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Cat and Kittens, Eastcheap
There is, somewhere leading out of Eastcheap, a narrow lane, with the euphonious name of Cat and Kittens Lane, and in it there was once a public-house called the Cat and Kittens. Whether it was, in any way, from this tavern that the slang name for pewter pots emanated, I cannot say, but among a certain class of people quart pots used to be known as cats, and pints and half-pints as kittens.
Lots of references are made to two sources on the
Edward Callows, Old London Taverns &
John Timbs, Club life of London Volume 2