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. 27 August 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 August 27, 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 August 27, 2014, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/FETT1.htm

TEI citation:

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