|The Life of JOHN STOW. ||xxvi
was not permitted a Resting Place for his Bones there in his own Vault, being
to make room for another, was a severe but just Reflection upon those that were
that Ingratitude and Inhumanity. Thomas Lodge, sometime Maior was, buried in
and Monuments for him set up in the Place of Keble's Monument.
Again, he noted it as a Mark of great Ingratitude upon the Parish of St. Michael
that the Tombs there on the North side of the Choir, of Robert Drope, sometime
the Lady Lisle, sometime Wife of the said Drope, were pulled down, and no
remaining of them: and one Peter Houghton laid in their Vault: Both which had
considerable Benefactors to that Parish, and Church. She gave her great
the Appurtenences: Which her Executors assured to the Parson and Churchwardens
their Successors, to keep Yearly her Obit or Anniversary: Part to be spent on
the Poor, and
the rest of the Profits to be employed in the Reparation of the Church. And
called the Lady Lisle's Lands, the Parish enjoyed for many Years, having let a
Lease of it
for 60 Years at the Rent of 8l. 13s. 4d. Notwithstanding, afterwards they gave
it up as
Chauntry Land, and wronged themselves. This was the Parish's Disregard and most
ingrateful slight of this good Lady (which Stow leaves upon Record) to reject
Remembrance of Her, by letting her Monument perish, and of her Gift to be so
And Drope's and his Lady.
Such a Hint of Ingratitude he gave those that were concerned in it, concerning
Allen in King Henry the Eighth's time, who was the Founder of Mercers Chapel,
very fair and beautiful Building; and was himself buried there with a Tomb over
Which was afterwards removed into the Church belonging to the Hospital of St.
Acars: And his Body-Room divided into Shops, let out for Rent. And his Tomb is
since utterly gone into Oblivion: And his Memory must have been lost as well as
Monument, had it not been preserved by good Mr. Stow in his Survey.
And Sir John Allen's Tomb removed.
Further, for this Sacrilege towards Monuments, he leaveth a Sarcastical Reproach
Parish and Churchwardens of Alhallows Staining; where he speaks
down their Monuments, and sweeping them out of their Church: and that the
Churchwardens were forced to make a large Account for Brooms, viz. twelve
besides the carying away of the Stones and Brass thereof at their own
The Monuments in Staining Church. Langb.
He left also a Mark of Ignominy, on one who was Vicar of Shorditch (his Name was
Hanmer) on the same sacrilegious Account.
"Of late, saith he, a Vicar there,
Covetousness of the Brass, which
he converted into coined Silver, plucked up many Plates fixed on the Graves; and
Memory of such as had been buried under them. A great Injury, added he, both to
Living, and to the Dead: Forbidden by publick Proclamation in the Reign of our
Lady Q. Elizabeth. But not forborn of many, that either of a preposterous Zeal,
or of a
greedy Mind spare not to satisfy themselves by so wicked a Means."
Brass torn away from Graves in
And as it grieved him to see the Monuments in Churches so violated, so he was
grieved at the Overthrow of Churches themselves, and so many noble venerable
of Religion: And he could not forbear sometimes to express his Admiration of
antient Works, the Effects of former Piety and Devotion: and with as much
Modesty as he
could, to reprove such as pulled them down for their own Gain and Covetousness.
such a Touch he wiped the old Marquis of Winchester, who obtained the Augustin
London: or some other. To which belonged a most curious spired Steeple, small,
and strait, which Stow was mightily delighted with, and said, he had not seen
the like. The
small Spire of this Church had been overthrown by a Tempest of Wind An. 1362.
raised anew to that Beauty in which he had seen it. And so, said he, it might
had not private Benefit (the only Devourer of Antiquity) pulled it down. And
how the goodly Steeple, and all the East part of the Church was taken down, and
for one Man's Commodity raised in the Place; London, he said, had lost a goodly
Monument; and Time hereafter might more talk of it.
Grieved at the demoiishing of antient Churches
and Religious Structures.
There is one thing more I must take notice of in Mr. Stow's Temper; which
perhaps may be
lookt upon as a fond Thing in him, and not worthy troubling his Head about. It
he could not endure the high Turrets, and Buildings run up to a great Heighth,
Citizens in his Time (especially in Q. Elizabeth's Reign) laid out their Money
overtop and overlook their Neighbours, Such sort of advanced Works, both Towers
Chimneys, they built both in their Summer-Houses in Moorfields and in other
Places in the
Suburbs, and in their Dwelling Houses in the City it self. He compared them to
bearing great Shew but little Worth: and
"that they were like Midsummer
Towers, Turrets and Chimney Tops, not so much for Use and Profit as for Shew and
Pleasure; Bewraying, said he, the Vanities of Mens Minds. And that it was
unlike to the
Disposition of the antient Citizens, who delighted in the building of Hospitals,
Almshouses for the Poor: and therein both employed their Wits, and spent their
preferment of the common Commodity of this our City."
By which Words meaning
upbraid the Degeneracy of the
Disliked building high Turrets upon