Literally a Hill, the highest in the City, and one of the three oldest named streets in London. It goes back to 1100, recorded as Cornehulle, when it was part of an early network of markets connected with Eastcheap, but in fact is probably much older. At Cornhill’s eastern side, there was a major grain market, alongside the likes of Bread Street, Milk Street and Wood Street. It has also been suggested that this may well have been where a corn field was cultivated, as a measure to protect food supplies during sieges. It has also been written as Cornhilla in the 12thCentury, Cornhell in 1260 and Cornhulle in 1283.
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