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Broadstreet Ward. Augustine Friers.

Against the South East Wall is a Monument for Dr. Holdsworth, sometime Rector of this Parish of St. Peter's Poor.

J. S.

P. M. S.
RICHARDUS HOLDSWORTH S. Theol. Doctor, Verbi divini Præco omnium attestatione eximius. S. Scripturæ in Collegio Greshamiensi per multos annos Interpres celeberrimus, Collegii Emanuelis in Academia Cantabrigiensi Præfectus integerrimus, ejusdem Academiæ per tres annos continuos Procancellarius exoptatissimus, ad Cathedram Theologicam per D. N. Margaretam Richmondiæ Comitissam institutam, & per mortem summi Theologi Dis WARDI nuper destitutam, unanimi Theologorum suffragio evocatus; Archidiaconus Huntingdoniensis, & Ecclesiæ Wigorniensis Decanus meritissimus; Sanctæ Doctrinæ in Ecclesia Anglicana stabilitæ cordatus Assertor, Divitiarum pius Contemptor, Eleemosynarum quotidianus Largitor: Toto vitæ Instituto sanctus & severus. Ex morbo tandem, quem assiduis studendi & concionandi laboribus contraxit æger decubuit: & in hac Ecclesia, quam per xxvii annos religiosissimè administravit, Mortalitatis Exuvias in spe beatæ Resurrectionis piè deposuit, Mensis Sextilis 22o.
Domini MDC XLIX.
ætat. suæ, LVIII.
Mementote Præpositorum vestrorum, qui vobis, locuti sunt Verbum Dei, quorum imitamini Fidem, contemplantes quis fuerit exitus conversationis ipsorum. Heb. xiii. 7.]

Upon a Grave Stone in the Chancel, North Ile. Here lyeth interred JOSEPH HOOPER, of Manchester, Merchant; who dyed the 10th of Mar. 1711. aged 59 Years.



The Charities given yearly to the Poor of this Parish, are these ensuing:

Charities to this Parish.

The Lady Payton, deceased, hath given yeerely for ever, in Bread and otherwise, the Summe of 40s.

The Lady Ramsey, deceased, hath given the Summe of 4l. yeerely for ever.

Mr. John Quarles, Citizen and Draper of London, deceased, hath given the Summe of 5l. yeerely for ever, [to be layd out in Bread by 4s. per Week.]

Mr William May, Merchant Taylor, deceased, hath given yearly for ever, 2s.

Other Gifts have been there bestowed, to the Poores reliefe, as one of forty Shillings, and another of twenty Shillings yeerly: But being tyed to no certainty, I am the more willing to omit them.]

Besides these Gifts to this Parish, the Lady Rich, married to Sir Tho. Rich, and Daughter of Mr. Cockain, Merchant, gave 20l. a Year to be distributed at Chrsitmas to poor Housekeepers of the Parish.

Other Gifts to this Parish.

J. S.

The Countess of Dover gave 5l. a Year, to buy Bread for the Poor: Settled upon certain Houses in Southwark, bound for the Payment.

An ancient Gift to the Parish of two Houses over against the Pay Office, of 22l. a year, for Parish Uses.

To these may be added Mr. Gerard Vanheithuysens Gift of 30l. to be distributed among the Poor of the Parish. Which was done according to the Donor's Will.

There is an House next to the Church, where the Rectors do usually live, allowed them by the Parish.]

Minister's House.



Then next have ye the Augustin Friers Church and Churchyard; the entring thereunto being by a South Gate. The Friers Church is a large thing, having a most fine spired Steeple, small, high, and streight; I have not seen the like: founded by Humphrey Bohun, Earle of Hereford and Essex, in the yeere 1253. Reginald Cobham gave his Messuage in London, to the inlarging thereof, in the yeere 1344. Humphrey Bohun, Earle of Hereford and Essex, re-edified this Church in the yeere 1354. whose Body was there buried in the Quire. The small spired Steeple of this Church was overthrown by Tempest of Wind, in the yeere 1362. but was raised of new, as now it standeth, to the beautifying of the City. And still it might have stood [as was added in the third Edition of this Book] had not private Benefit (the only devourer of Antiquity) pulled it downe. Both that goodly Steeple, and all that East part of the Church, hath lately been taken downe, and Houses (for one Man's Commodity) raised in the place, whereby London hath lost so goodly an Ornament, and times hereafter may more talke of it.

Friers Augustines Church, part whereof is the Dutch Church.

A fine spired Steeple.

A. M.

And according as A.M. conjectured, how After-times might talk more of this beautiful Steeple, and the neglect of it, however highly esteemed by the Citizens, I shall bring to mind after this distance of Years, a memorable Passage relating to it. It was standing in the Year 1603. when Stow set forth his second Edition: But even then in a very dangerous tottering Condition. But such was the venerable regard the City had of it, that a Petition being preferred to the Lord Maior and Aldermen by the Inhabitants of St. Peter the Poor, (in which Parish that Church of St. Augustine's stood) they readily concurred to promote the Repair thereof all they could, by using their Interest with the Marquis of Winchester, to whom the Propriety of that Monastery and the Lands adjoining belonged, (being granted to his Ancestors at the Dissolution of Monasteries) and for that Purpose drew up a large Letter to him in the most pathetic Words, and moving Arguments, exciting him to go in hand with that Work. The very Original whereof was shewn me by my worthy Friend, one of the Heralds, the Owner thereof; with Leave given to insert a true Copy of it. Which was as followeth.

Motion made by the City for Repair thereof.

J. S.

" Right Honourable, my very good Lord;
THERE hath been offered of late unto this Court a most just and earnest Petition by divers of the chiefest of the Parish of St. Peter the Poor in London, to move us to be humble Suitors unto your Lordship in a Cause, which is sufficient to speak for itself, without the Mediation of any other, viz. for the repairing of the ruinous Steeple of the Church, sometime called, The Augustine Friers, now belonging to the Dutch Nation, situate in the the same Parish of St. Peter the Poor. The Fall whereof (which without speedy Prevention is near at hand) must needs be bring with it not only a great Deformitie to the whole City; it being for Architecture one of the beautifullest and rarest Spectacles thereof, but also a fearful eminent danger to all the Inhabitants next adjoining. Your Lordship being moved hererein (as we understand) a Year since, was pleased then to give honourable Promises, with Hope of present Help, but the effects not following according to your honourable Intention, we are bould to renew the said Suit agayne; eftsoons craving at your Lordships "

The Maior and Alderman their Letter to the Marquess of Winchester about it.

Mr. Hare, Herald.