Old Swan Wharf - Olivaunt

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Old Swan Wharf

East of Swan Lane at No. '00 Upper Thames Street (P.O. Directory). In Bridge Ward Within.

First mention : O.S. 1848-51.

Named from the Old Swan in Thames Street (q.v.).

Old Temple

See Temple (The).

Old Temple, Bar of

See Holborn Bars.

Old Trinity House

On the west side of Water Lane at No.5 (P.O. Directory). In Tower Ward.

Earliest mention: Incorporated 1514 (H. MSS. Com. 8th Rep. 285).

The house belonged to Sir William Russell in 1704 (End. Ch. Rep. 1902).

Founded by Sir Thomas Spert, burnt down and rebuilt (Strype, Ed. 1720, I. ii. 41-2).

Burnt in the Fire and rebuilt 1671 (If. MSS. Com. 8th Rep. 254).

Again destroyed by fire 1714 and rebuilt.

Strype describes the old House as a good, handsome, large building, in which house is also kept the Ballast Office.

The new House was erected on the north side of Tower Hill in 1793-5. See Trinity House, Smither's Coffee HouseA.

Old Victualling Office

See Victualling Office.

Old Wardrope

See Princes' Wardrobe.

Old Watch House, Bishopsgate

On the west side of Bishopsgate, south of St. Botolph's Bishopsgate Churchyard.

"Ye olde Watch House."

A tablet affixed to the house records the fact that it was rebuilt 1771 and again 1912. Commemorates the site of the watch or guard house attached to Bishopsgate before its removal in the 18th century.

Old Wool Quay

Messuage and wharf called the Olde Wollekey in parish of All Hallows Barking, 1518-19, 5 H. VIII. 1489 to 1592 (Lond. I. p.m. L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. VII. pp.8 and 11; Ct. H.W. II. 627; and L. and P. Ed. VI. Dom. S. III. p.186).

Old Wooll Key appointed as a lading and discharging place under Act of Pant., 1559 Strype, Ed. 1720, I. ii. 49).

See Wool Quay.

Old Yard

South out of Chick Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677). Seems to be identical with Old Brewhouse Yard (q.v.).

Olde Hall

At the corner of Elbow Lane, one great stone house called "Olde hall" now taken down. Sometime belonged to William de pont le arch and by him given to the Priory of St. Marie Ouery in Southwarke, temp. Hen. I. (S. 233).

Olde Swanne Alley

Messuage described as in "olde Swanne Alley" in Thames Street in parish of St. Laurence Pultney in 1558-9 (Ct. H.W. II. 668).

Not further identified.


Capital messuage so called in West Smythefeilde in parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, 25 Eliz. (Lond. I. p.m. III. 66).

Le Olifaunte," 38 H. VIII. (L. and P. H. VIII. XXI. (2), p.414).

Not identified.