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der a fair Monument: Where, in the Inscription his Character and Quality is
This Rectory came afterwards into the Possession of the Stanhope's, viz. in the
Queen Elizabeth. The Parish have the Copy of her Sale thereof for the Sum of
18s. 7d. ob.q. paid by Michael Stanhope Esq; one of the Grooms of the Privy
Chamber, and Edward Stanhope Doctor of Law, and one of the Masters of the Court
"Granting to them the whole Rectory and Church of St. Helen's, with
their Rights, Members, and Appurtenances, late belonging to the Priory of St.
and all the Messuages, Houses, Edifices, Gardens, Tithes, Oblations, Rents,
Profits, Commodities, Advantages, &c. belonging to the said Rectory and
the annual Rent of 8l. 16s. 1d. formerly belonging to the said Priory, and
Parcel of the
Possessions. Which Priory, Rectory and Church, is extended to the clear yearly
of 8l. 16s. 1d. per Ann. To hold by Fealty in free and common Sockage, and not
Capite, nor by Military Service. And moreover she gave and granted all the
Issues, Revenues, Profits, &c. of all and singular the Premisses from the
Feast of the
Annunciation of our Blessed Lady last past by her Gift absq; compoto: 20l. to
issuing from the said Rectory pro Stipendio sive Salario, i.e. for a Stipend or
a sufficient Preacher of God's Word within the said Church, to preach from time
time, to be allowed by the Bishop of London for the time being; to be paid him
Quarterly by equal Portions: and from the said Payments to free and indemnify
This bore Date at Westminster the 13th
of Sept. 41.
The Bounds and Limits of St. Helen's Parish, called Bishopsgate Street. The
House on the East side, wherein Thomas Childe now dwelleth, towards the South,
abutteth upon the Tenement now in the Occupation of James Austen, in the Parish
St. Martin Oteswich. The furthest House, wherein Edmund Higges, Sadler, now
dwelleth, towards the North, abutteth upon the Parsonage House of St. Ethelburge
Parish: enclosing (withal) little St. Helen's Close, wherein the Leather-sellers
other Tenements, and Almshouses belonging to the said Company, do stand. As
great St. Helen's Close, wherein the Parish Church, with a Thorough fare to the
Gate, leading into St. Mary at the Axe; and the utmost House belonging to the
Parish, is next adjoining to the said Gate towards the South, and openeth into
there, commonly called St. Mary at Axe.
The Bounds of this Parish.
On the West side of the Street, called Bishopsgate Street, the furthest House,
Thomas Goodson now dwelleth, (towards the South) abutteth upob the Gate, wherein
Mr. Richard Foxe, Alderman's Deputy, then dwelled in the Parish of St. Martin
Oteswich. And the furthest House, wherein Nathaniel Wright then also dwelled,
towards the North, abutteth upon the Messuage or Tenement Inn, called the Black
in the said Parish of St. Ethelburge.
By me, Jo. Warner, Parish Clerk there.]
Then have ye one great House, called Crosby Place, because the same was builded
Sir John Crosby, Grocer and Woolman, in place of certain Tenements, with their
Appurtenances, letten to him by Alice Ashfeld, Prioress of St. Helen's, and the
for 99 Years, from the Year 1466. unto the Year 1565. for the annual Rent of
8d. This House he builded
of Stone and Timber, very large and beautiful, and the highest at that time in
He was one of the Sheriffs, and an Alderman in the Year 1470. Knighted by Edw.
in the Year 1471. and deceased in the Year 1475. So short a time enjoyed he
large and sumptuous Building.
Sir John Crosby.
What the Contents and Particulars of the Demises granted to Crosby by the
were, may be understood by the Grant of Crosby Place and the Appurtenances made
King Henry VIII. to Anthony Bonvixi the Italian Merchant. Rex omnibus, &c.
Alicia Ashfeld, &c. Wherein are mentioned first, the great Messuage or
commonly called Crosby Place, with a certain Venell, i.e. Lane or Passage that
extended in Length from the East Part of the said Tenement to the Corner or
of a certain little Lane North, bending unto the Priory Close: Also nine
situate and lying in the said Parish of St. Helen's: Whereof six were situate
between the Front of the said Tenement, and the Front of the Bell-house or
the said Church: And another Messuage of the said nine Messuages, which
Catesby Widow formerly held, sutuate within the Gate and the Steeple aforesaid,
the six Messuages mentioned before; together with a certain Void Place of Land
in the said Parish, extending in Length toward the East by the said Messuage
said Katharine Catesby formerly held, from the outward Part of the Plat or Post
Bell-house, abutting upon the North Part of the said six Messuages, and the
Street, unto the Churchyard there, five Foot and an half Assize: and thence
Breadth toward the South directly unto a certain Tenement there, formerly in the
of Robert Smith: And two Messuages more of the said nine Messuages jointly,
within the Close of the said Priory. Of which one heretofore was in the Tenure
Crosby by the Demise of Alice Woodhouse late Prioress; and the other heretofore
Tenure of the said Robert Smith. And these were the Tenements and Appurtenances
held of the Priory of St. Helen's by Sir John Crosby.]
What was granted to Crosby by the Prioress.
Int. Record. Paroch.
He was buried in St. Helen's, the Parish Church, a fair Monument of him and his
is raised there: He gave towards the reforming of that Church five hundred
which was bestowed with the better, as appeareth by his Armes, both in the
work, Roof of Timber, and Glassing.
I hold it a Fable said of him, to be named Crosby, of being found by a Cross;
for I have
read of other to have that Name of Crosby before him; namely, in theYear 1406.
of Henry IV. the said King gave to his Servant John Crosby the Wardship of Joan,
Daughter and sole Heir to John Jordaine, Fishmonger, &c. This Crosby
Father or Grandfather to Sir John Crosby.
And before him in the Reign of King Edward III. was another John Crosby, a
and Alderman of London, and had a Son and Heir called John. Of this Sir John I
this Record. Edwardus Princeps Wallie, Dux Cornubie concessit, &c. Edward
of Wales, Duke of Cornwal, hath granted to Thomas Rigby, &c.
the Manor of Haneworth, and the Advowson of the Church of Haneworth; which
was John Crosby's Knt. late Alderman of London; which he held of the same Prince
Edward the Day wherein he died: to have and hold until the lawful Age of John
and Heir, called John Crosby."
It was confirmed by the King. This Hanworth
placed on the River of Thames not far from Hampton
Another Sir John Crosby more ancient.