[Guild-Hall.] Cheape Ward. [Alhallowes Hony Lane.] 40

[Guild-Hall.] Cheape Ward. [Alhallowes Hony Lane.]

quities in this Lane I find none other, than that among many fair Houses, there is one large Inne for receit of Travellers, called Blossoms Inne, but corruptly Bosoms Inne, and hath to sign S. Lawrence the Deacon, in a border of Blossoms or Flowers.

Blossoms Inne.

Then near to the Standard in Cheape, is Hony lane, so called, not of sweetness thereof, being very narrow, and somewhat dark, but rather, of often washing and sweeping to keep it clean.

Hony lane.

The Parish of ALHALLOWES Hony-Lane.


In this Lane is the small Parish Church of Alhallowes in Hony lane.

Alhallows Hony lane.

This Church was repaired and beautified, at the proper Cost and Charge of the Parishioners, in the Year of our Lord, 1625.



Francis Waterhouse,
Edward Powel,

The Charge of this Repair amounting to 55l. and upwards.]

There be no Monuments in this Church worth the noting; I find, that John Norman, Draper, Maior, 1453. was buried there. He gave to the Drapers his Tenements on the North side the said Church; they to allow for the Beam Light and Lamp 13s. 4d. yearly, from this Lane to the Standard.

Monuments here.

Beam Light and Lamp.

This Church hath the misfortune to have no Bequests, nor other charitable Gifts to Church or Poor; nor to any publick Use.

No Charities.

J. S.

There was a Parsonage House before the great Fire; but now, the Ground on which it stood, is swallowed up by the Market, as well the Ground of the Church. The Parish of St. Mary le Bow, (to which it is united) hath received all the Money paid for the Scite of the Ground of the said Parsonage.


In the Visitation, 1636. was brought in by the presentment of the Churchwardens, 13l. per ann. for Glebe.]


Trump Alley, prope Westcheap in Parish of Alhallows Hony lane.]

Regist. Lond.

E. A.

And thus much for Cheape Ward, in the High street of Cheape; for it stretcheth no further.

Now for the North Wing of Cheape Ward, have ye Catte-street, so called in Records, 24 Hen. VI. now corruptly Catteten street. Which beginneth at the North end of Ironmonger lane, and runneth to the West end of St. Lawrence Church, as is afore shewed.

Catte street.

On the North side of this Street is the Guild-hall of this City, wherein the Courts for the City be kept; namely, 1. The Court of Common Council. 2. The Court of the Lord Maior, and his Brethren the Aldermen. 3. The Court of Hustings. 4. The Court of Orphans. 5. The two Courts of the Sheriffs. 6. The Court of the Wardmote. 7. The Court of Hallmote. 8. The Court of Requests, commonly called the Court of Conscience. 9. The Chamberlains Court for Apprentices, and making them free.

The Guildhall, and Courts kept.

Lib. Fletw.

The Hall it self is very spacious and stately, suited to the Greatness and Magnificence of the City. At the upper end, on the Right Hand, coming in by a large Portico, is the antient Court of Husting; where are placed against the Wall, in noble gilt Frames, three Pictures at full length, drawn by eminent Hands: One, of Queen Ann, on the Right of the Maior's seat, done at the City's Charge. The others, of King William III. and of Mary his Royal Consort and Queen, on the Left. On the other opposite end of the Hall, are the two Sheriffs Courts, to which belong two Judges. This spatious Receptacle for the Citizens, is adorned round with Pictures of several eminent Judges in their Robes, who were concerned about settling the rebuilding of the City, and Orders thereabouts, after the great Fire. They are Eighteen in number; and among them, are Sir Orlando Bridgman, Lord Keeper, and Sir Heneage Finch, Earl of Nottingham. Lord Chancellour. Upon the Capital of the Pillars, against the Walls, on both sides, are the Royal Arms, and the Arms of the City, and of the Twelve Companies. Going up Stairs from this great Hall, by nine or ten steps to the Maior's Court, on each side, at some height, stand two Giants of monstrous height and bigness, frightful to behold, and in Arms; the one holding a Pole- axe, the other an Halbert. The former, I suppose, represents an antient Britain, the other a Saxon. He on the Right hath very long black Hair hanging down; his Pole-axe is a round Ball set with Spikes every where, hanging by a Chain to a long Staff, which he wieldeth in his Hand: Both of them wear Garlands.

Guild Hall.

The great Hall.

J. S.

The Giants.

Colours and Standards taken at the battle of Ramilles, An. 1706. were hung up here in the great Hall: The Queen, at the City's Request, ordering them to be put up there, hugely adorning the Hall. On the 19th of December, they were all brought in great Magnificence through Westminster and London. A Detachment of her Majesty's Horse Guards, and Horse Grenadiers, and a Battalion drawn out of both Regiments of her Foot-Guards, drawn up on the Parade in St. James's, having received the said Colours and Standards, (which had been laid up in White-hall) they proceeded; Twenty six of the Gentlemen, in the Century of the Horse-Guards, carrying each a Standard taken from the Enemy; and Sixty three of the Pike-men, in a Battalion of Foot-Guards, instead of their Pikes, carrying one of the Enemy's Colours. They marched through the Park, and St. James's Mews; where the Queen, from the Lady Fitzharding's Lodgings, saw them pass; the Guns being fired at the same time. And so they proceeded down the Pallmall, the Strand, &c. to Guild-hall; where they were set up, to remain as Trophies of that signal Victory, under the Conduct of his Grace the Duke of Marlborough; and as a lasting Monument of the immortal Honour gained by her Majesty's Arms.]

Colours and Standards in Guild Hall.

Yet but 20 Standards set up.

This Guild-hall, saith Robert Fabian, was begun to be builded new, in the Year 1411. the Twelfth of Henry IV. by Thomas Knoles, then Maior, and by his Brethren the Aldermen. The same was made of a Little Cottage, a large and great House, as now it standeth. Toward the Charges whereof, the Companies gave great Benevolences. Also, Offences of Men were pardoned for Sums of Money, towards this Work: And extraordinary Fees were raised, Fines, Amercements, and other Things imployed, during Seven Years, and a cointinuation thereof three Years more; all to be imployed to this Building.

New built.

King Henry V. in the 3d Year of his Reign, which was about the year 1415. granted the City free passage for four Boats, by Water, and as many Carts by Land with Servants to each; to bring Lime, Ragg stone, and Free-stone, for the Work of Guild-hall;, as appears by these Letters Patents.

Four Boats and four Carts allowed by the King, for bringing Materials.

J. S.

Rex omnibus as quos, &c. Salutem. Sciatis quod ad supplicationem dilectorum & fidelium

Pat. 3. H. 5. pt. I. m. 34.