Hardware Lane, Melbourne
|Hardware Lane facing south towards Bourke Street|
|South end||Bourke Street|
|North end||Little Lonsdale Street|
|Suburb(s)||Melbourne city centre|
Hardware Lane is a wide laneway in Melbourne, Australia. It runs roughly north-south between Bourke Street and Little Lonsdale Street in the city centre. It changes name to Hardware Street between Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale Streets.
The lane is famous for its numerous Restaurants and cafés, though also features hairdressers, fast food and retail shops. Hardware lane is a thriving example of Melbourne's famous laneway culture, with a distinctly European feeling and unique red brick paving.
The lane is closed to traffic between 11am-11pm and occasionally features nighttime live jazz performances.
From 1857, the lane was known as Wrights Lane. In 1927 it was renamed Hardware Lane after Hardware House. The lane is on land formerly occupied by Kirk's Horse Bazaar, a horse and livery trading centre built in 1840 by James Bowie Kirk.
In 1895, Wrights Lane (as it was then known) was also home to several hotels. The Kirks Bazaar Hotel, which was first occupied in 1866, was located on the eastern corner of Little Bourke, whilst the adjacent corner featured the Governor Arthur Hotel. The Shamrock Hotel was situated at the opposite end of the lane, on the intersection with Lonsdale Street. There are no functioning hotels that remain on the modern Hardware Lane.
- Melbourne, School of Historical Studies, Department of History, The University of. "Hardware Lane North - Entry - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online". www.emelbourne.net.au. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- "Know your laneways: Hardware Lane - City of Melbourne What's On blog". City of Melbourne What's On blog. 2014-11-28. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- "Melbourne Laneways". www.onlymelbourne.com.au. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
|This article about a place in Melbourne is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This Australian road or road transport-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|