Foster Lane

Foster Lane ran north-south between Cheapside in the south and Oat Lane in the north. It crossed Lily Pot Lane, St. Anne’s Lane, Maiden Lane (Wood Street), and Carey Lane. It sat between St. Martin’s Lane to the west and Gutter Lane to the east. Foster Lane is drawn on the Agas Map in the correct position, labelled as Forster Lane.
Stow describes how Foster Lane lies almost wholy in Aldersgate Ward, but the northernmost section serves as a boundary for Cripplegate Ward and Farringdon Within Ward (Stow). It was known to Stow as both Foster Lane and Faster Lane. Its name is a corruption of Vedast after the Church of St. Vedast, which is on its south-eastern end (Harben). Other landmarks included: St. Leonard’s Church and Goldsmiths Hall, and a proper house, but not large (Stow; Harben).
Foster Lane survives in modern London.


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Takeda, Joey. Foster Lane. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 30 Jun. 2021,

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Takeda, Joey. Foster Lane. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 6.6. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 30, 2021.

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Takeda, J. 2021. Foster Lane. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 6.6). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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