The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

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Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Fetter Lane, extending from Fleet Street to Holborn.

Then is Fewter Lane, which stretcheth south into Fleet Street, by the east end of St. Dunstan's church, and is so called of fewters (or idle people) lying there, as in a way leading to gardens; but the same is now of latter years on both sides built through with many fair houses.—Stow, p. 145.

The etymology receives support from a document of the 37th Edward III. (1363), headed "De Pecuniis consuetis colligendis pro emendatione Faytour Lane et Chanceller Lane," faitour or faytour being the more common way of spelling the word which Stow spells fewter. In 28 Henry VI. (1450) mention is made of "1 Cotag' et 38 gardin' inter Shoe Lane et Fraiter Lane;" these were, no doubt, some of the gardens Stow refers to.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

According to John Thomas Smith, who drew the street hawkers in London, which led him to look back at images from earlier centuries. He was a colourful character who claimed to have been born in the back of a Hackney carriage, and became the keeper of prints at the British Museum and demonstrated a superlative draftsmanship in his vivid street portraits – with such keen likenesses that, on one famous occasion, his subjects became suspicious he was working for the police and a mob chased him down the street in Whitechapel.

People like Samuel Pepys had collected prints of the Cries of London of their day and from their past. The prints shown here are Smith’s drawings of those prints from the 17th century which especially appealed to him, and that he discovered in the course of his work as an archivist.

Why post these fabulous pictures under Fetter Lane?

A drawing of a Sausages Vendor (Copied from a print published by Overton in the reign of Charles II)

“The pork shops of Fetter Lane have been, for upwards of 150 years, famous for their sausages, but those wretched vendors of sausages who cared not what they made them of in cellars in St. Giles were continually persecuting their unfortunate neighbours, to whom they were as offensive as the melters of tallow, bone burners, soap boilers and cat gut cleaners.”

Sausage anyone? -- don't wait for me.…

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