Peter's (St.) Lane - Pewter Pot Inn

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Henry A Harben, 'Peter's (St.) Lane - Pewter Pot Inn', in A Dictionary of London( London, 1918), British History Online [accessed 19 July 2024].

Henry A Harben, 'Peter's (St.) Lane - Pewter Pot Inn', in A Dictionary of London( London, 1918), British History Online, accessed July 19, 2024,

Henry A Harben. "Peter's (St.) Lane - Pewter Pot Inn". A Dictionary of London. (London, 1918), , British History Online. Web. 19 July 2024.

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Peter's (St.) Lane

See Peter's (St.) Hill.

Peter's Court

In Ironmonger Row (Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

Peter's Court

South out of Royal Mint Street with a passage east into Well Yard and Cartwright Street (P.C. 1732 to 1913, and see below).

The portion leading east into Cartwright Street is called "Little Peter Court" in O.S.1875.

Differently planned in Horwood and Rocque. Former name: "Middelborr Alley" (Strype, Ed. 1720).

In 1880-4 the part into Cartwright Street was cleared for the erection of the Artizans' Dwellings there, and in 1913 the part leading out of Royal Mint Street was closed, apparently for demolition.


See Peter's (St.) Hill.

Petronilia (St.)

Tenement in Fletestrete in parish of St. Petronilla, 33 Ed. III. (Anc. Deeds, C. 2983).

No further mention,

Can this be connected with Parnell St. (q.v.) of the Temple mentioned by Stow?

Petticoat Lane

See Middlesex Street.

Petticoat Square

At the western end of Nightingale Place, west of Middlesex Street. In Portsoken Ward (Rocque, 1746-O.S. 25 in. 1880).

In the 18th century and as late as 1818 Petticoat Square included Nightingale Place

Former narnes: "Bates' Yard" (O. and M. 1677). "InkHorne Court" (q.v.) (Strype, ed, 1720).

Site cleared and occupied by the City of London Artizans' Dwellings, 1884 (q.v.).

Petty Cannons

See Cannon Alley.

Petty Cannons' Court

North out of St. Paul's Churchyard and west to Paul's Alley. In Farringdon Ward Within (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).

See Chapter House Court.

Petty Canons' Alley

See Cannon Alley.

Petty Prance

West of St. Botolph Bishopsgate with a passage to Moorfields. In Bishopsgate Ward Without. Stow describes it as a quadrant separated from St. Botolph's Churchyard by a causeway (S. 166).

In O. and M. 1677, and in Strype's maps.

"Petty France Alley" there in Strype, I 755-Boyle, 1799.

The site is now occupied by New Broad Street (q.v.), built 1730.

Named of Frenchmen dwelling there (S. 166).

Petty Wales

Tenements so called in parish of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, 1563, within the Close, 1543 (L. and P. H. VIII. XVIII. p.553, and Lond. I. p.m. II. 34).

Not further identified.

Petty Wales

North from the Thames to the eastern end of Tower Street (Agas), and Haiward and Gascoyne's plan of the Tower Liberties, 1597.

Described in the circumference of the Tower set out in Letters Patent, James II., as extending from Richardson's wharf on the Thames to the eastern end of Tower Street.

In the 4 Rich. II. the franchises of the Tower are described as stretching from the water side unto the end of Pety Wales to the end of Towerstreate, . . . (B.M.) (Lansdowne MS. 155, fo. 56b).

Earliest mention : " Petit Walles," 1298-9 (Ct. H.W. I. 140).

Other forms : " Pety Gales," 1338 (Cal. P.R. Ed. III.1338-40, p.172).

In 1353-4 mention is made of tenements and quay and other appurtenances in the parish of All Saints Berkynggechirche, in the "lane of Petit Wales" hard by the Tower of London (H. MSS. Com. Var. Coil. IV. p.335).

House or Mansion east of Thomas Bays' wharf in "Petit Wales" in the parish of All Hallows Berkynchirche hard by the Tower of London (ib. 336).

Again in 1424 two tenements with adjoining quay and appurtenances are described as situate in " Petit Wales Street " (ib.).

Stow speaks of Petty Wales as a name for the eastern end of Thames Street, called "Galley Row or more commonly Petty Wales" (137 and 138). But in saying this he seems to be confusing Petty Wales with Galley Row in Tower Street (q.v.), and there is no reason to think that they were identical.

The entries set out above, however, suggest that Petty Wales may have included the eastern end of Thames Street, as Stow says, as it is difficult to understand how there could be so many wharves in Petty Wales if it merely extended north and south as shown in the plans.

Tower Hill now occupies the site.

Stow suggests (p.138) that it was named from the ruins of old stone buildings found at the eastern end of Thames Street, possibly the remains of a lodging for the Prince of Wales, or of lodgings for merchants, built like a " Gallie, the keele turned upwardes."

It is interesting to note that in 1338 the Mayor petitioned the king to be allowed to remove an embattled house (domum bretagiatam) erected in Pety Wales by the Tower of London for defensive purposes to protect the City against invasion. It is described as a house of wood and stone with palisadoes from the house to the Thames (H. MSS. Com. 8th Rep. 89, and Cal. Pat. R. Ed. III.1338-40, p.172).

Could it be the ruins of this house that Stow mentions? If so, it is doubtful whether it could have been of sufficient antiquity to give its name to the street.

It seems more probable that it was so named to commemorate the Conquest of' Wales by Ed. I., or that it had some connection with that event.

Pety Cales Lane

In the parish of St. Mary Aldermanbury in the ward of Criplegate. A messuage on the south side of the lane was called "le Sign de le Ax," 1568 and 1575 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 193).

No later mention.

Pewter Dishe (le)

See Ship (The).

Pewter Platter Alley

In Creechurch Lane (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Named after the sign.

Pewter Platter Alley, Pewter Platter Coach Office

In Gracechurch Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Lockie, 1816).

Not named in the maps.

Pewter Platter Alley, Pewter Platter Coach Office

In Gracechurch Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Lockie, 1816).

Not named in the maps.

Pewter Pot

A messuage called the "Puter Pott" in parish of St. Mildred, 1529 (Lond. I. p.m. III. 323).

No later reference.

Pewter Pot Inn

On the south side of Leadenhall Street. In Aldgate Ward, in parish. of St. Andrew Undershaft (36 Eliz. 1593, Lond. I. p.m. III. 198-Strype, 1755).

Called the " Pewter Pott" in 1521, formerly "the Pott on the Hoop" (H. MSS Corn. 5th Rep. 448). "Pot inn" (Hatton, 1708).

West of Billiter Lane, on the boundary of St. Andrew Undershaft parish (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 73).

A famous coaching inn.

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.