[St. Mildreds.] Breadstreet Ward. [Monuments.]202

[St. Mildreds.] Breadstreet Ward. [Monuments.]

The greatest part of the North Wall was new built, the Arches in the middle of the Church, four fair Windows over them, and a very fair Gallery, at the Cost and Charge of the Parish.

Churchwardnes.
Nicolas Crispe,
Ralph King.

This for a general Charge, somewhat of particular Bounties.

At the upper end of this Church, on the South side, is a fair Window with this Inscription.

This Window was glazed at the Charge of Hester Crispe, late Wife of Ellis Crispe, Citizen and Alderman of London; who lieth fixt in a Vault at the bottom of this Window, 1629.

At the upper end of the Church, on the North side, another with this Inscription.

This Window was glazed at the Charge of Samuel Crispe, Citizen and Salter of London, 1630.

Between these two, at the upper end of the Chancel, is a fair Window, full of Cost and Beauty; which being divided into five Parts, carries in the first of them a very artful and curious Representation of the Spaniards great Armado, and the Battle in 1588. In the second, the Monument of Queen Elizabeth. In the third, the Gunpowder Plot. In the fourth, the lamentable time of Infection, 1625. And in the fifth and last, the view and lively Portraiture of that worthy Gentleman, Captain Nicolas Crispe, at whose sole Cost (among other) this beautiful piece of Work was erected; as also the Figures of his vertuous Wife and Children, with the Arms belonging unto them. The Verses to every Story are these.

The Story of Eighty Eight.

Starre-gazing Wizards     
sate upon this Yeere,
Matter of wonder,     
and did threaten feare
Towards us, insomuch     
that Rome and Spaine,
This Land accounted     
their assured Gaine.
But marke how God did     
quite their Hopes confound,
Both Ships and Men     
we did see flee and drown'd.

Queen Elizabeth's Monument.

Marvell not why     
we doe erect this Shrine,
Since dedicated 'tis     
to Worth divine;
Religion, Arts,     
with Policy and Armes,
Did all concurre     
in her most happy Raigne,
To keepe God's Church and us     
from plotted Harmes,
Contriv'd by Romish Wits,     
and Force of Spaine.

The Powder Plot, 1605.

When Force could not prevaile,     
nor Plots abroad
Could have Successe,     
Sinne now invents new fraud:
Guy Vaux is sent     
Ambassador to Styx,
And thence returning,     
furnisheth with Trickes
His damned Crew,     
who forth withall conclude,
To blow up King, the State,     
and Multitude.

The great Plague, 1625.

The Stories past,     
God's Blessings to the State
Doe clearly shew;     
But sure we were ingrate,
For now, behold,     
instead of sweet Protection,
Thousands are swept away     
by foule Infection.
But marke God's Mercy,     
in midst of greatest Cryes,
He sheath'd his Sword,     
and wip'd Teares from our Eyes.

The Founder's Figure, with his Wife, Children, and their Arms.

These Ensignes which you see,     
and Monument,
Are not so much     
to represent
The Founder's Person,     
as his zealous Care
T'expresse God's Love,     
and Mercies rare
To this his Vineyard:     
For to that sole end
Did he these Stories     
thus commend
To after Ages, that     
in their Distresse,
They might God's Goodnesse     
still expresse.

With this, this Gentleman gave towards the Repair of this Church, among the Parishioners, above his Share as a Parishioner. 75l.

Also for the Communion Table, two great Flagon Pots, to the Value of 57l.

Also a very fair Font, in which a Child of his own was first Christned.

His Brother, Mr. Samuel Crispe, beside his Window, above his ordinary Share as a Parishioner, gave to this fair Reparation 25l.

The Mother of these worthy Gentlemen, the aforenamed Hester Crispe, the late Wife of Ellis Crispe, Citizen and Alderman of London, now (by a second, and thrice happy Nuptial) the Lady Pie, beside her Window, gave to this fair Reparation 20l. though at that time out of the Parish, and removed from thence to Christ Church.

This Church burnt down in the great Fire, was built again. It hath no Pillars, but a very fine Cupulo, and Cieling curiously fretted. The Pulpit is extraordinary fine Work, inlaid, and richly and artificially carved.

Rebuilt.

J. S.


MONUMENTS.

 

The Monuments of this Church, be of the Lord Trenchaunt, of St. Albons, Kt. who was supposed to be either the new Builder of this Church, or best Benefactor to the Works there-

Monuments in this Church.

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