Wool Quay - Wormwood Street

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Wool Quay

At the south end of Water Lane, east of that lane (S. 44).

Earliest mention: "Wolkaye," ".Wolkey," 51 Ed. III. 1377 (Cal. L. Bk. H. pp.63 and 65).

Other names: " Wollewharf," 1326 (Ct. H.W. I. 319). " Wollequarf," 1341 (Cal. Close R. Ed. III. 1341-3, p.64). "Woolwharf" or Customers quay "(S. 44), 1603.

First Custom House occupied this site.

Now called " Custom House and Wool Quays " (q.v.).

See New Wool Quay; Old Wool Quay; Wellewarf; Custom House.

Woolchurch Market

See Stocks Market.

Woolchurch, Woolchurchhawe

See Mary (St.) Woolchurch.

Wooley's Court

North out of Maiden Lane, in Cripplegate Ward Within (O. and M. 1677).

"Beaumondis Inn" (q.v.) seems to have occupied the site in former times. Now covered by warehouses, etc.

Named after the owner or builder.


A hall with chambers and house called "Wolhouse" in Sporieres Lane (Water Lane) in parish of All Hallows de Berkingcherche, 1295 (Ct. H W. 1.122).

Not further identified.

Woolises Court

See Morley's Court.


Elections to Mistery of Woolmongers made 1328 (Cal. L. Bk. E p.232).

Woolpack (The), Bow Lane

The parsonage house for St. Mary le Bow in 1676 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 23).

No later reference.

Woolpack Alley

See Cutler Street.

Woolpack Inn

On the east side of West Smithfield, towards the north. In Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677).

Site now covered by Central Markets.


A tenement in Bread Street called "le Wolsacke," 4 Ed. VI. (L. and M. Ft of Fmes, II. 75).

No later mention.

It was a wool merchant's sign.

Woolsack Alley

See Cutler Street.

Worcester House

William, earl of Worcester, was seised of the capital messuage called "Worcester place" in the parish of St. James at Garlikehitlic 5 Ed. VI. 1551 (Lond I. p.m. II. 27).

Called " Worcester house " or " Worcester place " in 1613, when it was in possession of Matthew Paris (Ct. H. W. II. 737).

Divided into different tenements in Stow's time (S. 243). See Worcester Place.

Worcester House

On the west side of Walbrook at No.6 (P.O. Directory). In Walbrook Ward.

Former name: "Walbrook Buildings" (O.S. 1880).

Worcester Place

South out of Upper Thames Street at No.68 to Worcester wharf. In Vintry Ward (P.O. Directory).

Erected on the site of the former Worcester House (q.v.) in the latter part of the 16th century (S. 243).

The Fruiterers had their Hall here in Stow's time (ib.).

Worcester Wharf

At the south end of Worcester Place, on the Thames, between Vintry Wharf east and Kennet Wharf west (O.S. 1880).

It seems to be all called Kennet Wharf now (P.O. Directory).

Workhouse (The)

See London Workhouse.

Worley's Court

West out of Blackfriars and north to Long Entry. In Farringdon Ward Within (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1720).

See Evangelist Court.

Worley's Court, Royal Mint Street

See Morley's Court.

Wormwood Street

East from 42 Old Broad Street at London Wall to No.103 Bishopsgate at Camomile Street (P.O. Directory). In Broad Street Ward and Bishopsgate Ward.

First mention: O. and M. 1677.

It seems to have been made in Stow's time (p.176), but he does not give it a name.

Perhaps the name is derived from the plant, which readily springs up on waste land and may have grown over and about the City Wall in early days.

The City Wall ran along the north side of this street, as indicated in O. and M. 1677, and at the junction of this street with Bishopsgate a mass of rubble masonry has been found at a depth of 10 ft. resting on a bed of puddled clay and flint, and as this bed is only found in association with the City Wall, it seems probable that the remains were those of the Roman gate which occupied the site.