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Faculty Office

At the east corner of Paul's Bakehouse next to Little Carter lane is the Faculty Office, for the granting of Licences for Marriages, etc. (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 230).

Now in Dean's Court at No. 1.

Faircloth Court

East out of Huggin Lane, in Queenhithe Ward (Strype, ed. 1720 and 1755).

"Farecloaths buildings" (Hutton, 1708).

Seems now to be called Pennyfather's Rents (q.v.). Named after the owner or builder.

Faiteres Lane

See Fetter Lane.

Faith (St.) under St. Paul's

A parish Church under the Quire of St. Paul's, at the west end of Jesus Chapel (S. 331).

A crypt of four aisles.

In Castle Baynard Ward ; the parish extended into Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention found in records : "St. Faith's by St. Paul's," 7 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 2185).

Other names : Caplla sci fidis i cript', 1241-59 (MS. D. and C. St. Paul's, W.D. 9, 48b).

Seems to be referred to as : "Ecca cripta4. in 1285 (ib. Lib. L. f. 104). "In Parr' Criptar4," 13th century (ib. W.D. 12). "St. Faith in the Crypt of the church of St. Paul," 9 Ed. I. 1281 (Cal. P.R. Ed. I. 1272-81, p. 458). "S. Faith of the Crypts," 1290 (Ct H.W. I. 92). "S. Faith Virgin in cripte," 1348-9 (ib. 521). "S. Faith sub volta ecclesie Sancti Pauli," 49 Ed. III. (Anc. Deeds, B. 2180).

Served for Stationers and others dwelling in Pawles Churchyard, Paternoster Row, etc. (S. 331).

The old parish church stood above ground, but was removed about 1255 for the extension of the Cathedral eastwards.

At the Reformation the parish church was removed from the crypt to a chapel in St Paul's called "Jesus Chapel or Steeple," a place more sufficient for largeness and lightsomeness.

Burnt in the Fire and not rebuilt, the parish being united to St. Augustine Watling Street.

A Rectory. Patrons : Canons of St. Paul's, afterwards the Dean and Chapter.

The dedication is to St. Faith, the virgin martyr of Aquitaine, who suffered martyrdom in the time of Diocletian. Dedication attributable to French influence.

Falcon Alley

In Redcross Street. In Cripplegate Ward Without (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Falcon Avenue

North out of Falcon Street at No. 8 (P.O. Directory). In Aldersgate Ward Without.

First mention : O.S., 1894.

The site was formerly occupied by Golden Lion Court (q.v.).

Falcon Court

South out of Fleet Street at No. 32, in Farringdon Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention : O. and M. 1677.

Spelt "Faulcon Court " in Rocque, 1746, and Strype, ed. 1720 I. iii. 277.

It seems to have had a passage into the Temple Churchyard, for in 1611 it was resolved that the passage should be stopped and adjacent buildings removed (Middle Temple Records, p. 38).

Named after the Falcon, which, with six other houses adjoining, was left by John Fisher in 1547 to the Cordwainers' Company (Noble, 117).

Falcon Court

West out of Shoe Lane at No. 84, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).

Erected about 1667.

Spelt "Faulcon Court" in Rocque, 1746, and Strype, 1720, I. iii. 282.

The site has been rebuilt.

There was an inn called "The Faulcon" temp. H. VII. in the possession of Wynkyn de Worde in St. Bride's parish. It may well have been situated in this court and given name to it (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 265).

Falcon Court, Throgmorton Street

See Faulcon Court.

Falcon Inn

See Castle and Falcon Hotel.

Falcon Row

Out of Fleet Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Falcon Row

In Lothbury (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Falcon Row

In Shoe Lane (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Perhaps identical with Falcon Court, Shoe Lane (q.v.).

Falcon Square

Between Falcon Street and Silver Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without and Farringdon Ward Within (P.O. Directory).

First mention : Horwood, 1799.

Falcon Stairs

Out of Shoemaker Row, Aldgate (Strype, ed. 1755).

"Falcon Court, Yard" in Dodsley, 1761.

Not named in the maps.

Falcon Street

East out of Aldersgate, at No. 16, to Falcon Square (P.O. Directory). In Aldersgate and Cripplegate Wards Without.

First mention : Horwood, 1799.

Named after the Falcon Inn.

The site was formerly occupied by Ball Alley (q.v.).

Falcon Yard

North of Falcon Inn, in Aldersgate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677).

Site afterwards occupied by the Castle and Falcon Hotel, etc. (q.v.).

Falkirk Iron Warehouse

On the south side of Thames Street in O.S. 1880. In Vintry Ward.

It occupied part of the site of Shepherd's Alley (q.v.).


See Fenchurch.


See Fenchurch Street.