Potter's Key - Powche Makers' Court

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Potter's Key

See Porters' Quay.

Pottes Alley

See Jelly Alley.

Pottlepot Alley

In Catherine's Lane (P.C. I 732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Poulcher's (St.)

See Sepulchre (St.).

Poules Gate

See Paul's (St.) Gate.


See Paul's Head.


See Poultry.

Company Incorporated 1504.

Poulterers' Hall

On the west side of Monkwell Street, in Leake, 1666.

Wheatley says the hall was at one time in Leadenhall Market and destroyed in the Fire.

The Company has no hall now.

Poultney Lane

See Laurence Pountney Lane.

Poulton's Court

Near Broad Street (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Probably named after the owner or builder.


East from Cheapside, at No. 8o, to Mansion House Street (P.O. Directory). In Cheap Ward.

Earliest mention : " Polettar," 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 403).

Other forms: "The Poultry," 1298 (Cal. L. Bk. C. p.55). " Poletria," 31 Ed. I. (Lib. Cust. I. 229 and 236). ', Puletrie," 8 Ed. II. (AnG. Deeds, A. 11941). " Le Pultree," 1477 (Ct. H.W. II. 575). " Poultrie" (S. 230).

In the 14th century, 13 Ed. III. 1339, it seems to have extended as far as the Leaden-hall east (Cal. L. Bk. F. p.39).

The butchers were not allowed to set up their stalls in the Poultry, 19 Ed. III. (Cal. L. Bk. F. p.125).

In 1444 a petition was presented to the Common Council protesting against the custom of the poulterers in keeping their live poultry in the markets of the City (ib. K. p. 289).

So called as being the market place for the poulterers, the street having been named after the market which was held here in early times.

Remains of a Roman pavement were found here, besides pottery, etc., under St. Mildred's Court, Roman shoes,. also a bronze fibula on the banks of the Walbrook, 30 ft. below the level of the Poultry.

Poultry Alley

A passage to the Poultry Compter (W. Stow, 1722). Called Poultry Compter Yard in Maitland, 1775.

Poultry Chapel

North out of the Poultry, at the north end of Chapel Place (O.S.). In Cheap Ward.

Erected as a chapel for Congregationalists in 1819 on part of the site of the Poultry Compter, from whence it derived its name.

Poultry Compter

On the north side of the Poultry at No.30 south of Grocers' Hall (Lockie, 1816). In Cheap Ward.

First mention : " Le counter in le Pultree," 1477 (Ct. H.W. II. 575).

This was a prison-house in the Poultry belonging to one of the Sheriffs) and as in early times these compters were always spoken of by the names of the Sheriffs to whom they severally appertained at the time, the lateness of date of the first reference is no indication of the date at which the prison was actually in use.

The regulations and ordinances relating to the Countors are of early date, and as Stow says, this one had been kept and continued there time out of mind, "for I have not read of the original thereof" (S. 265).

Removed 1815 and the Poultry Chapel erected on part of the site. See Compters.

Poultry Compter Yard

See Poultry Alley.

Pound Yard

East out of Little Tower Hill near the Victualling Office (Hatton, 1708), Site now covered by the Royal Mint.

Pound's Buildings

On the north side of Leadenhall Street at No.74 (P.O. Directory). First mention: L.C.C. List, 1901.

Pourtepole (Bar of)

.-See Holborn Bars.


See Porteslane.

Powche Makers' Court

Liberties within the site of the college of St. Martin le Grand, Powche Makers Court, etc., in parish of St. Anne and St. Leonards Foster Lane, 34 H. VIII. 1542 (L. and P. H. VIII. XVII. 396).

Not further identified.