Le Vernicle ((Varnacle) was a medieval name - applied at least as early as the 15th century - to a capital tenement standing immediately south of no. 58 French Street (the house which still stands and is sometimes referred to as the Medieval Merchant’s House). The Vernicle (or Varnacle), is a reference to the handkerchief of St. Veronica. After 1632 the building became a workhouse for poor boys and the house of correction. It was demolished in 1673 and replaced by St John's Hospital.


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