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Boss (Billingsgate)

According to John Stow, the Boss of Billingsgate was a fountain of spring water continually running, which was set into the wall of Boss Alley (Stow 1598, sig. M2v). This boss was the subject of an early modern poem, which personified both the Boss of Billingsgate and the London Stone. In this poem, the Boss of Billingsgate is described as a fallen woman, whom the London Stone marries (Bosse of Byllyngesgate sig. A5v). While the Boss of Billingsgate was located on the north side of Billingsgate Ward, its exact coordinates remain unknown and it is not labelled on the Agas map.


  • Citation

    Here begynneth a treatyse of this galaunt with the maryage of the bosse of Byllyngesgate. vnto London stone. London: J. Skot for Wynkyn de Worde, 1521. STC 24242.

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MLA citation

Rothwell, Molly. Boss (Billingsgate). The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022, mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/BOSS2.htm.

Chicago citation

Rothwell, Molly. Boss (Billingsgate). The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022. mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/BOSS2.htm.

APA citation

Rothwell, M. 2022. Boss (Billingsgate). In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/editions/7.0/BOSS2.htm.

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Provider: University of Victoria
Database: The Map of Early Modern London
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TEI citation

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