Cheapside is a street in the City of London, the historic and modern financial centre of London.
Cheapside is the former site of one of the principal produce markets in
London, cheap broadly meaning “market” in medieval English. Many of the
streets feeding into the main thoroughfare are named after the produce
that was once sold in those areas of the market, including Honey Lane,
Milk Street, Bread Street and Poultry.
Cheapside was the birthplace of John Milton,and Robert Herrick.
It was for a long time one of the most important streets in London. It
is also the site of the ‘Bow Bells’, the church of St. Mary-le-Bow,
which has played a part in London’s Cockney heritage and the tale of
Dick Whittington. Geoffrey Chaucer grew up around Cheapside and there
are a scattering of references to the thoroughfare and its environs
throughout his work.
Image: Photochrom of Cheapside, c.1890-1900