Fetter Lane

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Fetter Lane ran north-south between Holborn and Fleet Streets, in the ward of Farringdon Without, past the east side of the church of Saint Dunstan’s in the West. Stow consistently called 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. 23 April 2014. <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 April 23, 2014. 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 April 23, 2014, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FETT1.htm

TEI citation:

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