Ealdgate Ward. St. Katharine Coleman. 79

Ealdgate Ward. St. Katharine Coleman.

They were to be nominated and put in by Sir John Milbourn, and Dame Johan his Wife, during their mortal Lives; and after their Deceases, by their Executors. And then by the Master and Wardens and Assistants of the Drapers for ever: And the said Bedemen or Almsmen were daily to come unto the Church of the Crossed Friars in some place near to the Tomb of the said Milbourn and Dame Johan: and there to abide and continue while the Service of God was said.

This Allowance to the Poor of this Almshouse the worshipful Company of Drapers do faithfully pay: And have doubled it: And encreased the Number of the poor Folks from thirteen to fifteen; as Mr. Turner the Clark hath informed me.

All this above written is taken out of the Will of Dolphin, being an authentick Copy thereof remaining among the Companies Records: Which Will I carefully inspected by the Favour and in the Presence of Nathaniel Tench Esq; a worthy Assistant of the said Company; whereby they may be fully vindicated from some unjust Surmises that went about in Stow's time concerning them, and wherewith he, good Man, was carried away, as though the Drapers performed not this Charity with that Integrity they ought.]

Next to these Almshouses is the Lord Lumley's House, builded in the time of K.Henry VIII. by Sir Thomas Wiat the Father, upon one Plot of Ground, of late pertaining to the foresaid Crossed Friers, where part of their House stood: And this is the farthest part of Ealdgate Ward toward the South, and joineth to the Tower Hill. The other side of that Lane, over against the Lord Lumley's House, on the Wall Side of the City, is now for the most part (or altogether) builded, even to Ealdgate.

L. Lumley's House.

Then have ye on the South Side of Fenchurch Street, over against the Wall or Pump, amongst other fair and large builded Houses, one that sometime belonged to the Prior of Monte Jovis, or Monasterie Cornute, (a Cell to Monte Jovis beyond the Seas) in Essex. It was the Priors Inn, when he repaired to this City. Then a Lane that leadeth down to Northumberland House, towards the Crossed Friers, as is afore-shewed.

South side of Fenchurch Street.

Monte Jovis. Prior of Horn Church in Essex.

This Northumberland House, in the Parish of St. Katharine Coleman, belonged to Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, in the 33d. of Henry VI. But of late being left by the Earls, the Gardens thereof were made into Bowling Alleys, and other Parts into Dicing Houses, common to all Comers for their Money, there to bowl and hazard. But now of late, so many Bowling Alleys, and other Houses for unlawful Gaming, have been raised in other Parts of the City and the Suburbs, that this their ancient and only patron of Misrule, is left and forsaken of her Gamesters, and therefore turned into a number of great rented small Cottages, for Strangers and others.

Northumb. House.

Made into Bowling Alleys and Diceing-Houses.

At the West End of this Lane, in the way from Ealdgate toward the Crossed Friers of old time, were certain Tenements, called the Poor Jury, of Jews living there.

The Poor Jury.



Next unto this Northumberland House, is the Parish Cburch of St. Katharine, called Coleman; which addition of Coleman, was taken of a great Haw Yard, or Garden, of old time called Coleman Haw, in the Parish of the Trinity, now called Christ's Church and in the Parish of St. Katharine, and All Saints, called Coleman Church.

Parish Church of St. Katharine Coleman.

Coleman Haw.

This Church was repaired and beautified in the Year of our Lord 1620. In the Year 1624. their Vestry was built, and a Gallery new made for the Poor of the Parish to sit in.

Church repaired.


And again, the Church was repaired and beautified Anno 1703. Tho. Harper, Rector; Charles Rawlins and Richard Coleson, Church Wardens. This Church escaped the great Fire.]

J. S.

MONUMENTS in this Church, I find none recorded by Mr. Stowe; and upon my view, these were the most remarkable that I found there:


A. M.

Here lyeth the Body of Henry Webbe, Esq; Gentleman Usher to K. Henry VIII. And here lyeth also Barbara his Wife. She dyed the 5th Day of February, An. Dom. 1552. And he the last Day of March, 1553.

In the North East End of the Chancel an ancient Tomb.

Here lyeth the Body of Sir Henry Billingsley, Kt. Alderman and Lord Maior of London, who dyed the 22d Day of November, An. Dom. 1606. And also the Body of Elizabeth his first Wife, who departed this Life the 29th of July,1577.

A fair Stone on the Ground by the Communion Table.

Here lyeth the Body buried, of Elizabeth, late Wife to Henry Billingsley, one of the Queen's Majesties Customers in the Port of London. Who dyed the 29th Day of July, An. Dom. 1577.

A small Alabaster Monument fixed in the Wall.

In obitum ejus.

Stat sua cuique dies,
atque ultima funeris hora,
Cum Deus hinc & Mors
insidiosa vocant.
Nec tibi, vel pietas tua,
vel forma, Elizabetha,
Præsidium fato
ne trahereris, erat,
Occidis exactis terris
cum conjuge lustris,
At septem vitæ
lustra fuêre tua.
Fecerat & proles
jam te numerosa parentem,
Filiolæ trinæ
cætera turba mores,
Undecimo in partu,
quum Mors accessit & una
Matrem te & Patrem *
sustulit undecimum.
Scilicet ex mundo,
ex terrena fæce malisque
Sustulit, at superis
reddidit atque Deo.
Est testis sincera fides,
testis tua virtus.
Grata viro virtus,
grata fidesque Deo.


Hic charitas dormit,
nominata beata Beatrix,
Atque Dei donum,
quoniam fuit optima Conjux.

At the Door into the Chancel, a very fair Stone on the Ground.

Filia Georgii Cotton,
Arm. Uxor Roberti
Obiit 5. Novemb.
Anno Dom.

I had rather be a Door-keeper in the House of my God, than to dwell in the Palaces of Princes.

An Epitaph on the Death of the noble, virtuous, and charitable Gentlewoman, Mrs Barners, whose Body lyeth under the Stone you tread on.

IN ancient times,
the Friends surviving gave
Some rich Memorial
to the dead Friends Grave,

In the North Wall just against the Gravestone.