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Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion
One of the most spacious of London streets, it ran from Tower Hill west past the Custom House, Billingsgate, London Bridge and Queenhithe to Puddle Dock (the modern, w. end of Queen Victoria St).Parallel to the line of wharves and landing stairs and connected to them by frequent short, narrow lanes, it was a centre for the commodity importers and always thronged with carts and drays. After the Fire, rubble from the burnt houses was used to raise it above flood level and to reduce the steep ascent to the line of Eastcheap and Cannon St. it was still, despite its widening, too narrow for the traffice seeking to use it. Now divided above and below London Bridge into Upper and Lower Thames St respectively.

Bill  •  Link

Thames Street, on the north bank of the Thames, stretches from Blackfriars Bridge to the Tower, and is rather more than a mile in length. That part of the street below London Bridge is called Lower Thames Street, that above, Upper Thames Street. The eastern end of Thames Street was sometimes called Petty Wales, and also occasionally Galley Row. That part of Thames Street which lies in Bridge Ward formerly bore the name of Stockfishmonger Row.
John Chaucer, the poet's father, was a vintner in Thames Street, and the poet himself lived there for many years. In the 14th century the river front of Thames Street exhibited numerous handsome buildings, but these were destroyed by the fire and not rebuilt.
In Thames Street stood formerly Baynard's Castle, and the Steelyard.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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