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Eastcheap Street ran east-west, from Tower Street to St. Martin’s Lane. West of New Fish Street/Gracechurch Street, Eastcheap was known as Great Eastcheap. The portion of the street to the east of New Fish Street/Gracechurch Street was known as Little Eastcheap. It is mislabelled as S. Margarits Patens, a church that was actually located two blocks to the east (Prockter and Taylor 49).
Eastcheap (Eschepe or Excheapp) was the site of a medieval food market. C[h]eap is an Anglo-Saxon verb that means to barter, buy, and sell; to trade, deal, bargain (OED cheap, v.1). Hugh Alley sketched Eastcheap Market in A Caveatt for the Citty of London (see Folger Digital Image Collection).
Eastcheap Market. Courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Eastcheap Market. Courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The neighbourhood of Eastcheap is best known to Shakespeareans as the location of Mistress Quickly’s inn, where Prince Hal drinks with Falstaff. In 1 Henry IV, Hal tells Poins that he has been drinking with the drawers and learning their language. His familiarity with the commoners will ensure their loyalty: When I am King of England I shall command all the good lads in Eastcheap, Hal predicts (2.5.12–13).
See also: Chalfant 70.

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MLA citation:

Jenstad, Janelle. “Eastcheap.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 22 August 2017. <http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/EAST2.htm>.

Chicago citation:

Jenstad, Janelle. n.d. “Eastcheap.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed August 22, 2017. http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/EAST2.htm.

APA citation:

Jenstad J. (n.d.). Eastcheap. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/EAST2.htm

TEI citation:

<bibl> <author><persName><surname>Jenstad</surname>, <forename>Janelle</forename></persName></author> (<date>n.d.</date>). <title level="a">Eastcheap</title>. In <editor><persName><forename>J.</forename> <surname>Jenstad</surname></persName></editor> (Ed.), <title level="m">The Map of Early Modern London</title>. Retrieved <date when="2017-08-22">August 22, 2017</date>, from <ref target="http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/EAST2.htm">http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/EAST2.htm</ref> </bibl>