- South out of Cornhill at Nos. 23 and 28 to Lombard Street, with a passage east to Birchin Lane (P.O. Directory). In Cornhill and Langbourne Wards.First mention: Lockie, 1810.Former name : "Exchange Alley" (1666, Leake).Garaway's, Jonathan's, and other celebrated coffee houses were in this Alley.After the Fire, it was enlarged and rebuilt out of a house belonging to Alderman Backwell.The Canal Office was at No. 9 in 1810 (Lockie).So called, being opposite to the Royal Exchange. The present name is of course merely an abbreviation of the original name "Exchange."
A Dictionary of London. Henry A Harben. 1918.
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