A Dictionary of London. Originally published by H Jenkins LTD, London, 1918.
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Prior to the formation of Skinner Street in 1802 it ran east from Fleet Market, afterwards Farringdon Street, at Holborn Bridge to Cow Lane, then south into Holborn and east to the Old Bailey, thus forming the highway between Holborn and Newgate Street, and being considerably greater in extent and importance than at the present time. It was narrow, steep and circuitous, and so remained until 1867, when it was removed for the construction of Holborn Viaduct and its approaches.
Other forms : "Snourehilstreete," " Snourehyll," 36 H. VIII. (ib. XIX. (I), p.624). Snow hill," 4 Ed. VI. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 136-7). " Snower hill," 16 Eliz. (ib. II. 175). Snore hill," 19 Eliz. (L.C.C. Deeds, Harben Coll. 1500-1600, No.25).
Snuff Yard, Houndsditch
Soaper's Alley, Bishopsgate Without
Soaper's Yard, St, Mary Axe
Plough service, a tenure inferior to tenure by knight service. In London in later times it seems to have been a payment arising out of a tenement or holding in a soke, due to the owner in respect of such holding.
Although London has been generally regarded as exempt from feudal tenures, there is abundant evidence in old deeds and records relating to the City to prove that it contained within its limits several " sokes," or privileged areas, exempt from the jurisdiction of the City, in addition to those within the Liberties, but without the Walls.
In the terms "sac" and "soc," "sac" was the power and privilege of hearing and determining causes and disputes, levying of forfeitures and fines, executing laws and administering justice within a certain precinct (See Ellis, Introduction to Domesday Book, I. 273). " Soc " or " socn " was strictly the right of investigating, or seeking, or, as Spelman defines it, "Cognitio quam dominus habet in curia sua de causis litibusque inter vassallos suos ex orientibus." It was also the territory or precinct in which the sacu and other privileges were exercised (Thorpe's Diplomatarium, Glossary, p.394).
Soldiers' Court, Grub Street, Cripplegate
Somer's Key Gateway
Somer's Quay Stairs
A tenement so called next Baynard Castle, worth £9 6s. 8d., belonging Eleanor, late Duchess of Somerset, daughter of Richard Beauchamp, formerly Earl of Warwick, 7 Ed. IV. (Lond. I. p.m. 21 H. VII. I. 21).
King Henry VIII was seised of the wharf, called" Sondaye Wharf" and of houses of Thomas Sterre in parish of St. Andrew at Baynard's Castle, and he granted the premises to Lady Ann Cleve, by whom they descended to Q. Mary, 4 and 5 P. and M. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 161).
Further described as a wharf called" Sondayes wharf'" lying in the west part of the common water called the Common Watering place in the parish of St. Andrew at Baynard's Castle described as "Powyls Wharffe" alias "Sondayes Wharffe," held of the Queen in free burgage, 3 Eliz. 1561 (Lond. I. p.m. I. 220-1).
Tavern called the White Horse in parish of St. Mary Woolnoth in Lumbarde strete, St. Mary Abchurch, and in Abbechurche lane in the ward of Langbourne, one end abutting south on land of prioress and convent of Clerkenwell called "Sondayes Aley" in Abbechurche lane in parish of St. Mary Abbechurche and ward of Langborn, lately belonging to the abbey called "lez Mynores" without Algate, granted to Sir Martin Bowes 31 H. VIII. 1539 (L. and P. H. VIII. Vol. XIV. Pt. I, p.591).