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Cordwainers and a Mincing Lane update

Update to Mincing Lane, where the Cordwainers (one of whom is Jimmy Choo), make their home in the Clothworkers’ Hall. For shame that I should have left out the Cordwainers, shoemakers who make “fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles”. That makes a cordwainer one of a girl’s best friends.

Cordwainers Crest
The Company’s Coat of Arms, confirmed in 1579.

To use the full and lovely name, the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers dates back to at least 1272, making it one of the oldest Liveries in the City. It was granted its Royal Charter in 1439.

The company takes its name from the soft leather, or cordwain, that its members used; this originated from Cordoba in Spain. The leather makers eventually formed their own guilds, but the shoemakers retained the cordwainer name.


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My obsession with London street names began in the early 90s when I worked in the Smithfield area and happened upon Bleeding Heart Yard. In my wanderings around London, I kept adding to my store of weird and wonderful street names. Eventually it was time to share – hence my blog. I hope you enjoy these names as much as I do.
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