(E1) Anciently a retired village situated on the old Roman highway leading into London. It is believed to owe its name to one of the ancestors of Sir John de Sordich, an eminent warrior, lawyer, and statesman in the reign of Edward III. As late as the days of Henry VIII, Shoreditch stood in the open fields, at which time it was famous for the expertness of its archers. (Reference: Jesse's London, vol. II, p. 419)