Street, road, drive, lane, route, way, alley, passage, place, strand, quay and court.
Did we leave anything out, vis a vis streets in Old Town?
The folks who live on them will tell us yes - mews!
I’ve never seen anything written on the mews in Alexandria so we went info hunting. Word origins and use origins are always a bit tricky, so we begin with that writer's best friend - "apparently."
Back in the day in London, kings and queens kept hawk and falcons. When these large birds begin to shed their feathers, they needed room to “moult.” The French word muer means “to change.”
By some accounts, King Richard II first created these inner court spaces. After the falconry building burned down in 1534, King Henry VIII rebuilt it as a horse stable.
"Horse Nation" website notes that the royal mews were torn down in the early 19th century at what is now Trafalgar Square. The horses and stables were moved to South Buckingham Place. George IV built “lovely stables” for the 54 vaunted horses.
It is said that Queen Victoria told her horse master - “I hope you will never allow any of these horrible machines (cars) to be used in my stables.”
Note: A tip of the hat to Hal Hardaway, for inspiring this write up.