Packer Buildings - Paper Buildings

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Packer Buildings

West out of Mitre Court, within the Temple precincts (Lockie, 1810-Elmes, 1831).

Not named in the maps.

Packer Court

East out of Coleman Street at No. 56, south of King's Arms Yard. In Coleman Street Ward (L.C.C. List, 1901).

First mention : " Packer's Court" (O. and M. 1677).

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.

Named after the owner or builder.

Packer Court

North out of Still Alley, Houndsditch (Lockie, I 810-Elmes, 1831). Not named in the maps.

Packlon (Lady) Almshouses

In Whitefriars.

Founded and endowed by Lady Anne Packington, left to the Clothworkers' Company (Elmes, 1831).

Not named in the maps.

Painted Seld (The)

It appears from the register of Clerkenwell Priory in the British Museum that a grant of rent" de pincta selda " in parochia sancti pancracii juxta vicum fori was made to the priory, C. 1239 (Cott. MS. Faustina B. II. f. 89).

Mentioned in will of Christina la Brune 1290-1 as " Peinteselde " (Ct. H.W. I. 95).

The "painted seld" in Westcheap 1310 (ib. 213).

No further reference.

See Selds.

Painted Tavern Lane

See Three Cranes Lane, Vintry.

Painters' Company

Elections to Mistery of Painters made 1328 (Cal. L. Bk. E. p.234). Incorporated 1580.

Painters' Hall or Painter Stainers' Hall

On the west side of Little Trinity Lane at No.9 (P.O. Directory). In Queenhithe Ward.

First mention : " Painter stayners hall " (S. 356).

A large garden on the north side (Strype, Ed. 1720, I. iii. 218).

John Browne, Sergeant Painter to Henry VIII. , devised to the Guild of Paynter-Stayners, 1532, his house in Trinity Lane, which after his death became the hall of the Company, and so continued till burnt in the Fire 1666. Rebuilt by Sir C. Wren 1668, (See Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. N.S. II. (I), p.62).

New wing added 1880.

Company existed in the 14th century, incorporated 1580.

Pakkemanny's Wharf

See Gibson's Key.

Pakyngton's Rentes

Newly erected chambers between the library of the Inner Temple and Barrington's Rentes, 25 H. VIII. (Inner Temple Records, I. 106).

John Pakyngton is described as late Treasurer of the Temple at that time.

Palace Court Office

In Clifford's Inn, near Fetter Lane (Lockie, 1816). Not named in the maps.


See Anchor Alley.

Palmersten Buildings

See Palmerston House.

Palmerston House

A large block of offices and chambers on the west side of Bishops-gate, at No.51 (P.O. Directory). In Bishopsgate Ward Within and Broad Street Ward.

First mention : O.S.1875, "Palmerston Buildings."

Occupies site of Bull Alley, Broad Street; Bull Inn, Bishopsgate; Green Dragon Inn, Bishopsgate, etc.

Pancras (St.), Soper Lane

On the north side of Pancras Lane in Cheap Ward (Strype, Ed. 1720, I. iii. 25).

First mention found in records, 1257 (Anc. Deeds, A. 9656).

Other forms: "St. Pancras by Sopereslane," 45 H. III. (ib. A. 2697). " St. Pancras in Sopereslane " parish, 1343-4 (Ct. H.W. I. 471). " St. Pancras near Sopereslane," 1349 (ib. 558). " St. Pancras in Westchepe," 1420 (ib. II. 421).

Repaired and beautified 1621 (Strype, Ed. 1720, I. iii. 28).

The grant of land to the west of the church for making a cemetery was made 3 Rich. II. 1379 (Cal. P.R. Rich. II. 1377-81, p.391).

Burnt in the Fire and not rebuilt, the parish being united to St. Mary le Bow (Strype, Ed. 1720, I. iii. 25 and 50).

The site was enclosed as a burial place for the inhabitants and still remains unbuilt over.

Dedication to St. Pancras of Rome, who perished at the early age of fourteen in the Diocletian persecution, in 303.

Pancras Alley

North out of Pancras Lane (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Pancras Lane

East out of Queen Street, at No.82, to Queen Victoria Street (P.O. Directory). Formerly extended east to Bucklersbury. In Cordwainer and Cheap Wards.

First mention : St. Pancras Lane" (Leake, 1666).

Former names : " Nedlerslane," 1401 (Cal. P.R. H. IV. 1399-1401, p.408). " Nedereslane," 1415 (Ct. H.W. II. 407). " Goldhoper lane," 33 H. VI. (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p.6). " Nederslane," 21 H. VII. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 22). " Nedeler Lane," 1500-21 (Arnold's Chron. p.254). Needlers lane " (S. 253). " Peneritch (Pencritch ?) street (S. 262).

"Needlers. lane " was the name given to the western portion of the street, west of Size Lane, before the Fire.

The eastern portion was called " Peneritch street," and earlier " Goldhoper Lane."

Named Pancras Lane or St. Pancras Lane to commemorate the church of St. Pancras, after the Fire.

Stow spells the name " Peneritch" Street, but it seems more likely that it would have been " Pencritch," a corruption of " Pancras."


" Terram de Panetria" in possession of Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, 12th century (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. 28).

Rents in parish of St. Vedast in "panetaria," 13th cent. (MS. D. and C. St. Paul's, WD. 12).

Perhaps the baker's quarters, "panetria "=storehouse for bread. Pwiyor.-A messuage so called in parish of St. Michael at Quenehithe, 4 Eliz. (Lond. I p.m. 11.7).

Not further identified.

Panyer Alley

North out of Paternoster Row at No.4, to Newgate Street (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention : ,, ye Panyer Ale," 1442 (Reg. St. Martin's le Grand in possession of D. and C. Westminster).

Forms of name: "Panyar Alley," 1556 (L.C.C. Deeds, Harben Bequest, 1500-1600, No.3'). "Pannier Alley," 1648 (L. and P. Chas. I. XXII. p. 44). "Panier Alley" (Leake, 1666, and Strype, Ed. 1720, I. iii. 196). "Pannyor Alley" (O. and M. 1677),

Named after the messuage called the" Panyer," or" the Panyer on the hoope" (q.v.). Said to be the highest ground within the City.

Paper Buildings

On the west side of King's Bench Walk, within the Temple precincts (P.O. Directory).

First mention : 1669 (L. and P. Chas. II. 1668-9, p.366).

Original buildings erected in 1609 and called "Heyward's Buildings" (Inner Temple Records, II. xxxiv.).

Conduit there in the 17th century (ib. xxxviii. ), removed soon after 1629 (ib. lxxv.).

Buildings destroyed in the Fire, 1666. Rebuilt 1683 (ib. III. 191). Again burnt down 1838. Rebuilt 1848. Archt., Smirke.