[St. Peter Pauls Wharf.] Queen Hith Ward. [Queen Hith.]214

[St. Peter Pauls Wharf.] Queen Hith Ward. [Queen Hith.]

ejusdem Acad. Vice-Cancellarius. Primò consecratus Bristol. Episcop. postea translatus ad Episcopat. Hereford. Obiit 27 die Aug. 1701. Ætat. suæ 69.

Mary, with her seven Sons and three Daughters, the Wife, and Issue of Deputy John Fooly, Citizen and Lime Merchant of London. She departed 1695.

As for Charitable GIFTS.


Randalph Bernard left 8s. per ann. payable by the Ironmongers Company. And 7s. 6d. issuing out of some Ground Rent in Tower street, and paid by John Moysier, Esq.


But no Legacies or Bequests for Sermons, or towards Reparations, or other charitable Uses, than what is above mentioned.

There was a Parsonage House before the Fire; since built, and let for Forty Years, at 5l. Ground Rent. No other Houses or Glebe. Note, in the Parochial Visitation, 1636. the Churchwardens brought in the Parsonage House 10l. the Glebe 8l.]


I think the same to be of old time called Summers Hith, of some Mans Name, that was Owner of the Ground near adjoining. As Edred's Hith, was so called of Edred, Owner therof; and since called Queen Hith, as pertaining to the Queen, &c.

Summer's Hith.

The Parish Church of St. PETER Pauls Wharf.


Then is a small Parish Church of St. Peter, called Parva, or Little, near unto Pauls Wharf. In this Church no Monuments do remain, excepting that of Queen Elizabeth.

St. Peter Parva by Pauls Wharf

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



Thomas Finch,
William Stansby.

And a fair Table of the Commandments at the upper end of the Chancel, dated 1619.

To this Church belong no Parsonage House, as they knew of, according it was in the Presentment of the Churchwardens in the Parochial Visttation, Anno 1693. But according to the Parochial Visitation, 1636. there was a Parsonage House and Glebe, valued at 4l. 8s. per ann.


Nor any Gifts or Legacies to Church or Poor.

At the West end thereof is a Lane, called St. Peters Hill; but two Houses up that Lane, on the East side, is of this Ward, and the rest is of Castle Baynard Ward.

On the South side of Thames street, beginning again in the East, among the Cooks; the first in this Ward is the Sign of David the King.

Then is Towns-end lane, turning down to the Thames.

Towns-end lane.

Then is Queen Hith, a large Receptacle for Ships, Lighters, Barges, and such other Vessels. Touching the Antiquity and Use of this Gate and Hith; first I find, that of old time the same belonged to one named Edred, and was then called Edred's Hith. Which since falling to the Hands of King Stephen, it was by his Charter confirmed to William de Ypre. The Farm thereof in Fee and in Heritage, William De Ypre gave it unto the Prior and Covent of the Holy Trinity within Aldgate, as appeareth by this Charter.

Edred's Hith, or Queen Hith.

Lib. Trinitat.

To Theobald, by the Grace of God Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of England, and Legate Apostolike. To the Bishop of London, and to all faithfull People, Clerkes and Laymen, William de Ypre sendeth greeting. Know ye me to have given and granted to God, and to the Church of the Holy Trinity of London, to the Prior and Canons there, serving God, in perpetual Alms, Edred's Hith, with the Appurtenances. With such Devotion, that they shall send every Yeere twenty Pounds, unto the maintenance of the Hospitall of Katharines, which Hospital they have in their Hands; and one hundred Shillings to the Monkes of Bermondsey, and sixty Shillings to the Brethren of the Hospitall of Saint Giles. And that which remaineth, the said Prior and Canons shall enjoy to themsleves. Witnesses, Richard de Lucia, Raphe Bigot, or Picot, &c.

Given to Trinity Priory.

This Edred's Hith, after the aforesaid Grants, came again into the King's Hands, by what means I have not read.


And in the 6th Year of Henry III. being then called Ripa Reginæ, he granted it to Richard de Ripary, i.e. Rivers. And in the 10th of his Reign, he granted it Thomæ Cirencestriæ ad placitum Regis; i.e. To Thomas Cirencester at the King's pleasure.]

Grants of Queen Hith.

Claus. 6 H. 3. m.7. & 10 H. 3. m 22.

Pet. le Neve. Nor.

But it pertained unto the Queen, and therefore was called Ripa Reginæ, the Queens Bank, or Queens Hith; and great Profit was made to her Use, as may appear by this which followeth.

King Henry III. in the 9th of his Reign, commanded the Constable of the Tower of London, to Arrest the Ships of the Cinque Ports, on the River of Thames, and to compel them to bring their Corn to no other Place, but to the Queens Hith only.

Ships of the Ports arrested, and forced to bring their Corn to Queen Hith.

The same Year, viz. 9 Hen. III the said Constable was required to Arrest the said Ships in the Thames, to carry their Corn only to the Ports of the Realm. The Words are, De blado non cariando nisi ad portus Regni.]

Pet. le Neve.

Claus. 9 H. 3. m. 15.

In the 11th of his Reign, he charged the said Constable to distrain any Fish offered to be sold in any Place of this City, but at the Queens Hith.

The Words of the Record are, Distringat eos, qui ducunt piscem venalem in Navibus usq; London, & remanent trans Pontem London, ex parte Turris, ad ducendum dict. piscem usq; Hitham. The Constable was to compel or force them who brought Fish in Boats to London, to sell, not to remain on this side the Bridge near the Tower, but to see them conveyed to Queen Hith. And again in the 10th of that King, Ducet [Constabularius Turris] piscem venalem venientem ap. London. ad Ripam Reginæ.]

Fish Boats not to tarry on this side the Bridge.

Rot. Claus. 11 H. 3. m 15.

Pet. le Neve.

J. S.

Claus. 10 H. 3. m 14.

Moreover, in the 28th of the said King's Reign, an Inquisition was made before William of York, Provost of Beverley, Henry of Bath, and Hierome of Caxton, Justices Itinerants, sitting in the Tower of London, touching the Customs of Queen Hith, observed in the Year last before the Wars between the King his Father, and the Barons of England; and of old Customs of other Times. And what Customs had been changed, at what time the Tax and Payment of all Things coming thither; and between Woorepath, and Anede Hith, were found and seized, according to the old Order; as well Corn and Fish, as of other Things. All which