The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
It is a modern structure with a facing of stone; in the pediment are the arms of the company, and below, a tablet representing a woman spinning, in allusion to the name of the lane. The interior is neatly fitted up, and consists of an upper and lower hall, each having a music gallery and plain stuccoed ceilings. In the upper hall is a -quarter length portrait of W. Williams, Esq., times master, who died , aged ; at the opposite end of the room in a recess is a vase, by Nollekins, of neat and elegant form, to the memory of Mr. Joseph Cave, a great benefactor to this company. In the court room are plans of the different estates belonging to the company, and views of the hall.
or Bakeing-lane, is so called from the king's or some great bake-house having formerly been here as early as the Richard II.
On the south side of this lane, is Gerard's Hall Inn, built upon arched vaults,
says Mr. Maitland
Stow says, in his time this was a common hostelry, corruptly then, and now called Gerard's Hall, from a giant said to have dwelt there.
In the high-roofed hall of this house some time stood a large fir-pole, which reached to the roof, and was said to be of the staves that Gerard the giant used in the wars. There stood also a ladder of the same length, which, as they said, served to ascend to the top of the staff. But Stow considers all this to be a fable; nor does he believe that any of the name of Gerard lived there.
 This company formerly possessed portraits of king William and queen Mary.