Boar's Head (The) - Bolt and Tunne (The), Friday Street

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Boar's Head (The)

On the north side of Great Eastcheap in the parish of St. Clement Eastcheap, at Nos. 20-22, near the Horse Shoe, devised 1556 for the use of that parish (Indenture 1620, in End. Ch. Rep. 1903, p. 2).

Old houses let on yearly tenancies (ib. 3).

It is curious that this house stands immediately opposite to the site identified with the Boar's Head Tavern alluded to by Shakespeare in his play of King Henry IV. Act ii. Sc. 2, which is always placed on the south side of Eastcheap. Is it possible that after the Great Fire, some confusion arose as to the original site of the house, and that after the rebuilding of the street, the name was given to a house on the south side of the street instead of on the north side?

It seems hardly likely that there would have been two houses bearing the same sign immediately opposite to each other in the same street.

The Boar's Head Tavern on the south side was removed for the formation of King William Street and the approaches to the new London Bridge 1830-1, and the site is nearly identical with that occupied by the statue of King William IV. at the junction of King William Street with Cannon Street, Eastcheap, etc.

Boar's Head (The), Thames Street

House called the Boar's Head in Billingsgate Ward came into the King's hands under the Statute for abolishing chantries, etc., and sold by him (Ed. VI.) (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 168).

Rent charge issuing out of the Boar's Head in or near Thames Street granted 1618 for the poor of the parish of St. Mary at Hill. Now forms part of the site of the new Coal Exchange (q.v.) (End. Ch. 1902, p. 4).

Boar's Head Court

East out of Gracechurch Street at No. 80 by Leadenhall Market (Elmes, 1831).

First mention : "Bore's Head Court" (O. and M. 1677).

Site now occupied by offices and chambers, etc.

Boar's Head Court

South out of Fleet Street at No. 66 and west to Bolt and Tun Inn, in Farringdon Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention : "Boar's Head Alley," c. 1570 (Noble, p. 109). "Le Bores Hed Alley," 31 Eliz. (Pat. R. p. 7). "Boreshead Court" (O. and M. 1677).

Named after the "Boreshede" (q.v.) near Water Lane, which belonged to the Carmelite Friars in 1442.

Two inhabitants of the alley were presented in a Ward Inquest of 1595 for not having chimneys in their houses (Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. N.S. III. (1), p. 62).

Name derived from the sign.

Boar's Head Court

In Barbican, in ward of Cripplegate Without (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

The "Bore's Head" is mentioned in the circuit of St. Giles' parish, 1720 (Strype).

Boar's Head Tavern

At Smithfield Bars, near Adam and Eve Alley, on the north side of West Smithfield. In Farringdon Ward Without (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 284, to Elmes, 1831).

The site is now covered by Smithfield Market.


A tenement at the "Bocherie" in parish of St. Nicholas over against the cloister wall of the Friars Minors, 1349 (Ct. H.W. I. 576). In Farringdon Ward Within.

The "Bocherye" in Estchepe and the "Bocherye" in St. Nicholas Flesshammes, mentioned Cal. L. Bk. I. 124. Temp. Hen. IV.

See Shambles (The).


Near Castle Baynard near the Thames.

Writs issued for the removal of the "Bochersbrigge," where butchers were in the habit of casting offal into the river, 43 Ed. III. (Cal. L. Bk. G. pp. 246 and 249).

The slaughter of beasts to take place outside the City and not in the shambles as before (Cal. Close R. Ed. III. 1369-74, p. 31).

After the bridge had been removed, the nuisance continued (ib. 262).

Possibly a bridge over the Fleet, near to its junction with the Thames.

Bockyng Wharf

See Brook's Wharf.

Bodd's Court

Out of Philip Lane, London Wall (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799). In Cripplegate Ward Within.

Not named in the maps.

Bodd's Court

Out of Philip Lane, London Wall (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799). In Cripplegate Ward Within.

Not named in the maps.


See Budge Row.


See Bucklersbury.

Bolestak (le)

A tenement of John Russel opposite "le Bolestak" in parish of St Nicholas Shambles, 1353 (Ct. H.W. I. 671).

Dr. Sharpe suggests that this was the Bull Stake, at which the animals brought to market were probably slaughtered.

No later reference.

Boliot' Lane

A brewhouse in Boliot' Lane in parish of Holy Trinity mentioned in the will of William Haunsard, 1349 (Ct. H.W. I. 615).

Can this be, "Belieterlane" in the parish of St. Katherine Cree. The testator in his will refers to the Conventual Church of Holy Trinity, and may have described St. Katherine's parish by this name.

See Billiter Street.

Bolt and Tun Alley

West out of Fetter Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677).

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.

Bolt and Tun Alley

South out of Fleet Street to Bolt and Tun Inn.

See Bolt in Tun Court, Yard.

Bolt and Tun Court, Fleet Street

See Bolt in Tun Court.

Bolt and Tun Inn

At the southern end of Bolt and Tun Court at No.64, Fleet Street, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).

One of the old stage-coach inns.

Called "Le Boltenton," 20 H. VI. (Inq. a.q.d. File 449 (5)).

Said to have derived its name from Prior Bolton of St. Bartholomew, Smithfield, being a rebus on his name (Noble, 109).

See Bolt in Tun Court or Yard.

Bolt and Tunne (The), Friday Street

See Blue Boar Court.