Leather Lane

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Leather Lane is a street west of Hatton Garden, in the Holborn area of London. It is home to a well-used weekday market which specialises in clothing, footwear and fruit and veg. There are now many food retailers capitalising off the lunchtime trade offering a range of different foods from falafel wraps and burritos to hog roasts and jacket potatoes. The lane was laid out in the medieval period following old fields and property boundaries. The Bourne Estate is a group of well-regarded Edwardian tenement blocks on the west side of the Lane.

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Leather Lane is now an attractive housing development by South Lakeland District Council. In the 1880's the Local Board (an elected body before the introduction of Town Councils) wrote of the area "Pity 'tis that these lots of miserable and foulsome tenements cabined, cribbed, confined, cannot be swept away for they forcibly remind one of the unsavoury and insanitary days of the courts and alleys of our larger towns and cities". Rumour had it that one or two 'young bloods' of Ulverston visited a cottage nearby for the purposes of 'nocturnal high jinks'.

Leather Lane, Ulverston, United Kingdom where it sited