Soho (W1) Dates from the year 1680. Pennant considers that its name is a corruption of " Grig Street, but it was more probably derived from a colony of merchants from the Levant, for whose use a Greek church was built hard by. Here was the residence of Sir Thomas Lawrence, also the headquarters of Josiah Wedgewood's London business. (Reference: Thornbury's Old and New London, vol. III, p. 195) Here Douglas Jerrold was born in 1803, his father being lessee of the Sheerness Theatre.