Maidenhead Court, Maiden Lane - Mansion House Buildings

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

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Maidenhead Court, Maiden Lane

See Doby Court.

Maidenhead Yard

On the south side of Rosemary Lane, near the west end (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Maidenhead Yard

North out of Maidenhead Alley, Moor Lane, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677).

The site is now occupied by the Metropolitan Railway and Moorgate Street Station.

Maidenhead Yard, Inn

On the north side of Great Knightrider Street, in Castle Baynard Ward (O. and M. 1677-Lond. G. 1758).

Hatton, 1708, describes it as on the east side of Addle Hill, and Lockie, 1816, as at No. 24 Addle Hill.

Site has been rebuilt.


Tenement of John Box in "Maioneslane," parish of St. Dunstan, 1325 (Ct. H.W. i. 317).

Qy.=Mincing Lane.

Mairmaid Court, Warwick Lane

See Mermaid Court.

Mairmaid Inn, Great Carter Lane

See Mermaid Court.

Mallet's Court

In Blaekboy Alley, Chick Lane (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Outside the City boundary.

Not named in the maps.

=Mallord's Court in Rocque, 1746.

Malmesbury (Abbot of) Inn

On the south side of Holborn, where Furnival Street now stands.

Grant by Thos. Coubrigge and Wm. Camme to the Abbot of Malmesbury of 3 messuages, curtilage and appurtenances in parish of St. Andrew Holbourne, formerly of Thomas de Lyncolne, 43 Ed. III. (Cott. MS. Faust. B. VIII. f. 163b.).

Inn called "Lyncolnesynne," in parish of St. Andrew in Holbourne assigned to chapel of St. Mary in the church of the Abbey of Malmesbury-the Abbot to have the use of his new inn newly built when in London, 1380 (ib. f. 192).

In an ancient Deed in the Record Office relating to the possessions of the Abbot and Convent of Malmesbury granted to Thomas Dalton, 17 H. VIII. the inn or hospicium in London is described as "Bere aley" or "Castell Aleye," the old names of "Castle Street" or "Furnival Street" (Anc. Deed, L. 131).

Manchester Avenue

West out of Aldersgate Street at No. 166, in Aldersgate Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention : L.C.C. List, 1901.

Manchonlane, Mangonelane

See Mincing Lane.


Henry de Lewes had houses in Manimanelane, 1291 (Ct. H.W. I. 102).

Qy.="Mincing Lane."


Probably near St. Mary de la Hulle, 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 406).

Qy.=Mincing Lane.


See Mincing Lane.


It is not possible within the limits of this work to deal with this complicated and difficult subject, especially as any attempt at a concise definition of the term is apt to be misleading in the present state of knowledge on the matter.

Maitland, Vinogradoff and Seebohm have done much by their able writings to elucidate the difficulties and to remove some prevalent misconceptions, and a careful study of their works is to be recommended to anyone who wishes to gain useful knowledge on this subject.

It has always been assumed that manors were non-existent within the limits of the City of London, and were wholly alien to the conditions of free-burgage tenure under which it was held by the King. But if this position is maintained, yet it is certain that there existed within the City from early times certain privileged areas known as "sokes," forming independent estates in the hands of private individuals, which were exempt from the jurisdiction of the City, and possessed of their own courts and officers.

Stow in his Survey of London mentions one or two estates which he describes as manors, but in his time the word seems to have acquired a wider and looser signification than it possessed in earlier days, when a definite technical meaning was attached to it.

See Soke.

Manor Row

South-east out of Little Tower Hill to Upper East Smithfield (Horwood, 1799-Lockie, 1810).

Removed prior to 1827 probably for the formation of St. Katherine's Docks, etc.

Mansell Passage

West out of Mansell Street to Haydon Square. In parishes of St. Mary Whitechapel and St. Botolph Aldgate (P.O. Directory).

Mansell Street

South out of Aldgate High Street, at No. 45, to Tower Bridge Approach (P.O. Directory). Partly in Portsoken Ward and partly in parish of St. Mary Whitechapel, in Goodman's Fields.

In former times much less extensive than at present.

Laid out originally towards the end of the 17th century and extending from Great Ayliff Street to Great Prescott Street (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1848-51).

The northern portion from Gt. Ayliff Street to Aldgate High Street was called Somerset Street (q.v.) until March, 1870, when this name was abolished and the whole called Mansell Street (L.C.C. List of Streets, 1912).

The southern portion from Great Prescott Street to the Tower Bridge Approach was formed in 1907 when Queen Street (q.v.) and Little Prescott Street (q.v.) were demolished (ib.), together with Smith's Buildings (ib.).

Former names : "Mansel street" (Strype, 1720-Horwood, 1799). "Mansfield Street" (Rev. of London, 1728). "Somerset Street" (Maitland, 1775, II. 1007). "Goodman's Fields Street" (Wheatley). But he does not give any date showing when it was so called, and it has not been possible to verify this name.

Present name derived from owner or builder.

Mansion House

At the junction of the Poultry and Cornhill on the south side, opposite Mansion House Street (P.O. Directory). In Walbrook Ward.

Erected 1739-52 as a residence for the Lord Mayor during his year of office. Archt., G. Dance, City Surveyor.

First inhabited in the Mayoralty of Sir Crisp Gascoigne, 1752-3 (Strype, ed. 1755, I. 484).

Built on piles, the soil being full of springs. Principal room, the Egyptian Hall.

Prior to the erection of the Mansion House, the Mayoral receptions and banquets were either held in one of the Halls of the City Companies, or at the house of the Mayor himself during his term of office.

Strype complains that the Mansion House was too much shut in with houses (ib. p. 517), but since his time it has been improved in that respect by the removal of Charlotte Row and of a considerable number of houses at the corner of the Poultry for the formation of Queen Victoria Street.

The building was erected on the site of the Stocks Market and of the church of St. Mary Woolchurch (q.v.).

Mansion House Buildings

On the north side of Queen Victoria Street at No. 2 (P.O. Directory).

First mention : L.C.C. List, 1901.