Lime Street Alley - Little Ashentree Court

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Lime Street Alley

East out of Lime Street, with a winding passage leading by Lime Street Square and Billiter Square into Fishmongers' Alley and Fenchurch Street (Strype, ed. 1720-O.S. 1848-51).

It is only named in Strype, but the passage seems to be shown in all the later maps, including the O.S. 1848-51 ed. But it is not shown in O.S. 1875.

The western portion out of Lime Street is shown in O. and M. 1677, but it does not extend far and is only a short and apparently blind alley.

It is interesting to note that Stow mentions a lane leading from Fenchurch Street near Culver Alley (q.v.) to Lime Street, which had been stopped up in his time for fear of thieves (S. 141). Strype says this lane had been opened again and this may be the winding passage shown in his map east from Lime Street Alley (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 55). Possibly it had not been reopened in 1677.

"Lime Street Alley, by some called Billiter Alley" (ib. 82).

Lime Street and Cornhill Wards' School

On the west side of St. Mary Axe, east of Leathersellers' Hall. In Lime Street Ward (O.S. 1875 and 1880).

Established 1710 for Lime Street and Cornhill Wards. The School house is held under a lease dated 1849 from the rector and churchwardens of St. Andrew Undershaft, the school to be used as a Church of England Charity School, and vestry meeting and ward meetings to be held there as and when required (End. Charities Rep. 1902, pp. 1 and 2). Since 1874 for Langbourn Ward also.

In O.S. 1875 the site is identified with that occupied by St. Mary Axe Church.

Lime Street Passage

North-west out of Lime Street at No. 21A. (P.O. Directory). In Langbourn Ward.

First mention : Lockie, 1810.

Named after Lime Street.

Lime Street Square

East out of Lime Street at No. 48, south of Leadenhall Street (P.O. Directory). In Aldgate Ward.

First mention : P.C. 1732.

Named after Lime Street.

Lime Street Ward

One of the smallest of the 26 wards of the City, lying between Aldgate and Cornhill Wards, but stretching up to Camomile Street (O.S.).

First mention : "Ward of Limstrete," 1287 (Cal. Letter Bk. A. p. 228). The poorest ward in the City in 1320 and 1368 (Cal. Letter Bks. E. 124 and G. 251).

In 3 Ed. I. "Ward of Ralph Fabri de Cornhull" (Rot. Hund. I. p. 431) ; identified by Beavan with Lime Street Ward (Aldermen of London, I. p. 375).

After the suppression of St. Mary Axe and St. Augustine Papey, no parish church in the ward.

Principal feature : Leadenhall Market.

Named after the principal street of the ward, viz. Lime Street (q.v.). See Wards.

Lime Wharf

Two wharfs so named at the southern end of Old Pipe Yard and Lime Yard respectively (Rocque, 1746).

Site now covered by Purfleet Wharf and St. Andrew's Wharf (q.v.).

Lime Wharf

South out of Earl Street. Two wharfs so called, one adjoining Puddle Dock west in Castle Baynard Ward and the other still further west, west of Mr. Hood's Iron Wharf (Horwood, 1799), in Farringdon Ward Within.

The site of this latter wharf is now occupied by the Blackfriars Station of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, and of the eastern wharf by Vulcan Wharf and Victoria Wharf (q.v.).

The eastern one was occupied in Rocque, 1746, by Coalman's Alley (q.v.).

Lime Yard

South out of Bristol Street to Lime Wharf, in Castle Baynard Ward (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Part of the site now occupied by Queen Victoria Street and the railway lines.

Limeburners' Alley, Lane

In Seacoal Lane (S. 392) in the parish of St. Sepulchre, in Farringdon Ward Without.

First mention : "Lymbarneres lane," 1308-9 (Ct. H.W. I. 204).

Other forms : "Lymbrennereslane," 1339-40 (ib. 436). "Lymbrennersslane," 1349 (ib. 556). "Lymebrynnerslane," 1407 (ib. II. 374).

In a MS. 6 H. V. Seacole lane is described as lying to the east of Lymebrynners lane (D. and C. St. Paul's, Press A. Box 23, 1684).

Not named in the maps.

Identified in End. Ch. Report, 1902, relating to St. Sepulchre's parish (p. 8) with "Braziers Buildings" (q.v.).

Stow suggests that lime was burnt there, or perhaps lime burners lived there.

Lincoln's Inn

One of the Inns of Court on the west side of Chancery Lane, outside the City boundary.

The name seems to have been originally applied to what was afterwards the town house of the Abbot of Malmesbury, on the south side of Holborn, east of Staple Inn, for in the Cartulary of the Abbey in the British Museum (Cott. MS. Faustina, B. VIII.) the house is referred to as "totum hospicium nostrum vocatum Lyncolnesynne." It appears from the Cartulary that the property originally belonged to Thomas Lincoln, who may have given his name to the house. He seems to have been a counter or serjeant, practising in the Court of Common Pleas, temp. Ed. III., and after he disposed of his Holborn property he may have gone to Chancery Lane, to the site of the present Lincoln's Inn, at that time in the possession of the bishops of Chichester.

The history of the Inn does not come within the scope of this work.

Lindsey Street

North out of Long Lane, at No. 23, to Charterhouse Street. The southern end is in Farringdon Ward Without, the northern end outside the City boundary (P.O. Directory).

It lies at the eastern end of Smithfield Market.

It covers the site of smaller courts, such as Carpenter's Yard, etc.

Linen Armourers

Stow mentions them as one Company with the Tailors in 1452 (S. 153).

Lion in the Wood Inn, Yard

On the north side of the Wilderness, west of Dorset Street, Whitefriars. In Farringdon Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-Lockie, 1816).

Site has been rebuilt.

It is suggested that the sign was originally derived from the Woodmongers' arms, a lion rising out of a wood.

Lion Key

See Lyon Key

Lion's Corner

West out of Middlesex Street, in Portsoken Ward (L.C.C. List, 1901).

Rebuilt for business purposes.

Lion's Yard

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

Not named in the maps.


See Caponeshors.

Little All Hallows

In Thames Street, 1537 (L. and P. H. VIII. XII. (1), p. 511).

See All Hallows the Less.

Little Ashentree Court

West out of Water Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-L. Guide, 1758).

On or near the site of Britton's Court (q.v.).