This name originally only applied to the eastern section from Tabernacle Street (which in the late 18thCentury was Tabernacle Place and Tabernacle Walk). The western part was Tabernacle Row. It was named after the parish of St Leonard’s, Shoreditch, which was founded in the 12thCentury. St Leonard was a 6thCentury Frankish hermit who inspired a wide medieval cult as the patron saint of prisoners and pregnant women.
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