Star Court, Houndsditch - Statue of King William IV

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Star Court, Houndsditch

South out of Woolsack Alley. In Portsoken Ward (Strype, 1720-55).

Seems to be shown in O. and M. 1677 but not named.

Not in later maps.

Site has been rebuilt possibly as Exchange Buildings or adjoining that site.

Star Court, Minories

West out of Minories. In Portsoken Ward (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Former names: "Tarr Alley" (O. and M. 1677). "Starr Alley," "Star Alley" (Strype, 1720 and 1755).

Seems to have been removed early in the 19th century.

Star Court, Nightingale Lane

West out of Nightingale Lane (Horwood, 1799).

Former names : " Willow-tree Yard " (Strype, 1720, and P.C. 1732). "Willow-tree Alley" (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799).

Removed for the formation of St. Katherine Docks and the adjacent warehouses 1827.

Star Court.-

South out of London Wall. In Coleman Street Ward (Rocque, 1746-Boyle, 1799). East of Coleman Street.

The site is now occupied by business houses.

Star Inn

On the east side of Fish Street Hill. In Bridge Ward Within, north of tlie Monument (O.and M. 1677-Lond. G. 1758).

A large Inn and much resorted to by Stage Coaches (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 181).

The site is now occupied by warehouses and offices.

Star Yard

See Moor Square.

Star Yard, Huggin Lane

See Star Court.

Star Yard, Petty France

Mentioned in 1672 in L. and P. Chas. II. Dom. S. XIII. p.626.

Not further identified.

Starling School

On Little Tower Hill. Founded 1673 by Sir Samuel Starling for forty boys and thirty girls of the parish of St. Botolph, Aldgate (Dodsley, 1761).

Starr Alley

See Star Court, Minories.

Stationers' Alley

See Stationers' Hall Court.

Stationers' Company

The ordinances of the mistery of Scriveners and lymenours were submitted to the Mayor and Aldermen in 1403 and approved (Cal. L. Bk. I. p.26).

First mentioned in 1417 as the Mistery of Scriveners, Limners and Stacioners (Cal. L. Bk. 1. p.173).

The Company would therefore appear to have been composed originally of the scriveners, or text writers and Illuminators or lymenours, together with the Stacyoners, defined in the Prompt. Parv. c. 1440, as "he that sellythe bokys," from Latin " stacionarius."

Later, after the discovery and introduction of printing in England, the printers seem to have obtained admission into the Company, for at the time of the incorporation of the Company in 1557 by Philip and Mary the patent was expressly granted to them in their capacity of printers to assist the government in the control of printed publications.

Its privileges, however, have never been confined to this one branch of the trade, but have included at all times printers, booksellers, publishers, as well as the manufacturers of materials for writing and printing.

The word "Stationer," as suggested above, appears to be derived from the Latin "Stationarius," which term was in use in the universities to designate those persons who were in charge of a Station or depät where the standard texts of classical works were kept and who were authorised to deal out these texts to the students by sale or loan (L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. II. 37 et seq.).

There were similar stations " for trading purposes in use in Cheap in the 14th century, for in 1379 the " Stations " around the High Cross and "le Brokenecros" were leased by the Mayor and Chamberlain to divers persons, and the profits applied for public purposes (Cal. L. Bk. H. pp.131-3).

Thus the word Stationer was originally used to denote a bookseller, and the present narrower definition assigned to it must be regarded as of modern origin.

The registers of books entered at Stationers' Hall since 1557 constitute a most valuable record of the literature of the period, and form a priceless possession of the Company.

There is an interesting account of the Company, etc., compiled from the records in Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. N.S. II. (1), p.119.

Stationers' Court

West out of Ave Mary Lane to Stationers' Hall (P.C. I 732-Lockie, 1810).

"Stationers Rents "in O. and M. 1677-Hatton, 1708.

In 1408 site of Nos. 7 and 8 occupied by "le Horshued," the property of Thomas atte Hays (Lond. Topog. Rec. II. 90).

Part of Stationers' Hall Court now.

Stationers' Hall

On the west side of Stationers' Hall Court, Ludgate Hill (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention: Stow, 1598.

The original Hall was in Milk Street, removed thence in 1553 to St. Peter's College', near the present Deanery of St. Paul's (S. ed. 1603, 373).

The present site was purchased in 1611, temp. James I. as "Abergavenny House," or "Bergavenny House," by Ludgate Hill, rebuilt 1654. Burnt in the Fire 1666. Rebuilt 1670-4, east front added 1800. Architect, Mylne. Northern block added 1886-7.

Burgavenny House was originally called Pembrook's Inn (q.v.).

The old Hall was converted into the "Feathers' Tavern."

Stationers' Hall Buildings

On the north side of Ludgate Hill at No, 30, near Stationers' Hall Court (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention: L.C.C. List, 1901.

Stationers' Hall Court

North out of Ludgate Hill, between 28 and 30, to Stationers Hall (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention: O.S. 1848-50.

Former names: " Stationers Alley" (Horwood, 1799). " Stationers Court" (Lockie, 1810-Elmes, 1831). " Cock Alley" (O. and M. 1677-L. Guide, 1758).

Stationers' House

Or the Black Spread Eagle in Fleet Street, against St. Dunstan's Church, 1653 (H. MSS. Corn. 7th Rep. 459).

Qy. = Stationers' School (q.v.).

Stationers' Rents

See Stationers' Court.

Stationers' School

On the north side of Fleet Street between Bolt Court east and St. Dunstan's Court west, in Farringdon Ward Without (O.S. 1875-80, and Bacon, 1912).

Erected in Bolt Court by the Stationers' Company out of their charitable funds in 1858-61.

Statue of King William IV

At the junction of King William Street and Cannon Street.

Erected at the time of the formation of the former street, c. 1831, on the site of the famous Boar's Head Tavern, Eastcheap (q.v.).