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Limestreet Ward. Leadenhall.

ber that ever I learned to have builded, to overlook Neighbours in this City.

This Richard, then a young Man, bacame in short time so tormented with Gouts in his Joints, of his Hands and Legs, that he could neither feed himself, nor go further then he was led, much less was he able to climb, and take the pleasure of the height of his Tower.

Then is there another fair House, builded ny Stephen Kirton, Alderman: Alderman Lee doth now possess it, and again new buildeth. [But now, it * is in the Custody of Sir William Craven]

*That is, in the time of the Edition by A. M.

Then is there a fair House, of old time called the Green Gate, by which one Michael Pistoy, Lumbard, held it, with a Tenement and nine Shops, in the Reign of Richard II. who in the 15th of his Reign, gave it to Roger Crophull and Tho. Bromeslet, Esqrs; by the Name of the Green Gate, in the Parish of St. Andrew upon Cornhill, in Limestreet Ward: Since the which time, Philip Malpas, sometime Alderman, and one of the Sheriffs, dwelled therein, and was there robbed and spoiled of his Goods, to a great Value, by Jack Cade, and other Rebels, in the Year 1449.

Messuage called Green Gate.

Philip Malpas robbed.

Afterwards, in the Reign of Henry VII. it was seized into the King's Hands. And then granted first unto John Alston, after that, unto William de la Rivers, and since by Henry VIII. to John Mutas, a Pickard, or Frenchman, who dwelled there, and harboured in his House many Frenchmen, that kalendred Wolsteds, and did other things, contrary to the Franchises of the Citizens. Wherefore on evil May Day, which was in the Year 1517. the Prentises and other spoiled his House, and if they could have found Mutas, they would have stricken off his Head. Sir Peter Mutas, Son to the said John Mutas, sold this House to David Woodrofe, Alderman, whose Son, Sir Nicholas Woodrofe, Alderman, sold it over to John Moore, Alderman, that next possessed it.

Mutas House spoiled.

Sir Peter Mutas.

Next is a House, called the Leaden Porch, lately divided into two Tenements, whereof one is a Tavern, and then one other House for a Merchant, likewise called the Leaden Porch, but now turned to a Cooks House.

Leaden Porch.

Next is a fair House and large, wherein divers Maioralties have been kept, whereof twain in my remembrance; to wit, Sir William Bowyer, and Sir Henry Huberthorne.

A House wherein divers Maioralties were kept.

The next is Leadenhall, of which I read, that in the Year 1309. it belonged to Sir Hugh Nevil, Knt. and that the Lady Alice his Widow, made a Feoffment thereof, by the name of Leadenhall, with the Advousons of the Church of St. Peter on Cornhill, and other Churches, to Richard Earl of Arundel and Surrey, 1362.

Manor of Leadenhall.

More, in the Year 1380. Alice Nevil, Widow to Sir John Nevill, Knt. of Essex, confirmed to Thomas Cogshall, and others, the said Manor of Leadenhall, and the Advousons, &c.

In the Year 1384. Humfrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, had the said Manor. And in the Year 1408. Robert Rikeden of Essex, and Margaret his Wife, confirmed to Richard Whittington, and other Citizens of London, the said Manor of Leadenhall, with the Appurtenances, the Advouson of St. Peter's Church, St. Margaret Pattens, &c.

This Manor of Leadenhall comes to the City. Anno 1408.

And in the Year 1411. the said Whittington and other confirmed the same to the Maior and Communalty of London, whereby it came to the Possession of the City.

Then in the Year 1443. the 21. of Henry VI. John Hatherly, Maior, purchased Licence of the said King to take up 200. Fodder of Lead, for the building of Water Conduits, a common Granary, and the Cross in West Cheap, more richly, for Honour of the City.

Licence to take up Lead to the building of a common Granary.

In the Year next following, the Parson and Parish of St. Dunstan in the East of London, seeing the famous and mighty Man (for the Words be in the Grant; Cum nobilis & potens vir.) Simon Eyre, Citizen of London, among other his Works of Piety, effectually determined to erect and build a certain Granary, upon the Soil of the same City at Leadenhall, of his own Charges, for the common utility of the said City; to the amplifying and inlarging of the said Granary, granted to Henry Frowicke, then Maior, the Aldermen and Communalty and their Successors for ever, all their Tenements, with the Appurtenances, sometime called the Horse Mill in Grass Street, for the annual Rent of four Pounds, &c.

Horse Mill in Grass Street.

Also, certain Evidences (of an Alley and Tenements pertaining to the Hosre Mill, adjoining to the said Leaden Hall in Grass Street, given by William Kingstone, Fishmonger, unto the Parish Church of St. Peter upon Cornhill) do specify the said Granary, to be builded by the said honourable and famous Merchant, Simon Eyre, sometime an Upholster, and then a Draper, in the Year 1419. He builded it of squared Stone in the form as now it sheweth, with a fair and large Chapel in the East side of the Quadrant, over the Porch of which he caused to be written, Dextra Domini exaltavit me, The Lord's right hand exalted me.

Simon Eyre sometime an Upholster, then by changing of his Copy a Draper.

Leadenhall new builded to be a common Garner.

Within the said Church, on the North Wall was written, Honorandus famosus Mercator Simon Eyre, hujus operis, &c. In English thus: The honourable and famous Merchant Simon Eyre, Founder of this Work, once Maior of this City, Citizen and Draper of the same, departed out of this Life the 18th Day of September, the Year from the Incarnation of Christ, 1459. and the 38th Year of the Reign of King Henry VI. He was buried in his Parish Church of St. Mary Wolnoth in Lumbard Street: He gave by his Testament, which I have read, to be distributed to all Prisons in London, or within a Mile of that City, somewhat to relieve them.

A Chapel builded in Leadenhall.

More, he gave 2000 Marks upon a Condition, which not performed, was then to be distributed to Maids Marriages, and other Deeds of Charity: He also gave 3000 Marks to the Company of Drapers; upon Condition, that they should within one Year after his Decease, establish perpetually a Master or Warden, five secular Priests, six Clerks, and two Queristers, to sing daily Divine Service by Note for ever, in his Chapel of the Leadenhall: Also three School Masters with an Usher, to wit, one Master with an Usher for Grammar, one Master for Writing, and the third for Song, with housing there newly builded for them for ever: The Master to have for his Salary, ten Pounds, and every other Priest eight Pounds, every other Clerk five Pounds, six Shillings, eight Pence, and every other Chorister five Marks. And if the Drapers refused this to do, within one Year after his decease, then the three thousand Marks to remain to the Prior and Convent of Christ's Church in London, with Condition to establish as is aforesaid, within two Years after his decease. And if they refused, then the 3000 Marks to be disposed by his Executors, as they best could devise in Works of Charity.

Legacies given by Simon Eyre.

Daily Service by Note, &c. and three Free Schools in Leadenhall.

Thus much for his Testament, not performed by establishing of Divine Service in his Chapel or Free Schools for Scholars; neither how the Stock of 3000 Marks, or rather 5000 Marks, was imployed by his Executors, could I ever learn *. He left Issue, Thomas, who had Issue, Thomas, &c. True it is, that in the Year 1464.

* Flying Tales I have heard, but not of Credit to avouch, and therefore I over pass them: So in the first Edit.

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