The City of WESTMINSTER.86


Susanna Butler, Daughter of Thomas Butler, 1694.

Mary Bullimore, Daughter of Richard and Mary Bullimore, 1694/5.]

Now for the Bounds, or Girt Line. I shall begin at the Black Lyon, at the South-west Corner of Leicester Fields, by Panton-street; thence turning Northwards, it runs down Whitcombe-street, from thence into Prince's-street, and so into Wardour-street, passing by St. Anne's Church-yard on the East Side. And at the upper End of Wardour-street, it turns down Tyburn Road Eastwards unto St. Giles's Pound; and there it turns Southwards into Hog Lane, and so runs to the upper End of St. Martin's Lane against Long Acre, where it turns down Newport-street, taking in the North Row of Buildings, and from thence into Castle street, and so to Bear-street, enclosing the North Side thereof; and so runs cross Leicester Fields, to the Black Lyon, where I began; and all within the said Girt Line is in this Parish, as appears by the Map of the Parish.

Its Bounds or Girt Line.

R. B.

And now for the Description of the Streets, Courts, &c. in this Parish, I shall begin at the South-east Part, to wit, at Newport-street; and so shew them in Order, as they lie Northwards.

Newport-street fronts Long Acre: The North Side, which is in this Parish, hath far the best Buildings, and is inhabited by Gentry; whereas, on the other Side dwell ordinary Tradespeople, of which several are of the French Nation.


Porter's-street, at the North-west Corner of Newport-street, runs up into Litchfield-street. Out of this Street there is a Passage into Newport Market: 'Tis a Street well built and inhabited.


Litchfield-street, a Place furnished with good Buildings, well inhabited. And here is an open Passage into Newport Market, almost against the Great Stonecutter's.


Newport Market, made very commodious for that Use, having a good Market-house, with Shambels for Butchers in the Midst, with Shops round about it: But at present is not so well served with Provisions as in Time it may be by the Resort of Country People to it with their Necessaries, Clare Market much eclipsing it.

Newport Market.

Newport Alley, a great Passage into So Ho, and those new built Places. It is for the Generality inhabited by French; as indeed are most of these Streets and Alleys, which are ordinarily built, and the Rents cheap. It is a Place of a good Trade. Out of this Alley is a Passage into Newport Market.

Newport Alley.

Little Newport street, on the Back of this Alley, ordinarily built and inhabited; being much annoyed with Coaches and Carts into the So Ho, and those Parts.

Little Newport-street.

Cranborn-street, hath a very handsome Freestone Pavement, and an open Passage into Liecester Fields for Foot Passengers: Which great Through-fare makes it to be a Place of a very good Trade, both Sides being inhabited by Shopkeepers. Out of the North Side is Cranborn Alley, a narrow Place most taken up by Shoomakers. Then about the Middle of this Street is Earl's Court, paved with Freestone, which hath a Passage into Little Newport-street. Not far from this, and near Newport House, is Rider's Court, a Court new built, and neat, with a Freestone Pavement, cleanly kept, and well inhabited. It hath a Passage at the upper End of Little Newport-street to Newport Market, and Gerard-street: And on the South Side there is a Passage into Bear-street.


Cranborn Alley.

Earl's Court.

Rider's Court.

Leicester Fields, a very handsome open Square, railed about, and gravelled within. The Buildings are very good, and well inhabited, and frequented by the Gentry. The North and West Rows of Buildings which are in this Parish are the best; and especially the North, where is Leicester House, the Seat of the Earl of Leicester: Being a large Building, with a fair Court before it, for the Reception of Coaches; and a fine Garden behind it. The South and East Sides being in the Parish of St. Martin's.

Leicester Fields.

Leicester House.

Next to this House is another large one, inhabited late by the Earl of Aylsbury, now by His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales.

Sidney-street, or rather Alley, being paved with Freestone, which gives a Passage out of Leicester Fields into Prince's-street, and so to Pickadilly: A Place of no great Account.

Sidney Alley.

Leicester-street fronts Leicester Fields, and hath Lisle-street on the North.

Leicester street.

Lisle-street comes out of Prince's-street, and runs up to Leicester Garden Wall: Both these Streets are large, well built, and inhabited by Gentry.


Whitcombe street, on the Back of Leicester Fields, very ordinary; the Side in this Parish being the Stables and Coach-houses belonging to the Houses in the West Row of Leicester Fields; and the other Side of the Street, which is in the Parish of St. James's, is very ordinary, both for Houses and Inhabitants.


Prince's-street, a broad Street, with good Houses, and in its Passage into Wardour-street, receiveth Lisle-street, Gerard-street, King-street, Richmond street, and Compton street.


Gerard-street butteth against Newport Market, and runs Westward into Prince's street; being fronted with Maxfield (or Macclesfield) Street, which passing by St. Anne's Church, falls into Dean street. It is a very good Street, well built, and inhabited by Gentry, and some Noblemen, as the Earl of Manchester, and the Earl of Macclesfield.


King-street, a pretty good Street, but not so broad as most in these Parts; yet well inhabited.


Church-street, so called, as fronting St. Anne's Church; and passing Moore street, which is but short, narrow, and of no great Account; falls into Hog Lane, against Monmouth-street End.



Grafton street, indifferent good, crosseth Litchfield-street, and butteth against Gerrard-street.


Hayes-street, or rather Alley, being but small and narrow, with a Freestone Pavement. In the Map it is marked with Number 16.


Compton street, very long, which from Hog Lane runneth Westwards into Wardour-street. This This Street is broad, and the Houses well built, but of no great Account for its Inhabitants, which are chiefly French.


Dean street, a spacious Street, and of a great Length, taking its Rise from St. Ann's Church, and runs Northward unto Tyburn Road: It is graced with good Buildings, well inhabited by Gentry, especially the middle Part, but that towards the Road is but ordinary. The Church of St. Ann's is large, and handsomely finished within, but the Want of a Steeple takes off from its outward Grace. Behind the Church is a spacious Church-yard. On the West Side of this Street are several Out-lets and Courts, viz. Milk Alley, which runs into Wardour-street, but of no great Account.


St. Anne's Church.

Milk Alley.

Dean's Court, a pretty neat and cleanly Place, not large, but indifferent well inhabited. Cockpit Court, a small Place, and of no Account, either for Inhabitants or Buildings; which Buildings are but of one Side. St. Ann's Court, pretty well built and inhabited, with a Freestone Pavement, and hath a Passage into Wardour-street. King's-Square Court, a handsome broad Court fronting King's-Square; 'tis a Place well built and inhabited, and hath one very large House, which takes up all the West End or Front; by which is a little Passage leading in-

Dean's Court.

Cock-pit Court.

St. Anne's Court.

King's-Square Court.