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3 Annotations

First Reading

Pedro  •  Link


The Poultry, so called, says Stowe, because 'poulterers in the olden time dwelt and sold poultry at their stalls in the High-street.

See also Three Cranes (Poultry)...…

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Poultry. A Street connecting Cheapside and Cornhill, and long famous for its compter [a sheriffs prison].

In the 16th and first half of the 17th century the Poultry was famous for its taverns. The Rose Tavern was noted for its wines, and down to the days of Ned Ward and the London Spy maintained its reputation. The Three Cranes is often referred to as a well-known house in the pamphlets and light literature of the day. The King's Head Tavern, No. 25, was kept in Charles II.'s time by William King. His wife, happening to be in labour on the day of the King's restoration, was anxious to see the returning monarch, and Charles, in passing through the Poultry, was told of her inclination, and stopped at the tavern to salute her.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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