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Sharpe says this was afterwards known as the prior of Tortington's Inn, and having subsequently passed into the hands of the Earls of Oxford as " Oxford Place by London Stone" (ib.). After the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII. granted it to John de Vere, earl of Oxford, 1539 (L. and P. H. VIII. XIV. 1192 (8).
This places Oxford House on the site of the dwelling house of Henry filius Eylwini de Londene-stane, first mayor of London, 1188 (Lib. de Antiq. Leg. 1 and 3). He died about 1212-13. His granddaughter Joan (ib. ix.-xi. and lxxiv.-lxxvi. ) married William Aguylun, and it was by this means that Henry Fitz Aylwin's house passed into the hands of that family.
A water gate on the Thames, near London Bridge, opposite the church of St. Magnus (1312, Riley's Mem. 95). The name seems afterwards to have been given to the lane leading down to the gate from Thames Street, I 7 Ed. III. (Lib. Cust. II. 447-8).
In 17 Ed. III. complaint was made of the lane called "Oystergate" being shut up and of the profits made out of sellers of rushes there, which ought to have gone to the city, being appropriated by private citizens (Lib. Cust. 11.447-8).
In Cal. L. Bk. I. p.138, under the date 1415, there is a reference to " Ebgate alias Oystergate." But the two cannot have been identical as they are mentioned separately in earlier records (See Riley's Mem. p.95, and Lib. Cust. II. 447-8).
In the parish of St. Magnus, adjoining Bridge Street, now New Fish Street. Probably the lane leading up from the river from Oystergate and Old London Bridge and sometimes itself called " Oystergate" (q.v.).
Earliest mention : Shop at the corner of " Bruggestrete" upon " Oystrehull " in parish of St. Magnus, 1305-6 (Ct. H.W. I. 174). Other forms : " Oysterhell," 1334-5 (ib. 399). " Oysterhulle," 1368 (ib. II. i18). Oysterhill," 1458 (ib. 537).