Birchin Lane

   South out of Cornhill at 35 to No.62 Lombard Street (P.O. Directory). In Cornhill and Langbourn Wards.
   Earliest mention: 1473 (Ct. H. Wills, II. 571).
   Former names and forms : "Bercheruere lane," c. 1190-1212 (Add. Ch. 1046). "Berchvereslane," 1260 (Ct. H.W. I. 7). "Bercheruerelane," 1320 (ib. 286). "Berchereslane," 1332 (Ct. H.W. I. 381). "Bercheverlane," 1349 (ib. II. 80). "Berchernerislane," 1361 (Cal. P.R. Ed. III. 1361-4, p. 138). "Bercherlane," 1372-3 (Ct. H.W. II. 153). "Birchenlane," 1386 (Ct. H.W. II. 260). "Bircheyn lane," 17 Rich. II. 1393 (Cal. P.R. Rich. II. 1391-6, p. 345). "Byrcherslane," 1401 (Ct. H.W. II. 351). "Bircherlane," 1486 (ib. 486). "Byrchyn lane," 1602-3 (ib. 728). "Burchen Lane," 1618 (ib. 743). "Burcheouer lane, so called of Birchouer, the first builder and owner thereof, now corruptly called Birchin lane" (S. 199), and See Bergereslane.
   From the forms set out above, it appears that "Bercheruere" and "Berchever" were the earliest forms of the name, so that if Stow's surmise is correct the name of the builder or owner would appear to have been Bercheruere or Berchevere. It is interesting to note that the early form of Andover was Andevere.
   Very little reliance can be placed upon the form "Berchernerislane," as in all probability the letter "n" was written "u" in the MS., and the "n" is an error in transcription.
   Roman walls found under Nos. I, 12, 13 and 15, 20 and 22 and at the south-western corner of the lane. Pavements of tesserae and chalkstones (at a depth of 14 ft.) found under Nos. 2, 11 and 22 (Arch. VIII. 119 and 128).

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Bell, Birchin Lane —    Messuage called the Bell with a garden situate in parish of St. Edmund the King and Martyr belonging to Sir Martin Bowes (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 156).    In Birchin Lane, and given by John Long, in 1503 to the parish (End. Ch. Rep. St.… …   Dictionary of London

  • Castle Court, Birchin Lane —    East out of Birchin Lane, at No. 23, to St. Michael s Alley. In Cornhill Ward (P.O. Directory).    First mention: W. Stow, 1722.    Former names : Castle Alley (Strype, ed. 1720 and 1755). Michael s Alley (O. and M. 1677 Strype, ed. 1720) …   Dictionary of London

  • The Scomer, Birchin Lane —    A tenement so called in Birchin Lane in the parish of St. Michell in Cornehill, 21 Eliz. 1578 (L.C.C. Deeds, Harben Bequest, 1500 1600, No.14).    No later mention.    There was a messuage similarly named in Houndsditch …   Dictionary of London

  • George Alley, Birchin Lane —    See Bengal Court …   Dictionary of London

  • Insurance Office, Birchin Lane —    See London Insurance Office …   Dictionary of London

  • Sun Court, Birchin Lane —    See Bengal Court …   Dictionary of London

  • White Lion Court, Birchin Lane —    See Bengal Court …   Dictionary of London

  • Death of Ian Tomlinson — Ian Tomlinson redirects here. For the Australian athlete, see Ian Tomlinson (athlete). Death of Ian Tomlinson Ian Tomlinson remonstrates with police after being pushed to the ground, minutes before he died. Date 1 April 2009 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Exchange Alley — John Rocque s Map, 1747 Exchange Alley or Change Alley is a narrow alleyway connecting shops and coffeehouses in an old neighbourhood of the City of London in England, bounded by Lombard Street, Cornhill and Birchin Lane.[1] …   Wikipedia

  • George Yard —    1) South out of Fenchurch Street, west of the Saracen s Head Yard (O.S. 1894 5, and Bacon, 1912). In Aldgate Ward.    First mention: P.C. 1732.    Other name : Coach yard (Rocque, 1746).    There is a George Hotel at No. 86 in P.O. Directory.… …   Dictionary of London

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.