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Hole in the Wall, Fleet Street

Fleet St from Spon St There have been various explanations offered for for this pub name. They include references to holes in the wall of condemned calls, through which prisoners could speak; or in the walls of debtor's prisons, through which supplies could be passed; or in the walls of a lepers den, through which priests could put their hands in order to bless those inside. Sometimes the hole in the wall is a kind of spy-hole. It can refer to the position of a pub, i.e. beneath one of the arches of a railway viaduct or suchlike bridge, or the chief entrance to the pub can be through a narrow passage which breaks up the buildings facing onto the street. Or the hole could be a hatch through which drinks were passed to coachmen who waited outside for their passengers. No doubt this was the nickname of one of the pubs on Fleet Street. In 1828 this pub was conveyed from Benjamin Dickens and Abraham Taylor to Henry Griswold.

OWNERS:

to 1828 Benjamin Dickens and Abraham Taylor from 1828 Henry Griswold
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