- South out of Cannon Street, at No. 86, to 157 Upper Thames St. (P.O. Directory). In Walbrook and Dowgate Wards.First mention: "Busshelane," 1486 (Cal. P.R. H. VII.). "Bushe Lane," 1558 (Lond. I. pm. II. 130).Other names : "Great Bush Lane" (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 208).At its southern end the lane has been diverted slightly further east for the erection of Cannon Street Station.Name derived from the personal name "Busshe," which occurs in records of the 14th century.Roman walls and pavements found (Arch XIX. 156, 404, and LXIII. 319). Opposite Scot's Yard a wall found crossing the street diagonally 29 ft. wide, at a depth of 6 ft., with a pavement upon it, and another wall in Scot's Yard at a depth of 8 ft., descending to 13 ft. where the pavements were found (Arch. XIX. 156-7), and another parallel with Chequer Yard. An extensive spring existed near the spot (R. Smith, 116).
A Dictionary of London. Henry A Harben. 1918.
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