Fetter Lane

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Fetter Lane ran north-south between Holborn Street and Fleet Street, in the ward of Farringdon Without, past the east side of the church of Saint Dunstan’s in the West. Stow consistently calls this street Fewtars Lane, Fewter Lane, or Fewters Lane (2:21, 2:22), and claimed that it was so called of Fewters (or idle people) lying there (2:39). The OED defines faitour as [a]n impostor, cheat; esp. a vagrant who shams illness or pretends to tell fortunes (OED faitour 1.a), and notes that the word was obsolete by 1568, which may explain why Stow needed to gloss the term.
Kingsford notes that Fetter Lane is probably the Viter Lane without Newgate which occurs in 1294 and 1299 (2:363).
See also: Chalfant 76.

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MLA citation:

Jenstad, Janelle. “Fetter Lane.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 28 August 2016. <http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FETT1.htm>.

Chicago citation:

Jenstad, Janelle. n.d. “Fetter Lane.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed August 28, 2016. http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FETT1.htm.

APA citation:

Jenstad J. (n.d.). Fetter Lane. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved August 28, 2016, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FETT1.htm

TEI citation:

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