King Street Passage - King's Arms Inn, Snow Hill

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King Street Passage

Out of Little Tower Hill (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

King Street, Cheapside

North out of Cheapside at No. 92, across Gresham Street to the Guildhall (P.O. Directory). In Cheap Ward. Erected after the Fire of 1666 to provide better access to the Guildhall.

A Committee of the Common Council was held as to the making of the new street called King Street, between Guildhall and Cheapside, 1667 (L. and P. Chas. II. 1666-7, p. 541).

"New King Street" (O. and M. 1677).

Strype uses both the names "New King Street" and "King Street" (ed. 1720, I. iii. 51, 52).

When this street was first made the name King Street was only given to that portion of it which extended from Cheapside to Gresham Street (then called Cateaton Street), the northern portion to the Gulldhall being called "Guildhall Yard." The name, "King Street" was only given to this northern portion within recent years.

King Street, Cloth Fair

See Kinghorn Street.

King Street, St. James' Place

North out of Creechurch Lane to St. James' Place (P.C. 1732-O.S. 1894).

Former name : "Duke's Place" (Strype, ed. 1720, 1. ii. p. 81).

Name abolished Oct. 2, 1894, and the whole called Creechurch Lane (q.v.).

King Street, Tower Hill

North out of Tower Hill to Royal Mint Street (P.O. Directory).

Earliest mention (Hatton, 1708).

Not formed in O. and M. 1677.

King Tudor Street

See Tudor Street.

King William Street

South from Lombard Street, at No. 6, to Adelaide Place, London Bridge (P.O. Directory).

Extends through Langbourn, Candlewick, Walbrook and Bridge Within Wards, running first in a south-easterly direction to Cannon Street and then south to the Bridge.

Erected under Act of Parliament 1829, passed to provide for the formation of the approaches to the new London Bridge.

Named after King William IV.

Among the buildings and streets demolished for its formation may be enumerated the following : Church of St. Michael Crooked Lane and Churchyard ; eastern portion of Lamb Alley ; northern end of Sherborne Lane; central portions of Nicholas Lane and Abchurch Lane ; northern end of St. Swithin's Lane ; western end of Eastcheap ; Lamb Court ; Fox Ordinary Court ; eastern end of Crooked Lane.

Widened 1881-4 under the Metropolitan and District Railways (City lines and Extensions) Act, 1882, by the railway companies, the Metropolitan Board of Works contributing £500,000 to the cost.

Roman walls were found under both sides of the street at a depth of 14-20 feet. No highway was apparent in the line of the street (Arch. XXVIII. 140).

Kinges Street

Sale to George Monoux of six tenements described as in Lumbard Street and Kinges Street in Cornhill, 7 H. VIII. (L. and P. H. VIII. XV. p. 379).

Not further identified.

Possibly "Kinges Street" is merely the description of the highway, the "via regia" of early Latin deeds.

This is probably the origin of the name of all the older streets so called, as every street of importance is described in all early deeds as "via regia," , "regia strata," etc., being the King's highway.


A lane so called in parish of St. Peter, Paul's Wharf. In ward of Peter de Edelmeton=Castle Baynard Ward (Hund. R. I. 423 and 433).

Qy.=Kyngeslane (q.v.).

Kinghorn Street, Cloth Fair

South out of Cloth Fair, at No. 63, to Bartholomew Close, in Farringdon Ward Without.

Renamed 1885.

Former name : "King Street" (Horwood 1799-O.S. 1880). Shown in O. and M. and the later maps, but not named.

King's Alley

In Gutter Lane, in precincts of St. Martin's le Grand.

Mentioned in Survey of Rents, etc. (30-33 H. VIII. set out in Kemp, p. 205).

Not named in the maps.

King's Arms

On the west side of Bishopsgate at No.128 (P.O. Directory). In Bishopsgate Ward Without.

At the corner of Acorn Street (q.v.), and perhaps formerly called the Acorn, from which Acorn Street derived its name (N. and Q. ii, S. III. p. 3, Jan.1911).

King's Arms Buildings

East out of Wood Street at No. 10, in Cripplegate Ward Within (O.S. 1875).

It adjoins the site of the Compter in this map.

First mention : Lockie, 1810.

Site now occupied by offices, etc.

King's Arms Buildings

Out of Change Alley, Cornhill (Lockie, 1816-Elmes, 1831).

Not named in the maps.

King's Arms Coach Office

West out of Bishopsgate Street at 106, north of Thread-needle Street (Lockie, 1810-1816).

Not named in the maps.

King's Arms Court

South out of Ludgate Hill, east of Fleet Bridge, in Farringdon Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

The site is now covered by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway lines.

Perhaps=Goat Alley, Ludgate Hill (q.v.).

King's Arms Court

West out of Basinghall Street, on the boundary of Cheap and Bassishaw Wards (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799). South of Blackwell Hall.

Named after the "Kings Arms Tavern" there, a house of a very good trade in Strype's time (ed. 1720, I. iii. 68).

The site has been rebuilt and is now covered by offices and chambers.

King's Arms Inn

On the north-west side of Crutched Friars (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

King's Arms Inn

North out of Leadenhall Street at No. 121. In Lime Street Ward (O. and M. 1677-Lockie, 1816).

The site is now occupied by the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company's office.

King's Arms Inn, Snow Hill

See King's Arms Yard.