Cock Court


Cock Court
   1) South out of Ludgate Hill at No. 19, in Farringdon Ward Without (Hatton, 1708-Elmes, 1831).
   A passage, 40 ft. wide, was made out of the Court into Blackfriars 1760.
   Called "Cock Alley," 1760 (Gent. Mag.).
   Now St. Martin's Court (q.v.).
   2) South out of White Lion Court, Birchin Lane. In Cornhill Ward (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 150).
   Site has been rebuilt.
   3) Out of Angel Alley, Houndsditch. In Portsoken Ward (Strype, ed 1755-Boyle, 1799).
   Not named in the maps.
   4) West out of Philip Lane, in Cripplegate Ward Within (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).
   Perhaps identical with the site occupied by "le Cok in the houpe" in parish of St. Alphege mentioned in 1349 in Ct. H.W. I. 566.
   "Cook Court" in Maitland, 1775.
   5) West out of Jewry Street. In Aldgate Ward (Hatton, 1708-O.S. 1880).
   Former name : "Cock Alley" (O. and M. 1677).
   The name is probably taken from a tenement called "the Cocke" in parish of St. Olave Hart Street, sometime belonging to the Crutched Friars, mentioned in 1566 (Lond. I. p.m. II. 53). It also formed one of the boundaries of St. Olave Hart Street parish (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 41).
   The site is now occupied by the eastern end of Carlisle Avenue (q.v.).
   6) North out of Fleet Lane, in Farringdon Ward Without (O. and M. 1677-L. Guide, 1750).
   Called "Cock Alley" in Strype and L. Guide, 1758.
   The site has been rebuilt.
   7) North out of Snow Hill, in Farringdon Ward Without, by Holborn Conduit (Horwood, 1799-Elmes, 1831).
   Formerly called "Bell Alley" (q.v.).
   Strype speaks of it as a passage into Bell Alley, but in O. and M. the whole Court is called Bell Alley.
   Removed for the formation of Holborn Viaduct, etc.
   8) West out of St. Martin's le Grand, in Aldersgate Ward (Horwood, 1799-Elmes, 1831).
   First mention: "Cok Alley," in St. Martin's Sanctuary, 1525 (L. and P. H. VIII. IV. (1) p. 473).
   Other forms : "Cock Aley," 1541 (ib. XVI. 243). "Cock Alley" (O. and M. 1677-Strype, 1755).
   Site afterwards occupied by the old General Post Office buildings.
   9) See Horseshoe Court.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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