Little Bury Street - Little Conduit in Westcheap

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Little Bury Street

Out of St. Mary Axe (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Little Bush Lane

North out of Upper Thames Street, at 155, to Bush Lane. In Dowgate Ward (P.O. Directory).

First mention : O. and M. 1677.

Named after Bush Lane.

Little Carter Lane

See Carter Lane.

Little Cheapside

South from Vintners' Hall to Three Cranes (O. and M. 1677-London Guide, 1758). In Vintry Ward.

It occupies part at least of the site of what was formerly : "Spiteles lane," 17 Ed. III. (Lib. Cust. II. p. 450). "Spitellane," 1347 (Cal. L. Bk. F. p. 113). "Stodyes lane," 1394 (Grant in L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. III. 442). "Stodyes lane," 1441 (Ct. H.W. II. 492). "Stodies lane" (S. 242). This lane extended from Upper Thames Street to the Thames.

Seems also to have been called "Hardeles lane" (q.v.), 1464 (Ct. H.W. II. 551).

It is evident that the name of the lane varied from time to time according to its ownership, as Stow tells us that it was called Stodies lane after the owner Sir John Stodie, Sheriff 1352 and Mayor 1357.

Stow goes on to say that Sir John gave the lane on the site of which, with the tenements adjoining, Vinmers' Hall (q.v.) afterwards stood, to the Vintners' Company (S. 242). But he gives no authority for the statement, and there is no bequest of this nature in Sir John's will, dated 1375 (Ct. H.W. II. p.191).

Little Church Street

See Church Street, Minories.

Little Cock Alley

North out of Redcross Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (Strype, 1720-London Guide, 1758).

It seems to be called "Grasshopper Alley" (q.v.) in O. and M. 1677. Site now occupied by offices and warehouses.

Little Cock Alley

Out of Whitecross Street, Cripplegate (Strype, ed. 1755-London Guide, 1758).

Not named in the maps.

Little College Street

South out of College Street, at No. 28, to Upper Thames Street (P.O. Directory). In Vintry Ward and Dowgate Ward.

First mention : Elmes, 1831.

Former name : "Little Elbow Lane" (O. and M. 1677).

Little Conduit by the Stocks Market

Erected about 1500 (S. 18). In Walbrook Ward. Removed after the Fire 1666 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. i. 28).

Strype describes it as a little postern of stone set up with a cesterne of lead inside it, 1 H. VIII. opposite the south-east corner of the Stocks Market (ib. II. 195).

Called the "pissing Conduit" (S. 184) from its running a small stream of water (Halliwell, s.v.).

Little Conduit in Westcheap

By St. Paul's Gate at the east end of the church of St. Michael le Quern. In Farringdon Ward Within (Leake, 1666).

First mention : In 1389 an Order was made for the old broken Cross near the church of St. Michael "atte Corn" to be removed by the Chamberlain and a new conduit to be made in its place, 13 Rich. II. (Cal. L. Bk. H. p. 342).

Other references : "Lytyll Conduit in Chepe," Gregory's Chronicle (Cam. Soc.) under date, 1390-1 (p. 93). Mentioned in the rejoicings on the occasion of the Coronation of Henry VI. 1432 (Chronicles of London, ed. by Kingsford, p. 112). In 1430, 9 H. VI. Wm. Estfeld the Mayor made an ordinance at the request of the Commonalty to the effect that the new conduit in Westchepe near the east end of the church of St. Michael le Quern should in future be repaired at the City's expense and that parishioners of the church, or those living round the conduit, should not be forced to contribute (Cal. L. Bk. K. p. 110).

A grant of 1000 marks made to complete the new conduit, 1440 (ib. 243).