Maid Court - Maidenhead Court

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Maid Court

Out of Cloak Lane. Also called "George Court" (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Maiden Court

In Maiden Lane, Garlick Hill (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Qy.=Maidenhead Court.

See Doby Court.

Maiden Lane

West from Wood Street, at No. 110, to Foster Lane. In Cripplegate Ward Within and Aldersgate Ward (Elmes, 1831).

Re-named Gresham Street West (q.v.) in 1845, and Gresham Street (q.v.), 1877.

First mention : "Maydenlane," 26 H. VIII. 1534 (Lond. I. p.m. I. 49). "Engaine lane or Mayden lane" (S. 307).

Former names : "Englenelane," 1282 (Cal. L. Bk. A. p. 154). "Inggelenelane," 1310-11 (Ct. H.W. I. 217). "Ingelane," 1320 (Cal. P.R. Ed. II. 1317-21, p. 516). "Engleslane," 1332-3 (Ct. H.W. I. 380). "Inggenelane," 1339 (ib. 433). "Ingenelane," 1349 (ib. 560). "Ingenlane," 1383 (ib. II. 236). "Ingestrete," 13 H. IV. (Anc. Deeds, A. 2460).

See Gresham Street West, Maden Lane, Inggelene lane.

The original name of the street may either be derived from the M.E. "engel"= angel, which would give the genitive "englene," or from "Engel"=English, with a similar form, "Englene," in "Englene-lond," etc.

As the word "angel" has always been a favourite street name in London, it seems most probable that that would be the origin of the word here. The later name, "Maiden Lane," was derived from the sign.

Maiden Lane

West out of College Hill at No. 9, through Queen Street to Garlick Hill by St. James' Church (P.O. Directory). In Vintry Ward.

First mention : 1585 (H. MSS. Com. 1885. Wells MSS. p. 23).

Former name and forms of name : "Kyrune lane," 1259 (Ct. H.W. I. 3). "Kyroneslane," 1275 (ib. 24). "Kironelane," 1286-7 (ib. 80). "Kyronlane," 1305 (ib. 171). "Kyrounlane," 1349 (ib. 590). "Kyrenlane," 1360 (ib. II. 64). "Kyronelane," 14 Ed. III. (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 14). "Kirounlane," 1446 (Cal. P.R. H. VI. 1441-6, p. 425). "Kerion lane " (S. 241).

So called, says Stow, of one Kirion, sometime dwelling there (S. 249).

"Medelane" 1317-18 (Ct. H.W. I. 275), seems to be identical with it, as in Lond. Inq. p.m. 32 H. VIII. the capital messuage called "Skales Inne," and two other messuages adjoining are described in "Medelane," alias "Maydenlane," in parish of St. Michael Paternoster, in the ward of Vyntre (L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. Lond. I. p.m. Vol. I. p. 109).

The modern name would be derived from the sign.

See Maden Lane.

Maidenhead (The)

A messuage so called in parish of St. Laurence in Old Jewry, in ward of Cheap adjoining the "Ledden porche" on the east and Blackwell Hall on the north, 1566 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 79).

The Maiden Head in St. Laurence Lane, near the Church, 1622 (H. MSS. Com. 12th Rep. I. 119). There was also the "Mayden Hedd" at Yeeld Hall Gate in London in 1596-7 (H. MSS. Com. Salisbury, VII. 118).

Maidenhead (The)

In St. Katherine's precinct. On the boundary of Portsoken Ward as set out by Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 27.

Qy. on site of Maidenhead Court (q.v.).

Maidenhead Alley

See Maydenhead Alley.

Maidenhead Alley

East out of the Minories, not far from its junction with Aldgate High Street, and communicating with Chequer Yard (Strype, 1720 and 1755).

Former name : "Red Cross Alley" (O. and M. 1677), but not so long as Maidenhead Alley.

Named after the sign.

The Maidenhead was the crest of the Mercers' Company and may have been used sometimes as a sign on this account. It was also the crest of the Duke of Buckingham and of Katherine Parr.

Site rebuilt before the 19th century.

Maidenhead Alley

East out of Aldermanbury, near Cateaton Street (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Maidenhead Alley, Grub Street

See Maidenhead Court.

Maidenhead Alley, St. Katherine's

See Maidenhead Court.

Maidenhead Court

West out of Grub Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (Strype, 1720-Boyle, 1799).

Former name : "Maidenhead Alley" (O. and M. 1677-Hatton, 1708).

British School on site, O.S. 1880.

The site is now occupied by offices and business houses.

See Silk Street.

Maidenhead Court

In Half Moon Alley in Bishopsgate Street, in Bishopsgate Ward Without (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Maidenhead Court

East out of Aldersgate Street, at No. 30, to Nicholl Square, in Cripplegate Ward Without and Aldersgate Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention : O. and M. 1677.

Qy. ="Lambe Alley," alias "Mayden alley."

See Lamb, Lambe Alley.

Maidenhead Court

East out of Moor Lane to Green Arbour Court, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1880).

"Maidenhead Alley," in Hatton, 1708, a passage to Little Moorfields.

In some of the maps it communicates with Half Moon Alley, north of Green Arbour Court.

The site is now occupied by Fore Street Avenue (q.v.).

Maidenhead Court

North out of Great Easteheap, west of Gracechurch Street (Strype, 1720-Boyle, 1799).

Removed c. 1831 for the formation of King William Street and the enlargement of the roadway at its junction with Gracechurch Street.

Maidenhead Court

South out of London Wall, in Broad Street Ward (Strype, 1720-Boyle, 1799).

"Maidenhead Alley" (O. and M. 1677-Hatton, 1708).

A passage to Drapers' Gardens.

The site is now occupied by warehouses.

Maidenhead Court

West out of Wood Street, in Cripplegate Ward Within (O. and M.. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

Strype describes it as in his time a handsome square place, with good buildings and a gate to shut up at nights (ed. 1720, I. iii. 92).

The site is now covered by warehouses and offices.

Maidenhead Court

In St. Katherine's precinct. North out of Great Garden Street (Rocque, 1746-Horwood, 1799).

Former name : "Maidenhead Alley" (P.C. 1732).

Removed for the formation of St. Katherine Docks and the adjacent warehouses in 1827.

Maidenhead Court

North out of Little Saint Thomas Apostles at No. 19. In Cordwainer Ward (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).

Removed for the western extension of Cannon Street 1865.