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What’s in a name: the three greyhounds

three greyhounds pub in soho
Three Greyhounds pub, Greek Street, Soho

Seemingly Soho derives from an Anglo-French hunting cry to rally the dogs when a hare is spotted whereas ‘tallyho’ is applicable when giving chase to the fox. Perhaps it was not that specific but nowadays there are no green spaces or hounds to hunt with. Still, with a nod to past history, The Three Greyhounds is a faux Tudor pub of Georgian origins serving real ales in Greek Street…

…Of course there are not many Greeks here either but there was, when the building of an 17th century Orthodox church in nearby Hogs Lane brought the name change. And long after hogs had departed this medieval thoroughfare, an attempt was made to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with the development of Charing Cross road! 1. And the Greek church? It became St Martin’s school of Art…which recently re-located to Kings Cross 2. 3.

NB: Wikipedia suggests that Greek Street was Hog Lane but this Old Bailey map of felons clearly shows them as adjacent – Hog Lane, Parish of St Anne’s

Notes:
1. Hog Lane – Senate House library
2. built 1677 for Greek refugees fleeing oppression by the Ottoman Turks. see Know your London
3. Central Saint Martins bids farewell to Charing Cross Road Telegraph

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playing with photography @ eljaygee whilst Tell Tale Therapy has a weakness for words

12 thoughts on “What’s in a name: the three greyhounds

  1. I don’t know why Laura but this mix of descriptive words makes me smile,
    ‘The Three Greyhounds is a faux Tudor pub of Georgian origins serving real ales in Greek Street…’
    the histories of the villages of London are many and varied, thanks, Frances

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