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Pedro.  •  Link


L&M Companion says...

One of the principle streets of the city-"extraordinary publick, pleasant and spacious..and inhabited mostly by rich Traders.The standard near its junction with Leadenhall Street was the mark from which distances to and from London were measured.

Bill  •  Link

Cornhill, between the Poultry and Leadenhall Street, an important portion of the greatest thoroughfare in the world, was, says Stow, "so called of a corn market time out of mind there holden." At the beginning of the 14th century and probably long before the corn market was held at Graschirche [Gracechurch], at the east end of Cornhill, and a general market on Cornhill proper. In 1310 a royal proclamation commanded that henceforth no one should presume "to hold a common market for any manner of merchandise . . . after the hour of noon ... in any other place within the City save only upon Cornhulle." The markets in Chepe and elsewhere were to be closed at noon. In course of time the Cornhill market-people presumed too much upon their privilege; and in 1369 the evening market was forbidden to be kept open after sunset.
Besides the pillory and the stocks Cornhill had its prison, called the Tun, for street offenders; its conduit "of sweet water," and its standard. The Tun was built in 1282 by Henry de Waleis, Mayor, who built the Stock Market. It was enlarged in 1475 by Sir Robert Drope, Mayor, and its site is at present marked by an unused pump nearly facing No. 30. The conduit adjoining it was first built of stone by Henry de Waleis, but it was re-erected in 1401; and the standard in 1582, for water from the Thames, brought by an artificial forcer invented by Peter Morris, a Dutchman, the first person who conveyed Thames water into houses by pipes of lead. The standard stood near the junction of Cornhill with Leadenhall Street, and was an object of such mark that distances throughout England were measured from it as the heart of the City.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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