Loungers who frequented the middle of St. Paul's, which was the
Bond Street of London up to the time of the Commonwealth. (See Ben Jonson's Every Man out of his Humour, where are a variety of
scenes given in the interior of St. Paul's. Harrison Ainsworth
describes these “walkers” in his novel entitled Old St. Paul's.)
“The young gallants ... used to meet at the central point, St.
Paul's: and from this circumstance obtained the appellation of Paul's Walkers, as we now say Bond Street Lungers.” - Moser:
European Magazine, July, 1807.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Paul's Walkers from Fact Monster:
- Paul Walker - Biography of Paul Walker, The clean-cut cop from The Fast and the Furious
- Eva Mendes - Biography of Eva Mendes, Sexy Cuban-American co-star of Training Day and Hitch
- Michael Ealy - Biography of Michael Ealy, Darwyn Al-Sayeed on the cable series Sleeper Cell
- Michelle Rodriguez - Biography of Michelle Rodriguez, Star of Girlfight and The Fast and the Furious
- Vin Diesel - Biography of Vin Diesel, Star of the hot-rod thriller The Fast and the Furious