One of the oldest streets in Moscow. It appeared in a course of construction of Pushechnyi Dvor in that region at the end of 15th century. The name of the street had been given to it by the bridge across the Neglinnaya river, which was later put into the tube. The name of the bridge itself was connected with blacksmiths (kuznetsy) who used to live there. In 1920th this street was considered to be the centre of foreign trade.