TQ3180 : London: Tweezer’s Alley sign

taken 4 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

London: Tweezer’s Alley sign
London: Tweezer’s Alley sign
The familiar layout of the City of Westminster's street signage identifies a walkway whose name is unfamiliar to most people, being a minor route between Milford Lane and Water Street, themselves by no means major thoroughfares.

The Alley itself is currently closed due to nearby construction work - see TQ3180 : London: Tweezer’s Alley is closed.

The origin of the name seems uncertain, but the Oxford Journal's "Notes & Queries", in its edition dated 8 October 1932, notes that the possessive apostrophe is correct because it has nothing to do with the surgical instrument. It is thought that the name, in this area which was once full of coal wharves, derives from a personal name. The entry also mentions that at the time (certainly not now!) there was "a curious notice, with an index finger, painted on each wall (which can only be deciphered when the light is suitable), directing wayfarers 'to the Steamboats'."

Perhaps, therefore, Mr Tweezer was a coal-merchant or a steamboat operator.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Paths  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3101 8089 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.7054N 0:6.8088W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3100 8089
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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