Margaret (St.) prope piscariam, ad Pontem - Marthe Lane

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Margaret (St.) prope piscariam, ad Pontem

See Margaret (St.) Fish Street Hill.

Margaret (St.) Versus Turrim

Parr. S. Marg' vs' turrim (D. and C. St. Paul, MS. W.D. 12, 13th cent.).

Probably=St. Margaret Pattens.

Margaret's (St.) Lane

Houses in parish of St. Mildred de Bredstret near the lane called "Seinte Margaretelane," 1331 (Ct. H.W. I. 368).

Qy.=near church of St. Margaret Moses.

Marie (St.) at the Holle, Hupehulle

See Mary (St.) at Hill.

Marine Square

See Well Close Square.

Mark Lane

South out of Fenchurch Street, at No. 55, to Great Tower Street at No. 67 (P.O. Directory). In Tower, Aldgate and Langbourn Wards.

Earliest mention: "Mark layne," 7 Ed. VI. 1553 (Lond. I. p.m. L. and M. Arch. Soc. VII. p. 117). "Markelane," alias "Martlane," 2 Eliz. 1560 (ib. 203).

Former names : "Marthelane," 25 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 7820). "Marte" lane, 1276 (Riley's Memorials, 9). "Mart" lane, 1320 (Ct. H. Wills, I. 286). "Marce" lane, 1360 (Cal. Close Rolls, Ed. III. 1360-4, p. 143).

Derivation of name : "'Mark Lane' or 'Mart Lane,' being so called of a Priuiledge sometime enjoyed to keepe a mart there, long since discontinued and therefore forgotten so as nothing remaineth for memorie but the name of Mart lane, and that corruptly termed Marke lane" (S. 151). But this cannot be regarded as an altogether satisfactory derivation, as the word "mart" came into the language in the 15th century from the Dutch. It has been suggested that the M.E. "mart"= an ox fattened for slaughter, may be the origin of the name.

New Corn Exchange and Old Corn Exchange at No. 52.

No. 33 was a fine old house, supposed to have been the residence of the Spanish Ambassadors, temp. Q. Mary. Front portion pulled down and rebuilt 1888, now Nos. 31 and 34.

In 1871 in the course of rebuilding some of the houses a Roman tessellated pavement was found.

See Martilane.

Mark Lane Station

At the south-east corner of Seething Lane, on the north side of Byward Street. In Tower Ward.

Occupies the site of several small alleys, as "Black Dog Alley," "Black Raven Court," etc.

Markes Aley

See Bunting Alley.

Market Buildings

In Mincing Lane at No. 29 (P.O. Directory).

First named, 1872 (L.C.C. List, 1901).

Market Passage

In Paternoster Row, Cheapside, leading into Newgate Market (Strype, ed. 1755-Poyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Market Passage

In Lime Street, leading into Leadenhall Market (Strype, ed. 1755-1 Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Mark's (St.) Alley

An alley in St. Clements Lane called "St. Marckes Aley," 1482 (Anc. Deeds, C. 1058).

Not further identified.

Marlow's Rents

On the north side of St. Catherine's Square, by St. Catherine's Court and Catshole Court (Lockie, 1810 and 1816).

Site now occupied by St. Katherine's Docks, etc.

Named after the owner or builder.


A hostel so called in parish of St. Mary in Aldermanbury, 8 Henry V (1420) (Cal. L. Bk. I. p. 249).

Not further identified.

Marowe Key

Wm. Marowe left to his brother a book and "Marowe Key," 1504 (Ct. H.W. II. 606).

Probably near to Galley Quay (q.v.), which also belonged to Wm. Marowe and was bequeathed by him in 1504 to his wife for life (ib.).

Marowlowes Key

A structure forming part of a great messuage in the parish of St. Michael Quenhith extending from Poddyng lane to a tenement of St. Mary Graces Abbey in length and from Tymberhithstreate to the Thames known as Marowlowes Key, Dockinges Key and Brokes Key, 36 H. VIII. 1544 (L. and P. H. VIII. XIX. (2), p. 69).

Qy. ="Marowe Key."

First mention : "Merlaweskey," 19 H. VI. 1440 (Cal. P.R. H. VI. 1436-41, p. 493).

Other forms : "Merlowes Keye," 3 Ed. IV. (Cal. L. Bk. L. p. 47).

Sharpe in a note says it was named after Richard Marlow, ironmonger, a native of Great Marlow, Co. Bucks.

Marroys Key

Capital messuage of Thomas Marrow called "Marroys Key," in parish of St. Mary at Hyll next Byllyngsgate, 30 H. VIII. 1538 (Lond. I. p.m. I. 64).

Not identified.

The site is probably now occupied by Billingsgate Market.

Mart Lane

See Mark Lane.

Marteley's Alley

In Coneyhope Lane (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 33). Not named in the maps.

Named after owner or builder.

Marthe Lane

See Mark Lane.