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7 Annotations

First Reading

Pedro  •  Link

Queenhithe--or Queenhive, as it was corruptly called by the Elizabethan dramatists--was originally, according to Stow, called "Edred's Hythe," or bank, from some Saxon owner of that part of Thames Street.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Queenhithe, in Upper Thames Street, a short distance west of Southwark Bridge, a common quay for the landing of corn, flour, and other dry goods from the west of England,—originally called "Edred's hithe" or bank, from "Edred, owner thereof,"—but known, from a very early period as Ripa Reginae, the Queen's bank or Queenhithe, because it pertained unto the Queen. King John is said to have given it to his mother, Eleanor, Queen of Henry II. It was long the rival of Billingsgate, and would have retained the monopoly of the wharfage of London had it been below instead of above bridge. In the 13th century it was the usual landing-place for wine, wool, hides, corn, firewood, fish, and indeed all kinds of commodities then brought by sea to London, and the City Records afford minute details as to "the Customs of Queen-Hythe," and the tolls ordered to be taken there by Edward I.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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