“It is to be regretted that domestication has seriously deteriorated the moral character of the duck.”*

*Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)

Sejal Sukhadwala wrote at Londonist.com:

“…A Londoner even more curious than us, however, is Mykal Shaw, an art director who created the unique Streatsoflondon photographic project. From around 2005, in the days before Google Maps, he cycled 1,600 miles around the capital taking photos of every street sign named after food and drink.

Out of hundreds of foodie streets, our round-up focuses on 32 that we could find the most reliable information on. We’ve only listed existing streets…

Bread Street, EC4

Cheapside — which meant ‘bargain place’ or market in medieval English — is believed to be London’s oldest street and the original ‘high street’. It was once home to the capital’s main food market — the Borough Market of its day, but larger, noisier and more crowded. The streets leading off Cheapside were named after the speciality items that they sold.

The street was already named Bredstrate in 1180, but it was turned into a bread market and named Bread Street in 1302. Edward I announced that the bakers of Bromley and Stratford-le-Bow, and ones already living on the street, were forbidden from selling bread from their own homes or bakeries, and could only do so from Bread Street.

The Liber Albus: The White Book Of The City Of London — the first book of English common law, originally published after 1419 — states:

“Of bakers… that no baker shall sell bread before his oven, but only in the market of his Lordship the King.”

Milk Street, EC2

Also off Cheapside, Milk Street was named Melcstrate in the 12th century. In the medieval period, milk sellers sold milk here; cows for milking were also kept here. 

A foodie trivia of interest is that Mrs Beeton lived here as a toddler, as her father worked in the area as a linen trader.

Honey Lane, EC2

Another street leading into Cheapside’s food market, Honey Lane was known as Huni Lane at the beginning of the 13th century. As the name makes it clear, honey producers sold honey here. It existed as London’s smallest market, at 193 feet, between shortly after the Great Fire of 1666 and 1835…”

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