Pickt-hatch THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ii. 2. 16. In spite of all that has been written about this celebrated re treat of prostitutes and thieves,—from the earliest notes on Shakespeare down to Mr. P. Cunningham's Hand-book for London,—it would seem that the exact position of Pickt-hatch remains to be determined. “In Shakespeare's time, that portion of London which is now bounded on the North by Old Street, on the East by Golding Lane, on the South by Barbican, and on the West by Goswell Street and the Charter-house, consisted for the most part of scattered collections of small tenements, generally with gardens attached to them, and a few alleys or courts. Somewhere in this small portion of the metropolis was situated the notorious resort of bad characters, which was known as the Pickt-hatch; that name, it is conjectured, being derived from the iron spikes placed over the halfdoor, or hatch, one of the characteristics of a house of illfame, etc. etc. ” (HALLIWELL) .
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