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Borough of Southwark.

cause newly redeemed from such use and imployment, as in respect of that it was built to, Divine and Religious Duties, may very well be branded with the stile of wretched, base and unworthy. For that that before this abuse, was (and is now) a fair and beautiful Chapel, by those that were then the Corporation (which is a Body consisting of Thirty Vestrymen, Six of those Thirty Churchwardens) was leased and let out: and this House of God made a Bakehouse.

Made a Bakehouse.

Two very fair Doors, that from the two side Iles of the Chancel of this Church, and two that through the head of the Chancel (as at this Day they do again) went into it, were lath'd, daub'd, and dam'd up: the fair Pillars were ordinary Posts, against which they piled Billets and Bavins. In this place they had their Ovens, in that a Bolting Place, in that their Kneading Trough, in another (I have heard) a Hogs Trough. For the Words that were given me were these, This place have I known a Hog Sty, in another a Storehouse, to store up their hoarded Meal: and in all of it, something of this sordid kind and condition.

It was first let by the Corporation aforenamed, to one Wyat, after him to one Peacock, after him to one Cleybrooke, and last to one Wilson, all Bakers. And this Chapel still employed in the way of their Trade, a Bakehouse, tho' some part of this Bakehouse was sometime turned into a Starchhouse.

The time of the continuance of it in this kind, from the first letting of it to Wyat, to the restoring of it again to the Church, was threescore and some odd Years, in the Year of our Lord God 1624. For in this Year the Ruines and blasted Estate that the old Corporation sold it to, were, by the Corporation of this time, repaired, renewed, well, and very worthily beautified: The Charge of it for that Year, with many Things done to it since, arising to Two hundred Pounds.

This, as the former Repairs, being at the sole Cost and Charge of the Parishioners.

One Ile in this Chapel was paved at the only Cost of one Mr. John Hayman, Taylor, and Merchantaylor, in the Year 1625.]

This is now a very magnificent Church, since the late Reparation. It hath an huge Organ, which was procured by voluntary Subscription. The Repair (it is said) cost the Parish 2600l. and that well laid out. The old Monuments are all refreshed and new painted; a great deal of Wainscotting. The Workmanship of the Arches and Columns (which are very big) bespeak it a very ancient Structure.

Lately repaired and beautified most splendidly.

J. S.

There is a Table hanging on a Pillar against the Pulpit, to this Tenor:

"This Church was laid throughout with Stone, new Paved and Galleried; the great Vault sunk; the Pulpit and Altar Piece erected; the Communion Table railed, and set with black and white Marble; the Choir enclosed by Gates: the South and West Windows opened and enlarged; the Whole new Glazed; the sixth and seventh Bells cast; the Chapel paved; and all the Church cleansed, white washed and beautified, at the charge of the Parish, Anno 1703.]"

There be MONUMENTS in this Church,

Monuments in this Church.

Of Robert Liliard, or Hilliard, Esq;
Margaret, Daughter to the Lady Audley, Wife to Sir Thomas Audley.
Margaret, Wife to William Grevil, Esq; and one of the Heirs of William Spershut, Esq;
William Grevil, Esq;
Dame Katharine, Wife to John Stoke, Alderman.
Robert Merfin, Esq;
William Undal, Esq;
Lord Ospay Ferrar.
Sir George Brewes, Knight.
John Browne.
Lady Brandon, Wife to Sir Thomas Brandon.
William, Lord Scales.
William, Earl Warren.
Dame Maude, Wife to Sir John Peach.
Dame Margaret Elrington, one of the Heirs of Sir Thomas Elrington.
John Bowden, Esquire.
Robert Saint Magil.
John Standhurst.
John Gower [Poet.]
John Duncell, Merchant-Taylor, 1516.
John Sturton, Esquire.
Robert Rouse.
Thomas Tong, first Norroy, and after Clarenciaulx, King of Arms.
Dame Anne Crispe, first Wife of Henry Crispe de Quekes in Thanet, and afterwards to Henry Browne, younger Brother to Viscount Montacute. Obiit 1585.]
Thomas Cure, Esq; Sadler to King Edward the Sixth, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, deceased the 24. Day of May 1598.

J. S.

Hic jacet Joannes Gower, Armiger, Anglorum Poeta celeberrimus, ac huic sacro ædificio benefactor insignis, vixit temporibus Ed. 3. & Rich. 2.
Noviter constructum impensis Parochiæ, An. Dom. 1615.

A very fair Tomb in the North Ile of the Church.

Epicædion Thomas Cure, Southwarchiensis Armigeri.

Elizabetha tibi Princeps     
servivit Equorum
A sellis Curus,     
quem lapis iste tegit.
Serviit Edvardo Regi,     
Mariaque Sorori.
Princibus magna     
est laus placuisse tribus:
Convixit cunctis charus:     
Respublica Curæ
Semper erat Curo,     
commoda plebis erant:
Dum vixit tribui     
senibus curavit alendis,
Nummorum in sumptus     
annua dona domos.
Obiit 24. die Maii, An. Dom. 1588.

A fair Tomb in the North Wall of the Quire.

An Epitaph upon John Trehearne, Gentleman Porter to King James the First.

Had Kings a power     
to lend their Subjects Breath,
Trehearne, thou shouldst     
not be cast down by Death:
Thy Royal Master still     
would keep thee then;
Buth length of Days     
are beyond reach of Men.
Nor Wealth, nor Strength,     
nor Great Mens Love can ease
The Wound Death's Arrows make,     
for thou hast these.
In thy King's Court     
good Place to thee is given:
Whence thou shalt go     
to the King's Court of Heaven.

A Monument close by the other.

[Osmund Bilson of London, Kt. Ob. 1605.]

J. S.