Suburbs. St. Giles's Church. 77

Suburbs. St. Giles's Church.

Court; and out of this Place there is a Passage without a Name into Monmouth street, about the Middle of which is a Passage into Stedwel street. All these Streets and Places are very meanly built, and as ordinarily inhabited, the greatest Part by French, and of the poorer Sort.

Denmark street fronts St. Giles Church and falls into Hog Lane; a fair, broad Street, with good Houses, well inhabited by Gentry. On the back side of this Street is Dudley Court, which falls into Hog Lane, and hath a Passage into the said Street. Loyds Court, or rather Alley, paved with Freestone, is parted from Denmark street by the Lord Whartons House and Garden, which fronts St. Giles Church on the West side.

Denmark street.

Dudley Court.

Loyds Court.

From St. Giles's by the Pound, I shall lead you down the South side unto great Turnstile, taking in all the Places of Note not yet named; and after that shall do the same on the North side within the Limits of the Parish. And according to this Method, the first Place that offers its self, is the Church, called St. Giles in the Fields, built in the Place where the antient Church stood; which was so decayed as not to be repaired. This good Work of building the Church anew was carried on and finished by the charitable Contributions of the Inhabitants, and others: And afterwards the Churchyard was enclosed with the Brick Wall. And the Church and Steeple is also of Brick Work: Which is large and strong built, and well adorned within, over the Top of the principal Churchyard Door is curiously carved the last Judgment. But to speak more particularly of the new Church.]

St. Giles Church.

I must briefly say of the old Church, that indeed it was very old: and by reason of the antiquity of it, stood still in danger of falling: and some part of it did fall; foretelling the rest to follow, if not speedily prevented, by pulling it down to rebuild it; which, after a diligent search, the necessity found, was done.


For this new Church began to be raised in the Year of our Lord God 1623, was finished 1625, and encompass'd with a fair Brick Wall in the Year 1631.

This Church new built An. 1625.

Which take more amply in that absolute delivery of it, that I find engraven over the Door on the North side of this Church; the words are these:

Quod felix bonumque sit
Hoc Templum loco veteris ex Annosâ
Collapsi, Mole & Splendore Auctum
Multo Parœcorum Charitas
In quibus pientissimæ Heroinæ
D. Aliciæ Duddeley
Munificentia gratum marmoris hujus
moretur eloquium.
Huc etiam accessit aliorum quorundam pietas,
Quibus provisæ in Cœlo sunt grates.

Surgere Cœpit1623.
Ad umbilicos deductum1625.
Muro undiquaque vallatum1631.

Heus! Viator, an effœtum est bonis operibus hoc seculum?

To the raising, finishing, and (in every part of it) richly, and very excellently beautifying of this great Work, there were many good and great Benefactors. The Names of all, with their particular Gifts, my Time gave not leave to compass: Neither, for many of them, could any enquiry get them, they desiring to be concealed, and by vertue of what they have done, obliging those that know them, not to divulge or reveal them.

For the rich and costly Glazing of this Church, the Work and Workmasters thus follow:

A very rich and beautiful Window in the head of the Chanel, of four several Panes or Parts: In the first, the figure of Abraham sacrificing his Son: In the second, Moses with the Tables of the Commandments: In the third, the Figure of the Holy Prophet David: In the fourth and last, Solomon.

The painted Windows.

The Inscription to the first is this:

Credidit Abraham Deo, & reputatum est illi ad Justitiam. Anno Dom. 1628.

Of the second is this:

Erat vir Moyses Mitissimus super omnes homines qui morabantur in terra. 1628.

Of the third this:

Solum medium tutum. 1627.

Of the fourth this:

Dum Spiro, Spero. 1628.

The first of these, was the Charge of Abraham Speckart, Esq;

The second, of Hamo Claxton, Esq;

The third, of Sir John Fenner, Kt.

The fourth of Frauncis Lord Mount-Norris.

A very fair Window on the South side of the Chancel. At the top of it,


Under the Figures in it,

Shelbery 1617. Shelbery and Wrothe.
Domine miserere nostri.

A very fair Window on the North side of the Chancel: two fair Figures in it; the one of the Virgin Mary, with Christ in her Arms; the other of Mary Magdalene.

Under this Window lieth buried, the Body of Mary Pill, of this Parish; which Window was set up at the Charges of Mary Maudit, her Daughter and Heir, 1629.

Under the first these Verses:

From Mary's Tears to Mary's Joy,     
This Mary is translated:
And after threescore Years annoy,     
In Heaven She is instated.
With this, She chose the better Part,     
Never to be repented;
And held her Saviour in her Heart:     
Thus are her Joys augmented.

Under the other these.

This, sought her Saviour at his Tomb,     
His Feet with Tears bedewed,
That, bore our Saviour in her Womb,     
Whereby our Joys renewed.
Then happy Soul, thrice happy this,     
Happily interessed;
In Maries Tears, and Maries Bliss,     
Rest thou for ever blessed.

A very fair Window, with the Kings Arms in it, over the Entrance into the Chancel,

Glazed at the Charge of Sir William Segar, Kt. alias Garter Principal King of Arms, Ann. Dom. 1626.

A very