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[Present State Faringdon Ward without. of this Ward.]

some Houses in it, besides the Inn; but this being almost all in the Rolls Liberty, is there spoken of. Red Hart Inn, indifferent. Over against Bond's Stables, is Stone Court, a very small Place. Three Leg Alley, on the back of East Harding street, and falls into West Harding street; also hath a passage into Fleetstreet, through Red Lion Court. East Harding street, indifferent good, falls into Goldsmiths Rents. Nevils Alley, very handsome, and well inhabited. Churchyard Alley, very narrow; which after two Turnings falls into Cursitor's Alley. Magpie Yard and Inn, now very handsomely rebuilt; and hath a passage into Castle street, near unto which is Magpye Inn. Dean street, well built and inhabited; falls into Goldsmiths Rents. Plough Yard, a good large and open Place, well inhabited. Bewit's Court, a very handsome and large new built Court, with a Freestone Pavment, and very well inhabited. Not far from this Court, is a passage into Bartlet's Buildings in Holbourn; where it shall be noted. This passage hath a few neat and well built Houses on the South side, with pretty Garden Spots before them, neatly kept. Horseshoe Alley, small and ordinary. Over against this Court is the White Horse Inn, which is but small: Adjoining to which is the back Door of Barnard's Inn. Kings head Court, formerly called White horse Alley, a good handsome new built Court, well inhabited; having a Freestone turning passage into Holbourn. Goldsmiths Rents, a good large Place, containing several Streets and Places of Name, and all well built and inhabited; especially East Harding street, which is more open. This Street falleth into West Harding street, as also into Three Leg Alley, which is but ordinary. In this Street are New Court and Goldsmiths Court, both but small. Dean street falls into Fetter lane out of East Harding street, as aforesaid. New street, a pretty handsome open Place, with indifferent good Buildings; of which there are four Streets, and all bearing that Name; one falling into Shoe lane, another which turns Northwards receives the other two, which comes out of East harding street. Gunpowder Alley, long and narrow; falls into Shoe lane, crossing Little Newstreet, which is but ordinary.

Red Hart Inn.

Stone Court.

Three Leg Alley.

East Harding street.

Nevil's Alley.

Churchyard Alley.

Magpie Yard and Inn.

Dean street.

Plough Yard.

Bewit's Court.

Horseshoe Alley.

White horse Inn.

Kings head Court.

Goldsmiths Rents.

New Court.

Goldsmiths Court.

Dean street.

New street.

Gunpowder Alley.

Little New street.

The next Lane in Fleetstreet is Shoe lane, very long, runneth North from Fleetstreet, over against Salisbury Court, into Holbourn, by St. Andrew's Church; a Lane of no great Note either for Buildings or Inhabitants. In it are a great many Alleys and Courts, though of little Account. I shall begin first on the East side next to Holbourn, and so towards Fleetstreet: And then the first is Plumbtree Court, the best of all; being large and well built, with Inhabitants according. It hath a passage into another Court, so called, which falls into Holbourn; that Part towards Shoe lane being pretty broad. Well Alley, very mean and ordinary. Molins Rents, indifferent good, but hath a narrow passage into it. Isaac's Rents, very ordinary. Near unto this is Spectacle's Rents, very small and mean. Eagle and Child Alley, narrow, but indifferent good; hath a passage into Fleet Ditch, down Steps. Brewers Yard, so called from a Brewhouse at the lower end there, and with some small Tenements; this hath a passage into Fleet Ditch. Queens Arms Alley, but narrow, with a Freestone Pavement which leads to the Ditch side, down Steps. George Alley, but narrow, hath also a passage down to the Ditch side. Rose and Crown Court, but indifferent, hath a passage into George Alley. Stonecutters street, pretty good and open, with indifferent Inhabitants. This leadeth down to the Ditch side. Curriers Alley, very ordinary, runs to the Ditch side. Harp Alley, but narrow, runs down to the Ditch side; a Place of great Trade for old Houshold Goods, for which it is of Note; but the Buildings very mean. Angel Court, small and ordinary. Fountain Court, but ordinary.

Shoe lane.

Plumb Tree Court.

Well Alley.

Molen's Rents.

Isaac's Rents.

Spectacle's Rents.

Eagle and Child Alley.

Brewers Yard.

Queen Arms Alley.

George Alley.

Rose and Crown Court.

Stonecutters street.

Curriers Alley.

Harp Alley.

Angel Court.

Fountain Court.

Places on the West side of this Lane: Robin Hood Court, pretty broad and large, but mean Houses and Inhabitants; hath a passage up Steps intoGoldsmiths Rents. Cockpit Court, pretty handsome, with Brick Building at the upper end, and hath a Freestone Pavement. Brown's Court, but small and mean. Faulcon Court, but ordinary; near unto the Corner of Newstreet. Kings head Court, a narrow Place, which comes out of Wine Office Court, mentioned in Fleetstreet, and leads into this Lane. Globe Court, but small. And thus much for Fleetstreet.

Robin hood Court.

Cockpit Court.

Brown's Court.

Faulcon Court.

Kings head Court.

Now more on the North is Holbourn hill, a very broad and spacious Street of a good Trade, and a great Thoroughfare; being very much frequented by Wagons, Coaches and Horses, from several Parts of England, chiefly Westwards and Northwards. And for their Accommodation, this Street, as also Snow hill, hath several considerable Inns; as the Greyhound, the Crown, the Checker, the Bell, the Black Bull, the Black Swan, the George, the Sarazen's Head, the King's Arms, the Swan, and the Rose. The Part of this Street in this Ward, begins at the Bars, by Gray's Inn lane, and runneth down Holbourn Bridge, where Snow hill begins; and so with a turning passage to St. Sepulchres Church, and thence to Newgate. As to the Courts and Alleys, I shall begin at the Bars, and so down Eastwards on the South side, and afterwards on the North side. And acccording to this Method, the first Place is Staple's Inn, one of the Inns of Chancery; a very handsome, open, and well built Place, with a Garden behind it.

Holbourn hill.

Inns here.

Staples Inn.

Castle street, a good handsome well built and inhabited Place: It hath these Inlets and Outlets, viz. It comes out of Holbourn and leads into Cursitor's Alley, with an open Paasage. On the East side it hath a passage into Fetter lane, through Magpie Yard. And on the West side, Tuckers, or Duck Court, a large and well built Place, much inhabited by Lawyers, as seated amongst the Inns of Court and Chancery; and this hath an open passage into Cursitors Alley. Besides, here is a narrow passage on the South East Corner, through Churchyard Alley, into Fetter lane.

Castle street.

Tucker's, or Duck Court.

Cursitors Alley leads into Chancery lane, over against Gray's Inn; and this Place took its Name from the Cursitors Office adjoining thereunto. It is a Place well built and inhabited, and stands well for Lodging for those that come up to the Terms. The West end of this Alley, from or near the Rose Tavern, unto Chancery lane, is in the Rolls Liberty. Betwixt this Street, and Furnival's Inn, is White's Alley, an indifferent Place, with old Timber Houses. Bernards's Inn. The Buildings of this Inn are very old, and much want Rebuilding; the back Court hath a passage into Fetter lane. Kings head Court, already spoken of. Bartlet's Buildings, a very handsome spacious Place, graced with good Buildings of Brick, with Gardens behind the Houses; and is a Place very well inhabited by Gentry, and Persons of good Repute. Out of this Court, through a long Alley, wherein are some very good Houses,

Cursitors Alley.

White's Alley.

Barnard's Inn.

Bartlet's Buildings.