A Topographical and Statistical description of the County of Middlesex, etc (1810) by George Alexander Cooke


We now enter the rich and busy street ,called Cheapside ,which received this name originally from the splendour and multitude of its shops , "Chepe " signifying a market. This street was, in the year 1246 , an open field denominated from an inn at its east end, The Crown Field ,at which period and for 200 years after it none of the street of London ,excepting Thames Street and the space from Ludgate-hill to Charing Cross were paved. The view of Cheapside previous to its destruction by the great fire, represents it as spacious and beautiful.

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 Chapter 8 
"If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside," cried Bingley, "it would not make them one jot less agreeable."

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