The naming of Townwall Street

 

"Tu 27 Aug 1799  This morning Captain Wellard called to ask me if the Title deeds of my House mentioned the name of the Street.  I told him they did not, but only expressed so many feet in length extending from the Bench to a place called the Freeman’s Prison or watering place, as at the time the House was built in the year 1636 there was no houses near mine to be called a Street.  Afterwards W. King Esqr. and the Committee called and I informed him the same, he marked my house No.1 and agreed to name it Town Wall Street in conformity to the ancient wall and gates having stood all along to the Cliff under ye Castle."
(Thomas Pattenden's Diary, E.Kent Archives)