Gutter Lane
   North out of Cheapside, at 133, to Gresham Street (P.O. Directory), In Farringdon Ward Within.
   First mention: "Godrunelane," temp. K. John (Anc. Deeds, A. 11681).
   Other forms : "Gotherun lane," 40 H. III. (ib. A. 2061 and A. 1998). "Goderone lane," 40 H. III. (ib. A. 2240). "Godron lane," 40 H. III. (ib. A. 2136). "Godronelane," 1258-9 (Ct. H.W. I. 2). "Goderunelane," 1278-9 (ib. 38). "Goderones lane," "Goderes lane," 1284-5 (ib. 69 and 70). "Godrunes lane," 1285 (MS. D. and C. St. P. Lib. L. 93). "Godrenelane," 1291 (Ct. H.W. I. 98). "Godrun lane," 1293-4 (ib. 112). "Goderon lane," 1303-4 (ib. 161). "Goderonne Lane," 1323 (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. 1). "Gudrunlane," 1322-3 (Ct. H.W. I. 300). "Gother lane," 1351 (ib. 652). "Goder lane," 1385-6 (ib. II. 253). "Godurn lane," 1378 (ib. 202). "Goderounlane," 1388 (Ct. H.W. II. 269). "Goterlane," 1410-11 (ib. 390). "Goderene lane" or "Goterenelane," 1405 (ib. 361). "Gutterlane" alias "Good Roone lane," 5 and 6 P. and M. (Lond. I. p.m. I. 166). "Gutheron's lane," "Gutherans lane," (S. 159 and 293).
   Gutherans lane, so called of Guthurun, sometime owner thereof (S. 316).
   Stow is wrong as to the original form of the name, which is certainly : "Godrune" or "Goderune."
   It is generally supposed to be named after Godrun or Guthrum, the Danish king of East Anglia, but the earliest forms suggest the personal female name "Godrun," "Goderun," which occurs in Domesday Book as the name of a tenant of land.
   Roman relics found in the lane embedded in loam at a depth of 18 ft. from the present surface (Arch. XXVII. 150).

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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