Bore's Head - Bothawe

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Bore's Head

Mentioned in Circuit of St. Giles' parish (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 87).

Boar's Head, Cripplegate, mentioned in 1648 (L. and P. Chas. I. XXII. 188).

Perhaps on site of Boar's Head Court, Barbican (q.v.).

Bore's Head Alley

In parish of St. Margaret Lothbury.

Mentioned in Regist. Test. Lond. in 1540 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 59).

Not further identified.

Bore's Head Alley

At Belyngate, 1555 (Machyne's Diary, p. 87).

See Boar's Head (The), Thames Street.

Bores Head Court

South out of Fleet Street, west of Water Lane.

See Boar's Head Court.

Bores Head Court

South-east out of Cow Lane, West Smithfield.

See Crown and Cushion Court.

Bore's Head Court, Gracechurch Street

See Boar's Head Court.

Bores Head Tavern

In Knightrider Street at its junction with Do Little Lane (S. 365).

No later reference.

Site now occupied by business houses.

Bore's Head, Cheap

A messuage called the "Bores Hedde" in Chepe, in parish of All Saints in Hony lane, 6 Ed. VI. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 120).

This must be in Westcheap.

The Bore's Head by Cheapside Cross is mentioned 1600 (L. and P. Ed. VI., etc., V. 431).

Bores Hedde

A messuage so called in parish of St. Andrew Holborn, 2 Ed. VI. granted to the Mayor, 4 Ed. VI. (Ex. Aug. Office, Misc. Books 67, Vol.I. f. 269d, and Add. MS. 25590, B.M.).

No later reference.

Bores Street

Mentioned 1646 (L. and P. Chas. I. D.S. XXI. p. 417).

Not identified. .

Boreshede (le)

A messuage so called in parish of St. Dunstan in Fletestrete abutting south on the stone wall of the house of the Carmelite Friars in Fletestrete, 1442 (Inq. a.q.d. 449 (5)).

Granted to the Carmelite Friars, 1442 (Cal. P.R. H. VI. 1441-6, 182).

"Le Bores Hed" or "le Bores Hed Alley," 31 Eliz. (Pat. R. p. 7).

See Boar's Head Court, Fleet Street.

Boss Alley

South out of Thames Street to the Thames. In Queenhithe Ward (Agas, c. 1570-Boyle, 1799). Between Trig lane and Blackboy alley. Called "Boss Lane" (S. 364).

Absorbed in Trig wharf in the 19th century.

So called of the Boss of water placed there (q.v.).

Boss Alley

North out of Thames Street at No. 97, east of St. Mary Hill. In Billingsgate Ward.

First mention : Strype, ed. 1720-Elmes, 1831.

"Bos Aley" (Records of St. Mary at Hill, p. 380), 1537-8. "bosse alye," 1502-3, ib. p. 248. "Bosse Alley" (S. 210).

Named from a Bosse of spring water continually running standing by Billingsgate against this alley, erected by the executors of Richard Whittington (S. ib.).

Site now occupied by the Coal Exchange.

Boss Court

North out of Upper Thames Street at 221 (P.O. Directory). In Queenhithe Ward, east of St. Peter's Hill.

First mention : Rocque, 1746.

Former names : "Green Dragon Court" (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755). "Boss pump yard " (P.C. 1732). "Bosses Court" (Rocque, 1746).

The original court or alley of this name seems to have been Boss lane or alley (q.v.), on the south side of Thames Street. Perhaps the name was transferred later to this alley on the north side of the street, as adjacent to the original Boss of water, from which the name is derived.

Boss Lane, Thames Street

See Boss Alley.

Boss of Water at Billingsgate

Against Boss Alley (q.v.).

Made about 1423 by the Executors of Richard Whittington (S. 17 and 210).

Boss of Water at Paul's Wharf

Made about 1423 by the executors of Richard Whittington. In Bosse Lane (S. 17, 364). In Queenhithe Ward.

Boss of Water, St, Giles' Cripplegate

In the wall of the churchyard, made 1423 at the charges of Richard Whitington (S. 17, 303).

Afterwards converted into a pump, next the Vicarage, and removed before 1867 (Miller, p. 39).

From Agas' map it looks as if it must have been in the west wall of the churchyard.

Bosses Court

See Boss Court.


Near Dowgate.

A haw or yard where boat-building was carried on according to Dr. Sharpe (Ct. H.W. II. 121 n.).

John de Hatfeld gave pecuniary legacies to his servants at "Bothale," directing that he should be buried in the church of St. Mary de Bothawe (q.v.) 1368 (ib.).