Thieving Lane

 

"View of the Southern extremity of Thieving Lane (of late years called Bow Street) through which the Felons were conveyed to the Gatehouse, which stood at the Eastern end of Tothill Street. The inhabitants are of the lowest order, and aggravate, by their numbers, that nuisance which the filthiness of their persons and the narrowness of the avenue had already created."

 

This aquatint by J T Smith is one of a number of copper engravings and aquatints from the early 19th century that I'm slowly putting on their own page in the Architecture section.