[Plan of property on Cheapside] 125 D
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This is a plan from a rent book that belonged to the Mercer's Company, one of the most prominent of the City Livery Companies. The Mercers' were merchants who dealt primarily in textiles. Amassing great wealth they came to own land and property which they rented to tenants. This is a plan of two warehouses on Cheapside, a market place since medieval times when many of the craft guilds were located a short distance from here. As noted by Chaucer in The Cook's Tale, Cheapside was infamous for rowdy apprentices who 'preferred the tavern to the shop'. Behind these warehouses is the site of Honey Lane Market, a meat market established after the Great Fire, and in the 18th century was renowned for the quality of its merchandise.