|Bassings Hall Ward. [S. Michael Bassishaw] ||66
Portgraves or Sheriffs of London and Middlesex. In the Reign of Henry II. Peter
Fitzwalter; after him, John Fitznigel, &c. So likewise in the Reign of King
John, the 16th
of his Reign, a time of great Troubles, in the Year 1214. Salomon Bassing, and
Bassing, Barons of this Realm, as may be supposed, were Sheriffs; and the said
Bassing was Maior in the Year 1216 which was the 1st of Henry the IIId. Also
Bassing, Son to Salomon (as it seemeth) was one of the Sheriffs in the Year
1243. the 28th
of Henry the III.
Salomon Bassing, and others of that Name.
Unto this Adam de Bassing, King Henry III. in the 31st of his Reign, gave and
certain Messuages in Aldermanbury, and in Milk street (places not far from
and the advowson of the Church at Bassings Hall, with sundry Liberties and
This Man was afterwards Maior, in the Year 1251. the 36th of Henry the IIId.
Thomas Bassing was one of the Sheriffs, 1269.
[Of whom I read this Passage, that the City paying a Fine to King Henry, of
the Citizens, (considering his great Wealth perhaps) taxed this their Fellow
his proportion. Whereupon, King Edward I. in the 2d of his Reign, commanded
de Merton, his Chancellor, and others his Justices, to moderate the Talliages
Thomas de Bassing over-rated.
Robert Bassing, Sheriff, 1279. and William Bassing was Sheriff, 1308, &c.
For more of
the Bassings in this City, I need not note; only I read of a Branch of this
Bassings, to have spread it self into Cambridgshire, near unto a Water or Bourn;
therfore, for a difference from others of that name, called Bassing at the
Bourne, and more
shortly, Bassing Bourne; and gave Arms, as is aforeshewed, and was painted about
old Hall. But this Family is worn out, and hath left the Name to the place
dwelt. Thus much for this Bassings Hall.
Bassings of Cambridgshire.
Now how Bakewel Hall, took that Name, is another question. For which I read,
Thomas Bakewel dwelled in this House, in the 36th of Edward the III. and that in
of Richard the II. the said King, for the Sum of Fifty Pounds, which the Maior
Commonalty had paid into the Hanapar, granted Licence, so much as was in him, to
Frosh, William Parker, and Stpehen Spilman, Citizens and Mercers, that they, the
Messuage, called Bakewel Hall; and one Garden, with the Appurtenances, in the
St. Michael of Bassings Haugh, and of St. Lawrence in the Jewry of London; and
Messuage, two Shops, and one Garden, in the said Parish of St. Michael, which
of the King in Burgage; might give and assign to the Maior and Commonalty for
Bakewel Hall given to the City.
This Bakewel Hall thus established, hath been long since employed, as a Weekly
Place for Woollen Cloths, broad and narrow, brought from all parts of this
Realm, there to
be sold. In the 21st of Richard the II. Richard Whittington, Maior; and in the
Barringtine being Maior, it was decreed, That no Forreigner or Stranger should
Woolen Cloth, but in the Bakewel Hall, upon pain of forteiture thereof.
Bakewel Hall, a Market place for Woolen Cloths.
An Act of Common Council, held August the 1st, in the 8th of Henry VIII.
"WHEREAS by an Act of Common Councel, in the 22d
Year of the Reign of King Richard the II. it was ordained and established, That
of Person should bring or conveigh any Woolen Cloths to the said City to be
they were first brought, harboured, and discharged, at the common Market of
Hall; therefore ordained and provided, and of old time accustomed, upon pain of
of all the said Cloths so harboured and laid, contrary to the said Ordinance.
Which Act and
Ordinance, was by another Act of Common Councel, holden at the Guild hall
Day and Year abovesaid, ratified, approved, and confirmed. And over that, it is
this present ordained, established, and enacted, That no manner of Person being
of this City, after the Feast of the Nativity of our Lady next coming, suffer
any manner of
Person whatsoever, be he free or forreign, to buy and sell any manner of Woollen
harboured or lodged contrary to the said Ordinance: As broad Cloths, Carsies,
Bridgewater Frizes, Dosseins, or any other manner of Cloth made of Wool, within
Shop, Chamber, or other place within his House, unless the said Cloths were
to Blackwell Hall aforeaid, and there bought and sold. Or else the said
Freeman, the said
Cloths lawfully brought in the Country, out of the said City; upon pain to
forfeit and to pay
to the use of the Commonalty of this City, for his first Offence, for every
sold, harboured, or lodged, contrary to the said Ordinance, 6s. 8d. for every
4d. for every Dosseigne, Bridgwaters, and other pieces of Cloth made of Wool,
for the second Offence, the said Pains to be doubled. And for the third
Offence, the Party
so offending, to be disfranchised, and deprived clearly from the Liberties of
this City for
No Woolen Cloths to be bough , unless first brought to Blackwell Hall.
This House (of late Years) growing ruinous, and in danger of falling, Richard
Merchant Taylor, at his decease, gave towards the new building of the outward
thereof, 300l. upon condition that the same should be performed within three
his decease. Whereupon, the old Bakewell hall was taken down, and in the Month
February next following, the Foundation of a new, strong, and beautiful
laid, the Work thereof was so diligently applied, that within the space of ten
to the Charges of 2500 Pounds, the same was finished in the year 1558.
Bakewel Hall new builded.
Next beyond this House, are placed divers fair Houses for Merchants, and others,
come to the back Gate of Guild hall; which Gate, and part of the Building within
is of this Ward. Some small distance beyond this Gate, the Coopers have their
The Parish Church of St. MICHAEL Bassishaw.
Then is the Parish Church of St. Michael, called St. Michael at Bassings Hall, a
Church, lately re-edified or new builded.
St. Michael Bassishaw.