[St. Brides.] Faringdon Ward without. [Monuments.]265

[St. Brides.] Faringdon Ward without. [Monuments.]

In King James I. his Time, Store Houses wre erected here for the Use of the City, to prevent any Dearth. For Anno 1608. it was considered, what an unspeakable increase there was of People, as well Strangers as Natives, in and about the City. Wherefore the careful Magistrates, for prevention of Famine, and for Provision for the Poor, begun to build here twelve new Granaries, sufficient to hold six Thousand Quarters of Corn; and two Store Houses more, for Sea Coal for the Poor, which might hold four Thousand Loads of Coal. These Houses were finished Anno 1610. Alderman Leman took great Care and Pains in the contriving and accomplishing this useful Work. The like Care the City had at other times before taken, for providing Food for the Inhabitants of the City, as well by Bread Corn laid up by the several Companies of London, as in building and furnishing other Granaries.]

Store Houses in Bridewel.

J. S.

How's Chron.

The Bishop of St. Davids had his Inn over against the North side of this Bridewel, as I have said.

Bishop of St. David's House.

This Place of the Bishop of St. Davids, was granted in the Time of King Edward VI. in Fee Farm for a Mark Rent to Dr. Huick the Physician. Under which Purchase the same was enjoyed long after.]

Reliq. Spelm.

J. S.

The Parish Church of St. BRIDGETS, or, St. BRIDES.


Then is the Parish Church of St. Bridget, or Bride, (as they term it) now a fair Church; the which William Venor, Esq; Warden of the Fleet about the Year 1480. increased with a large Body; and the side Iles from the Quire, (which of old time was the whole Church) down to the West end. All through the Church builded of his Charges, is wrought in the Stone Work, round about, both within and without, the Figure or Likeness of a Vine, [a Rebus of his Name, as if it had been Vinor] wirth Clusters of Grapes amongst the Leaves, &c.]

St. Bridget, or Bride.

The Partition betwixt the old Work and the New, sometime prepared as a Screne, to be set up in the Hall of the Duke of Somerset's House in the Strand, was bought for Eightscore Pounds, and set up in the Year 1557. One wilful Body began to spoil and break the same, in the Year 1596. but was (by the high Commissioners) forced to make it up again, and so it resteth.

This Church was Repaired and Beautified at the proper Cost and Charge of the Parishioners, in the Years of our Lord 1630, 1631, and 1632. In which last Year were



Thomas Lee,
Thomas Turner.

The Battlements were then new built. So was the middle Roof; and a very fair Gallery on the North side, aswerable to that on the South; which was erected in the Year of our Lord 1607.]

There is a good Cut of the new Steeple of St. Brides, in Print: Where it is said to be 235 Foot high; and Sir Christopher Wren the Architect. It is very lofty and beautiful; and exceedeth the Monument by ten Foot.

The Steeple.

J. S.

In this Parish of St. Bridget, was a Messuage or Inn, called The Faulcon, in the Tenure of the famous Printer in the latter part of Hen. VII. his time, and beginning of Henry VIII. namely Wynkyn de Worde. It lately belonged to the Priory of Ankerwyke; and was given by King Edward VI. in the 3d of his Reign, to William Breton, in consideration of Service, and surrender of Letters Patents for divers other Lands, the yearly Value whereof was 9l. 6s. 8d.]

Wynkin de Worde's Dwelling.

J. S.



John Ulsthorp, William Evesham, John Wigan, and others, founded Chauntries there.


John Ulsthorp, Citizen and Taylor [Scissor] Lond. by his Will bearing date Jan. the 25th, 1432. 11 H. VI. gave to the Rector and Keepers of the Goods of the Church of St. Bridgets, three Tenements in Fleetstreet: "One called the Tabard, situate between the Tenement called the Castel, on the East, and the Tenement called the George at Scholane end, &c. The Tenement called the Rabyn; and also his Tenement adjoining to it, situate, &c. and the Land of the Abbess of Godstow, &c. To have them for ever, on Condition that they find a Chaplain to celebrate, &c. at the Altar of St. Anne, in the Church of St. Bryget, for his Soul, and the Souls of his Parents, and Alice his Wife, &c. And that the said Chaplain so intending pro posse to do Divine Services there, without having any other Service. And that he have his Chamber, and reside in the said Parish. And willed, that the said Chaplain should have in his keeping, in the Almary [Almariolo] under the Altar aforesaid, one Missal, one Chalice with the Paten, one Casula de rubro Velewet cum apparatis, for the principal Feasts, &c. And he willed, that the Rector and Keepers, pay yearly to the Chaplain for his Stipend, ten Marks, at the four Termes of the Year. And moreover to the Honor of God, he bequeathed to the said Rectors and Keepers of St.Bridget, those Shops, with Solars and Gardens adjoining, situate, &c. for the mending of the Church of St.Bridget, and for the bettering and repairing of the Goods and Ornaments thereof, for ever."

John Ulsthorp.

Reg. Ep. Lon.

J. S.

John Hill, of the Parish of St. Bridget, gave, by his Will, dated 1439. three Tenements in the said Parish, lying between Bride lane on the West, and the Inn of the Abbot and Convent of Winchcomb, on the South, and Fleetstreet on the North, to the Recor and Guardians of St. Bridget, to celebrate his Anniversary for ever. Dat. 7 Oct. 1437.

J. Hill.

Ed. Alex.

One Anne Cokerer was here buried, by her Will, dated October the 8th, 1549. The Strain of whose Will, ran quie different from the Wills formerly made: Viz. "Be it known unto all Men, that this my Will, Anne Cokerer, being in good Health at that time. That I do confess my self unto God in the seven deadlie Synnes I have offended my Lord. I ask Thee Mercy. My fyve Wytts I have much misspended. The Ten Commandements I have not fulfylled in all the Articles that belongeth thereto. Grevously I have offended my Lord. I ask thee Mercy, most merciful Jhesu, in that I have offended thee in Word, Will, Dede, or Thought. I ask thee Mercy most merciful Jhesu. I bequeath my Soul into thy Mercy, and my Body to be buried in St.Brydes Church, before my Pew; and 40s. to be gyvynne in Groates to the Parish, whereas most nede is, at the Discretion of John Purcel, whom I make myne Executor, &c. I beseche you for the Love of God, see me buried with the same Psalmes that Mr. Starnell was buried with." The same

The Penitent Preface to a Will.

J. Worthing.