[The Black Friers.] Faringdon Ward within. [Interrments.]180

[The Black Friers.] Faringdon Ward within. [Interrments.]

mon Council petitioned the Maior, Sir John Percival, the next Year, for incouraging the said Order, and calling into question such as opposed it.

Which Petition ran in these Words:

Also, for the Reformacyon of the Myschef growyng to the Cyte, by going to Fryars, please that my Lord Mayr, Aldirmen, and Common Counsayle to provyde, that the Ordre moved and begonne before M. Purchase, late Mayr, and other of his Predecessours, may be put in effecte. That such Persones which were dyffyculte agaynst the said Ordere, be callyd afore my Lorde Mayr and Aldyrmen, to be reformed by theyr wyse Exhortacyons; under suche Fourme, as such obstynate Persones be not noted above al other, as Brokers and Destroyers of the Common Wele. And yf the sayd Persones, wyl not be conformable in thys partye to leve the Fryers, that then yt may please my Lorde Mayr and Aldyrmen to cal a Common Counsayle; and by theyr Autorite, to appoynte certayne Persones, with the Counsayle, to sue to the Kyngys Grace for a Dyspensacyon of the Act of Parlament, late made to the contrarye.

Commons Petition against Black Friers.

Book of old Cust. F. I.b.

Among other Privileges Black Friers, and the other exempt Places claimed, one, among the rest was, That they would not contribute to the Musters, when the Militia was raised in the City; as it was in the Year 1585. Sir Tho. Pullison, Maior. Who was therefore fain to make a Complaint to the Court thereof: Praying, that by their Authority, Black Friers, and other privileged Places, might also bear their Burthen in Musters, as well as other Inhabitants of the City. Advertising the Lord Treasurer, "That where the Black Friers, St. Martins, White Friers, and other exempt Places, were appointed to be contributory to this Charge, they refused to be taxed, and would not yield to pay any Thing; unless they had direction from the Lord Treasurer, or other the Lords of Her Majesty's Privy-Council, for the doing thereof. Wherefore, and for that the Service fell out to be of far greater Charge than was expected, he humbly besought his Lordship's Order and Commandment to those exempt Places, for Contribution.]"

Black Friers will not pay to the Musters.

The antient Church belonging to the Black Friers, London, was (before the dissolution of Religious Houses by King Henry VIII.) one of the most spacious and fair Churches in London. But the Friers being put out, the Church (together with other fair Buildings) was utterly demolished. Therefore the Inhabitants of the said Black Friers, London, fitted an upper Room, of fifty Foot in length, and thirty Foot in breadth, for a publick Place of Divine Worship. The Charges of purchasing and fitting the said Room for a Church, appeareth not in any Record that we can find.

Black Friers one of the spaciousest Churches.


Anno 1597. when the Church was empty, and no Body in it, a great part of the Roof thereof fell down; whereupon, the then Inhabitants being about to repair their said Church, obtained of Sir George Moore, Kt. so much Ground as inlarged their Church with an Ile on the West, fifty Foot in length, and fifteen Foot in breadth. For which Ground, they built, at their own Cost, a fair Warehouse under the said Ile, for the use of Sir Jerome Bows, Kt. who then had the said Ground in lease; and also gave him 133l. The new building of their said Church and Ile (beside the foresaid 133l. given to Sir Jerom Bows) cost 300l. 18s.

Lands purchased of Sir George Moore, for the Church.

In June, 1607. the Inhabitants of the said Black Friers paid 120l. to Sir George Moore, for the Purchase of their Preachers House, their Churchyard, their Church, and the Porch, appertaining thereunto; together with the right of Patronage of, in, and to the said Church.

Anno 1613. the Inhabitants of the said Black Friers, purchased on the South of their Church, so much Housing, as inlarged their Church aforesaid Thirty six Foot in length, and Fifty four in breadth. The purchase whereof, together with the Vault for burying, and other Rooms under that part of the Church, and the new building of all, and making new Pews and Pulpit, cost 1546l. 6s.

Anno 1632. the Inhabitants of the said Black Friers, purchased the Rooms directly under the above mentioned upper Room converted to a Church; which said under-Rooms, they purchased to repair the Foundation and Walls whereon the Church stood; which Walls were very much decayed. The Purchase whereof, and the Repair of Decays, cost 500l.

The Sum of all bestowed upon Black Friers Church, since the Reformation of Religion in England, amounted to 2600l. 4s.]



There were buried in the antient Church, Margaret Queen of Scots *.

In the left part of the Quire.

*Daughter of the King of Scots. MS. F. 9. in Off. Armor.

Hubert de Burgo, Earl of Kent, translated from their old Church by Old Bourne.

Robert de Attabeto *, Earl of Bellimon.

*Attrabato; i.e. of Artois. F.9.

Dame Isabel, Wife to Sir Roger Bygot, Earl Marshal.

William and Dame Jane Huse, Children to Dame Ellis, Countess of Arundel. And by them lieth Dame Ellis, Daughter to the Earl Warren, and after Countess of Arundel.

Dame Ide, Wife to Sir Walter Daughter to the Lord Ferrers of Chartley.

Richard de Brewes.

[By the Lady lied Dame Jone, Daughter of Thomas Wife of Sir Guidon Ferrers.

MS. F.9.

J. S.

And by the Right Hand of Sir Guidon, lieth Dame Jone Huntingfeld.

Sir John Molins, Kt.]

Richard Strange, Son to Robert * Strange.


Elizabeth, Daughter to Sir Bartholomew Badlesmere, Wife to Sir William Bohan, Earl of Northampton; Marsh; the Earls of March and Hereford, and Elizabeth Countess of Arundel.

At Dame Elizabeth's Head, lieth Dame Joan, Daughter to Sir John Carne; first Wife to Sir Gwide (or Guy) Brian.

Hugh Clare, Kt. 1295. lieth by her Right Side.

The Heart of Q. Helianor, the Foundress.

The Heart of Alfonce her Son.

The Hearts of John and Margaret, Children to William Valence.

Here also in the Church of Black Friers, was buried John of Eltham, Duke of Cornwal, Brother to King Edward III. Upon whose Tomb was hung up a Table of his Noble Pedegree; which is still preserved in the Cotton Library.

John Duke of Cornwal

J. S.

Julius, B. VII. 45.

The Daughter of Geffrey Lucie, Wife of Sir Thomas Peverells.]

Sir William Thorpe, Justice.

The Lord Liothe of Ireland.

Dame Maude, Wife to Sir Geffrey Say, Daughter to the Earl of Warwick. [And with her Edmund, kyn to King ]