|The Life of JOHN STOW. ||iij
Household Stuff. These were not of equal Credit with the Drapers and Taylors,
their Trades came near.
In the Year 1544, Stow was in some great Danger, by reason of a false
in against him by a Priest. But the Priest's Perjury, either against him or
some other, at
length was discovered, and met with a due Desert; the Priest being adjudged in
Starchamber to stand upon the Pillory, and have his Check marked with F A, for
In danger by Perjury.
How soon Stow removed from Cornhill is uncertain; but in the Third of Edw. VI.
Anno 1549, I find him dwelling by the Well within Aldgate, where now a Pump
between Leadenhallstreet and Fanchurchstreet. While he lived here, a Rebellion
Insurrection happened in many Places of England, and particularly in Norfolk and
and spreading to some Parts of Essex, One of which County happened to be executed upon
a Gibbet in the Pavement before Stow's Door, by Martial Law; and that by the
Accusation of one Sir Stephen, Curate of Creechurch, a zealous but fantastical
poor Man, being the Bailiff of Rumford, had the misfortune to come to Town in
of these Broils, and to light into the Company of the said Sir Stephen; who
News? He told him, That many were up in Essex; but that Thanks be to God,
in good quiet about them. But whatever Surmise Sir Stephen had against this
whatever Mistake he made of his Words, he presently goes and informs against
tho' he were concerned in the Rebellion; a Man very well beloved and of good
where he lived. But he was brought the very next Morning before a Court
sentenced immediately to be hanged in the Parish upon a Gibbet, set up in the
named. And so was brought early by the Sheriffs of London and the Knight
where Stow, standing at his own Door, saw the sad Sight, and heard him speak to
"That he was come to thither to dye, but knew not for what Offence,
Words by him spoken Yesternight to Sir Stephen, the Curate and Preacher of that
which were these; That asking him, What News in the Country? He answered, Heavy
News: And when the other said, What? He replied, there were many Men up in
that, Thanks be to God, all was in good quiet about them. And this was all,
said he, as
God be my Judge."
But Sir Stephen, saith Stow, to avoid the Reproach of the
left the City, and was never heard of since to his Knowledge. Of this Priest,
Stow living in
that Parish, tells other odd Things, shewing his Zeal, but little Discretion.
Stow lives against the Pump within
One executed there at his own Door.
Afterward Stow removed his Dwelling into Limestreet Ward, in the Parish of St.
where he continued till his Death, following his beloved Study of the History
of England more than his
Trade: By occasion whereof he reduced himself at last to some Streights.
Lives in Limestreet-Ward.
Let me add here a Piece of Service he did for this Ward; which was, that he
shewed the true
Bounds of it, there especially where Bishopsgate Ward had encroached on this
Limestreet, and taken in three Houses and certain Land near London Wall, that
West of the Chapel of St. Augustines Papey; which he vindicated to belong to
and neither to Aldgate Ward on one side, nor to Bishopsgate Ward on the other;
contended for them. And that he did by certain Old Leases and Grants, and
the Book of the said Papey. And perhaps it is that very Book, that is to this
Day kept in the
Cotton Library. The shewed thence to the Contenders about it, how there was a
from the Maior and Aldermen of London, 6 Edw. 4. to the Fraternity of the Papey,
certain Grounds both East and West, of a Brick-Wall that the Master and Wardens
same had made, to close in the Chapel of St. Augustines, called The Papey
in the Parish of All Saints in the Wall, in the Ward of Limestreet; for which
they were to
yield to the City 4d. Sterling every Michaelmas."
And so it was enrolled in
Guildhall, London, as he found in the said Lib. Papie'. Which was a sufficient
some Plot of Ground (which is no Question, now much improved by Building) to be
Limestreet Ward. And again, when once Aldgate Ward had claimed this Plot of
the same Stow shewed them a fair Ledger Book, sometime pertaining to the Priory
Holy Trinity within Aldgate, wherein were set down the just Bounds of Aldate
before Sir Thomas Offley, Alderman of Aldgate Ward; Sir Rowland Heyward,
of Limestreet Ward; the Common Council and Wardmote of the same Ward: Whereupon
Sir Thomas Offley gave over his Challenge until the Year 1579, wherein Sir
Maior and Alderman of Bishopsgate Ward, challenged the foresaid Houses to be of
Ward. Whereunto, saith Stow, without reason shewed, Sir Rowland Heyward
And so he plainly leaveth upon Record, that the Side of the Street, almost to
is unjustly drawn, and withholden from the Ward of Limestreet.
Vindicates the Bounds of this Ward at the
I find him here still inhabiting in this Ward, Anno 1585. In which Year there
was a great
Muster of Soldiers in London before Q. Elizabeth, consisting of Four Thousand
which the City set forth and furnished with Arms. For bearing the Charge
Sums of Money were levied upon the Citizens in their several Wards. In
were two Collectors, whereof John Stow was one, as one George Spering was the
who accordingly paid in their Collections into the Hands of one Willibram,
appointed as it
seems thereunto. The Credit and good Esteem Mr. Stow had in the Place where he
appeared by this Trust reposed in him.
He is a Collector for a great Muster, in