This "fleet" business

Anna Clare McDuff amcduff at math.sunysb.edu
Fri May 2 05:23:10 EDT 2003


On Fri, 2 May 2003, Rowland, Jennifer A B wrote:

> Charlie wrote:
> > I think Fleet Street (ditto the prison) are named after the
> > River Fleet, which flows alongside (or probably now under) them.
> > And that, I always assumed, is called Fleet as in 'fast'.
>
> AKA the Open Sewer Fleet, after London had sprung up around it. Now
> enclosed, like the Ty-burne and many others. Kathleen's definition from the
> OED "flete/fleet as a place where water flows/creek/run of water (earliest
> use: c893)" makes me think this is another of the "River River" names, like
> all the River Avons.

	You and Charlie are almost certainly right, I suppose it is
just the tamed, domestic nature of the fleet & its horrid fate under a
roof (for a river that has got to be a kind of hell) that put the other
fleet meaning into my head!

	Anna

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