Copula - Corner's Court

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Grant of a "copula" to Henry, son of Reiner and Joan his wife towards the building of their hall in the parish of St. Mary de Sumersate (Anc. Deeds, A. 1803).

Defined by Martin as a "joist, a tie beam."

Corbet Court

West out of Gracechurch Street at No. 5 (P.O. Directory). In Bishops-gate Ward (Within).

First mention : O. and M. 1677. Former name, "Offele Alley," 1553 (End. Ch. 1829, p. 252).

Seems to have been called "Corbet's Alley" at one time (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 131 and 155).

Messuage in Corbett's Alley in parish of St. Peter Cornhill next to the back door of the inn called the Bell, given 1604 for the poor of the parish of All Hallows Lombard Street (End. Ch. 1903, p. 3).

A house in Corbet Court was purchased in 1675 to be the parsonage house of St. Peter Cornhill, after the old one was burnt down (Strype, ed. 1720,1. ii. 141).

Named after the owner.

Corbettes Key

Bequest by Richard Feldyng, mercer, to the Mercers' Company of tenements and a wharf, called "Corbettes Kay" in Thamystrete in parish of St. Dunstan in the East, 1535 (Ct. H.W. II. 639), formerly belonging to Sir John Sha.

Not identified. Perhaps next to Crown Key, which adjoined the lane next the Custom House, being west of that lane, 1513.

See Crown Key.

Named after the owner.

Corderie (la)

See Ropary.


Elections to the Mistery of Corders, 1328 (Cal. L. Bk. E. p. 233).

Cordwainer Street

Identified with Bow Lane (q.v.), "Cordeweyner Strete," otherwise "Bowe Lane," 18 Eliz. 1576 (Lond. I. p.m. II. p. 202).

Earliest mention : "Corveyserestrate," H. III. (c. 12 or 14 H. III.) (Anc. Deeds, A. 1667). "Cordewanere-strete," 14 H. III. (ib. B. 1971).

Other forms : "Corveisere-strate," H. III. (ib. A. 2156). "Cordewanerstrete," 56 H. III. (ib. A. 10402). "Corneyserestrat," 1273-4 (Ct. H.W. I. 17). "Corneserestrate," 1275 (ib. 24). "Corveisseyestrate," 1278 (ib. 36). "Corduuanerestrete," 1295-6 (ib.126). "Cordwainere strete," 22 Ed. I. I. p.m. "Cordwanestrete," 15 Ed. II. (Cal. P.R. Ed. II. 1321-4, p. 12). "Corwanerstrete," 1365-6 (Ct. W.H. II. 92).

Named after the cordwainers (q.v.), who in early days carried on their trade there.

Stow says that "the Shoomakers and Curriers of Cordwainer Street removed the one to Saint Martins Le Grand the other to London Wall neare unto Mooregate" (S. 82).

It appears from the records relating to a certain tenement called "Ryngedehall," or "Ringed Hall" and the adjoining property, that Cordwainer Street must, at least in the 14th century, have extended south into and included the present Garlick Hill.

Cordwainer Ward

One of the twenty-six wards of London, lying between Vintry Ward south, Cheap Ward north, Bread Street Ward west, and Cheap Ward and Walbrook Ward east.

First mention : "Ward of Cordewanerstrate," c. 1285 (Cal. L. Bk. A. p. 209).

It was with Chepe Ward the wealthiest ward in the City in 1368-9 (Cal. L. Bk. G p. 251).

So named of the Cordwainers or Shoemakers, who carried on their trade there in early times (S. 252).

In Stow's time there were in the Ward three parish churches : St. Mary le Bow, St. Mary Aldermary and St. Anthony ; now only two : St. Mary le Bow and St. Mary Aldermary.

The ward has been much altered in modern times by the formation of Queen Street, Queen Victoria Street, and Cannon Street.

Identified as the Ward of Henry le Waleys (q.v.). See Wards.


Shoemakers. From French "Cordwain," Cordovan leather, made in imitation of the leather of Cordova or Corduba in Spain, manufactured later to a great extent from goatskin (Lib. Cust. 713, and Prompt. Parv. 92).

Workers or makers of new leather called "cordewaners," workers or makers of old leather called "cobelers," 1410, ii H. IV. (Cal. P.R. 1408-13, p. 158).

Incorporated 1410 under the title of Cordwainers and Cobblers.

Cordwainers and Bread Street School

In Well Court, Bow Lane (Rocque, 1746).

Cordwainers' Charity School

In Old Change at the corner of Watling Street, by St. Paul's Churchyard (Lockie, 1810-Elmes, 1831).

Not named in the maps.

Cordwainers' Court

Out of Great Distaff Lane (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Led to Cordwainers' Hall in Distaff Lane.

Cordwainers' Hall

On the north side of Cannon Street, at No. 7, west from Friday Street, in Bread Street Ward (P.O. Directory).

First mention : 16 H. VIII. 1524 (L. and P. H. VIII. IV. (1), p. 422).

The hall stood originally on the north side of Distaff Lane, until that street was absorbed into and renamed Cannon Street, 1853-4. It was not found necessary to rebuild the hall.

Present hall erected 1788. Architect, Sylvanus Hall.

Cordwainers incorporated, II H. IV. (S. 353).

Cordwainery (The)

"Cordewaneria" or "Cordwainery" in Cheap is several times referred to in early records, and was evidently the designation of that locality in the City occupied by the cordwainers for the purposes of their trade.

"Cordwaineria in Chepe" is mentioned in the will of Thos. de Basinges, 1275 (Ct H.W. I. 23).

Robt. de Meldeburn gave to his son his seld in Westchep situate in the Cordwainery in the parish of St. Peter de Wodestrate, opposite the Pillory, 1285 (ib. 74).

Corn Exchange

East out of Mark Lane. Old Corn Exchange at No. 52 and the New Corn Exchange further north (P.O. Directory). In Tower Ward.

Old Exchange erected 1747. J. Woods, Architect. Rebuilt 1881. New Exchange erected 1827. George Smith, Architect. Adjoins and communicates with the old one (Povah, p. 297).


Rents in the parish of St. Antonin "in Cornario" and in Sopereslane, 1312-13 (Ct. H.W. I. 236).

This may either mean "in Cornario" or "Coruario," as a designation of the "Cordwainery" or "Coruey street," or may simply mean "in the corner," as used elsewhere with a similar signification.

Cornereschoppe (la)

A shop of John called Boneyrs named "la Cornereschoppe," 1278-9 (Ct. H.W. I. 37).

Not further identified.

Cornerhouse (le)

A messuage so called between Charterhouse Lane north and St. John's Street west in St. John's Street in parish of St. Sepulchre, 1544 (L. and P. H. VI II. XIX. (2), p. 72).

No later reference.

Cornerhouse (The)

A tenement so called in parish of St. Matthew the Apostle in Fridaystret, 20 H. VIII. 1528 (Lond. I. p.m. I. 78).

No later reference.

Corner's Court

West out of Golden Lane, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O.S. 1875-80).

In Horwood the eastern end is called "Elsworth Place" and the western end is called "Silver Street" in the O.S.

The site is now occupied by the Cripplegate Institute.

Corner's Court

See Coroner's Court.