Cheapside, London At one time, Cheapside was a main produce market in London – ‘cheap’ meant ‘market’ in Medieval English. Some of the neighbouring streets have related names – Bread Street, Honey Lane, Poultry, and Milk Street. During the 14th century, tournaments were help on the adjacent fields – during the reign of Edward III. In January 1559, Queen Elizabeth I passed through Cheapside on the way to her coronation. She was entertained by a pageant. It is the site of Bow Bells, at the church of St. Mary-le-Bow (see the1909 photograph above). Traditionally, you are a Cockney if you are born within the sound of its bells. Image: Photographer unknown Wikimedia Commons By the time this photograph was taken (January 2020), Cheapside is home to offices and retail outlets. It is now one of a few routes which connects the East End with the City of London, and on to the West End. Cheapside was badly damaged during the Blitz in 1940 and much regeneration has occurred since then. Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews) A merged version of the two images. Use the slider in the centre.