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The mystery street

Posted by Ed Avis on 19 December 2008 in English (English).

Today I tried to tidy up a few missing names in the City of London. I came to this small street: which has no street sign. There are businesses on the street but nobody working there knew what the street was called! I've asked the Corporation of London to fix the missing sign, so I hope to find out the name.

I tried Googling for the two adjoining streets (Queen Street and Pancras Lane) to see if there was some web page describing what this street is called. I didn't find anything, but I did discover that between Pancras Lane and Cheapside is the former Gropecunt Lane, where the medieval Londoner could find whores. It is a shame that historical or obsolete streets cannot be added to OSM (a map will sometimes give the former name of an existing road, but here the whole street has disappeared).

If it turns out the street I found is truly unnamed, I will know what to suggest.

Location: Cheap, City of London, England, EC2V 7JE, United Kingdom

Comment from lyx on 19 December 2008 at 22:16

> If it turns out the street I found is truly unnamed, I will know what to suggest.

Well, maybe that has already happened and it's the reason why nobody "knew" the name ;-)

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 19 December 2008 at 23:07

> There are businesses on the street but nobody working there knew what the street was called!
That seems surprising. Are these businesses ones you could note the name of then look up on the web branch addresses?
Although looking at the map, could it not be a continuation of Pancras Lane?

Comment from Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason on 20 December 2008 at 01:26

It's not on Google's map and it doesn't have a name on map24.


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