Compting House Court - Conduit Tavern

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Compting House Court

See Counting House Yard.

Comptoir National d'Escompte de Paris

On the north side of Threadneedle Street at No. 52 (P.O. Directory).

It occupied the site of the French Church (q.v.) and of the Consolidated Bank, as shown on the O.S.

Conduit (Great) in Westeheap

See Great Conduit (The).

Conduit at Aldermanbury

See Aldermanbury Conduit.

Conduit at Aldgate Without

"A fair water conduit, hard without the Gate" (Aldgate), erected 1535 (Stow, ed. 1603, p. 129).

One of the many conduits, supplying the inhabitants of the City with water. Hatton, writing in 1708, says the conduits were much used in his time (II. p. 785).

Conduit at Barking

Bequest of 2/- quit rent to the conduit of Berkynke by Rob. de Conyngham, 1286 (Ct. H. Wills, I. 78).

Situation not identified.

Conduit at Bishopsgate

Near the gate inside the walls (S. 175), a little to the west (ib. 176).

Erected by Thomas Knesworth, 1513, but afterwards taken down and rebuilt (ib.).

Conduit at Dowgate

A conduit of Thames water made 1568 at the cost of the citizens, and called the Conduit upon Downgate (S. 231) at the upper end of Dowgate Hill. Shown in Leake, 1666.

An engine erected near to a house in Cosin Lane to convey the Thames water to Dowgate conduit (S. 234).

In 1617 some brewers at Cripplegate petitioned to be granted a lease of the water house and works at Dowgate, and to have permission to maintain them, if they might be permitted to lay pipes to convey the surplus water into their brewhouses. The petition was rejected (Remembrancia, pp. 557-8).

Removed before 1720 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. i. 28).

Conduit Lane at Dowgate mentioned 1649-72 (Burn, 54).

Conduit at Fleet Bridge

A cistern or conduit for receipt of spring water made by the inhabitants of Fleet Street in 1478, but now decayed (S. 397).

Conduit at Holborn Cross

See Holborn Conduit.

Conduit at London Wall

In London Wall by Moorgate opposite the northern end of Coleman Street, erected 1517 at the charges of Thomas Exmew, goldsmith (S. 18, 287 and 530).

Not shown in the maps.

Conduit by St. Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street

Erected 1583 and castellated with stone for the receipt of Thames water, conveyed to it at the charges of Barnard Randolph (S. 18, 356, 371).

In 1582 the Lord Mayor addressed a letter to the Lord Chancellor, begging for his assent to this work of bringing water out of the Thames from London Bridge to Old Fish Street, which was to be carried out by Peter Morice at the cost of Barnard Randolph (Rembrancia, p. 553).

Conduit by St. Nicholas Cole Abbey

On the north side of the church, in the wall thereof (S. 18). Made about 1583. £700 given by Barnard Randolph (ib. 115, 356).

For the use of the fishmongers and other inhabitants in and about old Fish streate (S. 356).

Conduit in Colchurch Parish

See Great Conduit (The).

Conduit in Colemanstreet

In Coleman Street by the west end of the parish church of St. Margaret Lothbury. Erected at the charges of the City in 1546, in the Mayoralty of Sir Martin Bowes. Water brought from springs between Hoxton and Iseldon. In Coleman Street Ward (S. 285).

Not re-erected after the Fire.

Conduit in Fleet Street

At the south end of Shoe Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (Leake, 1666), near the hostel of the Bishop of Salisbury.

Erected by John Walworth, prior to his death, and bequest left for its maintenance by his will 1396-7 (Ct. H.W. II. 325).

Pinnacle erected over the water pipes there to prevent inundations, 1388 (Cal. L. Bk. H. p. 326).

Seems to have been rebuilt 18 H. VI. (Chr. of Lond. p. 154).

Stow says William Eastfield founded it, but this may be an error, or may refer to the bringing of fresh water to it from Paddington, 1438 (S. 394).

New built, 1582 (ib. 395).

Destroyed in the Fire 1666.

Conduit in Gracechurch Street

In Gracechurch Street at the west end of Jerusalem Alley (Leake, 1666).

Erected in 1491 by Thomas Hill, Mayor, 1485 (S. 17) (Chron. of London, ed. Kingsford, p. 200).

Taken down 1720 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. 28).

Conduit in Lothbury

Erected at the charges of the City in 1546, Sir Martin Bowes being Mayor. Water was brought from springs lying between Hoxton and Iseldon. In Coleman Street Ward (S. 18 and 285).

Not shown in the maps.

Conduit Lane

At Dowgate. A tradesman's token issued to a house in the lane 1649-72 (Burn, p. 54).

No other reference.

Conduit Tavern

Solar of Salomom de Lauvare, cutler, extending from the entrance to the Conduit Tavern up to the wall of the church of St. Thomas de Acon, 1311-12 (Ct. H.W. I. 227).

This would be opposite to the Great Conduit and named after it.