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Ont-ice | 18:20 Tue 04th Mar 2008 | Quizzes & Puzzles
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Last one for Mr. O. and he doesn't know London streets so would be unable to get it and has Googled without any success.
29D. Road linking Fleet Street to Holborn, named after vagrants who reigned illness. (6, 4).


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Fetter Lane
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Thank you Shaney. He says he never would have got that one.
I thought it was but used a London A-Z to check when I filled the crossword out!
I eventually found it here on google maps ... :O)
... oh that didn't seem to work ! :O(
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Thanks Strix and Sarumite.
"Fetter Lane ran north-south between Holborn and Fleet Streets, in the ward of Farringdon Without, past the east side of the church of Saint Dunstan's in the West. Stow consistently called this street "Fewtars Lane," "Fewter Lane," or "Fewters Lane" (2:21, 2:22), and claimed that it was "so called of Fewters (or idle people) lying there" (2:39). The OED defines "faitour" as "[a]n impostor, cheat; esp. a vagrant who shams illness or pretends to tell fortunes" (OED "faitour" 1.a), and notes that the word was obsolete by 1568, which may explain why Stow needed to gloss the term."

Fascinating, isn't it, what we learn from doing good puzzles.

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Totaly agree JRB and many thanks for that info.
From Mr. O.

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