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Limestreet Ward. Present State.

then follows the Instrument of the Donation of the Papey Church, as before.]

The Parishioners of this Church were appointed to the Parish Church of Allhallows in the Wall, which is in Broadstreet Ward. This Brotherhood, called Papey, being suppressed, the Church of St. Augustine was pulled down, and in place thereof one Grey, an Apothecary, builded a Stable, and a Hay-loft. It is now a dwelling House, reserving the Churchyard for a Garden Plot. Those two Parish Churches, both lying in the Ward of Limestreet, being thus suppressed, there is not any one Parish Church or Place for Divine Service in that Ward, but the Inhabitants thereof repair to Churches out of their Ward, namely to St. Peter upon Cornhill in Cornhill Ward, St. Andrew in Aldgate Ward, Allhallows in the Wall in Broadstreet Ward, and some to St. Dennis in Langborn Ward.

No Parish Church in this Ward.

Now because of late there hath been some Question, to what Ward this Church or Chapel of St. Augustine Papey, should of right belong; (for the same hath been challenged by them of Aldgate Ward, and (without reason) taken into Bishopsgate Ward, from Limestreet Ward) I am somewhat to touch it.

About 30 Years since, the Chamber of London granted a Lease of Ground (in these Words) Lying near London Wall, in the Ward of Limestreet, from the West of the said Church or Chapel of St. Augustine Papey, towards Bishopsgate, &c. On the which Plot of Ground, the Leasee builded three fair Tenements, and placed Tenants there: these were charged to bear Scot and Lot, and some of them to bear Office in Limestreet Ward: all which they did willingly without grudging. And when any suspected or disordered Persons were by the Landlord placed there, the Officers of Limestreet Ward fetched them out of their Houses, committed them to ward, procured their due Punishments, and banished them from thence. Whereby in short time that Place was reformed, and brought into good Order: which thing being noted by them of Aldgate Ward, they moved their Alderman, Sir Thomas Offley, to call in those Houses to be of his Ward. But I myself shewing a fair Ledgier Book, sometime pertaining to the late dissolved Priory of the Holy Trinity within Aldgate, wherein were set down the just Bounds of Aldgate Ward, before Sir Thomas Offley, Sir Rowland Hayward, the Common Council, and Wardmote Inquest of the said Limestreet Ward; Sir Thomas Offley gave over his Challenge, and so that Matter rested in good Quiet until the Year 1579. that Sir Richard Pype (being Maior of Bishopsgate Ward) challenged those Houses to he of his Ward, whereunto (without reason shewed) Sir Rowland Hayward yielded: and thus is that side of the Street, from the North Corner of St. Mary Street almost to Bishopsgate, (wherein is one Plot of Ground, letten by the Chamberlain of London to the Parish of St. Martin Oteswich, to be a Churchyard or Burying-place for the Dead of that Parish &c. ) unjustly drawn from the Ward of Limestreet.

Houses by London Wall in the Ward of Limestreet.

Stow vindicates Limestreet Ward, as to some Bounds of it.

A Part of Limestreet Ward unjustly withheld by Bishopsgate Ward.

Divers others Proofs I could set down, but this one following may suffice. The Maior and Aldermen of London made a Grant to the Fraternity of the Papey, in these Words:

" Be it remembred, that where now of late the Master and Wardens of the Fraternity of the Papey have made a Brick Wall, closing in the Chapel of St. Augustine, called Papey Chapel, situate in the Parish of All Saints in the Wall, in the Ward of Limestreet of the City of London: from the South East Corner of the which Brick Wall, is a Scutcheon of 21 Foot of Assize from the said Corner Eastward: And from the same Scutcheon there to a Message of 55 Foot and an half Westward: the said Scutcheon breaketh out of Line right Southward, betwixt the Measures aforesaid, three Foot and five Inches of Assize, upon the common Ground of the City aforesaid: Ralph Verney, Maior, and the Aldermen of the same City, the 22. day of October, the sixth year of Edward IV. granted to John Hod, Priest, Mr. John Bolt, and Tho. Pachet, Priests, Wardens of the Fraternity of Papey aforesaid, and to their Successors for ever, &c. yielding 4d. Sterling yearling at Michaelmas. And this is (saith my Book) inrolled in the Guildhall of London. Which is a suffcient Proof, the same Plot of Ground to be of Limestreet Ward."

A Grant to the Papey.

Lib. Papey.

On the South side of this Street, stretching West from St. Mary Street, towards Bishopsgate Street, there was (of old time) one large Messuage builded of Stone and Timber in the Parish of St. Augustine in the Wall, now in the Parish of Allhallows in the same Wall, belonging to the Earl of Oxford, (for Richard de Vere, Earl of Oxford, possessed it in the fourth of Henry V.) but in Process of Time, the Lands of the Earl fell to Females; amongst the which, one being married to Wingfield of Suffolk, this House with the Appurtenances fell to his Lot, and was by his Heir, Sir Robert Wingfield, sold to Mr. Edward Cooke, at this time the Queen's Attorney General. This House being greatly ruinated of late time, for the most part hath been letten out to Poulterers, for Stabling of Horses and Stowage of Poultry. But now lately bew builded into a number of small Tenements, letten out to Strangers, and other mean People.

An old large Messuage.

Patent Oxford Place.

Who was afterward Lord Chief Justice Cooke.

It was ordered by the Lord Maior and Aldermen, at a Court holden on Thursday the 24. of April, in the fourth Year of Edward VI. That the Chamberlain of London should yearly pay unto the Scavenger of Limestreet Ward 20s. by even Portions, out of the Profit coming by the Butchers Stalls in Leadenhall, toward the cleansing and sweet keeping of the same Ward.

The Scavenger of Limestreet Ward Hum. Dyson.

One Note more of this Ward, and so an End: I find of Record, that in the year 1371. the 45th of Edward III. a great Subsidy of 100000 Pounds was granted towards the King's Wars in France. Whereof the Clergy payed 50000 Pounds, and the Laity 50000 Pounds, to be levied in 39 Shires of England, containing Parishes 8600. Of every Parish, 5l. 16s. the greater to help the lesser. This City (as one of the Shires) then containing 24 Wards, and in them 110 Parishes, was therefore assessed to 635l. 12s. whereof Limestreet Ward did bear 34s. and no more; so small a Ward it was, and so accounted, as having no one whole Parish therein, but small Portions only, of two Parishes in that Ward.

Subsidy of Limestreet Ward, in the Year 1371.

Now to describe the modern State of this Ward: We begin with Leadenhall Street; which is spacious, populous, and well inhabited: but the Houses escaping the great Fire Ann. 1666. are not so sightly and uniform. In this Street are these Places: Sharp's Alley seated against the East India House indifferent good. Token-House Yard, but small; hath a Passage in Leadenhall. The King's Arms Inn, on the North of the Street, near unto St. Mary Axe; of a good Trade for Stage Coaches and Waggons out of Essex. The East India House on the South Side of the Street, formerly Sir William Craven's, a very large Building, with spacious Rooms very commodious for such a publick Concern. It hath a large Hall and Court Yard for the Reception of People,

The present State of this Ward.

R. B.

Leadenhall Street.

Sharp's Alley.

Token-House Yard.

The King's Arms Inn.

East India House.