Green Dragon Inn - Greenwich Street

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Green Dragon Inn

West out of Bishopsgate Street. In Bishopsgate Ward Within (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1848-51).

Earliest mention : "Green Dragon near Bishop's Gate," temp. Eliz. (L. and P. Elizabeth, Dom. S. Vol. VI. p. 315).

The site is now occupied by Palmerston House, No. 51.

Green Dragon Inn, Long Lane

See Green Dragon Yard, Long Lane.

Green Dragon Tavern

Vault under the Chapter House of St. Paul's let to keeper of Green Dragon Tavern on the other side of the way, 1633-4 (L. and P. Chas. I. 1633-4, p. 519).

This might mean that the tavern was in St. Paul's Alley.

No later reference.

Green Dragon Yard

On the south side of Long Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

"Green Dragon Inn" (O. and M. 1677).

Site rebuilt, now occupied by offices and business houses.

Green Gate

Messuage called the "Greene Gate" next Ledenhall and garden, etc., in parish of St. Andrew the Apostle Undershafte, 5 Eliz. (1563) (Lond. I. p.m. II. p. 12).

It was an inn in 15 Rich. II. 1391 (Cal. P.R. 1391-6, p. 12).

Mentioned by Stow (p. 154).

Site shown on O.S. ed. 1875 between Sowches House and the Leaden Portch, east of Leadenhall.

Green Lettice Court

North out of Fore Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-Elmes, 1831).

In O. and M. 1677 the site seems to be occupied by Black Horse Alley. Now by warehouses and offices.

For suggested derivation of the name See Green Lettice Lane.

Green Lettice Lane

The northern portion of Laurence Pountney Hill from Cannon Street to the church of St. Lawrence was named "Green Lettice Lane" in the 16th and 17th centuries. In Walbrook and Candlewick Wards, east side in Candlewick Ward, west in Walbrook Ward.

First mention : "Grene lattyce lane" in Candlewyke Strete in parish of St. Mary Abchurche, 32 H. VIII. 1540 (L. and P. H. VIII. Dom. S. XV. p. 411).

Other forms of name : "Lane called Grene lettyce," 2 and 3 P. and M. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 141). "Green Lettis lane" (Leake, 1666). "Green Lettice lane" (O. and M. 1677-Lockie, 1816). "Green Lettice court" (Elmes, 1831).

See Laurence Pountney Hill.

Perhaps originally Green Lattice Lane, the second meaning of the word "lattice" in Halliwell being "an alehouse," and he says that many inns formerly had this sign and were distinguished by a lattice, not by a glass window, the latter being fragile for the customers. There may well have been an inn with this sign in the neighbourhood, from which the street derived its name. In the Originalia grants 3 H. VIII. mention is made of "domum vocatur le Grenelates" within the precinct of the palace of Westminster, which indicates that this name or sign was in use at that date elsewhere in London.

Green Man Yard

West out of Coleman Street, a little south from London Wall (Lockie, 1816).

Not named in the maps.

The sign from which the name is derived was intended generally to denote a forester, although it was sometimes used to denote the green, wild, or wood men of pageants.

Green Market

See Leadenhall.

Green Nutters Lane

In Cannon Street (W. Stow, 1722, and Rev. of Lond. 1728).

Not named in the maps.

Green School Court

South out of London Wall. In Cripplegate Ward Within (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

The site is covered by offices and business houses.

Green Yard (The)

See City Greenyard.

Greene Yard, near Leadenhall

The Lord Nevill had a great house on the west side of Lime Street, having a chapel on the south and a garden west, which garden is now called the "Greene yard" of the Leadenhall (S. 153).

Stow says in temp. Richard II. the house belonged to Sir Simon Burley (ib.). It was taken down before he wrote his Survey and new built by Hugh Offley, Alderman (ib.).

Strype says the second Market Yard of Leadenhall is called the Green Yard, as being once a green Plot of ground, afterwards the City's Store Yard for Building Materials and now a Market for Veal, etc. (ed. 1720, I. ii. 89).

Perhaps=the Green Market, Leadenhall.

The site of the Green Yard is shown on O.S. 1875 north of the chapel of Leadenhall.

Various tradesmen's tokens were issued 1649-72 inscribed "In the Greene yard within Leadenhall"(Burn, 96).

Green's Court, Bride Lane

See Green's Rents.

Green's Court, Coleman Street

See Basinghall Avenue.

Green's Court, Lothbury

See Bishop's Court.

Green's Rents

East out of Bride Lane to Fleet Ditch, in Farringdon Ward Without, in the precinct of Bridewell (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

Or "Green's Court" in P.C. 1732.

Near Fleet Bridge as shown on Tradesmen's tokens issued 1649-72 (Burn, 96).

Site is now covered by Bride's Court (q.v.).

Named after the owner or builder.

Green's Rents

West out of Nightingale Lane in East Smithfield, a passage from King Harry's yard to the Ship Brewhouse near the Hermitage (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Greenwich Alley

In Brickhill Lane, Thames Street (Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

Greenwich Street

South out of Upper Thames Street at No. 83 (P.O. Directory). In Dowgate Ward and Vintry Ward.

Earliest mention : "Grenewyches lane," 1281-4 (Cal. L. Bk. A. p. 151).

Other names or forms : "Grenewiches lane," 3 Ed. II. (Cal. L. Bk. D. p. 215). "Grenewychelane," 1318 (Ct. H.W. I 277) "Grenewich lane," 1422 (Cal. L. Bk K. p. 5). "Greenewitch lane," now Frier lane (S. 233). "Fryers lane" (Strype, ed. 1720). "Greenwich Street" (Rocque, 1746).

Riley suggests that the lane may have been built by John de Grenewich, who was living in Dowgate in the time of Ed. II. (Mem. xi.)

Stow says it was called Frier lane of such a signe there set up (S. 233).

If Fryer's lane is to be identified with Greenwich lane, then that lane must have extended further north than the present Greenwich Street and occupied the site of the present Friar's Alley also.

Grenewich lane was unlawfully obstructed for 8 years by the inhabitants of the ward of Dowgate, 1422, and was declared to be a public lane with free passage (Cal. L. Bk. K. p. 5).

Licence was granted to Edward Gisors to enclose a parcel of land at the end of Grenewick lane in Dowgate Ward on condition of his leaving a public way on the common soil as broad as the lane (ib. 109).

Wheatley says the Walbrook ran down this street to the Thames, but the street seems to lie further west than the course of the Walbrook (q.v.).