FountLondon – Aldgate East
56 Middlesex Street is nestled nicely between Aldgate East and Liverpool Street; it has perhaps one of the most interesting histories of all the FountLondon buildings.
In Tudor times, Middlesex Street was known as Hogs Lane, potentially because bakers were allowed to keep pigs in the lane. It became a commercial district, in 1608, for second-hand clothes and bric and brac items, quickly renamed Peticote Lane (the market is still hugely popular and has been renamed Petticoat Lane).
Around 1830, Peticote Lane’s name changed to Middlesex Street, to record the boundary between Portsoken Ward and Whitechapel and our little old building is slap bang in the middle of all of this.
Parts of the building are thought to date back to 1640.
The building now possesses five units, suitable for A1/B1 use.