The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
Lamb's Conduit, Snow Hill.
This conduit formerly occupied the spot on which , still more ancient stood. The was erected in , the by Mr. William Lamb, a gentleman of the chapel to Henry VIII.
This building had equal sides, and was ornamented with Corinthian pillars, pediments, and the arms of the city; the whole surmounted by a pyramid, on which was a lamb, a rebus on the name of Lamb, from whose conduit in , the water came. On a tablet in front was the following inscription :--
This conduit ran with wine on the anniversary of the coronation of George I. , which was procured by the subscription of several loyal inhabitants. At the same time, the sides in the evening exhibited the following distich:
|represented by large letters cut through pasteboard, behind which red transparent paper and candles were placed. An order was issued in the ensuing year for the destruction of all the city conduits; probably to oblige the public to adopt the water, then coming into general use.|
Opposite St. Sepulchre's church is Angel-court, at the upper end of which is a handsome old house, formerly the Farthing Office. It was afterwards occupied by the Hand-in-hand fire office, and is now the residence of Mr. Hoby.
Between and , runs the street called the , which many of our antiquaries are of opinion is a corruption of Bale-hill, an eminence whereon was situated the Bale, or Bailiff's-house, wherein he held a court for the trial of malefactors; and this opinion seems to be corroborated by such a court having been held here for many centuries, in which there is a place of security, where the sheriffs keeps their prisoners during the session, which still retains the name of the Bale-dock.
On the east side of the , and contiguous to the place where the New-gate of the city formerly stood, is the