Magpie Alley, EC4Y

Place Name

Named after an inn called the Magpye that was recorded here from around 1732. It had previously been called Glasshouse Alley in Great Ashentree Court. It has also been suggested that the name may have been inspired by the sobriquet of the original landholders, the Carmelite monks, better known as the White Friars or the Pied Friars, on account of their white cloaks worn over a brown habit, to which the magpie reference may have alluded.

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