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5 Annotations

First Reading

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Dothe run from Tower Street north to Fenchurch Street, it be west of Seething Lane by a furlong or so.

Pedro  •  Link

We shall, however, still find much of interest in that small eastern side of the city which escaped its ravages. At the angle where Mark Lane meets Fenchurch Street, behind the houses, is the picturesque church of All-hallows Staining, in the midst of a quaint old square of houses, with a churchyard and a few trees, giving it a singularly old-world look. The tower and a portion of the west end alone are ancient; the church escaped the fire, but the body of the building fell in, 1671 A. D. In this church, the Princess (afterwards Queen) Elizabeth per-formed her devotions, May 19, 1554, on her release from the Tower. The churchwarden's accounts contain some curious entries of rejoicings by bell-ringing on great public events.


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Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Mark Lane, 55 Fenchurch Street to 67 Great Tower Street. In this street is situated the great Corn Market of the metropolis. Its name was originally Mart Lane, so called of a privilege sometime enjoyed to keep a mart there, but long since discontinued. It occurs as Martelane in a Coroner's Roll of November 1276.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

Note that on 2 September 1666 Sam was called to his maid's window where he saw a fire (yes, that one) and "thought it to be on the back-side of Marke Lane at the farthest."

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

So what's a furlong?

A furlong is a measure of distance in imperial units and United States customary units --
equal to one eighth of a mile,
equivalent to 660 feet,
220 yards,
40 rods,
10 chains
or approximately 201 metres.
-- Google librarian

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