The age of this street has always been remarked upon, even in the very earliest written records. Sometime around the turn of the 13thCentury it was being referred to as Ealdestrate, from the Old English words eald and strœt – literally Old Street. In 1275 it was Eldstrete and a century later Le Oldestrese. This was clearly an important paved artery around the City. It was certainly there at the time of, and may have even pre-dated, the Romans.
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