Love Lane, Wood Street
Love Lane, Wood Street ran east-west, connecting Aldermanbury in the east and Wood Street in the west. It ran parallel to Addle Street in the north and Lad Lane in the south. It lay within Cripplegate Ward, and is labelled as
Lone la.on the Agas map.
There were, according to Ekwall, at least four Love Lanes in early modern London: the first, Love Lane, Wood Street, another
east from Coleman Street,a third by Lower Thames Street (see Love Lane, Thames Street), and a
fourth in St. Christopher [Broad St], now lost(165). Love Lane, Wood Street was, as Stow tells us,
so called of wantons(1:296). The London Encylopaedia deems it
A haunt of prostitutes in the middle ages(Weinreb, Hibbert, Keay, and Keay 516). Harben records Stow’s explanation for the name, but questions whether or not the street might have been so called
after an owner named(Harben; BHO). Rawlings similarly questions Stow’s suggested lewd etymology, noting that at least some of the London streets and lanes withLove
lovein the title might have been
named from innocent everyday romances(73).
Important sites stood at each end of Love Lane, Wood Street. At its west end, intersecting with Wood Street, stood St. Alban, Wood Street church. At the east end was the Aldermanbury conduit, which appears as a small building with a crenellated roof and two entrance arches on the Agas map. At the east intersection of Love Lane with Aldermanbury (heading south) and Gayspur Lane (heading north) was the church of St. Mary Aldermanbury.
Love Lane still exists in modern London.
- Ekwall, Eilert. Street-Names of the City of London. Oxford: Clarendon, 1965.
- Harben, Henry. A Dictionary of London. London: Henry Jenkins, 1918. British History Online. Reprint. Open.
- Rawlings, Gertrude Burford. The Streets of London: Their History and Associations. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1926.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. Ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. [Also available as a reprint from Elibron Classics (2001). Articles written before 2011 cite from the print edition by volume and page number.]
- Weinreb, Ben, Christopher Hibbert, Julia Keay, and John Keay. The London Encyclopaedia. 3rd ed. Photography by Matthew Weinreb. London: Macmillan, 2008.
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