Bell Yard

   1) South out of Carter Lane at No.41 to Knightrider Street, in Castle Baynard Ward (P.O. Directory).
   First mention: O. and M. 1677.
   Hatton says the Bell Inn stood there in 1708.
   Had a passage to Addle Hill in the 19th century, Elmes, 1831.
   2) North out of Fleet Street to Carey Street (P.O. Directory) at Temple Bar.
   The northern portion is within the City boundary, the southern end in the City of Westminster.
   Mentioned 1659 (L.C.C. Deeds, Harben Bequest, 1600-1700, No.39).
   Name derived from the tenement called "le Belle," mentioned 36 H. VIII. (L. and P. R. VIII. XIX. (1), p. 636).
   The western side is now occupied by the railings of the Law Courts, and the eastern side has been rebuilt in recent years. Apollo Court formerly occupied a portion of the site.
   3) Near Helmet Court, in Thames Street (P.C. 1732). In parish of St. Benet, Paul's Wharf, in Castle Baynard Ward.
   The description does not seem to indicate Bell Yard, in Knightrider Street and Carter Lane, as this yard is not in St. Benet's parish.
   Site occupied later by Doctor's Commons and Queen Victoria Street.
   4) East out of Moor Lane. In Cripplegate Ward Without (O. and M. 1677).
   See Vine Court.
   5) At No.42 Little Britain (Elmes, 1831).
   No later mention.
   The principal streets in the City, such as Little Britain, have been renumbered since this date.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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