Beer Lane ran north-south from Tower Street to Thames Street in Tower Street Ward. Stow notes that Beer Lane included
many faire houses.
The origin of the name Beer Lane, or Bear Lane, is unclear. Some have suggested Beer Lane was named after a sign of the bear in the lane while others have implied it was named as a way through to Brewers Key (Harben). Beer Lane is featured on the Agas map. It appears south of All Hallows Barking and its accompanying label, east of Tower Hill. It bears the label
- Harben, Henry. A Dictionary of London. London: Henry Jenkins, 1918. British History Online. Reprint. Open.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. Ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. Reprint. British History Online. Subscription. [Kingsford edition, courtesy of The Centre for Metropolitan History. Articles written 2011 or later cite from this searchable transcription. In the in-text parenthetical reference (Stow; BHO), click on BHO to go directly to the page containing the quotation or source.]
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