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Stepney.

to be for the Preaching of a Sermon every Year, on the Day of his Burial.

The Rt. Honourable Henrietta Lady Wentworth left a Legacy of an 100l.

The Rt. Honourable the Lady Philadelphia Wentworth left a Legacy of an 100l.

But Sir Henry Johnson, Kt. laying claim to the Estate, out of which these Legacies were to be paid, in the Right of his Lady, as Heiress to Thomas Lord Wentworth, this Parish, as well as the other Legatees, after a great deal of Trouble, and Money spent in Law, were oblig'd to compound for half. And accordingly, Febr. 24, An. 1703/4, did receive 100l. which is made Use of by the Parish; and the Interest given weekly in Bread to several poor Inhabitants of the said Parish.

About the Year 1703 or 1704, the Lady Row, by her last Will, gave to the Parishes of Stepney and Shadwel, equally to be divided, all her Houshold Goods, Plate, Jewels, and Moveables, for building Alms-houses for the Poor of the said Parishes. Which Goods and Moveables amounted to 114l. The Half of which being 57l. Stepney Parish had a Right to. But there is a Contest in Law about it with the Executor.

She gave also by her last Will 200l. to one of here Sisters, during her Life: And after her Death, to come to the said two Parishes, for the said Use, viz. for Alms-houses to be built. This Legacy is already fallen by the Death of that Sister.

She gave also 500l. to Mrs. Nash of Low-Leyton, her other Sister, during her Life. And after her Decease, to come to the said Parishes of Stepney and Shadwel, for building of Alms-houses. The Parish of Stepney have taken this 500l. by her Consent, and pay her 30l. a Year for her Life. Who is also divers Years ago deceased.

Farther, the said Lady Row gave 1000l. to her Husband, Mr. Carant, on these Conditions: That if he marry again after her Decease, and get a Son by the Woman he shall marry, and shall name him Cook, (which was the Name of her first Husband, a Sea Captain) and the said Son live to the Age of One and twenty, then he to enjoy the said 1000l. But in Case of a Failure in any of these Condtions, then this 1000l. to go also to the said two Parishes equally, for building Alms-houses.

Moreover, a constant Charity is derived to this Parish, by Means of a yearly Meeting of the Natives, called The Cockney's Feast. When, after a Sermon preached at the Parish Church before them by some Clergyman born in the Parish, (the Honour of which hath fallen to my Lot to perform sometimes) the eight Stewards and the rest of the Natives commonly take a Walk with Officers and Musick playing before them, through Limehouse and Ratcliff, and so return back to the King's Head overagainst the Church; and there dine plentifully and friendly together: New Stewards chosen for the ensuing Year, and a Collection made for the putting out of poor Parish Children Apprentices to the Sea, or other Trades: The Collections usually made amount to 15, 18, or 20l. Of which each Steward takes his equal Dividend, and with it puts out some poor Child. And some of these Children thrive so well, that they have come to be Stewards themselves. And that it may visibly appear, what Good is done by these yearly Assemblies, the said Boys so put out, (which are now very many) are obliged to walk two and two before the Company in their said Procession.

Cockney's Feast of Stepney.

This Parish of Stepney hath more Almes-houses built within the Bounds of it than I can tell of; some anciently founded, others more lately erected. Some of the latter Sort shew themselves from the Road between Mile-end and London.

Alms-houses in Stepney Parish.

The first is the Hospital, or (if you will) the College of the Trinity Company; a very handsomly built and becoming Structure, worthy the Founders, with a Chapel at the farther End, for the Reception of decayed Commanders of Ships, or Mates, and their Wives, or Widows: Consisting of 28 Rooms with Cellars, and Pumps to every two Houses. Each of them that are here harboured receive a very good Pension [some say 12s.] the first Monday every Month, or according to their Condition. It hath an Inscription, importing the Gift of the Ground whereon it stands to be from Capt. Henry Mudd, an elder Brother of the Trinity Company; the Widow also contributing thereto. But it was built at the Charge of the said Company.

Trinity Hospital or College.

Next is the Vinters Alms-house, for twelve Widows, who enjoy also a Pension of 2s. a Week. It hath the Convenience of a Chapel, and publick Prayers said there twice a Week. It was founded upon some former Gift, that lay dormant a great while.

Vintners Alms-house.

Nearer London is an Alms-house belonging to the Skinners of London. It was the Gift of Mr. Lewis Newbury, Skinner: Built by Tho. Glover, Esq; his Executor, Anno 1688, containing twelve Rooms, with Cellars to each. The Salary is 2s. a Week. There is also o Chapel built, and an House for the Minister: Who is oblig'd to preach them a Sermon every Lord's Day, and to read Prayers every Day. This House is committed to the Trust of the Skinners Company.

Skinners Alms-house.

Over the Gate are the Effigies of two old Cripples; the one with a Crutch, the other leaning on a Staff; and the Skinners Arms.

As you draw nearer London, you have Pemell's Alms-house, consisting of eight Rooms, for as many Widows: Four whereof for such whose Husbands were of the Company of Drapers: The other four to be poor Seamens Widows, of the Hamlets of Stepney Parish, which are eight. And as the Women die, each Hamlet comes in Order to have a Woman elected thence to enjoy the Room. And this Benevolence the Founder appointed out of thankful Acknowledgement, that he being a Merchant had got a great Part of his Estate by Seafaring Men The Founder was John Pemell, Citizen and Draper of London. It was built Anno 1698.

Pemel's Alms-house.


 { 4l. in Money}
The Benefit is { 1l. for Coals} to each yearly.
 { 1l. for Gowns}

There is also Capt. Fisher's Alms House in Dog Row, for 6 Seamens Widows.

To which I add the Lady Mico's Alms-house near Stepney Church. The Trust committed to the Company of Mercers. Who accordingly built the House upon a Quarter of an Acre of Ground; for which the Company pay 20s. a Year. Mr. Tho. Blackmore, Sen. being Warden of that Company about Twenty Years ago, took upon him the Care of the Building. And there being two broad unwholsome Ditches on either Side of this Ground, the Parish of Stepney gave them; which the Company filled up; whereby some Ground was gained to the Alms-house, and the Situation became more healthful. It contains twelve Rooms appropriated to twelve poor Widows, with Cellars, and little Gardens to each, and a Pension of 2s. Weekly. There is, or lately was, a poor Widow living here very contentedly, who had been the Wife of a Grocer of the City, and brought 1500l. to him for her Portion, as I have been told by the said Mr. Blackmore.

Lady Mico's Alms-house.

In this Parish I find these several Manours, and these several Lords and Owners of them in former Times.

Manours in Stepney. J. S.

Rec. Turr.

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