Sporiar Lane, Sporiereslane - Stable Yard

A Dictionary of London. Originally published by H Jenkins LTD, London, 1918.

This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.


In this section

Sporiar Lane, Sporiereslane

See Water Lane, Great Tower Street.

Sporier's Inn

Tenements in Sholane near "Sporiers In" in parish of St. Brigid in Fletestrete, 1414 (Ct. H.W. II. 406).

A messuage, stable and garden in parish of St. Sepulchre at Holborn Bridge are described as lying between the inn called "le Swanne" and house called "le Spurrers House" and a tenement called the Rose, lying east and west towards the high street, 70 ft., and in breadth from the street southward 185 ft., 37 H. VIII. 1545 (L. and P. H. VIII. XX. (2), p.226).

The Swan is shown in O. and M. 1677 on the north side of Holborn Bridge and the Rose on the south side, east of Fleet Ditch. From the description given above, it would appear that the messuage described must have lain on the south side of Holborn, and this would give the position of Sporiers Inn between Shoe Lane and the Fleet east and west and between Holborn and St. Andrew Holborn Churchyard (detached) north and south.


See Sporones Lane.

Sporones Lane

Identified with Huggin Lane, Upper Thames Street (q.v.). In parishes of St. Nicholas Olave and St. Michael Queenhithe.

Earliest mention: "Sporones lane," 1268-9 (D. and C. St. Paul's, Press A. Box 21, No.1557).

Other forms: " Sporunes lane," 55 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, C. 1910). " Sporounelane," 1295 (Ct. H.W. I. p.120). " Sporierstret," 1297-8 (ib. 132). " Sporunlane," 1337 (ib. 425). "Sporenlane," 1468-9 (ib. II. 562). "Spuren Lane" or "Spooner's Lane" (S. 354), now called "Huggen Lane."

There was a Ralph Sporoun or Sporun, whose will is set out in Ct. H.W. I. 285. Perhaps the lane took its name from this family.

There is a Spurrier Gate in York as the name of a street extending from Ousegate to Coney Street. In "Eboracum," 1788, I. 38, it is said that this thoroughfare took its name from the spurriers, who were a great craft formerly, when our warriors wore spurs of a most extraordinary length and thickness (N. and Q. uth S. V.p. 234).

Sporyer Row

See Spurrier Row.

Spread Eagle Court

West out of Chancery Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without,. north of Fleet Street (O. and M. 1677).

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.

Spread Eagle Court

South out of Threadneedle Street, on the south and east sides. of the church of St. Benet Fink, with a passage into Finch lane at No.21. In Broad Street Ward and the southern end in Cornhill Ward (Strype, ed. 1720-O.S. 1848-51).

Former name: "Horseshoe Alley" (O. and M. 1677).

Part of the site is now occupied by Royal Exchange Avenue (q.v.).

Spread Eagle Court

In Bread Street (P.C. 1732-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Name derived from the sign.

Spread Eagle Inn and Yard

On the east side of Gracechurch Street, with a passage into Leadenhall Market. In Bishopsgate Ward Within and Lime Street Ward (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1848-51).

The site is occupied by offices and chambers.

Sprinckle Alley

South out of Leadenhall Street. In Aldgate Ward. In Stow's time-called" Sugarloafe Court" (q.v.) (S. 1598 ed. p.102).

First mention : Cottages in" Mason's Alley," alias" Duties Alley," alias " Sprinckell Alley " in parish of St. Katherine Crichurche within Algate, parcel of possessions of Holy Trinity Priory, 1563, and 18 Eliz. 1576 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 207).

Derivation of name: Stow says it was so called of an holy water sprinckle hanging there (p.102).

Spuren Lane

See Sporones Lane.

Spurrers' House (le)

See Sporier's Inn.

Spurrier Lane

See Water Lane, Great Tower Street.

Spurrier Row

At the end of Ave Mary Lane is Creed Lane, late so called, but sometime Spurrier Rowe, of Spurriers dwelling there (S. 340). In Castle Baynard Ward and Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention: "Sporenereslane," 1386 (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p.28).

Other form: "Sporyer Row," temp. H. VI. and Ed. IV. (ib. 16).

See Creed Lane.

Spytell Wharf

In the water of Thames near "de Heldefflete," 14 Ed. II. (Plac. de Quo. Warr. 459).

Not identified.

Squerell Alley, Minories

See Squirrel Alley.

Squire Alley, Squirel's Alley, Minories

See Squirrel Alley.

Squirrel Alley

East out of Minories. In Portsoken Ward (O. and M. 1677-Boyle, 1799).

Other names: "Squirril alley" (Hatton, 1708). "Squire Alley" (W. Stow, 1722) "Squerell Alley " and " Squirel's Alley " (Strype, 1720 and 1755).

Probably rebuilt early in the 19th century.

St. John's Court, Somerset Street

See John's Court.

Stable Yard

North out of Little Britain, in Aldersgate Ward Without (Rocque, 1746).

Site rebuilt and occupied by offices and business houses.

Stable Yard

See Two Swan Yard, Bishopsgate.

Stable Yard

On the east side of Little Tower Hill (Hatton, 1708).

Not named in the maps.

Stable Yard

East out of Broad Street. Partly in Broad Street Ward, partly in ~ishopsgate Ward, south of Gresham College and Almshouses (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 132-Rocque, 1746).

Site now occupied by Gresham House.

Stable Yard

In Northumberland Alley (Strype, ed. 1755-Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

Stable Yard

East out of Coleman Street. Two Courts so called (Rocque, 1746). In Coleman Street Ward.

The site is now occupied by offices and chambers.

Stable Yard

South out of New Street, Bartholomew Close (Rocque, 1746).

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.