A Dictionary of London. Originally published by H Jenkins LTD, London, 1918.
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See Africa House.
White Alley, Coleman Street
See White's Alley.
In Abchurch Lane.
Destroyed in the Fire 1666.
Rebuilt as " Pontack's," for many years a famous tavern.
It was in existence as late as 1746.
White Bear Alley
West out of Addle Hill, with a passage north to Church Hill, in Castle Baynard Ward (Rocque, 1746-L. Guide, 1758).
Former name: "White Bear Court" (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).
Site now occupied by Queen Victoria Street.
Name derived from the sign.
White Bear Alley, Court, Aldgate High Street
See Saville Buildings.
White Bear Alley, Rosemary Lane
See Bell Alley, Little Tower Hill.
White Bear Alley, St. Katherine's
West out of Red Cross Street (Rocque, 1746).
Name probably derived from "White Bear Brewhouse" (Surv. of St. Katherine's, 1686. Sloane MS. 3254, A.1).
Site seems to have been rebuilt before 1799.
White Bear Court, Aldgate High Street
See White Bear Alley.
White Bear Inn, Basinghall Street
See Bear Inn.
White Bear Yard
South out of Bride Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (Lockie, 1816)
Not named in the maps.
White Bear, Botolph Lane
See Bear (The).
White Bell Alley
North out of Great Eastcheap, east of St. Clement's Lane. In Candlewick Ward (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).
"Bell and Bear Alley " in Rocque, 1746.
Removed for the formation of King William Street, or perhaps earlier.
Name derived from the sign.
Hostel so called in Westmythfeld, 1445 (Cal. L. Bk. K. p.310).
Not further identified.
White Cock Alley
South out of Thames Street to the Thames, west of and leading to Dyers' Hall (O. and M. 1677).
Purchased by the Dyers' Company in 1586 as the messuage, then a dye-house, called the "White Cock," now Angel Passage (q.v.) (L. and M. Arch. Soc. V. 462).
White Cock Court
East out of Bread Street, in Bread Street Ward (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).
Site has been rebuilt for business purposes.
In an Inquisition 3 Ed. I. mention is made of water coming down from Smethefeld del Barbican in the Ward of Cripplegate towards the Moor, over which an arch of stone had been erected at the White Cross, occasioning a stoppage of the water on account of its narrowness, quoted by Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 88.
Earlier mention: Garden outside London "ad albam cruxem," 43 H. III. (Hust. Roll, 2, 18).
Other forms : " la Wytecruche," 1259-60 (Ct. H.W. I. 6).
The records set out above suggest that this was a wayside cross such as would often have been found in England in those days, and are still found in Roman Catholic countries abroad. It may have been painted white, or might even have been of white stone. Its position, as set out above, indicated that it may well have given its name to Whitecross Street (q.v.).
There was a tavern called the "White Crbss" at the junction of Chiswell Street and Whitecross Street in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate in 1634 (L. and P. Chas. I. 1634-5, p.87).
White Friers New Wharf
On the south side of Temple Street to Hawke's Wharf and the Thames (Horwood, 1799-Lockie, 1816).
See New Wharf.
White Fryars Lane
South out of Whitefriars to the Thames (Leake, 1666).
See Whitefriars (Street).
White Fryers Stairs
At the south end of Waterman's Lane on the Thames, west of Whitefriars Dock (Leake, 1666-L. Guide, 1758).
Site now covered by the Victoria Embankment.
White Hall Court
East from the Tower precinct to St. Katherine's lane (Horwood, 1799-Lockie, 1811).
Removed for the formation of St. Katherine's Docks and the adjacent warehouses 1827.