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  • ABC of London Alleys

    A sample from John Rocque's map of 1747:

    Adam's-a-digging Yard
    Antilope Alley
    Ax and Bottle Yard
    Badger's Rents
    Bag and Bottle Alley
    Bandyleg Court
    Bear and Ragged Staff Yard
    Bear's Foot Alley
    Bird in Hand Alley
    Birdcage Alley
    Black Dog Alley
    Black Jack Alley
    Black Moor Head Yard
    Black Raven Alley
    Black Swan Alley
    Blackmary's Hole
    Bleeding Heart Yard
    Blind Beggar's Alley
    Blow Bladder Street
    Blue Anchor yard
    Blue Ball Alley
    Blue Maid Alley
    Bluegate Field
    Blunderbuss Alley
    Boar's Head Yard
    Boot Passage
    Bottle of Hay Yard
    Brimstone Court
    Broomstick Alley
    Buttermilk Alley
    Cabbage Alley
    Camel Row
    Catherine Wheel Alley
    Cat's Hole
    Chymister's Alley
    Clink Yard
    Cock and Hoop Yard
    Cross'd Daggers Court
    Cross'd Guns Court
    Crutched Friers
    Cuckolds Point Stairs
    Cucumber Alley
    Cut-throat Lane

  • #2
    Some of them still exist:

    http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/london-alleys/

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    • #3
      Tell me there's a guns 'n roses alley.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by String View Post
        Tell me there's a guns 'n roses alley.
        I'll have a look. If not, surely Ax and Bottle is suitably rock and roll.

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        • #5
          This was taken a few weeks ago. It's in Clerkenwell, close to where Jack Ketch's Warren once stood, and it's original name was Pissing (or Pyssinge) Alley.


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          • #6
            Is there a Slash Alley?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by String View Post
              Tell me there's a guns 'n roses alley.
              'fraid not. The best I can do is Stones rents, nr the Ropewalk, Limehouse

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                Is there a Slash Alley?
                Another fail. Can I offer you Dunghill Lane or Sluice Street?

                (Or, available in a discrete brown paper wrapper, Whore's Nest?)

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                • #9
                  Here are some more from Rocque. Not all strictly alleys.

                  Deadman's Place
                  Dog and Potage Pot Alley
                  Fox and Knot Court, Cow Lane
                  Frog Island, Nightingale Lane
                  Gossips Rents
                  Green Lettice Lane
                  Gripey Alley, Artichoke Lane
                  Gunpowder Alley, Poor Jewry Lane
                  Hairbrain Court, Blue Anchor Yard, Rosemary Lane
                  Harp Alley, Grub Street
                  Helmet Alley, Fore Street
                  Hercules Pillars Alley
                  Hog Lane, Liquor Pond Street
                  Hovell, Hog Lane, Norton Folgate
                  Jack an Apes Row
                  Lion in the Wood Inn (a yard), Wilderness, Dorset Street
                  Little Cock Alley, Redcross Street
                  Little Maze Pond
                  Maggot's Court
                  Man in the Moon Yard
                  Merlin's Cave
                  Naked Boy Court, Little Elbow Lane
                  Noah's Ark Alley
                  Nutkins Corner
                  Parrot Alley
                  Periwinkle Street
                  Pickle Herring Stairs, Pickle herring Street
                  Poverty Lane
                  Puddle Dock Hill
                  Purse Court, Old Change
                  Reindeer Court
                  Rose and Rainbow Court
                  Saltpetre Bank
                  Scalding Alley
                  Snuff Yard
                  Sugarloaf Alley, Garlick Hill
                  Swan and Two Necks Stable Yard
                  Sweet Apple Court
                  Tinderbox Court
                  Tobacco Pipe Yard
                  Trype Yard
                  Turnagain Lane
                  Twisters Alley
                  Well and Bucket Alley
                  Whalebone Court
                  Whores Nest

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                  • #10
                    Hilarious names. (I can picture Bridget Kelly in any number of those alleys.)
                    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
                      Hilarious names. (I can picture Bridget Kelly in any number of those alleys.)
                      Joesph Barnett was supposedly born in Hairbrain Court. (I think)

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                      • #12
                        Goodwin's Court

                        A rather boring name, but a lovely little alley - just off St. Martin's Lane.

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                        • #13
                          If How comes over for the conference someone's got to show him Tripe Yard and Maggot's Court.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                            If How comes over for the conference someone's got to show him Tripe Yard and Maggot's Court.
                            He'll think he's being invited to dinner.

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                            • #15
                              A great name and a great period statue. Not far from the Old Bailey and Smithfields meat market.





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