Foster Lane

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Foster Lane, in the City of London

Foster Lane is a short street within Cheap ward, in the City of London. It is situated northeast of St Paul's Cathedral and runs southbound Gresham Street to Cheapside.

"Foster" is a corruption of "St. Vedast" to whom a church on the east side of the road is dedicated.[1] Another church on Foster Lane - dedicated to St. Leonard - was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and not rebuilt.[2] This church was connected with the Liberty of St. Martin's Le Grand to the east.

Goldsmiths' Hall, the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies[3] of the City is situated on the northeast corner.[4] Like much of this area[5] it suffered damage during the Second World War.[6] Although being relatively short in length, Foster Lane is also the location of several bars and restaurants and a small lane (Carey Lane) off it halfway that runs eastward to Gutter Lane.

The nearest London Underground station is St. Paul's and the closest mainline railway stations are City Thameslink and Cannon Street.


  1. ^ A treatment of how this occurred.
  2. ^ Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert (1983) The London Encyclopedia: 730
  3. ^ The History of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of London, Herbert, W., 1836 self published [1]
  4. ^ Map of Locale
  5. ^ The City of London-a history Borer, M.I.C. : New York,D.McKay Co, 1978 ISBN 0-09-461880-1
  6. ^ Details of refurbishment of Goldsmith’s Hall

Coordinates: 51°30′56″N 0°05′47″W / 51.5155°N 0.0964°W / 51.5155; -0.0964