Blakegate - Blind Chapel Court

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Tenements in parish of St. Michael de Hoggenelane in Wodestrete and others at "Le Blakegate" and elsewhere in the said parish mentioned in Will of 1348-9 (Ct. H.W. I. 514).

Not further identified.

Qy.=Blake Hall (q.v.).


Tenement of Wm. Manduyt called "Blakehalle" in Wodestrete, parish of St. Michael, mentioned in Will of 1361 (Ct. H.W. II. 67).

Qy.="le Blakegate" in same parish (q.v.).

Stow says he has read in divers records of a house in Wood streete called "Blackehall," but no man at this day can tell thereof (S. 300).

Blakehors on the Hope

See Black Horse Alley, Fleet Street.


Tenement of Peter de Blakeney on the west side of Marte lane towards the Tower, 1311 (Ct. H.W. I. 223).

No later mention.


Messuage of Johanna Edecrone called "Blakelofte" in parish of S. Benedict Fynk (Ct. H.W. II. 320, 1395-6).

See Blackleste.

Not further identified.

Blakwell Hall Court

West out of Aldermanbury Postern, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

The site is now occupied by offices and business houses.

Blanch Appleton

Shown in Agas' (G) map, 1578.

It is variously described as a manor, a messuage, a district, etc., and was situated at the north-east end of Mark Lane, in the ward of Aldgate.

The earliest notice occurs in a confirmation by Robert de Valonus of the grant made in 1177 by David de Cornhella and Robert his brother to the canons of Holy Trinity of their land of "Blanchesapeltuna," this land being in the soke of the said Robert.

This description of it as being "in the soke" of Robert de Valonus may account for its apparent alienation from the jurisdiction of the City and for the peculiar privileges it seems to have enjoyed as a manor, such as the holding of manorial courts from time to time by the Earls of Hereford (See Ch. I. p.m. 23 Ed. I. No. 57 ; Cal. Close Rolls 15 Ed.III. 1341-3, p. 244).

It seems to have remained in the possession of the Priory until the 13th century. But in 1288, 16 Ed. I., we find from a Chancery I. p.m. that the messuage and appurtenances called "le Blaunch Appleton" were divided amongst the heirs of John de Vallibus. Later it passed into the possession of the de Bohuns, Earls of Hereford and Essex, and remained in their family until temp. Rich. II. (Anc. Deeds, B. 2030).

After the death of the Countess of Hereford (when the earldom became extinct), 8 Rich. II. (ib. D. 415), the property was divided and passed into the hands of various owners (Cal. P.R. 9 Rich. II. 1385-9, p. 57) and (S. 151).

In 1636-7 the messuage called Blanch Appleton was claimed by the Mayor and Commonalty of the City with a tenement called "Stewards Inn" (L. and P. Chas. I. 1636-7, p. 466).

Basket-makers, wire-drawers, and other foreigners were permitted to have shops in this manor and not elsewhere in the time Edward IV. (S. 151).

The name survived in the 18th century in Blanch Appleton Court (q.v.).

The derivation of the name is obscure.

Blanch Appleton Court

East out of Mark Lane, near Fenchurch Street. In Aldgate Ward (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 82).

Other names : "Blind Chapel Court" (Hatton, 1708). "Blanch Chaplin Court" (Strype's maps, 1720 and 1755).

A tradesman's token bearing the Cooper's Company Arms was issued to a house in this Court, 1649-72 (Burn, 28).

The name was derived from the manor and messuage called Blanch Appleton (q.v.) which occupied the site of this court and the neighbourhood.

Site rebuilt for offices and chambers.

Blanch Chaplin Court

See Blanch Appleton Court.

Blanck's Alley

See Pinner's Alley.

Bland's Alley

Within the liberty of St. Martin's le Grand, in Aldersgate Ward, 1525 and 1542 (L. and P. H. VIII. IV. (1), p. 473, and XVII. 396).

Not further identified.

Bland's Yard

In the Minories (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Probably="Brand's Yard" (q.v.).

Bleeding Heart Yard

In Fetter Lane (Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Blew (The) Gates

See Blue (The) Gates.

Blew Anchor Inn, Duck Lane

See Blue Anchor Inn.

Blew Boar Court, Friday Street

See Blue Boar Court.

Blew Bores Head Court

See Blue Boar Head Alley.

Blewits Court

See Blewitt's Buildings.

Blewitt's Buildings

East out of Fetter Lane at No. 55, in Farringdon Ward Without (Bacon, 1912).

First mention : Horwood, 1799.

Former names : "Blewit's Court" (Rocque, 1746). "Bewitt's Court" (Strype, 1720 and 1755). "Rose and Crown Court" (O. and M. 1677).

Rebuilt for business purposes.

Blind Chapel Court

,-See Blanch Appleton Court.