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  • #16
    Nice one, Chris. You might enjoy this.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ing-Fanny.html

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    • #17
      Yes, Gary, Barnett was born in Hairbrain Court. What does that ultimately mean? Like I assume Maggot court COULD have been a middle ages derivation of Margaret/Margot. A number of these could have very innocent beginnings. So what might Hairbrain mean?

      I also note Jack an Apes. Jackanapes is a slang term. I don't use it but I think it means a character. Like, "That little jackanapes threw his ball through the window and ran away real fast."
      The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
        Yes, Gary, Barnett was born in Hairbrain Court. What does that ultimately mean? Like I assume Maggot court COULD have been a middle ages derivation of Margaret/Margot. A number of these could have very innocent beginnings. So what might Hairbrain mean?

        I also note Jack an Apes. Jackanapes is a slang term. I don't use it but I think it means a character. Like, "That little jackanapes threw his ball through the window and ran away real fast."
        A lot of the more colourful names originated as the names of inns. Before the introduction of street numbers most retail businesses had pictoral signs to identify them. Inns (pubs/ taverns) were significant local businesses and their names transferred to the courts, yards etc they stood in. There was almost certainly a pub with a sign of a Dog and Potage Pot for example.

        I think Hairbrain would probably have been Harebrain originally (as in mad as a March hare) but why it should become the name of a court I've no idea. I'll see if I can find out.

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        • #19
          Here's the Golden Boy on a previous building on Pye Corner.

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          • #20
            Thanks, Gary. It looks as if the Golden Boy has been moved a number of times. This is how the corner looks now.

            It is my understanding that the statue originally was on the fašade of the Tortune of War pub, which stood on the site until it was demolished in 1910.

            "Pye Corner (for that was its name) was one of London’s most sinful places, and the aptly-named Cock Lane was full of brothels" according to one blogger.

            Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
            https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

            Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
            Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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            • #21
              Chris,

              The photo below (post 19) is of the Fortune of War.

              Gary

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              • #22
                Pickering Place

                Formerly the location of the Embassy of the Republic of Texas and the last place in London where a duel was fought.

                It's off St. James's Street and it contains a plaque that reads:

                TEXAS LEGATION
                In this building was
                the legation for the
                ministers from the
                Republic of Texas
                to the
                Court of St. James
                1842-1845

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
                  Chris,

                  The photo below (post 19) is of the Fortune of War.

                  Gary
                  Right. As I assumed. Thanks, Gary. Interesting thread!
                  Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                  https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                  Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                  Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                  • #24
                    Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, 1 Ely Place, Holborn, London EC1. Circa 1900 view and two recent views.







                    See http://www.yeoldemitreholborn.co.uk/

                    "Built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, The Ye Olde Mitre is famous for having a cherry tree (now supporting the front) that Queen Elizabeth once danced around with Sir Christopher Hatton. The pub was actually a part of Cambridge (Ely being in Cambridge) and the licencees used to have to go there for their licence. Set in a part of London steeped in history, it's near where William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered at Smithfield, along with martyrs and traitors who were also killed nearby."
                    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                    https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                    Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                    Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Chris G. View Post
                      Right. As I assumed. Thanks, Gary. Interesting thread!

                      Thanks, Chris. You obviously have an eye for alleys. London has changed so much in my lifetime, but there are still quite a few of these little gems remaining.

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                      • #26
                        This amazing old house was in Sweetings/Sweedons Passage, Grub Street. It was demolished in 1805.


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                        • #27
                          A different view of the same house, interesting because of the cats' meat man carrying his sign .

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                          • #28
                            This is the section of Rocque's map that contains Cock Lane. As Chris says below, it was a notorious area inhabited by thieves and prostitutes. (What area in London wasn't at some point in history?) Jack Ketch's Warren was nearby. So too was Thatch'd Alley, off Chick Lane, where Honest Dumplin was apprehended.


                            http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/brows...plin#highlight


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                            • #29
                              A higher res version of Rocque's map can be found here:

                              http://motco.com/map/81002/

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                              • #30
                                Two more London pubs in alleys, from Lee Jackson on Flickr.



                                Jamaica Wine House, St. Michael's Alley, EC3




                                Ship and Shovell, Craven Passage, WC2
                                Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                                https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                                Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                                Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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