Ealdgate Ward. St. James Dukes Place. 59

Ealdgate Ward. St. James Dukes Place.

Buildings to private Mens Benefits, that so they might be frustrate of any such help, when Occasion should in better manner shine on them: Some of the best-advised among them, by Petition sollicited the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, to make their Desire and Intention known to the King's most excellent Majesty, which most graciously he did. And the King finding the Case so truly honest and religious, for new erecting a Church where such Necessity required, and where Superstition had so long time formerly been harboured; not only gave the Lord Arhbishop, and the Suitors both, Thanks and Commendation; but also, under his Hand and broad Seal, authorizable Warrant for their proceeding. The Lord Maior and Senate of Aldermen having intelligence in the Case, and perceiving what an Honour would redound thereby, first to God, who inspired them thereto, next to the King for so Royally granting the Suit, and then to the City for furthering it to Effect; (Notwithstanding contrary Opposition by them, who would have had them still continue, as formerly they were, without benefit of a Parish Church of their own) it proceeded on with good and prosperous Success, to the no mean Honour and Commendation of the Lord Maior then being, Sir Edward Barkham by Name, the Court of Aldermen, and State of this famous City. By whose good Means it is made a very beautiful and comely Parish Church, it being called in the time of re-edifying, Trinity Christ's Church; raised out of the long decayed Ruins, of Trinty Priory in the Dukes Place.

The Inhabitants of the Priory want a Church.

The Archbishop moved K. James in the justice of the Suit.

Trinity Christs Church, afterwards called S. James Dukes Place.

The long decayed Ruins of Trinity Christs Church in the Dukes Place.

On a fair TABLE hanging in the Chancel, are these Verses depicted:


As David could
his Eyes no rest afford,
Till he had found
a place out to the Lord,
To build an Altar:
So this Man of worth,
The Mirrour which
these later Days brings forth,
Barkham the Worthy,
whose immortal Name,
Marble's too weak to hold,
for this Works Fame.
He never ceast
in Industry and Care,
From Ruins to
redeem this House of Prayer;
Following in this
the holy Patriarchs ways,
That ready were
him Altars still to raise,
Where they receiv'd a Blessing:
So this Lord,
Scarce warm in Honour's Seat,
did first accord
To this most pious Work,
in which is shown,
God's Blessing, and his Thanks
met both in one.
The Charge
the honorable City bears,
Whose Bounty
in full Nobleness appears
To Acts of best Condition,
in such wise,
That all things, bettering
by their Ruin, rise.
Two noble faithful
Supervisors then,
Amongst a Senate
of religious Men,
Selected were,
to whom the Care they gave,
Generous Hamersley,
and Cambel the grave,
Each being a Master Piece
of Zeal and Care
Towards God's own Temple,
fit for Truth's Affair.
Now at the blessed Foundress
I arrive,
Matilda, whom
Henry the first did wive,
The Christendom she gave it
held the Fame,
Till James our Sovereign
gave it his own Name.
And since I touch
Antiquity so near,
Observe what Notes
remarkable appear:
An Alderman of London
was at first
Prime Prior of this Church.
Falling to worst,
It is now rais'd
by Encouragement and Care
Of a Lord Maior of London,
which is rare,
And worth observing.
Then, as I began,
I end best with
the Honour of the Man.
The City's first Lord Maior
lies buried here,
Of the Drapers Company,
And the Lord Maior,
whose Fame now shines so clear,
is of the same Society.

Norman, the first Prior, was made an Alderman of London, and rode with them on solemn Days, but in an Ecclesiastical Habit.

This is mistaken by Mr. Stow.

[This is A. M. his Note: but the Mistake is rather his own.

J. S.

By this time the Work is grown to such fulness and perfection, as now nothing wanteth but the Windows glazing, which was performed in this manner:

The main and great East Light in the Chancel, Sir Edward Barkham himself undertook, and effected it as his own Charge, as Expression testifieth in the same Window. The other sideling by it, but inclining more Southerly, the two worshipful Gentlemen, Mr. George Whitmore, and Mr. Nicholas Rantan, worthily performed. And the third, standing Northerly in the same Chancel; Mr Walter Leigh, who had been a Serjeant at Arms to the King's Majesty, and now Sword Bearer of London, did likewise at his own Charge perform. The two Western Lights in the bottom of the Church, being (indeed) very fair Lights; the honourable Company of Drapers effected the one, and the Woodmongers worshipful Society finished the other. Beside, the two Southerly Windows, the one done at the Charge of Mr. Cornelius Fish, Chamberlain of London, and the other by Mr. Waldron, then Marshal. So now ye have the Church of St. James compleat.

The Windows glazed, and by whom.

These two Gentlemen were Sheriffs then.

Only there is a fair Monument in the East End of the Chancel, made in resemblance of a golden Sun, with Beams and Rays very ingeniously formed, charactering these Verses in and among them:

An artificial Sun, and the ingenious forming of it.

The rising here
of the Gospels Sun,
Is through the Senates
free Donation.
The Globe of that bright Sun,
the God of Might,