Royal Mint Street, E1

Place Name

Previously called Rosemary Lane from the 17thCentury and before that in the medieval period as Hachestrate and Heggestrete, probably in reference to a hatch gate referring to the Tower Postern or back door. The name changed sometime in the mid-19thCentury to mark the siting of the new Royal Mint that had moved out of the Tower of London from 1810. The mint was operational until the mid-1970s, by which time the majority of the work had been transferred to Llantrisant in south Wales.

 

 

 

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