Corrs lane is a handy shortcut between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street, just east of Russell Street.
At the northern (Lonsdale Street) end, it’s so narrow that you could easily walk past it without noticing. It’s all a bit… I dunno, Platform 9 3/4.
I noticed yesterday snapping pics that there seems to be one property entrance in this narrow section, which still gets mail deliveries.
It’s narrow enough that two pedestrians can just pass each other. If a wheelchair user squeezed in, you’d have problems getting past.
Is it the narrowest laneway in the CBD? I don’t know… anybody know?
After a little way, the lane soon widens out to a more standard width, with various Chinatown restaurants prominent.
It was one of these restaurants (since disappeared/changed hands from the looks of it) which a group of us, all of whom worked at various places in Lonsdale Street, used to eat at regularly around the turn of the century. Partly based on its small size, and partly based on the tiny lane to get there, Josh dubbed it “The hole in the wall”, though I’m sure it had a real name.*
At the time the lane had no markings at the northern end, and in fact I totally failed to direct someone to the restaurant by phone once, as I couldn’t remember where he needed to look to find the lane.
At the southern end, it seems extra wide thanks to the presence of one of the last single level car-parks in Melbourne’s CBD, with some bonus Melbourne street art to brighten the place up.
I had a quick search around, and couldn’t figure out what or who Corrs Lane is named after, but couldn’t find anything — it’s not in this excellent list of names from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Maybe better researchers than I will have more luck.
*Some of us might remember that the term “hole in the wall” was once used to describe ATMs (automatic teller machines) when they were first introduced.