Covent Garden Parish. The Streets.93

Covent Garden Parish. The Streets.

good Places under King Charles the Second, with whom he was very much in Favour, partly for his extraordinary Skill in Hawking. He never had a dangerous Sickness, nor lost one Tooth in his whole Life. He used to ride on Horseback, with a Hawk on his Fist; which he did but two Years before his Death. And in Septmeber last he rode eight Miles a Hawking. He was sensible to the last Moment, and discoursed very piously of his approaching End. In a Word, he dyed purely of old Age, without the least Pain and Sickness. This is an Account that our News Papers gave of him.]

The Names of the Streets and Places follow.

King-street, a handsome large Street, with well built and inhabited Houses, especially on the North Side. At the upper End of this Street is White Rose-street, which turns into Red Rose-street, and that into another called White Rose street, which hath an Entrance into Long Acre. Of these Rose-streets, the first is White Rose street, which, with about half of Red Rose-street, is in this Parish: The other Part is in St. Martin's Parish. This Street is indifferent well built and inhabited, especially White Rose-street.


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Bedford-street, a handsome broad Street, with very good Houses, which, since the Fire of London, are generally taken up by eminent Tradesmen, as Mercers, Lacemen, Drapers, &c. as is King-street, and Henrietta-street. But the West Side of this Street is the best. On the West Side fronting Henrietta-street is Bedford Court, which hath a Passage into Shandois-street, a very handsome large Court, with an open Square in the Midst: Its Houses, which have not been very many Years built, are very good, and well inhabited; being a great Through-fare, and a Place of Trade.



Henrietta-street, also another very handsome and wide Street, with good Buildings on the South Side, which are well inhabited by Tradesmen of Note.


Shandois-street runneth up to St. Martin's Lane: But that Part which is in this Parish, reacheth a Door or two beyond Round Court; and here the Street is narrower, and is not so well built or inhabited as the Part in this Parish.


Maiden Lane, well built; but the Place is narrow, and of little Trade. On the South Side are several Alleys, which lead into the Strand, but are all in St. Martin's Parish, as Bull-head Court, Baylyes Alley, and Thatch'd Alley, &c. all which were there mentioned. The West End falleth into Half-moon-street, a little Part of which is in this Parish.

Maiden Lane.

Bedford House, the Seat of the Duke of Bedford, which is seated in the Strand, but runneth backwards; being a large but old built House, having a great Yard before it, for the Reception of Coaches; With a spacious Garden, having a Terrase Walk adjoining to the Brick Wall next the Garden; and from thence receives the Prospect thereof. Behind this Garden are the Duke's Coach-houses and Stables; And for the Conveniency thereof, there is a Passage into Charles-street, shut up by a large Gate.

Bedford House.

This is now built into a Street.

Exeter-street, which coming out of Katherine-street, runs up as far as Bedford Back Wall. There is but the North Side (which hath the best Buildings) in this Parish; and both Sides well inhabited. The other Side is in St. Martin's Parish.


Bridges street, of great Resort for the King's Theatre there seated, but not in this Parish. It is a Place well built and inhabited; and receiveth Little Bridges street, which runneth into Vinegar Yard; also Russel Court and White Hart Yard, the Entrances into which Places are only in this Parish.

Bridges street.

York-street, very short, but well built and inhabited.


Charles street, also very good, and well built; and here is Hum-mum, or Sweating-house, much resorted unto by the Gentry.

Charles street.

Russel-street, a fine broad Street, well inhabited by Tradesmen; the West End falleth into Covent Garden.


Bow-street, so called, as running in Shape of a bent Bow: The Street is open and large, with very good Houses, well inhabited, and resorted unto by Gentry for Lodgings, as are most of the other Streets in this Parish. Here is a very narrow Alley, called Jackson's Alley, which hath a Passage into Russel-street, the only ordinary Place in this Parish. It also gives Entrance into Marlet's Court, Earl's Court, and Red Lion Court; which being in St. Martin's Parish, except a little Part of each, next unto Bow-street, are there taken Notice of.


Jackson's Alley.

Hart-street, which, by the crossing of St. James's-street, is severed into two Parts; a Street not over well built or inhabited; the South Side being for the greatest Part taken up by Coach-houses and Stables, belonging to the Houses in Covent Garden. On the North Side is Phenix Alley, the White Hart Inn, Leg Alley, Red Lion Inn, and Conduit Court. All which have their Passage into Long Acre, and are in St. Martin's Parish; except some small Part of each, next unto Hart-street: Which, by the prick'd Line marking the Bounds of the Parish, doth appear.


Phenix Alley.

White Hart Inn.

Leg Alley.

Conduit Court.

James-street, a very handsome Street, especially that Part standing in this Parish; and is well inhabited. But the Part beyond the Nag's Head Inn, where it falls into Long Acre, is much narrower, and not so well inhabited.