The Parish of St. Clements Danes. Streets, &c.118

The Parish of St. Clements Danes. Streets, &c.

Norfolk Street, very large and spacious, lieth in the midst, and is esteemed the best both for Buildings, and Pleasantness of a Prospect into the Thames.

Norfolk Street.

Surrey Street, also replenished with good Buildings, especially that of Nevison Fox, Esq; towards the Strand, which is a fine, large and curious House of his own Building; and the two Houses that front the Thames; that on the East side being the House of the Honourable Charles Howard, Esquire, Brother to Henry Duke of Norfolk, both fine Houses with pleasant, tho' small Gardens towards the Thames.

Surrey Street.

Howard Street, also a large open Street, running cross as aforesaid, but not so well inhabited as the others.

Howard Street.

The North side of the Strand begins at Temple Bar, from thence runneth to the Butcher Row, which goeth to the Passage into St. Clements Inn, thence to the Angel Inn, and so on the Back side of St. Clements Church unto the May Pole in the Strand.

The North side of the Strand.

The Parish Church of St. Clements, is lately new built, a comely and curious Structure, both as to its Pillars, Galleries, Pews and Pulpit within; and for its outward Adornment, having a fine Porch ascended by Steps, and covered at the top Cupulowise, and supported by Freestone Pillars. It also hath a fine Steeple, with a good Ring of Bells, and Chimes to them. To this Church adjoins a fair Churchyard severed from the Strand by Freestones set in the Ground Breast high, and handsomely shaped taperwise. On the East side are six Parish Alms Houses.

St. Clements Church.

Parish Alms Houses.

Near unto this Church, on the North side is St. Clements Inn, being one of the Inns of Chancery. It hath three Courts one within another, all old Buildings, except a Row in the Garden, which is well built with a Prospect into the Garden, as also into that of New Inn adjoining to it, with a Door to open into the said Inn a Days, but shut at Nights; and here is a back Door which gives Passage into Clare Market.

St. Clements Inn.

St. Clements Lane, comes out of Butchers Row, and fronts Clements Inn. And near the Gate is the Lamb Inn of some Note and Trade. Then passing by St. Clements Inn, and Boswel Court, it runneth Northwards into Clare Market, and in its Passage takes in St. Clements Pump, or Well, of Note for its excellent Spring Water. A little above this Pump, is Plough Alley, which with three Turnings, goes into a Street by the Plough Stables, which fronts the Play House by Lincolns Inn Grange, in little Lincolns Inn Fields. More towards Clare Market, is Horshoe Court, a pretty handsome Place, with a Freestone Pavement, having a Prospect into St. Clements Inn Garden. And opposite to this Court is Yates Court, not over good, nor large; and then nearer to Clare Market on the right Hand, is a very small Place, with a narrow Entrance, called Pigmy Court.

St. Clements Lane.

St. Clements Pump.

Plough Alley.

Horshoe Court.

Yates Court.

Pigmy Court.

Between Temple Bar and the Turning into St. Clements Inn on the North side of the Butcher Row, (so called from the Butchers Shambles on the South side) are several Courts, most of which are but small. The first is Ship Yard, a Throughfare into little Shear Lane, with a pretty broad Passage; on the East side is an open Place going into a small Court, called Chair Court with a fair Freestone Pavement. This Yard seems to take its Name from the Ship Tavern at the Entrance thereof. Next to Ship Yard are these Courts, Swan Court, very small. Star Court, indifferent good and large with an open Air. White Hart Court, long, but narrow. Lock Alley, but small. Windmil Court, very small, and inconsiderable. Crown Court hath an open Air about the midst, and leadeth into little Shear Lane. Bear and Harrow Court, so called from such a Sign, a noted Eating House, at the Entrance into it. This Court, (or rather Alley, for its Length and Narrowness) runs into Boswel Court. Then beyond St. Clements Lane is the Angel Inn, a very large Place and of a great Resort, especially for the Cornish and West Country Lawyers. And near unto this Inn is Knights Court, a Place of small Account.

The Butcher Row.

Ship Yard.

Chair Court.

Swan Court.

Star Court.

White Hart Court.

Lock Alley.

Crown Court.

Bear and Harrow Court.

Knights Court.

Hollowel Street, commonly called the Back side of St. Clements, a Place inhabited by divers Salesmen and Piece-Brokers. This Street runs up to the May Pole in the Strand, where is Five Bell Tavern, which is a Throughfare into the Wich Street; and near it is a small Alley called Sallets Alley, also with a Passage into Wich Street. In this Hollowel Street is Lyons Inn, another of the Inns of Chancery, which is but small and old. It hath a back Door into Wich Street; and against the fore Door is a small Passage into the Strand, called Pissing Alley, perhaps in contempt.

Hollowel Street.

Sallets Alley.

Lyons Inn.

Pissing Alley.

Wich Street begins at the Angel Inn, and so runs in Drury Lane; it is a Street much take up by Upholsters for the Sale of Bedding and second hand Houshold Goods. In this Street is New Inn, another of the Inns of Chancery, and here the Students of Strand Inn settled, when that House was pulled down in the Reign of Edward the Sixth, for the building of Somerset House. This Inn is of late much encreased by the new Buildings in the Garden Part; which is severed in with Pallisadoes, and neatly kept with Grass Plats and Walks, set with Rows of Trees, so that the Chambers (which all front the Garden) are very pleasant and airy. Thro' this Inn there is a Passage into Haughton Street, and another into St. Clements Inn.

Witch Street.

New Inn.

Near unto New Inn is Wickham Court and Wich Alley, both very small: and on the North side, next to Lyons Inn, is Ogdens Court, also but ordinary. May Pole Alley hath a narrow Passage into Stanhope Street, but meanly inhabited, On the East side, and the West side is taken up by the back Buildings of Craven House. And over against Haughton Street is Sherborn Court, which is but small and ordinary.

Wickham Court.

Wich Alley.

Ogdens Court.

May Pole Alley.

Sherborn Court.

Drury Lane, so called from Drury House, now the Seat of the Earl of Craven, which with the Additions built by his Lordship, called Craven House, makes together a very large House, or which may be termed several Houses; The Entrance into this House is thro' a pair of Gates which leadeth into a large Yard for the reception of Coaches, and on the Back side is a handsome Garden.

Drury Lane.

Drury House.

Craven House.

Blackmore Street, near unto Craven House, a Street of no great Account. In this Lane, on the East side, which is in this Parish, are these Places of Name; Clare Court, a very handsome open Place with a Passage into Blackmore Street; and another into White Horse Yard; It hath very good new built Houses fit for good Inhabitants, and is handsomely paved with Freestone. White Horse Yard hath a Passage into Stanhope Street, being a Place but ill built, nor over well inhabited. Kings Head Court hath a Passage down Steps into Stanhope Street, an indifferent good Court. Rain Deer Yard, but ordinary, and hath a Passage into Stanhope Street, and Drum Court, or Alley, a small Place.

Blackmore Street.

Clare Court.

White Horse Yard.

Kings Head Court.

Rain Dear Yard.

Stanhope Street, a pretty broad, well built and inhabited Street; and besides the Places which come out of Drury Lane, on the same side is Blue Boar Court, which is but small.

Drum Court.

Stanhope Street.

Blue Boare Court.

Peter Street, but short and ordinary.

Peter Street.

Clare Street, a good open Place fronting the Market, here is White Horse Inn.

Clare Street.

Holles Street, also fronting the Market.

Holles Street.

Haughton Street, also falling into the Market, all which three last Streets are well built and inhabited; and from this Street to Peter Street, there

Haughton Street.