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Drury Lane, was so called, says Stow, "for that there is a house belonging to the family of the Druries. This lane turneth north toward St. Giles-in-the-Fields." Before the Drurys built here, the old name for this lane or road was "Via de Aldwych;" hence the present Wych Street at the bottom of Drury Lane. A portion of it in James I.'s time was occasionally called Prince's Street (" Drury Lane, now called the Prince's Street "), but the old name triumphed. In 1605 an Act was passed for "paving Drury Lane and the town of St. Giles," and it is stated in the preamble that "the lane called Drury Lane, leading from St. Giles-in-the-Fields towards the Strand and towards New Inn, is of late years by occasion of the continual rode there, and often carriages, become deep, foul, and dangerous to all that pass those ways."
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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