Half Moon Alley, Bethlem - Hall's Court

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Half Moon Alley, Bethlem

South out of Bethlem to Petty France. In Bishopsgate Ward Without (Strype, 1720 and 1755).

It is shown in O. and M. 1677, but not named.

The site seems to have been rebuilt in the 18th century, when New Broad Street was formed.

Named after the sign.

Half Moon Alley, Bishopsgate

See Half Moon Street.

Half Moon Alley, Court, Bishopsgate

See Flying Horse Yard.

Half Moon Court

West out of Aldersgate Street, with a passage north into Half Moon Alley (q.v.), in Aldersgate Ward and Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

Half Moon Passage (q.v.) now occupies the site.

Half Moon Court

North out of Ludgate Hill, by Ludgate, in Farringdon Ward Without (P.C. 1732, and Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Former name : "Half Moon Alley," (O. and M. 1677, Hatton, 1708, and P.C. 1732).

A coffee house stood there in the 18th century.

Called also : "King's Head Court" in P.C. 1732.

The site has been rebuilt.

Half Moon Court

West out of Bow Lane. In Cordwainer Ward (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

By some called "Lugg Yard" and "Whalebone Court," from one that boileth whalebones (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 24).

The site is now occupied by part of the Mansion House Station.

Half Moon Court, Aldgate High Street

South out of Aldgate High Street, near the eastern boundary of the ward. In Portsoken Ward (O. and M. 1677).

Site now occupied by the Railway Goods offices, etc.

Half Moon Passage

West out of Aldersgate Street, at No. 157, to Bartholomew close, eastern end in Aldersgate Ward, western in Farringdon Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention : O.S. 1875.

Former names : "Half Moon Alley," "Half Moon Court" (Hatton, 1708-Elmes 1831).

A tavern stood there in the 18th century.

Half Moon Passage

East out of Gracechurch Street, leading into Leadenhall Market. In Lime Street Ward and Bishopsgate Ward Within (O.S. 1848-51-O.S. 1880).

It is shown in O. and M. 1677 and the later maps as a passage into the market, but unnamed.

The Passage was removed for the erection of the new Market, but Half Moon Tavern at No. 88 still marks the site.

Half Moon Street

West out of Bishopsgate Street Without. In Bishopsgate Ward Without (Lockie, 1810-O.S. 1880).

Former names : "Half Moon Alley," 1600 (End. Ch. St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, p. 23) (O. and M. 1677-L. Guide, 1758). "Flying Horse Yard" (Horwood, 1799), or "Half Moon Street" (Lockie, 1810).

In 1880 a considerable portion of the street, viz. the western portion, had been demolished for the North London Railway lines, and the rest of the site is now occupied by Liverpool Street Station.

Named after the Half Moon (q.v.).

Old houses here were decorated with beautiful ceilings.

Half Moon Tavern, Cheapside

See Half Moon Alley.

Half Moon, Aldersgate

A tenement so called in parish of St. Bartholomew Smithfield, adjoining shops in parish of St. Botolph without Aldersgate, 1563 and 1566 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 33 and 34).

In Aldersgate Street (End. Ch. Rep. 1902, p. 2).

See Half Moon Passage.

Half Moon, Bishopsgate Without

Described in a Release of 1543 as "le Signe de le hulfe Mone" belonging to St. Michael's Church, Cornhill, in which Robert Wood dwelt, the "regiam viam ducen" de Bisshoppesgate versus Shordiche" lying on the east (Lond. Deeds, Harben Bequest to L.C.C. 1500-1600, No. 1).

Bequeathed in 1593 by John wood, s. and h. of Robert Wood, with eight messuages adjoining to his mother Joane Wood (ib. No. 16). She left yearly rents from the Half Moon and Half Moon Alley in 1600 to the church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate for church uses (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 91).

It further appeared from Joan Wood's Will, 1600, that she sold the messuage or brewhouse called the "Half Moon" with the yards, gardens, etc., in 1597 to Ralph Pindar on condition that he should pay a yearly sum of £20 to the parson and church-wardens of St. Botolph, and that in default the premises were to go to them.

Sir Paul Pindar's house was erected on this site, and was known as No. 169 Bishopsgate Without, on the south side of Half Moon Street.

The site is now the property of the Great Eastern Railway Co. and is occupied by Liverpool Street Station, a rent charge being paid to St. Botolph's parish (End. Charities, St. Botolph Bishopsgate, 1901, pp. 23, 47, 59, 70, and 73).

Half Moon, Cheapside

Messuage so called in Westchepe in parish of Blessed Mary Colechurch, 23 Eliz. (Lond. I. p.m. III. 43). In Cheap Ward.

A tradesman's token of the Halfe Moon in Cheapside bears date 1648 (Burn, p. 66).

Qy.=this tavern, or the one further west, in Half Moon Alley.

Half Moon, East Smithfield

Messuage called the Half Moon, in East Smithfield, in parish of St. Botolph Without Aldgate (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 71).

Not located in any map.

Half Paved Court

East out of Dorset Street to Bridewell Precinct, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1880).

Rebuilt and renamed "Dorset Buildings" (q.v.).

Hall (de la)

Two messuages of Walter de Pappeworth in parish of St. Andrew in Estchep and leasehold interest in lands "de Ia Hall," 1327 (Ct. H.W. I. 326).

Not further identified.

Hall (The) Court

On the west side of Middle Temple Lane. North of Middle Temple Hall (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1720 and 1755).

See Fountain Court.

Hall of the Danes

See Danes (Hall of).

Hall's Court

South out of Great Garden Street. In St. Katherine's precinct (Horwood, 1799-Lockie, 1810).

Former names : "Halls Rents" (Survey of St. Katherine's, 1686, Sloane MS. 3254, A. 1-London Guide, 1758). "Hills Rents" (Rocque, 1746).

Removed for the construction of St. Katherine's Docks in 1827.

Named after the owner or builder.