This road occupies what was once part of the City ditch, once part of the London Wall defences. It was first named as such in 1746 but was previously recorded as Vine Yard 26 years earlier. It may have come from the name of a tavern or a vineyard belonging to the convent of St Clare in the Minories. Al Smith in Dictionary of City of London Street Names attributes the name to the wine cellars that he says were based here.
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