- In Thames Street-in Dowgate Ward, in parish of All Hallows at the Hay.Earliest mention found in records : 5 Ed. II. 1311-12 (Cal. L. Bk. D. p. 312).Other names : "Bathesteres lane," c. 31 or 32 H. III. (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 1). Property described as in the parish of All Hallows del Heywarf bounded on the east by Bathesteres Lane and on the south by the Thames. "Battyslane," 12 H. VII. (1497) (Lond. I. p.m. I. p. 13). In this Inquisition a wharf called "Heywharf" is described as in "Battyslane." "Batteslane," otherwise called "Heywharfe lane," 1508-9 (Ct. H.W. II. 614).The heirs of William Bat held property in this parish in 19 H. III. (Anc. Deeds, A. 1791), and the lane may have been named or renamed after this family. Otherwise "Battes" may be merely the contracted form of the names Battesteres or Bathester's, written "Baftes," the contracted letters being in course of time omitted altogether."Battesteres" or "Bathesteres" suggests a corrupted form of "bakestere," a baker.See Haywharf Lane.
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