A MAPP OF LIME STREET WARD
being so built apart to prevent the danger of firing their Books, &c.
This Office hath another Gate for Entrance out of Seething Lane;
and another back Passage into Tower Hill, through Muscovy Court.
Bunt's Yard seated not far from the Navy Offce Eastward, a pretty
large Place, but only for Stablings. Allam Yard taken up for
Warehouses. River Street, a good large open Place, with Brick
Buildings, well inhabited, leads into great Tower Hill. Out of this
Street on the East side is Colchester Street, hath good Brick
Buildings; falls into Woodroff Lane, which begins at Crouched
Fryers, and so falls into Tower Hill, in which Lane is a mixture of
Brick and Timber Houses pretty well built, and inhabited. In this
Lane is Chain Alley, which at the upper End hath a good House
with a Garden unto it. At the upper End of this Lane, and fronting
Crouched Fryers, are new Brick Buildings called Gold Square, well
inhabited. Gunpowder Alley hath at the upper End 10
Almshouses for Men and their Wives, being the Gift of the Lord
Banning, and now called Oxford's Almshouses, the Earl marrying
an Heiress of the Banning's; but these have but small Allowances.
comes out here into Poor Jury Lane, where is a large Brewhouse
belonging to Captain Starkey, Black Horse Yard for Stablings, with
some dwelling Houses in it. Flower de lis Court but small, Three
Crown Court, a pretty handsome open Place, with a Free Stone
Pavement. Holsey's Rents, very small and ordinary. Carpenters
Yard, a good handsome Court, pretty well inhabited. George Alley,
long and narrow, with a Passage to Aldgate.]
Black Horse Yard.
Flower de lis Court.
Three Crown Court.
This Ward hath and Alderman, his Deputy, Common Counsellors,
six; Constables, six; Scavengers, nine; Wardmote-men for Inquest,
18; and a Beadle. It is taxed to the Fifteen in London at 5l. [In the
first Edition it was at 46l. and accounted in the Exchequer to 45l.
There are to watch at the several Stands in this Ward, every Night,
besides the Constable and Beadle, 34 Watchmen; and for the
Liberty of Dukes Place 10. In all 44.
The Jury-men returned by the Wardmote Inquest, are to serve as
Jurors in the several Courts in Guild-Hall, in the Month of January.]
The Alderman of this Ward is Sir Samuel Stanier, Knt.
The Bounds of it .
The Manor of Leadenhall .
Simon Eyre a famous Citizen .
The Bread Carts of Bow ,
St. Mary at Axe Parish .
The Parish of St. Augustine at the Wall .
The present State of this Ward .
THE next is Limestreet Ward, and taketh
the Name Limestreet, of making or selling of Lime there, (as is
supposed.) The East Side of this Limestreet, from the North Corner
thereof, to the midst is of Ealdgate Ward, as is aforesaid: The West
Side, for the most part, from the North Corner, Southward, is of
this Limestreet Ward: The South End on both Sides is of
Langbourn Ward: The Body of this Limestreet Ward, is of the high
Street called Cornhill Street, which stretcheth from Limestreet on
the South Side, to the West Corner of Leadenhall: And on the North
Side, from the South West Corner of St. Mary Street, to another
Corner over against Leadenhall.
Limestreet, whence so called.
High Street of Cornhill.
Now for St. Mary Street, the West Side thereof is of this Limestreet
Ward, and also the Street which runneth by the North End of this
St. Mary Street, on both Sides; from thence West to an House
called the Wrestlers, a Sign so called, almost to Bishopsgate. And
these are the Bounds of this small Ward.
St. Mary Street.
Monuments, or Places notable in this Ward, be these: In
Limestreet are divers fair Houses for Merchants and others: There
was sometime a Mansion House of the King's, called the King's
Artirce, whereof find Record in the 14th of Edward I. but now
grown out of Knowledge. I read also of another great House in the
West Side of Limestreet, having a Chapel on the South, and a
Garden on the West, then belonging to the Lord Nevill; which
Garden is now called the Greenyard of the Leadenhall.
Places of Note in this Ward.
An House in Limestreet, called the King's Artirce.
This House, in the Ninth of Richard II. pertained to Sir Simon
Burley, and Sir John Burley
his Brother: And of late the said House was taken down, add the
fore Front thereof new builded of Timber, by Hugh Offley,
At the North West Corner of Limestreet, was (of old time) one
great Messuage, called Benbridge's Inn: Raphe Holland, Draper,
about the Year 1452. gave it to John Gill, Master, and to the
Wardens and Fraternity of Taylors, and Linen Armorers of St. John
Baptist in London, and to their Successors for ever. They did set
up in place thereof a fair large Frame of Timber, containing in the
high Street one great House, and before it, to the Corner of
Limestreet, three other Tenements, the Corner House being the
largest: And then down Limestreet divers proper Tenements. All
which the Merchant Taylors in the Reign of Edward VI. sold to
Stephen Kirton, Merchant Taylor and Alderman. He gave with his
Daughter Grisild, to Nicholas Woodroffe, the said great House, with
two Tenements before it, in lieu of an hundred Pounds, and made
it up in Money, three hundred sixty six Pounds, thirteen Shillings,
four Pence. This worshipful Man, and the Gentlewoman his
Widow after him, kept those Houses down Limestreet in good
Reparations, never put out but one Tenant, took no Fines, nor
raised Rents of them, which was ten Shillings the piece yearly: But
whether that Favour did over-live her Funeral, the Tenants now
can best declare the contrary.
Next unto this on the high Street was the Lord Souches Messuage
or Tenement, and other. In place whereof, Richard Wethel,
Merchant Taylor, builded a fair House, with an high Tower, the
second in number, and first of Tim-
Messuage of the L. Sowch.
An House with an high Tower.