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Minories, the street in 2010.
Holy Trinity Minories parish boundary marker

Minories (/ˈmɪnərz/ MIN-ə-reez) is the name of a small former administrative unit, and also of a street in central London. Both the street and the former administrative area take their name from the Abbey of the Minoresses of St. Clare without Aldgate.

Both are positioned just to the east of, and outside, the line of London's former defensive walls, in London's East End. The area of the former administrative unit was outside the City of London (most recently in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets), with the street partially in the City and partly in Tower Hamlets. Boundary changes in 1994 mean the area of both is now wholly within the City of London.


Minories' name is derived from the former Abbey of the Minoresses of St. Clare without Aldgate,[1] a house of the Poor Clares, members of the Order of St Clare, founded in 1294 and known generally in medieval England as "minoresses". A "minoress" was a nun in the Second Order of the Order of Friars Minor known as Franciscans. (A small side-road off Minories is named St. Clare Street.) The name can be found in other English towns, including Birmingham, Colchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Stratford-upon-Avon.


London around 1300: The Abbey of the Minoresses of St. Clare without Aldgate (or Abbey of St. Clare) is shown, sited on the road now known as Minories, which runs from Aldgate to Tower Hill. The road is immediately outside London's Wall and its defensive ditch.


A map showing the civil parish boundaries in 1870.

Minories was in the ancient parish of St Botolph without Aldgate until 1557, when it became extra-parochial.[2]

The area was a papal peculiar outside the jurisdiction of the English bishops. The abbey was dissolved in 1539, the property passing to the Crown. The chapel of the former abbey became the Church of Holy Trinity, Minories, and other buildings were used as an armoury and later as a workhouse. In 1686, the area became part of the Liberties of the Tower of London. The Minories area historically hosted a large Jewish community.[3]

Minories Holy Trinity, also known as Minories Holy Trinity, was abolished as a civil parish in 1895 and absorbed into the parish of Whitechapel.

The street

The modern street named Minories runs north–south with traffic flowing both-ways from Aldgate to Tower Hill;[4] it is part of the A1211 road between the Barbican and Whitechapel. The border between the City and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets ran haphazardly between Minories and nearby Mansell Street until boundary changes in 1994 relocated the present-day border along Mansell Street, so that Minories is now within the City of London. Aldgate Underground station is at the northern end of Minories, on Aldgate High Street.

Roman cemetery

In September 2013, a well-preserved Roman statue of an eagle with a snake in its mouth, thought to have been part of a funerary monument, was discovered on a building site on the street, close to its junction with Aldgate High Street. Burials were forbidden within the inhabited area in the Roman period, so the City's defensive wall was ringed by many large cemeteries. The statue is considered to be one of the best examples of Romano-British sculpture in existence.[5][6]

Minories railway station

The street gave its name to Minories railway station, built in 1840 as a part of the London and Blackwall Railway – a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) cable railway. The site is now occupied by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station Tower Gateway, which opened in 1987 as the system's western terminus. The DLR was extended westward in 1991 to Bank, leaving Tower Gateway as a secondary alternative terminus.


  1. ^ "The City Churches" Tabor, M. p128:London; The Swarthmore Press Ltd; 1917.
  2. ^ "Holy Trinity Minories ExP/CP". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ Anglo-Jewish History
  4. ^ "Aldgate gyratory - Transport for London". Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Roman eagle rises again in London after 2,000 years". The Independent. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ Daily Mail article (not behind a pay wall) which includes further detail and a map


  • Pennant, Thomas (1816). Some Account of London. London: J Faulder (digital edition from New York Public Library, 2007). p. 372.
  • Thornbury, Walter (1878). Old and New London: Volume 2. London: Cassel (digital edition from University of London & History of Parliament Trust, 2007). pp. 245–250.

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3 Annotations

First Reading

Rex Gordon  •  Link

The Minerys (or Minories) ...

From Stow's Survey of London (Portsoken Ward):

"From the west part of this Tower hill, towards Aldgate, being a long continual street, amongst other smaller buildings in that row, there was sometime an abbey of nuns of the order of St. Clare, called the Minories, founded by Edmond, Earl of Lancaster, Leycester, and Darbie, brother to King Edward I, in the year 1293; the length of which abbey contained fifteen perches and seven feet, near unto the king's street or highway, etc., as appeareth by a deed, dated 1303.

"A plague of pestilence being in this city, in the year 1515, there died in this house of nuns professed to the number of twenty-seven, besides other lay people, servants in their house. This house ... was surrendered by Dame Elizabeth Salvage, the last abbess there, unto King Henry VIII in the 30th of his reign, the year of Christ 1539.

"In place of this house of nuns is now built divers fair and large storehouses for armour and habiliments of war, with divers workhouses, serving to the same purpose: there is a small parish church for inhabitants of the close, called St. Trinities."

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Minories. This street extends from Aldgate street to Tower hill. The middle part of the east side is called the Little Minories; this part is railed in, and is out of the liberties of the city. Here anciently stood an abbey of nuns of the order of St. Clare, called the Minoresses; whence the street obtained the name of the Minories.
---London and Its Environs Described. R. Dodsley, 1761.

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