Pump Court, Alley - Pye Corner

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Pump Court, Alley

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

Not named in the maps.

Pump Court.-

In Oat Lane, in Aldersgate Ward, to Noble Street (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Pump in Bishopsgate Ward Within

" A pump where sometimes was a fayre wel with two buckets by the east end of St. Martin Outwich" (S. 165 and 1755).

Shown on plan of St. Martin Outwich parish, 1599 (Wilkinson's History of the parish, Plate I).

Pump in Lime Street

Set up in 1576 partly at the charges of the parish of St. Andrew) partly at the charges of the Chamber of London in the High Street of Lime Streete ward, neare unto Limestreet corner.

Taken up and new set in 1600 (S. 162).

Pump Yard

South-west out of Gravel Lane, not far from the boundary of Bishopsgate Ward Without. In Portsoken Ward (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Former names : " Clark's Court " (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 27).

Site covered by the Port of London Authority's Warehouses (q.v.).

Pump Yard

See Pump Court, Minories.

Pump Yard

, Townsend Lane.-See Pump Court.


East out of Abchurch Lane. In Candlewick Ward (Strype, ed. 1720 and 1755).

No later mention.


In the parish of St. Pancras, Soper Lane.

First mention : " Pupekertillane," " Popcurtleslane," 1275 (Ct. H.W. I. 23).

Other forms of name: " Popekertelane," 1276 (ib. 27). " Puppekirtlesiane," 1324 (ib. 309). " Puppekirtellane," 1344-5 (ib. 476). " Puppekirtlane," 1445-6 (ib. II. 506). 'Puppekirtyllane," 1505-6 (ib. 612).

Not identified.

Puppes aley

See Popys Alley.

Pur Alley, Court

On the east side of Old Change, south of Cheapside.

Qy.=" Purse Court" (q.v.), Old Change.


Open ground near the wall north, adjacent to the King's garden, 18 Ed. II. (Cal. L. Bk. E. p.193).

No later mention.

Purfleet Wharf

South out of Upper Thames Street at St. Paul's Station, S.E. and Chatham Railway (P.O. Directory).

First mention : O.S. 1848-50.

Former names: "Randall's Lime Wharf" (Horwood, 1799). "Lime Yard and Wharf" (Rocque, 1746).

Purpole Lane

See Portpool Lane.

Purse Alley

See Purse Court.

Purse Court

North out of Fore Street, east of Grub Street (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

Another one west of Grub Street is also shown in Rocque, 1746.

"Purse Alley" (O. and M. 1677).

The site is now occupied by one of the entrances to the City Police Station.

Purse Court

East out of Old Change, in Farringdon Ward Within (Strype, ed. I720-Lockie, 1816).

"Purs Court" (Hatton, 1708).

Site rebuilt for offices and business houses. See Pur Court.

Puter Pott

See Pewter Pot.


See Pikardeslane, Pye Alley[?].-South of Fenchurch Street, a passage to Crutched Friars (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Pye Corner

At the northern end of Giltspur Street, leading to West Smithfield, in Farringdon Ward Without (Elmes, 1831).

First mention: 6 Eliz. (Lond. I. p.m. II. 17).

Spelt " Pie Corner " (O. and M. 1677).

Former name: " Rennerstrete," 1456 (Ct. H.W. II. 530).

Strype says the street leading from Newgate to West Smithfield is called by this name in the Bp. of London's Register of Wills (ed. 1720, I. iii. 245).

Stow derives the name "Pie Corner" from the signe of the Pie, "a fayre Inn for recipte of travellers, but now divided into tenementes " (S. 375-6).

This derivation is borne out by the entry relating to " Rennerstrete " referred to above, which is as follows: "A tenement called 'le Pye' in parish of St. Sepulchre without Neugate near the high street called 'Rennerstrete,' 1456 " (Ct. H.W. II. 530).

It is suggested in N. and Q. 3rd S. VIII. 292 that the name may be derived from the French term " pied cornier," defined in Littré as a " terme d'eaux et forets," signifying "l'arbre qu'on laisse à léxtrémité d'un héritage d'un orpentage, pour servir de marque," and that a tree stood in the vicinity marking the boundary of West Smithfield.

Stow's derivation seems more likely to be correct.

The word " corner" in early times seems to have been used in a somewhat diflerent sense in this connection to that denoted by the modern use of the term.

"Cornere" in Promp. Parv. =" angulus," and the word seems to have been used to include both sides of the angle, and to have been used to denote in this connection a short, narrow, unimportant street. In addition to "Pye Corner" we have "Amen Corner," near St. Paul's.

The Fire of London ended at this point.

Houses pulled down and rebuilt 1790.