Matthew's (St.) Buildings - Mediford Court

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Matthew's (St.) Buildings

See Saracen's Head Inn, Friday Street.

Matthew's (St.) Court

South out of Cheapside by St. Matthew's Church to Friday Street (O. and M. 1677).

Formerly called "St. Matthews Alley," 1416 and 1559 (Ct. H.W. II. 410 and 671).

Afterwards Shepheards Court and Fountain Court (q.v.).

Maudelyne (la) in Eldefihsstrete

See Mary (St.) Magdalen, Old Fish Street.

Maudlin's Rents

West out of Nightingale Lane to Lower East Smithfield (Hatton, 1708-Lockie, 1810).

Other forms of name : "Maudlens Rents" (Strype, ed. 1720 and 1755). "Maudlings Rents" (Rocque, 1746).

Removed for the formation of St. Katherine's Docks, 1827.

Probably named after an owner or builder.

Maul's Court

North out of Fore Street, between Moor Lane and Little Moorfields in Cripplegate Ward Without (Strype, 1720-Lond. G. 1758).

The site is now occupied by offices and business houses in Fore Street.

Probably named after an owner or builder.

May Square

On the west side of Whitecross Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (O.S. 1875-80).

"Tyson Court" in Horwood, 1799.

The site is now occupied by offices and business houses.

Mayden Alley, Aldersgate Street

See Lambe Alley.

Mayden Lane

See Great Distaff Lane.

Maydenhead Alley, Thames Street

Thirteen tenements in Maydenhed Alley in Thamystrete in parish of St. Martin in Thorgans, and a shop at the gate of the said alley called Maydenhed Alley, 1558 and 1568 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 106). In Bridge Ward Within.

It must be on or near the site now occupied by Arthur Street West.

So named from "le Maydenhed," alias "le Maydenhed alley" in the street near Thamestreet in parish of St. Martin Orgar, 1593 (Loud. I. p.m. III. 196).

Maydys Hedde

A messuage so-called in parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate 27 H. VIII. (Cat L. and M. Ft. of Fines, II. 44).

No later mention.

Mayegood Alley

In Fetter Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without.

Mentioned in Wardmote Inquest of 1596 (Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. N.S. III. (1), p. 63).

No further reference.

Mayors of London

The chief Magistrate of the City and senior Alderman. First appointed 1191. First mentioned in the City Charter, 1202-4, Charter of John. The fifth Charter, 1215, gave the citizens power to elect their own Mayor annually. This privilege was revoked on numerous occasions in the reigns of Henry III. and Edward I. when the City was taken into the King's hands and a Custos appointed in the place of the Mayor to punish the City for contumacy.

Lists to be found in the Letter books, Liber Albus and elsewhere (Cal. L. Bk. F. pp. 276-303).

Various privileges conferred on them by Royal Charters.

Elected 28th Oct. (Cal. L. Bk. D. p. 16).

Day of election changed in 1346 to Oct.13, and to Michaelmas Day in 1546 by Act of Common Council (Cal. L. Bk. G. p. 198).

Seems to have been first called "dominus Mayor," 1440 (ib. K. p. 243).

Maypole Alley

In Fenchurch Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Maypole Alley or Court

North out of Upper East Smithfield at No. 22 (Lockie, 1810, to O.S. 25 in. 1894-6).

The name appears to be derived from a Maypole, which stood here in former days and is shown in Rocque's map of 1746, opposite the site of this court.

Site occupied by Royal Mint Yard.

McLean's Buildings

In New Street Square at No. 16, at the corner of Dean Street (P.O. Directory).

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

Named after the owner or builder.

Meal Market

On the south side of Upper Thames Street at Queenhithe (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Newgate Market is described as "mele market" in a Plat of the Greyfriars, 1546 and 1617, in Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. V. 421.

Meal Yard

West out of Seacoal Lane to Fleet Market, in Farringdon Ward Without (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Site now occupied by Wheatsheaf Yard (q.v.).

Mearmaid Alley, Warwick Lane

See Mermaid Court.

Mede Lane

In the parishes of St. James Garlickhithe and St. Michael Paternoster Royal.

Earliest mention : 1317-18 (Ct. H.W. I. 275).

In a London Inq. p.m. 32 H. VIII. it is described as "Medelane alias Maydenlane" in the parish of St. Michael Paternoster (I. p.109).

See Maiden Lane, College Hill ; also Shepherds Alley.

Mediford Court

See Modiford Court.