Shaft Alley

Shaft Alley was near the northwest corner of Leadenhall Street and St. Mary Axe Street in Lime Street Ward. During the eighteenth century, the alley was directly opposite East India House. Stow says that the name for the alley came from a maypole laid [on iron hooks] along ouer the doores, and vnder the Pentises of one rowe of houses, and Alley gate, called of the shaft (Stow). As an eyewitness, Stow recounts that the alley retained its name long after the maypole was sawn into pieces and burnt following a particularly powerful sermon given at St. Paul’s Cross by Stephen, curate of St. Katherine Cree.
Shaft Alley, later known as Sharp’s Alley, is not featured on the Agas map. It should appear near the single house with a pointed roof on the north side of Leadenhall Street, just northeast of the label Leaden hall. It is visible on Richard Blome’s 1720 Lime Street Ward map (Blome). We have marked it as a point (click Agas Map above).


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Adams, Neil. Shaft Alley. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022,

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Adams, Neil. Shaft Alley. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022.

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Adams, N. 2022. Shaft Alley. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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