Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Lime Street.-South out of Leadenhall Street, at No. 159 to Fenchurch Street (P.O. Directory). In Aldgate, Lime Street and Langbourn Wards.
Earliest mention : "Limstrate," 12th century (Anc. Deeds, A. 5853). "Lymstrate," 32 H. III. (ib. A. 1470).
According to Stow the name is derived from the making or selling of lime there, and we certainly read in early times of a messuage there belonging to Gilbert, son of Fulk, and lands of Ailnoth the limeburner (calcerii) (Anc. Deeds, A. 11559, n.d.).
'There is a side of a shop, ready furnished with all sorts of millinary goods, to be sold, and the said side of a shop to be let, all at reasonable rates; at the "Naked Boy," near Strand Bridge. Inquire at the said shop, or at the house of Mr. Van Auker, merchant, in Lime Street.'--1680.
(Curious Adverts, The Book of Days)
Lime Street runs from Leadenhall Street into Fenchurch Street, and was so called, as is supposed, "of making or selling of lime there." No. 15, on the west side, is Pewterers' Hall. In this street, in the reign of Charles II., in the house of one Dockwra (the originator), the Penny Post Office was first established. Lime Street escaped the Great Fire. A large house, No. 46 on the east side, had a pair of wooden folding gates, dated 1631. The chimneypieces were fine specimens of the work of that period. The house, which belonged to the Fishmongers' and Carpenters' Companies, was pulled down in April 1875. A large portion of the east side has been pulled down. On the west side, by Fenchurch Street, stood the church of St. Dionis Backchurch.---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
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