Grub Street

Variant name of place


Geographic position

51.52028° N, 0.09083°W


Rogers, Pat. "Hacks and Dunces: Pope, Swift and Grub Street." New York: Methuen & Co., 1972. Print."Grub-street, n.". OED Online. June 2013. Oxford University Press. 6 September 2013

General note

Grub Street was a road in London that became famous in the 17th century for the many hack writers who lived in and around the street. Generally the writing coming out of the area surrounding Grub Street was characterized as vicious and of poor quality. Due to the area's reputation, the word "Grubstreet" came to refer to unreliable and sensationalist writing in general. In 1830, the actual road was renamed Milton Street.