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Candlewick, or Candlewright Street as it was sometimes called, ran east-west from Walbrook in the west to the beginning of Eastcheap at its eastern terminus. Candlewick became Eastcheap somewhere around St. Clements Lane, and led into a great meat market (Stow 1:217). Together with streets such as Budge Row, Watling Street, and Tower Street, which all joined into each other, Candlewick formed the main east-west road through London between Ludgate and Posterngate.
The name of the street is believed to originate from candle makers who practiced their trade there. This supposition is confirmed by Stow, who writes that it tooke that name (as may bee supposed) either of Chandlers, or makers of Candles, both of waxe and tallow: for Candlewright is a maker of Candles, or of Weeke, which is the cotton or yarne used to worke them (Stow 1:218). A note in the margin of Stow’s Survey explains that a wike is a working place (Stow 1:218).
Stow also mentions that the street was home to many drapers, who relocated to Candlewick from Lombard Street and Cornhill (Stow 1:81). He also states that the street was once home to weavers: There dwelled also of old time divers Weavers of woollen clothes, brought in by Edward the third. [...] These Weavers of Candlewright street being in short time worne out, their place is now possessed by rich Drapers, sellers of woollen cloth, &c (Stow 1:218). Isabella Whitney confirms the trade of fabrics in Candlewick in The Will and Testament of Isabella Whitney: Watling Street, and Canwick Street,/ I full of woolen leave (77–78).
Other items of interest in Candlewick Street were London Stone, located on the south side of the street, St. Swithins church, on the north side at the corner of Candlewick and St. Swithins Lane, and a grammar school. This school was called the Manor of the Rose, or alternatively, Duke of Buckingham’s, and was founded by the Merchant Taylors’ Company in 1561 (Stow 1:74).


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MLA citation:

Campbell, James. “Candlewick Street.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 25 February 2018. <http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/CAND1.htm>.

Chicago citation:

Campbell, James. n.d. “Candlewick Street.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed February 25, 2018. http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/CAND1.htm.

APA citation:

Campbell J. (n.d.). Candlewick Street. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved February 25, 2018, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/CAND1.htm

TEI citation:

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