Bullen's Rents - Burley House

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Henry A Harben, 'Bullen's Rents - Burley House', in A Dictionary of London, (London, 1918) pp. . British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/dictionary-of-london/bullens-rents-burley-house [accessed 24 May 2024].

Henry A Harben. "Bullen's Rents - Burley House", in A Dictionary of London, (London, 1918) . British History Online, accessed May 24, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/dictionary-of-london/bullens-rents-burley-house.

Harben, Henry A. "Bullen's Rents - Burley House", A Dictionary of London, (London, 1918). . British History Online. Web. 24 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/dictionary-of-london/bullens-rents-burley-house.

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Bullen's Rents

In Shoe Lane (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in maps.

Bulliford Court

In Fenchurch Street (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in maps.

Bullocks Court

On the east side of Bethlem Churchyard. In Bishopsgate Ward Without (Strype, 1720-Boyle, 1799).

The site is now occupied by Broad Street Station.

Bullocks Court

West out of the Minories. In Portsoken Ward, towards the south end (Boyle, 1799).

Earliest mention : "Bullocks Yard" (O. and M. 1677, and Hatton, 1708).

The site seems to have been rebuilt probably at the end of the 18th century.

Bullocks Yard, Minories

See Bullocks Court.

Bull's Head Court

East out of Cow Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-L.C.C. List, 1912).

See Bloomfield Court.

"Bull Head, Smithfield," mentioned 1579-1639 (Chanc. Proc. 2nd S.). Court probably named after the Inn.

Bull's Head Passage

East out of Gracechurch Street at No. 81 (P.O. Directory). In Bishopsgate Ward Within. Leading into Skinner's Place (O.S.).

First mention : Lond. Guide, 1758.

Bull's Head Passage

West out of Wood Street at No. 94, opposite Love Lane, leading into Oat Lane and Noble Street (Lockie, 1810-L.C.C. List, 1912).

Now called Oat Lane.

The Bull's Head Public House is still at No. 94 (P.O. Directory.)

Bulwark Gate

At Tower Hill. Two signs, the Crooked Billet and the Lion Rampant, described as at the Bulwarke Gate, 1649-72 (Burn, 35).

Perhaps one of the Tower Gates or a gate in the Wall.


Land so called in the parish of St. Peter the Less, which Wm. de Ver, Bishop of Hereford, held and gave to the Convent of St. Osith's, 1192 (Ane. Deeds, A. 2383).

Not further identified.

Bunting Alley

In Wood Street, in the parish of St. Alphage, in the Ward of Creplegate, 1617 (Ct. H.W. II. 741).

First mention : "Buntynges Aley alias Markes Aley," 17 H. VIII. (1526) (Lond. I. p.m. III. 319).

Other form : "Bountinge Alley," 36 Eliz. (1594) (ib. 205).

Not further identified.

Bunt's Yard, Crutched Friars

See French Horn Yard.


See Bordhawelane.


A Fraternity in Candelwykestrete in 1345 (Ct. H.W.I. 484).

"Burel" is defined in the N.E.D. as a coarse kind of cloth, probably originally brown in colour. It seems to be derived from the French word "bureau," a term still in use in France for this kind of cloth, formerly extensively manufactured in Normandy.

In the Liber de Antiquis Legibus the "burels" of Normandy are mentioned as being exempt from certain regulations made here as to the length and breadth of cloths (p. 125), although the exemption does not seem always to have been extended to the "burels" manufactured in London (Madox Hist. of the Exc. I. 509).

The Burellers or Burillers were the makers of "burel," this coarse kind of cloth, and they seem also to have prepared yarn for the use of the weavers, although the two trades were quite distinct (Lib. Cust. 420, 789-90).

In the 9th Ed. III. the Weavers made complaint against the Burellers of Candelwykstrete for exercising their craft without being members of the Weaver's Guild, and an inquiry was held into the matter, with the result that the Mayor and Aldermen and others finding that the Guild of Weavers was trying to monopolise the craft of weaving cloth in the City, ordained that all freemen of the City might set up their looms and weave and sell cloth at their pleasure (Cal. L. Book E. p. 296-8).

Burgate (Le)

A tenement so called in the parish of St. Margaret de Friday strete, and afterwards "le Castell on the hoop," 1427 (Ct. H.W. II. 442).

Not further identified.

Burgavenny House

See Stationers' Hall.

Burges Court

From Philip Lane to Little Wood Street. See Bird's Court.

Burgess Street

Out of Wood Street, in Cripplegate Ward (Elmes, 1831).

Not named in the maps and not further identified, unless it was on the site of Bird's Court (q.v.), formerly known as Burges Court.

Burgon Street

South out of Carter Lane, at No. 61, to Ireland Yard, in Farringdon Ward Within (P.O. Directory).

First mention : 1885 (L.C.C. List, 1901).

Former name : "New Street" (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1880).

Named after Dean Burgon.

Burley House

In Thames Street, between Baynard's Castle and Paul's Wharf in Castle Baynard Ward (S. 366), next to Scrope's Inn.

Given to Sir Simon Burley by Ed. III., and named after him.

Formerly belonged to the Abbey of Fecamp.

The site is given on the O.S. 1875, as on the south side of Thames Street, adjoining Paul's Wharf on the west and north of Scrope's Inn, opposite St. Benet's Church.