“Before the act of Parliament passed for removing the signs and other obstructions in the streets of London there was a market for signs, ready prepared, in Harp-alley, Shoe-lane.” – Edwards’s Anecdotes of Painting, p. 118, 4to, 1808.
“If you will buy choice hooks, I will one day walk with you to Charles Kerbye’s, in Harp Alley, Shoe Laze, who is the most exact hook-maker that the nation affords.” – Walton’s Angler, 2nd ed.
Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.