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Shoreditch Street, also called Sewersditch, was a continuation of
Bishopsgate Street, passing
northward from Norton Folgate to the small town of Shoreditch, a suburb of London in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries, for which the road was likely named. Shoreditch first appears in
There is not much information about the importance of Shoreditch Street itself, though it would have been a well travelled road, as were all the roads leading in and out of the city gates. The Shoreditch settlement that the road leads to has been the site of several important sites and events. The street was lined "all along a continuall building of small and base tenements, for the most part lately erected" (Stow 2:74). The village itself grew at Kingsland Road and Old Street, which dated from Roman times (Weinreb and Hibbert 807).
Shoreditch and the areas immediately
surrounding it were a lightning rod for dramatic activity. Because the area
was outside London’s boundaries, the Lord Mayor had no control over the
activities that took place there. In