Ealdgate Ward. St. James Dukes Place. 60

Ealdgate Ward. St. James Dukes Place.

Christ Jesus is the rising
and the Light:
The heat the blessed Spirit
of Truth and Right:
And as these three,
the Globe, the Light, the Heat.
Are all one Sun,
so Three one God compleat:
Thrice Allelujah
speaks about the Rays,
That Three in One
may only have the Praise.

This Temple received Consecration the morrow after New Years Day, in the Year 1622.

The Right Honourable Sir Peter Proby being then Lord Maior; and the Right Worshipful Mr. John Hodges, and Sir Humfrey Hanford, Kt. Sheriffs and Aldermen.

The Names of all the rest of the Honourable Senators, all worthy Patrons of this pious Work, and then present at the Consecration:

Sir John Garrard.
Sir Thomas Bennet.
Sir Thomas Lowe.
Sir Thomas Middleton.
Sir John Leman.
Sir William Cokayne.
Mr. Martin Lumley.
Mr. William Goare.
Mr. John Gore.
Mr. Allen Cotton.
Mr. Cuthbert Hacket.
Mr. William Holiday.
Mr. Robert Johnson.
Mr. Richard Hearne.
Mr. Richard Deane.
Mr. Robert Ducie.


This Sacred Structure,
which this Senate Fames,
Our King hath stil'd
The Temple of St. James.

Nor could I have said so much of this new Church, but only by the friendly Help and Assistance of my honest Well-willer, George Cooper, Clerk there, who under his own Hand delivered the same to me.]

An authentick Copy of the beforesaid Consecration of St. James Duke's Place Church, is preserved in a Register Book of the Parish, being the Deed and Instrument of the Consecration; beginning, Universis & singulis, &c. Georgius permissione Divina London Epus. Salutem in Domino sempiternam, &c. i.e. To all and every one, who, &c. GEORGE, by Divine Permission, Bishop of London, Health in the Lord everlasting, &c. Then it set forth, How the Maior, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City, had prayed him, that he would vouchsafe to separate from all humane or common and profane Uses, and convert to sacred and divine, the Chapel or Church, with the Steeple united to it, to the Honour of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, and for the Propagation of the Gospel; being situate within a certain Precinct commonly called The Duke's Place, within the Gate of the foresaid City, called Algate, of the Diocess and Jurisdiction of London: Heretofore built; but afterwards, by the Authority of Parliament, dissolved and turned to common Uses. But that they had founded and built it again at their great Costs; and had also assigned certain Plots of Ground joyning and contiguous to the said Chap- pel or Church, for burying the faithful Dead therein. Therefore he, the said George Bishop of London, desirous to satisfy the laudable and pious Desires of the said Maior, Aldermen, &c. in that Behalf, did on Thursday the 2. Day of January 1622. between the Hours of 8 and 11 the same Day, come to the Church or Chapel beforesaid. At which Time and Place, he, with the most Reverend Father in Christ, George, by the Divine Providence, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sir Henry Marten, Doctor at Law, and Knight, the Bishop's Vicar General in Spirituals, standing before the West Folding Doors of the Chapel or Church aforesaid; the Honourable Peter Proby Lord Maior of the City, together with some of his Worshipful Brethren, viz. Sir John Leman, Sir John [William] Cockin, Sir Edward Barkham, Knts. Martin Lumley, John Gore, William Gore, Cuthbert Hacket, John [James] Cambel, Richard Herne, Hugh Hammersly, Edward Allen, Robert Ducy, William [George] Whitmore, and Nicholas Reynton, Esqrs. Aldermen of the same City; John Hodges Esq; and Sir Humfrey Hawford [Hanford] Kt. also Aldermen and Sheriffs; and others of the Commonalty accompanying them; came to them; and the said Maior for himself, and the Aldermen and Commonalty publickly offered, gave, delivered, and granted to the said Bishop the Chapel or Church, the Steeple and the Plots of Ground united to them, for the foresaid Uses: Beseeching him to separate the same from all profane Uses by virtue of his Pastoral Office, and to convert them to such as were sacred and divine; and solemnly to dedicate the same to God: And then delivered to him the Keys of the Chapel or Church, and of the Steeple. Which the Bishop receiving, he unlocked and opened the Doors which before were locked, and entred with the Archbishop, &c. and took Possession. And in the very Threshold at his Entrance, blessed the Place after this manner:

An Account of the Manner of the Consecration of this Church.

J. S.

" I was glad when they said unto me, We Will go into the House of the Lord."

"Peace be within these Walls, and Prosperity within these Doors."

"Because thou art a House for the Lord our God, we will seek to do thee good."

"I have chosen and sanctified this Place, that my Name may be there for ever."

"And mine Eyes and mine Heart shall be there perpetually."

Then going a little forward with bended Knees, and Hands towards the East, lifted up to Heaven, he made a devout Prayer, thereby Devoting and Dedicating the Place from that Day for ever unto God, and Consecrating it to his Service only, for hearing his Word, celebrating his Sacraments, and offering up the Sacrifice of Prayer and Thanksgiving.

Then turning to the Congregation standing at the Doors of the Chapel or Church, in the sight of the Lord Maior and Aldermen, and Multitude of the Faithful there present, by a formal Instrument in that Behalf conceived in Writing, and by the Vicar General offered and delivered to the Bishop, he separated the said Chapel or Church, with the Steeple from humane and profane Uses, and dedicated to God; and so declared it to be Dedicated and Consecrated openly and publickly in these Words, In Nomine Dei, &c. i.e. In the Name of God, Amen, We, GEORGE, by the Divine Permission, Bishop of London, &c. therein he mentioned the said Church to be notoriously situated within his Diocess and Jurisdiction; and that he had Dedicated the same to the Worship of the