[A Lutheran Church.] Queen Hith Ward. [St. Nicolas Cold Abby.]209

[A Lutheran Church.] Queen Hith Ward. [St. Nicolas Cold Abby.]

There is a Piece of Glebe built, and leased out for twenty Years reserved Rent, 3l. But Anno 1636. the Glebe was 10l per ann. And a Parsonage House 8l. per ann.




John Brian, Alderman in the Reign of Henry V. was a great Benefactor. John Chamber had a Chauntry there. Thomas Rishby, Esq; and Alice his Wife, buried within the Chancel. John Mirfin, Auditor of the Exchequer, 1471. Sir Richard Fowlar, of Rickes in Oxfordshire, 1528. George Cope, second Son to Sir John Cope, of Copes-Ashby in Northamptonshire.

Persons buried here.

The converting of this Trinity Church into a Church for Protestant Foreigners, called Lutherans, is founded upon the King's Letters Patents, dated the 13th of September, 24 Car. II. to Theodore Jacobson, and five other Gentlemen more, named in the Patent; and to their Heirs and Assigns; by the Consent and Approbation of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop of London, and Lord Maior. Free Liberty being granted them to cause a Temple to be erected on the Ruins where the Church of the Holy Trinity, before the Fire of London, stood. Which Ground they had purchased of the City of London, for the free Exercise ef the Augustan Confession in the Germain Tongue; with divers other Powers and Authorities mentioned in the said Letters Patents. And according to those Powers granted to the Patentees, they made several Orders or Laws for the better regulating of themselves, and for the Good of the said Congregation.

The State of the Lutheran Church here.

J. S.

Theodore Jacobson.

Theodore Jacobson being antient, by Indenture dated the 27th Jan. 1702/3. by Advice of able Counsel, conveyed all the said Rights and Powers, unto Fourteen Persons more, of known Honesty and Ability, and of the same Congregation, and their Heirs; upon the Trust, and to the Intents and Purposes in the Letters Patents mentioned. These, for the Good of the Church as they pretended, altered some of the former Laws and Orders, and made others in their Room. Whereat the Minister, and four or five more of the Congregation were displeased; and they caused a Meeting to be held at the said Temple, the 5th of May, 1703. And there, without Authority from the Trustees, but rather in Opposition to them, elected twelve Person, under the Denomination of Deacons. And with these pretended Deacons, the said Minister thwarts the intended good Designs of the Trustees. Upon this, they of this Church entred into a Suit in Chancery.]

The Parish Church of St. NICOLAS Cold Abby.


Towards the West end of Knightriders street, is the Parish Church of St. Nicolas Cold Abby, a comely Church, somewhat antient, as appeareth by the Ways raised thereabout; so that Men are forced to descend into the Body of the Church. It hath been called of many Golden Abby, of some Gold (or Cold Bey) and so hath the most antient Writing. But I could never learn the Cause, why it should be so called, and therefore I will let it pass. Perhaps as standing in a cold Place, as Cold Harbor, and such like. The Steeple or tall Tower of this Church, with the South Ile, hath been of later building, to wit; the First of Richard II. when it was meant that that the whole old Church should have been new builded, as appeareth by the Arching begun on the East side the Steeple. Under the which, in the stone Work, the Arms of one Buckland, Esq; and his Wife, Daughter to Beaupere, are cut in Stone, and also are in the Glass Windows. Whereby it appeareth, he was Builder of the Steeple, and Repairer of the residue.

St. Nicolas Cold Abby.

The 26th of Edw. III. Andrew Aubrey, being Maior, Thomas Frere, Fishmonger, gave one piece of Ground to the said Parish Church of St. Nicolas, containing Eighty six Foot in length, and Forty three Foot at one end, and Thirty four at another, in breadth, for a Cemitory or Churchyard. The 20th of Rich. II. Thomas Barnard, Castle Clerk, John Sonderash, Clerk, and John Nouncy, gave to the Parson and Churchwardens of the said Church, and their Successors, one Messuage and one Shop, with the Appurtenances, in Distaff lane, and Old Fishstreet, for the Reparation of the Body of the said Church, the Belfry or Steeple, and Ornaments.

This Church was repaired and beautified at the Cost of the Parish, in the Year of our Lord 1630.



Robert Bromly,
Henry Hewes.

In the Year 1626. new Frames were made for the Bells. And in the Year 1628. new Battlements were added to the Steeple.]

This Church burnt down in the great Fire, was rebuilt without Pillars; and is a fair roomy Church; and was the first built and finished after the said Fire.


J. S.



Buried in this Church, John Calse, and William Cogeshall, 1426.
Walter Turke, Fishmonger, Maior, 1349. His Epitaph will follow.
Richard Esastone, Fishmonger, 1330 *.
Nicolas Wolberge, Fishmonger, 1407.
Thomas Padington, Fishmonger, 1485.
Robert Hary, Fishmonger; and others.
John Suring, 1490.


*1400. First Edit.

Agnes Gyffard, Widow, by her last Will, 1425. gave to the Rector and Churchwardens of St. Nicolas Cold Abby, London, one yearly Rent of eight Shillings, to be taken of a Shop, with the Houses built over it, in the said Parish, for ever, ad tenendum diem Anniversarii sui, &c.]

Agnes Gyffard.

Ed. Alex.

Roger Darlington, Fishmonger, 1557.
Rich. Lacty, Parson, under a fair Tomb on the North side of the Quire, 1491.
Richard Bradbrudge, 1497.
William Clarke, 1501.
James Picman, 1507.
Richard Farneford, 1525,
Thomas Nicolas, Fishmonger, 1527.
William Barde, Fishmonger, 1528.

The 14th day of May, An. Dom. 1601.

A fair plated Stone in the East end of the Chancel.

Leonard Smith, Fishmonger,
ended his Dayes,
He feared the Lord,
and walkt in his Wayes:
His Body here
in Earth doth rest,
His Soule with Christ
in Heaven is blest.

A. M.