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"Monsieur ___ Lafoone" listed on 1693-94 Brewer Street, London, England
Posted by: LaVelda Faull (ID *****9234) Date: April 30, 2009 at 11:47:52
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I ran across another reference to a "(Monsier) __Lafoone" in 1693-94 listed as residing on Brewer Streete in Rupert Street Ward in St. James, Westminster, London, England. He was on a tax list that was created due to a new "Four Shillings in the Pound Act of 1693/94". This was found on "British History Online". I have cut and pasted the reference after this info about Brewer Street, Soho, etc.

It would appear that this "Monsier Lafoon" may have been a French Huguenot. There was a French Huguenot Church just off Brewer Street at that time. I also noticed right away the name "Richard Willis" who lived not far away on the same street (listed on same page). The name is so familiar to those of us who have researched William Lafoon/Laffoon of Henrico. I wonder if it is the same family. Could this "Monsier Lafoon" in 1693/4 be John Lafoone who shows up on the 1704 New Kent Co., VA rent roll and/or the "John Loofone" who was transported by Edwin Thacker 1702 who received land adjoining a Richard Willis in Middlesex Co., VA for that transportation?

Brewer Street in Westminster is in or near Soho and just a street or two from Piccadilly Circus and, from what I have read from an article entitled "Exploring Soho on Foot", the street is presently considered almost a "redlight district". It has also been stated on another site that
"although the first inhabitants were a few families of earls and dukes who wished to live close to the court. The first truly urban dwellers to settle in London's Soho were French Huguenots, who fled France after Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes." The French Huguenot church of Quarre was just off of Brewer Street on Berwick Street.


Below is the page from the record found:


Four Shillings In The Pound Aid 1693/4

Author: Derek Keene, Peter Earle, Craig Spence and Janet Barnes Year published 1992
'Four Shillings In The Pound Aid 1693-1694: City of Westminster, St James Westminster, Rupert Street Ward, Brewer Streete', Four Shillings In The Pound Aid 1693/4: The City of London, the City of Westminster, and Metropolitan Middlesex (1992). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=20531

City of Westminster, St James Westminster, Rupert Street Ward, Brewer Streete
15 records


Name
Property
Stock
Tax assessment
Rental value
Tax assessment
Stock value


Venaumon, Maximillion
2.40
12.00
0.00
0.00


Jeffries, - (Mrs)
2.40
12.00
0.00
0.00


Maires, Martha
2.40
12.00
0.00
0.00


Callione, Marke
2.40
12.00
0.00
0.00


Chanter, - (Mrs)
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


Comment: Figure col damaged.


Peddar, Amy
1.80
9.00
0.00
0.00


Lafoone, - (Monsieur)
1.80
9.00
0.00
0.00


Newell, Ann
1.80
9.00
0.00
0.00


Jones, - (Mr)
1.80
9.00
0.00
0.00


Lapree, - (Monsieur)
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


-, -
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


Comment: Name & fig damaged.


Hill, -
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


Comment: Record damaged.


Browne, William
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


Lunn, Mary
2.00
10.00
0.00
0.00


Willis, Ri
1.60
8.00
0.00
0.00
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Below From: 'Broadwick and Peter Street Area', Survey of London: volumes 31 and 32: St James Westminster, Part 2 (1963), pp. 219-229. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41473

Brewer Street

Only Nos. 230 (even) Brewer Street are built on Colman Hedge Close; the general history of the street is described on page 118. The first houses on these sites were probably built in the 1660's and 70's along the southern boundary of the field and fronting on to a passage-way (shown in a map of 1664) (ref. 8) to the adjoining Pulteney property. In the 1670's this passage-way became the eastward arm of Sir William Pulteney's 'new way' (see page 118). Ogilby and Morgan's map of 16812 (Plate 3a) shows that it was a well defined street with houses along most of its north side.

This new street was at first known as Knaves' Acre from the close which flanked its southern side, but later became known as Pulteney or Little Pulteney Street. In 1937 the name Brewer Street was extended to include all the houses eastwards up to Wardour Street.

Following the grant of the long building lease of all Colman Hedge Close to Pollett and his associates in December 1685, the remaining vacant sites on this new street were sub-let for building and a number of new houses erected there. John Simmonds, blacksmith, and James Price, glazier, were two of the tradesmen who took up sites here. (ref. 81)










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