Beckford Court - Bell (The) Brewhouse

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Beckford Court

See Gateway Entrance.

Beck's Rents

South out of Royal Mint Street, west of No. 19 (Hatton, 17-8-O.S. 1880), near the west end.

"Neck's Rents" in Supplement to Land, 1880.

Removed for the extension of the Royal Mint buildings.

Bedford Court

Out of Basinghall Street (Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Beech Court

North out of Beech Street at No.42 (P.O. Directory). In Cripplegate Ward Without.

Name first given 1909.

Former name : "King's Head Court" (O.S.).

There was a Presbyterian Meeting House in the Court, in 1672 (L. and P. Chas. II. XII. 273).

Beech Lane

South-east from No.13 Beech Street to No.51 Whitecross Street (P.O. Directory). In Cripplegate Ward Without.

In former times and as late as the 18th century, this was the name given to the street now called Beech Street (q.v.).

First mention : "la beche," 41 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 2263).

"Bechelane," 1334-5 (Ct. H.W. I. 402).

Other names and forms : "Bechestrete," 1285 (Ct. H.W. I. 74). "Bechen lane" 20 Rich. II. (Cal. Pat. R. 1396-9, p. 22). "Beech lane" (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).

Named after the family "de la Beche." In 41 H. III. Henry de la Beche made a grant of all his lands in "la beche" in parish of St. Giles Without Crepelgate, by the street called "la beche" (Anc. Deeds, A. 2263).

It has been suggested that the name may be connected with "Wittewellebech," mentioned in old documents (Kingsford's Stow, II. 340).

See Berchenlane.

Beech Street

East from Barbican at 31 to 49 Chiswell Street (P.O. Directory). In Cripplegate Ward Without.

First mention : Horwood, 1799.

It was formerly called "Beech Lane " (q.v.), although the form "Bechestrete" occurs in 1285 (Ct. H.W. I. 74).

For the derivation of the name See Beech Lane.

"Dizzle's Court" (q.v.) occupied the site in the 18th century.

Beef Market

In Leadenhall Market (P.C. 1732).

Beehive Alley

South out of Snow Hill to Turnagain Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799), near Holbourn Bridge.

The site is now covered by Holborn Viaduct.

Name derived from the sign.

Beehive Court

South out of Little St. Thomas Apostle at No.15, in Cordwainer Ward (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).

Removed for the western extension of Cannon Street, 1853-4.

Beehive Passage

At 13 Lime Street, opposite Cullum Street, at Leadenhall Market (Lockie, 1816).

Not named in the maps.

Beer Lane

South out of Great Tower Street at No.36 to No.52 Lower Thames Street. In Tower Ward (P.O. Directory).

"Beere Lane" (Leake, 1666).

Early forms : "Berelane," 1539, 31 H. VIII. (Lond. I. p.m. L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. VII. p. 64). "Beare Lane" (S. 135). "Bear Lane," 1661 (L. and P. Chas. II. I. p. 568). "Bear Lane," 1657 (Howel, p. 49).

Derivation of name : Maskell suggests that it was so called either as the highway to Brewer's Quay, or else from the sign of the Bear there (All Hallows Barking, p. 184). It has been suggested that Beer Lane is to be identified with Berewards Lane, All Hallows Barking (q.v.).

Roman patera found here.

Beggars Lane

An open passage into Charterhouse Yard and so unto Smithfield Bars and St. John Street, in Aldersgate Ward Without. So called as being the usual place for beggars to ply at (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 122).

No further mention.

Belfounder's House

A tenement so-called in Hundesdiche in parish of St. Botulph Without, Aldgate, 1540 (L. and P. H. VIII. XVI. 717). Seems to be called Belhous, 34 H. VI. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 18).

Belheteres Lane

See Billiter Street.

Belieters Lane

See Billiter Street.

Belins-Gate Key

See Billingsgate Stairs.

Bell (Le)

Inn called "le Bell" in Mynchynlane, parish of St. Dunstan in le Est, belonging to St John's monastery Colchester, 36 H. VIII. 1544 (L. and P. H. VIII. Dom. S. XIX. Pt. 2, p. 180, and Dugdale IV. 613).

The name survives in Bell Court, Mincing Lane (q.v.).

Bell (The)

A messuage called the Bell, in parish of St. Martin in Ludgate in the ward of Faryngdon, 18 H. VIII. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 77).

No later mention.

Bell (The)

A tenement called "le Bell" in parish of St. Dunstan in Fletestrete, which belonged to St. John of Jerusalem, 35 H. VIII. (L. and P. H. VIII. XVIII. (1), 448).

In Bell Yard (Noble, p. 109).

Bell (The) Brewhouse

Aldgate High Street.

See Crown Place.