Thursday 28 February 2013 12.59am
I read somewhere that apparently T'ooley Street is a corruption of Saint Olaves. Quite how it got there I don't know.
James explained how an apostrophe appeared in the present context, so I'm posting to try and answer spych102's question about how the name 'Tooley Street
' - without apostrophe - arose.
In his 2001 book Southwark Past
Richard Tames discusses the role King Olaf of Norway is said to have played in an 11th Century battle at London Bridge, according to a 13th Century Icelandic work called The Olaf Saga
Tames goes on to explain how Olaf was commemorated on this street near the bridge foot, first at the former St. Olave's Church ('Olave' being the anglicised version of Olaf), then at the Art Deco St. Olaf building which now occupies the site of the old parish church.
The author continues: "Tooley Street
itself derives from a severed corruption of the battling king's sainted name - by 1506 it was known as 'Seynt olyffes strete' ". (p. 12).
In a completely different setting, I think something similar happened with the ancient name 'Hospital Fields' - which has come down the centuries to us as Spitalfields.