Brodelane (le) - Brook's Rents

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Brodelane (le)

South out of Upper Thames Street in Vintry Ward, between Church Lane east and Vintners Hall west.

First mention : 1335 (Ct. H.W. I. 404).

Other form : "Brodelayne," 37 H. VIII. 1545 (L. and P. H. VIII. XX. Pt. 2, p. 121).

Shown in Leake's map 1666, but not named.

Rebuilt after the Fire as Queen Street (q.v.).

Stow says it was called Brode lane as being "broder for the passage of Carts from the Vintrie warfe, then be the other lanes." Parish Clerks Hall at the north-west corner (S. 241).

Broderers' Hall

At 36, Gutter Lane.

Valuation of goods of the Company of Brawderers in their hall in parish of St. Vedast, 1522, 14 H. VIII. (L. and P. H. VIII. III. (2), 1052).

See Embroiderers' Hall.

Brodeselde (la)

A shed or warehouse, in the parish of St. Pancras in Cheapside, in the mercery, in Cheap Ward.

First mention : "Great seld of Roysia de Coventre," 1300-1 (Cal. L. Bk. C. p. 87), and See Ct. H.W. I. 275.

Described by Sharpe in a note as the Great or Broad Seld, which was let out in compartments to various people from time to time, as shown in the Hustings Roll, 41 (77), where it is called "la Broselde."

Qther references : "la Brodeselde," 5 Ed. II. (1311) (Cal. L. Bk. D. p. 269).

It was probably situated at the north-east corner of Soper Lane, as a shop and chamber "Warechambre" adjacent in Soperislane are described as opposite "la Brodeselde" in 36 Ed. III. (Cal. L. Bk. G. p. 137).

It seems to have been of considerable importance in the 16th century, and is referred to by Henry Machyn in his diary as the "brod selle." It was alleged against the Duke of Somerset in 1551 that he had conspired to take the Tower and the "brod-selle" and to destroy the city (p. 10).

In 1559 mention is made of the lord keeper of the "brod selle" (p. 203).

From these entries it would appear to have been a place of note in the City at this time, like Blackwell Hall.

Broke Wharf

See Brook's Wharf.

Broken Cross

At the western end of Cheapside. near the church of St. Michael le Querne. Erected by the Earl of Gloucester, temp. H. III. "Le Brokenecros" mentioned 1379 (Cal. L. Bk. H. p. 131). Removed 1389 (ib. 343). Re-erected as a cross and conduit in 1443 (ib. K. 292).

Broken Seld

Described variously as a place, a tavern and a tenement on the south side of Westchepe opposite le Standard in the Ward of Bread Street in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, Milk Street.

From this description it would appear to have been situated at the north-east corner of Bread Street.

Earliest mention : 1301 (Ct. H.W. II. 39).

In 1332 it is described as a tavern in the possession of Ric. Costantyn (ib. I. 374).

In 1339 it is described as a void place, as though the building had been removed. At this time it belonged to Reginald de Conductu.

In 1412 it had been raised to the dignity of a sherriff's Compter (Cal. L. Bk. I. p. 109).

Broken Wharf

South out of Upper Thames Street at No. 41a, to the Thames, in Queenhithe Ward (P.O. Directory). Opposite St. Mary Somerset Church.

First mention : "Kayum fractum."

"Vetus cayum dudum confractum subtus novam parochia beate Marie de Sumset."

In an Inquisition 34 H. III. as to whether ships and boats had a right to draw up alongside the wharf, it was stated that the wharf used to be common to the Abbot of Chertsey and the Abbot of Hamme, and that they disputed 40 years before about the maintenance of the wharf, in consequence of which it was allowed to decay. It was decided that the boats had no right to put in at the wharf except by default of the abbots in not keeping it up" (Ch. I. p.m. 34 H. III. (46)).

Other forms : "Broken Wharfe Kaia," 43 H. III. (Ch. I. p.m.). "la Brokenewharf," 2 Ed. I. (Anc. Deeds, A. 1875). "la Brokene Werf," 35 Ed. I. (Ch. I. p.m. 35 Ed. I. m. 46).

In 1482, 21 Ed. IV., mention is made of the king's mansion called "Brokyn Wherf" (Cal. P.R. Ed. IV. 1476-85, p. 253).

It seems in 1477 to have been in possession of John, duke of Norfolk, in whose family it had been for some time (Rolls of Parlt. VI. 186b) (Anc. Deeds, A. 1875, etc.).

The Inquisition above mentioned gives the origin of the name.

A Forcier, Water-house and Water-works there, 1594 (L. and P. Ed. VI., etc., III 576), and 1692-3 (H. MSS. Com. 14th Rep. VI. 823).

See Timberhithe.

Broker Row

See Blomfield Street.

Broker's Wharf

Between Dunghill Lane and Hamond's Lane, in Queenhithe Ward (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 218).

See Brook's Wharf.


The fee of Brokes in parish of St. Peter and land adjoining held of Holy Trinity (Ane. Deeds, A. 2384). Not identified.

Bromley's Buildings

West out of Huggin Lane at No. 5 to Bread Street Hill (P.O Directory). In Queenhithe Ward.

First mention : O.S. 1875.

Former names : "Myter Court" (O. and M. 1677). " Miter Court" (Strype, 1720 and 1755).

Brook Alley

West out of Noble Street, in Farringdon Ward Within (det) (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

"Brooks Alley" in Rocque.

Site seems to be occupied by Austine's Rents (q.v.) in O. and M. 1677.

Brook Yard, Lambeth Hill

North out of Upper Thames Street at No. 218 (P.O Directory) to St. Mary Somerset Church. In Queenhithe Ward.

First mention : O. and M. 1677.

Former names : In O. and M. the eastern portion to St. Mary Somerset Church is called Bell Alley (q.v.).

"Brook's Yard" in O. and M. and O.S. 1875 and 1880. "George Court" (q.v.) in Horwood, 1799, and Elmes, etc. "Brook's Yard," Old Fish Street Hill in Hatton, 1708 ; a passage to Thames Street.

Brooke House

On the north side of Holborn on the site now occupied by Brooke Street (q.v.).

Accounts Commissioners met there in 1669 (H. MSS. Com. 8th Rep. 129a).

In O. and M. 1677, outside the City boundary.

The residence of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke.

Formerly called Bath Place (q.v.) as being the residence of Earl of Bath, 1623.

By Letters Patent, 34 Chas. II., a market was authorised to be held at Brook House Orchard four times weekly (MSS. H. of Lords).

Brooke Street

North out of Holborn at No. 142, west of the Prudential Assurance Company's Offices (P.O. Directory). Southern end in Farringdon Ward Without, northern end outside the City boundary.

First mention : Hatton, 1708.

The site is occupied by Brooke House in O. and M. 1677, the residence of Sir Fulk Greville, Lord Brook, hence the name of the street.

Brook's Court

In Thames Street (Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

Brook's Court

In Heneage Lane, Duke's Place (P.C1 I732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Brook's Court

In Minories. In Portsoken Ward (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Brook's Garden

In Heneage Lane, Aldgate (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Brook's Rents

In Fore Street, Cripplegate (Strype, ed. 1755-Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in maps.