partition Pale being broken down. Butlers Alley, long, and narrow, but indifferent good; also falls into Moor lane, where it is broadest. And about the upper end, on the South side, is Oystershel Court, which is pretty good. Gun Alley, narrow, but pretty well built; at the upper end falls into Sugar loaf Court, and so into Moor lane. Whites Alley, a good handsome open Place, well built; some of the Houses having Gardens unto them. Ropemakers Alley, pretty broad, with several Garden Houses; which are well built and inhabited. This Alley falls into Butlers Alley, which, with several turnings, falls into Grubstreet.

Little Moorfields, or Back street.

Fore street

Crown Court.

Hind Alley.

Half Moon Alley.

Vine Court.

Angel Alley.

Harts horn Alley.

Butchers Alley.

Oystershell Court.

Gun Alley.

White's Alley.

Ropemakers Alley.

Moor lane, for the generality, but meanly built and inhabited; especially the upper end, which is narrow, and leadeth into a place called Back Alley, very mean; having a passage upon Sufferance into Ropemakers Alley; likewise another passage into Butlers Alley, and so into Grubstreet. Rams head Court, but very

More lane.

Back Alley.

Rams head Court.