Local Etymology: A Derivative Dictionary of Geographical Names (Google eBook)

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Houlston and Wright, 1859 - Names, Geographical - 325 pages
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Page 70 - For the better accommodation of the neighbourhood, this pump was removed to the spot where it now stands. The spring by which it is supplied is situated four feet eastward, and round it, as history informs us, the Parish Clerks of London in remote ages commonly performed sacred plays. That custom caused it to be denominated Clerks'- Well, and from which this parish derived its name.
Page 209 - Pickadilly, took denomination, because it was then the outmost, or skirt house of the Suburbs, that way. Others say it took name from this ; that one Higgins, a Tailor, who built it, got most of his estate by Pickadilles, which in the last age were much worn in England.
Page 104 - Then is Fewter lane, which stretcheth south into Fleet street, by the east end of St. Dunstone's church, and is so called of Fewters' * (or idle people) lying there, as in a way leading to gardens...
Page 132 - ... brook. This bourn was likewise long since stopped up at the head, and in other places where the same hath broken out, but yet till this day the said street is there called High Oldborne hill, and both the sides thereof, together with all the grounds adjoining, that lie betwixt it and the river of Thames, remain full of springs, so that water is there found at hand, and hard to be stopped in every house.
Page 200 - RUGGE. It is derived from paille maille, French ; at which word Cotgrave thus describes the game : "A game, wherein a round box bowle is with a mallet struck through a high arch of iron (standing, at either end of an alley, one), which he that can do at the fewest blows, or at the number agreed on, wins.
Page 209 - Pickadilly, took its denomination ; because it was then the outmost, or skirt, house of the suburbs that way. Others say it took its name from this : that one Higgins, a tailor, who built it, got most of his estate by pickadilles, which, in the last age, were much worn in England.
Page 203 - Noster row, because of stationers or text writers that dwelt there, who wrote and sold all sorts of books then in use, namely, ABC with the Pater Noster, Ave, Creed, Graces, etc.
Page 38 - Belin's-gate, or the gate of Belinus king of Britain, fellowadventurer with Brennus king of the Gauls, at * Strype't Maitland, ii.
Page 128 - In 893 the Danes, in 250 ships, commanded by the pirate Hastinges, landed at the mouth of the river Rother, near Romney Marsh, and immediately possessed themselves of Apuldore, where and at Hastings (so called from their leader) they constructed forts and ravaged all the coast to the westward of the country...
Page 190 - This place is not mentioned in the Conqueror's survey^ but a church at Walworth is there noticed ; whence it seems probable, that at the rebuilding of that church upon a new site it was surrounded with houses, which obtained the appellation of Neweton, as it is called in all the most ancient records.

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