Honourable Acts of Citizens. 261

Honourable Acts of Citizens.

wherein he was buried. He founded a College in the Parish Church of St. Laurence, called Poultney. He builded the Church called little Alhallows in Thames Street; and the Carmelite Fryars Church in Coventry; he gave Relief to Prisoners in Newgate and the Fleet, and Ten Shillings the Year to St. Giles's Hospital by Oldborne for ever, and other Legacies long to rehearse.

John Stody, Vintner, Maior, 1358. gave to the Vintners all the Quadrant, wherein the Vintners Hall now standeth, with all the Tenements round about, from Stody's Lane, where is founded Thirteen Alms-Houses, for so many poor People, &c.

John Stody.

Henry Picard, Vintner, Maior, 1357. in the Year 1363. did in one Day sumptuously feast Edward the Third, King of England; John, King of France; David, King of Scots; the King of Cipres, then arrived in England; Edward, Prince of Wales, with many other Noblemen; and after kept his Hall for all Comers, that were willing to play at Dice and Hazard. In like manner the Lady Margaret his Wife kept her Chamber to the same Intent, &c.

Henry Picard.

John Lofken, Fishmonger, Four Times Maior, 1367. builded an Hospital called Magdalen's, at Kingstone upon Thames, gave thereunto Nine Tenements, Ten Shops, One Mill, 125 Acres of Land, Ten Acres of Meadow, One Hundred and Twenty Acres of Pasture, &c. More, in London he builded the fair Parish Church of St. Michael in Crooked Lane, and was there buried.

John Lofken.

John Barnes, Maior, 1371. gave a Chest with Three Locks, and a Thousand Marks therein, to be lent to young Men upon sufficient Pawn; and for the Use thereof, to say, De profundis, or Pater noster, and no more: He also was a great Builder of St. Thomas Apostle's Parish Church, as appeareth by his Arms there, both in Stone and Glass.

John Barnes.

In the Year 1378, John Philpot, some Time Maior, hired with his Money 1000 Soldiers, and defended the Realm from Incursions of the Enemy; so that in small Time his hired Men took John Mercer, a Sea-Rover, with all his Ships, which he before had taken from Scarborough, and Fifteen Spanish Ships, laden with great Riches.

John Philpot.

In the Year 1380. Thomas of Woodstock, Thomas Percy, Hugh Calverley, Robert Knowles, and others, being sent with a great Power to aid the Duke of Bretaign, the said John Philpot hired Ships for them of his own Charges, and released the Armour, which the Soldiers had pawned for their Victuals, more than a Thousand in Number.

This most noble Citizen, (saith Thomas Walsingham) that had travelled for the Commodity of the whole Realm, more than all other of his Time, had often relieved the King, by lending him great Sums of Money, and others; deceased in the Year 1384. after that he had assured Lands to the City, for the Relief of Thirteen poor People for ever.

In the Year 1381. William Walworth, then Maior, a most provident, valiant, and learned Citizen, did by his Arrest of Wat Tylar, (a presumptuous Rebel, upon whom no Man durst lay Hands) deliver the King and Kingdom from the Danger of most wicked Traytors, and was for his Service knighted in the Field, [as before hath been related.]

William Walworth's Valiancy.

Nicholas Brembar, John Philpot, Robert Laund, Nicholas Twiford, and Adam Francis, Aldermen, were then for their Service likewise Knighted, and Sir Robert Knowles, for assisting of the Maior was made free of the City.

Sir Robert Knowles thus worthily enfranchized a Citizen, founded a College with an Hospital at Pontfract: He also builded the great Stone Bridge at Rochester, over the River of Medway.

Rob. Knowles.

John Churchman, Grocer, one of the Sheriffs, 1386. for the Quiet of Merchants, builded a cer- tain House upon Woolwharf, in Tower Ward to serve Tronage, or weighing of Wools, and for for the Customer, Comptrollers, Clerks, and other Officers to sit, &c.

John Churchman.

Adam Bamme, Goldsmith, Maior, 1391. in a great Dearth, procured Corn from Parts beyond the Seas, to be brought to London in such Abundance, as sufficed to serve the City, and the Country near adjoining: To the Furtherance of which good Work, he took out of the Orphans Chest in the Guild-Hall 2000 Marks, to buy the said Corn, and each Alderman laid out 20 Pound to the like Purpose.

Adam Bamme.

Tho. Knowles, Grocer, Maior, 1400, with his Brethren the Aldermen, began to new build the Guild-Hall in London, and instead of an old little Cottage in Aldermanbury Street, made a fair and goodly House; more near unto St. Laurence's Church in the Jewry. He re-edified St. Anthony's Church, and gave to the Grocers his House near unto the same, for Relief of the Poor for ever. More, he caused Water to be conveyed to the Gates of Newgate and Ludgate, for Relief of the Prisoners there.

Tho. Knowles.

John Hinde, Draper, Maior 1405. newly builded his Parish-Church of St. Swithen by London-Stone. His Monument is defaced, save only his Arms in the Glass-Windows.

John Hinde.

Thomas Falconer, Mercer, Maior, 1414. lent to King Henry V. towards Maintenance of his Wars in France, 10000 Marks upon Jewels. More, he made the Postern called Moorgate, caused the Ditches of the City to be cleansed, and did many other Things for Good of the same City.

Tho. Falconer.

William Sevenock, Grocer, Maior, 1419. founded in the Town of Sevenock in Kent, a Free School for poor Men's Children, and Thirteen Alms-Houses: His Testament saith Twenty poor Men and Women.

Will. Sevenock.

Richard Whittington, Mercer, Three Times Maior, in the Year 1421. began the Library of the Grey-Friers in London, to the Charge of Four Hundred Pound. His Executors, with his Goods, founded and builded Whittington College for the Poor; with Alms- Houses for Thirteen poor Men; and Divinity Lectures to be read there for ever. They repaired St. Bartholomew's Hospital in Smithfield: They bare some Charges to the Glazing and Paving of the Guildhall: They bare half the Charges of building the Library there; and they builded the West Gate of London, of old Time called Newgate, &c.

Richard Whittington.

John Carpenter, Town-Clerk of London, in the Reign of Henry the Fifth, caused (with great Expences) to be curiously painted upon Board, about the North Cloister of St. Paul's, a Monument of Death, leading all Estates, with the Speeches of Death, and Answer of every State. This Cloister was pulled down, 1549. He also gave Tenements to the City, for the finding and bringing up of Four Men's Childen, with Meat, Drink, Apparel, Learning at the Schools, in the University, &c. until they might be preferred, and then other in their Places for ever.

John Carpenter.

Dance of Death, called the Dance of Paul's.

[His Name stands at the Beginning of the Liber Albus (a Book of great Account in the Records of London.) And it seems to have been writ by him.]

J. S.

Robert Chichley, Grocer, Maior, 1422. appointed by his Testament, that on his Birth- day, a competent Dinner should be ordained for Two Thousand Four Hundred poor Men, Housholders of this City, and every one to have Two-Pence in Money. More, he gave one large Plat of Ground, thereupon to build the new Parish Church of St. Stephen, near unto Walbrooke, &c.

Rob. Chichley.

John Rainwell, Fishmonger, Maior, in the Year, 1427. gave Tenements to discharge certain

John Rainwell.