Fusters (The) - Fyve Foot Lane


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Henry A Harben

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'Fusters (The) - Fyve Foot Lane', A Dictionary of London (1918). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63135 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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Fusters (The)

The men of the Mistery of Saddlers and the men of the mistery of Fusters and Lorimers of copper and iron entered into an agreement 1327 (Cal. L. Bk. E. p. 220).

Elections to the Mistery of Fusters took place, 1328 (ib. 234).

Sharpe says the Fusters were makers of the woodwork of saddles, saddle-bows.

Fye Foot Lane

North out of Upper Thames Street at No. 208 (P.O. Directory). Leading to Lambeth Hill. In Queenhithe Ward.

Earliest mention : "Fynamoureslane," 1316 (Ct. H.W. I. 263).

Other names : "Finimore lane" or "fiue foote lane" (S. 354). "Fyve foote lane," 7 Jas. I. (Anc. Deeds, A. 5778). "Five Foot lane" (O. and M. 1677-O.S. 1848-50). "Fyford lane" (Rev. of L. 1728, and W. Stow, 1722). "Five foot court" (P.C. 1732).

Stow says it was called Five foot lane as being five foote in breadth at the west end. But he makes no suggestion as to the origin of the earlier name.

In former times it was more extensive than at present, and extended north to Old Fish Street. This northern portion was demolished for the formation of Queen Victoria Street.


See Fye foot lane.

Fynkes Lane

See Pudding Lane.


Tenements of John de Ludgershale in lane called Fytrilane in parishes of St. Olave and St. Sepulchre, 1324 (Ct. H.W. I. 309).

See Viterilane.

Fyve Foot Lane

See Fye foot lane.