Whitefriars Theatre - Wild Goose Court

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

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Whitefriars Theatre

Near the Bishop's house, and formerly the Hall or Refectory of the Whitefriars Monastery, 1616. In a ruinous condition (Bell, p. 308).

In 1629 a new playhouse was erected in the precincts, known as the " Salisbury Court Theatre" (ib. 314).

Burnt down in the Fire and not rebuilt (p.323).

Whitegate Alley

See Widegate Street.

Whiteley's Rents

See Wheatsheaf Alley, Upper Thames Street.

White's Alley

South out of Holborn, west of Barnard's Inn, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-Lond. Guide, 1758).

Old timber houses there in Strype's time (ed. 1720, I. iii. 282). Site now covered by Dyer's Buildings (q.v.).

White's Alley

East out of Coleman Street, at No.60, to Moorgate Street (P.O. Directory). In Coleman Street Ward.

First mention: "White Alley," 1657 (L. and P. Commonw. XI. p. 48).

Formerly it extended to "Pitches Court," longer than at present-the eastern portion, east of Moorgate Street, is called Moorgate Street Buildings (q.v.) and is wider than white's Alley.

Perhaps Horsey Alley (q.v.) occupied the site in earlier times.

White's Alley

In Lothbury (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

White's Alley

Bond's Stables, Fetter Lane (Strype, ed. 1755-Dodsley, 1761).

Not named in the maps.

White's Alley

In St. Catherine's Court (Strype, ed. 1755~Boyle, 1799).

Not named in the maps.

White's Alley

Near London Wall by Bedlam (W. Stow, 1722).

Not named in the maps.

Qy. =White's Alley, Coleman Street.

White's Alley, Moorfields

See White Street.

White's Court

South out of Ropemaker Street to White Street, adjoining the City of London College (P.O. Directory).

First mention: Horwood, 1799.

Whittington Avenue

South out of Leadenhall Street, at No. 7, to Leadenhall Market (P.O. Directory). In Lime Street Ward.

Erected 1882.

Whittington College

On the east side of College Hill. North of St. Michael's Paternoster Church (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).

Letters patent dated 3 H. VI. granting licence for the foundation of the Whityngton College in St. Michael's Paternosterchirche and the adjacent almshouse (Cal. P.R. 1422-29, p.259, and 1429-36, p.214).

A vacant plot west of the almshouse with an open parlour adjoining and all the way leading by the north wall of St. Michael's church into the king's highway of " la Riole" enclosed to form the outer precinct of the almshouse, or to be used as a graveyard (ib. 2,5 and Ct. H.W. II. 457).

The messuage built for the master of the college was situated in the Vintry ward between the high altar of the church of St Michael east, the tenement of the Skinners, and of Thos. Knolles west, and from Richard Whityngton's inn north to the lane called Chirche lane south (Cal. P.R. H. VI. 1429-36, pp.215-16).

There seems some confusion here, the high altar must surely have been to the west and the Skinners tenement to the east.

The College was dedicated to St. Spirit and St. Mary for a Master, 4 fellow-masters, clerk, etc., and an almshouse or hospital for 13 poor men. Suppressed Ed. VI. The Almshouses remained and were supported by the Mercers' Company (S. 244).

Ordinances of the College set out in Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 4.

The almshouses were removed to Highgate in 1808 and Mercers' School erected on the site, c. 1832.

Whittington's (Sir Richard) Palace

In Hart Street, four houses from Mark Lane. So designated in old leases. Formed three parts of a square. Ornamented with carvings of arms of the Livery Companies, etc. Tablet gives date 1609-initials P/MM (Povah, p.287).

Not mentioned by Stow or Maitland (Gent. Mag. Lib. XVI. p.104).

Whittington's Almshouse

In Whittington's College. Remained after the dissolution of the College (Strype, ed. 1720 and 1755, to Dodsley, 1761).

See Michael's (St.) Almshouses and Whittington College.

Whyteheer (The)

A messuage so called in St. Laurence lane, 2 H. VIII. (Lond. I p.m. I. 74).

Not further identified.


See Mary (St.) Woolchurch.

Widegate Street

East out of Middlesex Street, at No. 118, to Sandy Row, in Bishopsgate Ward Without (P.O. Directory).

First mention Hatton, 1708.

Former names "Whitegate Alley" (O. and M. 1677). " (Wide - or White) Gate "-Street (Strype, 1720, I. ii. 108).

Until about 1902 it ran west into Bishopsgate in the line of the new portion of Middlesex Street. New Street constructed 1889-96.

The earlier form of the name in O. and M. suggests a gate at the end of the alley that could be closed at night, these gates being very common at that time, or there may have been a sign of that name in or adjacent to the street.

Wiggin's Quay

East of Young's Quay (Leake, 1666-Horwood, 1799).

Opposite No. 80 Lower Thames Street (Lockie, 1810).

Rather differently placed in Rocque, O. and M., etc., being west of Young's Quay. In Strype, ed. 1720, between Potter's Key east and Ralph's Key west.

Site now occupied by the Custom House.

Wild Goose Court

See Wingoose Alley.