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Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Coleman Street, City, runs from Lothbury to Fore Street, Cripplegate. Stow says that it was "so called of Coleman, the first builder and owner thereof," but this is a mistake. The Robert Coleman here referred to as "the first builder" was the son of Reginald Coleman, who died in 1483, whereas Coleman Street is mentioned in the City Letter Books at least two centuries earlier; and "had its name, there can hardly be a doubt, from the charcoal-burners, or colemen, who settled in that extremity of the City, adjoining the Moor, at an early date."
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Coleman Street was part of "the ruines" after the devastation of the Great Fire.

Pepys has a hair-raising experienced there on February 6, 1668:
"... and home round the town, not through the ruines; and it was pretty how the coachman by mistake drives us into the ruines from London-wall into Coleman Street, and would persuade me that I lived there. And the truth is, I did think that he and the linkman had contrived some roguery; but it proved only a mistake of the coachman; but it was a cunning place to have done us a mischief in, as any I know, to drive us out of the road into the ruines, and there stop, while nobody could be called to help us."…

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