|[St. Mary le Bow.] Cordwainers Street Ward. ||23
Samuel Lese, Citizen and Clothworker, by his last Will, dated April 26, 1634.
gave to the
Company of Clothworkers, two Houses near Holborn-bridge, in the Parish of St.
Andrews Holborn, for divers pious and charitable Uses; particularly, for a
Sermon to be
preached in the Parish of Bow, on the 1st of May yearly, 1l. to the Clerk and
To the Churchwardens of the Parish of St. Andrew Holborn, for the use of the
yearly, 2l. To the Master and Wardens of the said Company of Clothworkers, for
pains in seeing the same perfomed, five Shillings apiece; that is, one Pound
(which Company come to the Sermon.) To the Assistants of the Yeomanry, [i.e.
on the Livery,] ten Shillings. To the Beadle, &c.
Theophilus Royle, Citizen and Draper of London, by his last Will, dated Feb. 5.
gave, for a Sermon to be preached in St. Mary le Bow, on the 5th of November,
Five a Clock, by the Rector of the said Parish; in commemoration of our great
from the Gunpowder Treason, one Pound: Appointing that a number of poor People,
whereof three of the Drapers Company, should be at the preaching of the same
and receive five Shillings apiece, by the Hands of the Wardens.
Deputy Withers, formerly an Inhabitant of the Parish; who died in March, An.
1700. by his
Will, gave to the Minister and Churchwarden of this Parish, an Annuity of Forty
to be paid out of the House in which he dwelt, viz. at the corner of Bowlane in
during the Lease of the said House; for a Sermon to be preached yearly, on
the Afternoon. Whereof, to the Preacher, 1l. To the Reader of the Prayers of
of England, 5s. To the Clerk and Sexton, half a Crown apiece. And to Four of
Inhabitants, that frequent the Prayers, half a Crown apiece.
The following Sums were given by Will, for the maintenance of a Weekly Lecture
Mary le Bow, by these Persons following.
|By George Palin, buried Oct. 16.
|By Mrs. Stone, buried May 28,
|By Mr. Banton, paid Nov. 3,
|By Gabriel Cumberland, by Will,
|By Sarah Cox, about 1635.||40l.
|In all ||210l.
In January, An. 1621/22, on Thursday at Five of the Clock, the Lecture was set
several Legacies before mentioned, having been laid out by the Churchwardens;
with some addition (as it seems) of the Parish Stock, for the purchase of two
and a Shop, in Abchurch Lane. Which was put into the Hands of Trustees, of the
Parish; to employ the Rent of the said Tenements, for the Maintenance of the
The Rent received, as appears by the Parish Books, for divers Years, until the
was 26l. per Ann. The Lecturer received after the rate of 30l. per Ann. to the
The Clerk and Sexton, 20s. apiece, besides Candles. From the Year 1640. to the
received 32l. 10s. After the Fire, the Houses being burnt down, a Lease was
signed by the Rector, Mr. Smalwood, and Churchwardens, July 16, 1668. granting
Tho.Bowes, Esq; the Ground of the said Houses, for Ninety Years; paying twleve
When the Church was rebuilt, the said Mr. Smalwood, the then Rector, preached
Lecture once a Month: (viz. the Thursday before the Sacrament) and received in
consideration of it, the said Ground Rent of 12l. per Ann. Since Mr. Smalwood's
the Lecture is discontinued: But of late, the Rector finding it in the Parish
Books, hath set it
up again; which is preached by the Reader, as it was before; and the said Salary
In this Parish there is a Parsonage House let out by Lease, to be built for
Forty Years; from
Lady-day, 1676. at 4l. per Ann. being the Woolpack, an Alehouse in Bow-lane.
There is also a Ground Rent of Forty Shillings the Minister received, for an
situate in the Church-yard; let by Lease to the Drapers for sixty five Years;
from May the
1st, An. 1670.
This Bow Church was repaired and beautified, and the Pews new placed for more
Convenience, An. 1706. and a Skreen then erected at the North Door. It hath a
and costly Altar-piece, of exquisite Workmanship: On each side whereof, is a
large Pillar of
the Corinthian Order, imitating Porphyry Stone. Upon the top of the Pediment,
Figure of a great Golden Candlestick, with a Wax Candle, as though it burned:
each side, on three descents, stand as many other Candlesticks, with Candles
lighted. In the said Pediment, facing the Church, within a Glory, is a Round of
inscribed, Glory to God on high: Somewhat lower, over the Communion Table; On
Peace, good Will towards Men. The high Cieling of this Church, is made
so is the Cieling over the Galleries, North and South, also arched; answerable
denomination of the Church, viz. Le Bow, or of the Arches.]
Church new repaired and beautified.
Without the North side of this Church of St. Mary Bow, towards West Cheape,
one fair Building of Stone, called in Record, Sildam; a Shed which greatly
said Church: For by mean thereof, all the Windows and Doors, on that side, are
A Shed or Standing for the King, called Crown
This Building was made by King Edward the IIId, upon this Occasion. In the
Reign of the
said King, divers Justings were made in London, betwixt Sopars Lane and the
Cheape; (for the Standard stood not then in place where now it is,) namely, one
Justing was there in the Year 1330. the Fourth of Edward III. whereof is noted
About the Feast of St. Michael, there was a great and solemn Justing of all the
Barons, and Nobles of the Realm; at London, in West Cheape; betwixt the great
the great Conduit, nigh Sopars Lane. Which Justing lasted three Days: Where,
Philip, with many Ladies, fell from a Stage of Timber; notwithstanding, they
were not hurt
at all. Wherefore the Queen took great care to save the Carpenters from
through her Prayer, (which she made on her Knees) she pacified the King and
And thereby purchased great Love of the People.
Built by King Edward III.
On what Occasion.
After which time, the King caused this Silde, or shed, to be made, and strongly
builded of Stone, for himself, the Queen, and other Estates to stand in, there
to behold the
Justings, and other Shows at their pleasures. And this House (for a long time
to that use: Namely, in the Reign of Edward IIId, and Richard the IId. But in
1410. Henry IVth, in the twelfth of
Sold away by K. Henry IV.