E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hangmans Acre, Gains, and Gains Alley (London),
in the liberty of St. Catherine. Strype says it is a corruption of Hammes and Guynes, so called because refugees from those places were allowed to lodge there in the reign of Queen Mary after the loss of Calais. (See also Stow: History, vol. ii.; list of streets.)