Wood Street ran north-south, connecting at its southernmost end with Cheapside and continuing northward to Little Wood Street, which led directly into Cripplegate. It crossed over Huggin Lane, Lad Lane, Maiden Lane, Love Lane, Addle Lane, and Silver Street, and ran parallel to Milk Street in the east and Gutter Lane in the west. Wood Street lay within Cripplegate Ward. It is labelled as
Wood Streaton the Agas map and is drawn in the correct position.
Stow is uncertain of the origin of the street’s name and offers two possibilities:
[i]t ſéemeth therefore that this ſtréet hath béene of the later building, all of timber,or it
take[s] the nameof an ancestor of Thomas Wood, whose
predecessors might bee the builders, owners and namers of this streete after their owne name(1:295-96). Kingsford, however, explains that it is
probably so called from the sale of wood there(2:338). Important sites on Wood Street included the Wood Street Counter, a small debtors’ prison, on the east side of the street, and St. Alban’s Church, located at the intersection of Wood Street and Love Lane (1:296).
- Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, ed. A Survey of London by John Stow. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. A searchable transcription of this text is available at BHO.
- 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.]
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