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Other forms : "Basingelane," 1279-80 (ib. 46). "Basingeslane," 1324 (ib. 309). "Basiggeslane," 35 Ed. I. (Cal. L. Bk. C. p. 204). "Bassingeslane," 3 Ed. II. (ib. D. p. 231). "Basingestrete," 1303 (Cal. L. Bk. C. p.191). "Basynglane," 1336 (Ct. H.W. I. 412). "Bassynglane," 1361 (Cal. Close R. Ed. III. 1360-4, p.278).
There does not appear to be any early record of the name "Bakeing," and the more probable derivation would seem to be from the family of the "Basinges" who held property in the lane in 1275 (Ct. H.W. I. 20).
This last name is derived from a messuage called "the Glayne" in Colmanstrete in parish of St. Stephen, 30 H. VIII. 1538 (Lond. I. p.m. I. 64), and the name "Green Court" is probably merely a corruption of this name.
High Road called "Bassingeshawe," 7 Ed. I. 1280 (Cal. P.R. Ed. I. 1272-81, p.381). "Street of Bassishaughe," 17 Ed. III. 1343 (Cal. Close R. Ed. III. 1343-6, p. 95). "High Street of Bassieshawe," 4 H. VI. 1425 (Cal. L. Bk. K. p. 53). "Bassinghawstrete," 4 Ed. VI. (P.R. Ed. VI. Pt. 9). "Bassinges Hawe," 23 Eliz. 1581 (Lond. I. p.m. III. 42). "Bassingshall streete," 1603 (S. 287). "Basinghallstreete," 1670-1 (Ct. H. W. II. 775). "Bashishaw Street" (Strype, 1720). "Basinghall Street, properly Bassishaw Street" (P.C. 1732).
The street has been much altered in modern times by the removal of the numerous courts and alleys that intersected it and by the erection of large blocks of chambers and offices, as Gresham Buildings, Guildhall Chambers, etc.
Tenement or hostel of Ralph Holand called "Bassettisyn," formerly belonging to Sir Ralph de Basset, late lord of Drayton, situate in parish of St. Mary de Aldermanbury, devised to Fraternity of Tailors and Armourers of Linen Armour, 1454 (Ct. H.W. II. 526).
Other forms : "Bassieshaghe," Rich. I. (Anc. Deeds, A. 1952). "Bassingeshage," "Bassieshag," c. 1233 (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 20). "Bassieshawe," 36 H. III. (Ch. I. p.m. 36 H. III. file 13 (4). "Bassishawe," 41, H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 2084). "Bassyeshawe," 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 403). "Basseyeshawe," 1296 (Ct. H. W. I. 128). "Basseshaze," 1298-9 (ib. 141).
Riley suggests in his Memorials that "Bassishaw" and "Basinghall" are probably names of different origin, the former being derived from the "haw" or " laugh" of the Bassets there and not from the family of Basing (p. xix.).
But the evidence of the records is against this view, for the two forms seem to have been in use concurrently and interchangeably from the 12th century, the earliest instance of the name being "Bassingeshage." See under Bassishaw.
Stow says the ward taketh name of Bassingshall, the principall house of the Basinges, the builders thereof and owners of the ground near adjoining. He identifies it with Bakewell hall. See Blackwell Hall.
It seems probable that in this case Stow's derivation is correct and that the Basings, who were an influential family in the City from early times, may have had their principal house and property in this part of the city. "Bassingeshage" would be the "hawe" or enclosure of the Basings, and the omission of the "ng" in later writings might come about from the use of the contracted form "Bassishaw" for "Bassingshawe."
Bates' Yard, Houndsditch
Bates's Yard, Middlesex Street
Other names : "Bathesteres lane," c. 31 or 32 H. III. (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 1). Property described as in the parish of All Hallows del Heywarf bounded on the east by Bathesteres Lane and on the south by the Thames. "Battyslane," 12 H. VII. (1497) (Lond. I. p.m. I. p. 13). In this Inquisition a wharf called "Heywharf" is described as in "Battyslane." "Batteslane," otherwise called "Heywharfe lane," 1508-9 (Ct. H.W. II. 614).
The heirs of William Bat held property in this parish in 19 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 1791), and the lane may have been named or renamed after this family. Otherwise "Battes" may be merely the contracted form of the names Battesteres or Bathester's, written "Baftes," the contracted letters being in course of time omitted altogether.