Little Bailey Street - Little Broad Street

A Dictionary of London. Originally published by H Jenkins LTD, London, 1918.

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Little Bailey Street

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

Not named in the maps.

Little Bear Alley

East from the New Canal with a passage north to Great Bear Alley, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Strype, ed. 1720).

See Back Bear Alley.

Little Bear Quay

See New Bear Quay.

Little Bell Alley

South from Leathersellers' Buildings to Copthall Buildings on the boundary of Broad Street and Coleman Street Wards (O.S. 1880).

First mention : P.C. 1732.

It seems to be shown but not named in O. and M. 1677, and the northern portion is called Angel Alley.

But this street and the street called "Great Bell Alley" are called "Bell Alley" in Strype (ed. 1720) and probably in O. and M. too ; "Little Bell Alley" or "Back Alley" in Maitland, 1774, II. 839.

Rebuilt 1890 and now called Copthall Avenue (q.v.).

The name is commemorated in Bell House, Nos. 10 and 12 Copthall Avenue.

Little Bell Alley, Grub Street

See Bell Alley.

Little Black Horse Court

West out of Aldersgate Street, in Aldersgate Ward (P.C 1732-Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

Little Boss Alley

In Thames Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

Little Bridge Street

East out of New Bridge Street to St. Martin's Court, on the boundary of Farringdon Wards Within and Without (Lond. Guide, 1758-O.S. 1880).

Former name : "Stonecutters Alley" (q.v.) Rocque, 1746.

Now called Pilgrim Street (q.v.).

Name changed 1890.

Little Britain

West out of Aldersgate Street at 197, and north to Smithfield (P.O. Directory). In Aldersgate Ward and Farringdon Ward Without.

First mention : "Little Britain Street," 1600 (L. and P. Ed. VI., etc., V. p. 437).

Former names and forms : "Brettone strete," 1329 (Ct. H.W. I. 350). "Britten Strete," 38 H. VIII. (L. and P. H. VIII. XXI. (2), p. 414). "Peti bretane," 1550-1 (Staples, p. 21), quoting Minister's Accounts, 2 and 3 Ed. VI. "Pety Bryttayne," 1561 (Lond. I. p.m. III. 85). "Briton street" (S. 306). "Lyttell Bretton," 1601-2 ; "Little Brytayne," 1616-17 (H. MSS. Com. Buccleuch, p. 214).

Took that name of the Dukes of Briton lodging there (S. 311).

This would refer to the Dukes of Brittany, who are supposed to have had their mansion and garden in this street, extending to the Town ditch. There is a large house and garden shown here on Braun and Hogenberg's map, c. 1570, which may have been the house indicated by Stow.

It is interesting to note that the northern portion of Little Britain from St. Bartholomew's Hospital to West Smithfield was formerly called Duke Street (q.v.) or Duke Lane by Stow.

Little Broad Street

South from Throgmorton Street to Threadneedle Street. In Broad Street Ward (Strype, 1720-Lond. Guide, 1758).

Other names : "Pig Street" (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799). "Broad Street" (Horwood, 1799).

See Old Broad Street.