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and Tenement in this Parish, after the Decease of his Wife and Brother unto the
and Churchwardens of this Parish; upon Trust that they shall out of the Rent and
thereof yearly distribute among seven poor Women of this Parish in most Want,
shall cause one Sermon yearly to be preached in this Church, on the Day he shall
buried, by some godly Preacher: And shall give to him for his pains for every
10s. And that the Churchwardens may take other, 10s. And all the rest of the
and Profits of the said Messuage or Tenement shall be to the Use of the Poor of
Note, This House is leased out to Tho. Kirkes, by Indenture dated Nov. 21. 1689.
fifty Years, at 8l. per ann. he having rebuilt the same at his own Charge.
1636. April 20. Joyce Featly by her Will, or Writing indented Tripartite, did
that after the Death of Dr. Dan. Featly, her Husband, and her self, yearly to be
her Heirs, out of the Rents and Profits of a Messuage in the Parish of Lambeth
Surry, (being Copyhold of the Manor of Kennington) for ever, 4l. per ann. to be
to the Vicar and Churchwardens of this Parish by quarterly Payments upon Trust
distribute 12d. thereof weekly every Sunday in Bread. And 20s. thereof yearly
Preacher, to preach on the Day of her Burial [and that happened on the 3. Oct.
And in default of such Sermon, that said 20s. to go to the Poor of the Parish.
yearly to be bestowed in upholding her Father's Tomb. And the other 2s. yearly
Sexton, for keeping clean the same Tomb.
Note, That this Annuity did accrue due and payable in the Year 1645, upon the
the said Dr. Featly (who dyed April 21. that said Year.) But the Heirs of the
refusing to pay the same, the Vicar and Churchwardens sued out an Inquisition
the Statute for charitable Uses: And in December 1648. obtained a Decree for the
Payment thereof. But the Manor of Kennington being vested in the Crown; and by
reason of the Change of Governent and Confusion in those Times, the said Decree
never put in Execution, or revived until the Year 1702. when the Vicar and
Churchwardens sued out a Writ of Scire facias, to revive the same Decree. To
one Nicholas Lampen, and others in Possession of the Premisses, put in
And the Matter coming to be heard before the Right Honourable the Lord Keeper,
13. 1703. his Lordship dismist the said Exceptions, and ordered the Payment of
said Annuities from Michaelmas 1703; but (for some reasons) with a Remittance of
Arrears. Which Order is made a final Decree of the Court of Chancery; and so
in the Pettybag Office, March 1703.
1682. May 23. Diana Astrey of this Parish, Widow, did by her Will give 10s.
for ever to the Minister of this Parish, for better encouragement to preach, and
Clerk 2s. 6d. for ever, 12s. 6d.
1684. May 16. By an Indenture (concluding an Agreement between Sir John
Laurence, Knt. and the Parishioners of this Parish) he obliged himself and his
Executors, &c. to pay a Legacy of 100l. given to this Parish by Adam
Merchant, by his Will dated Mar. 23. 1656. and to pay 150l. due for Interest of
same at that time; and to pay 100l. more for leave to make a Vault in the Parish
for the Use of himself and his Family: The said Sir John Laurence did by the
Indenture therefore grant to several Persons and their Heirs for
ever, in Trust of the Parish, one Annuity or Rent Charge of 20l per ann. to be
out of a Messuage or Tenement in this Parish, now in the Year 1703. in the
of John Seayre, with a Clause for Distress: Redeemable upon payment of 350l. and
Annuity thereupon to cease.
Note, This 20l. per ann. is to be applied towards the encouragement of the
for the Use of the Poor: at the Direction of the Parishioners in Vestry
There is to be received yearly at Christmas by the Alderman of the Ward of
Bishopsgate, or his Beadle, 2s. being the Gift of Margaret Dunn, payable from
Ironmonger's Company, for the Use of the Poor of this Parish.]
This Church of St. Helen's and Rectory was once in the Parish, if they could but
kept it, being held of the Crown by Lease. And there is, in a Parish Book
this Parish, the Copy of a Lease, from Queen Elizabeth to Cæzar Aldermarie
is writ for Adelmare] Esq; and Thomas Colcel [or Colshill] Parishioners and
of St. Helen's Parish in the City of London, for and in the Name of all
Inhabitants there, upon their Desire, to be to them granted, of the Rectory of
Parish: for that Intent and purpose, that the Rents, Issues and Profits of the
from time to time rise, grow and increase, to the Use, Profit and Commodity of
Parishioners there. Therfore in Consideration of 17l. 12s. 2d. paid by the said
Cæzar Aldermarie and Tho. Colcel at the Receipt of the Exchequer, she,
Queen Elizabeth) granted, and to Ferme devised to them, all that Rectory and
and Church of St. Ellen's in the said City: Except and reserved unto her Majesty
her Heirs, the Advowson of the Vicarage there. To have and to hold the said
Parish and Church, Messuages, Houses, Tithes, Oblations and other Profits, to
Cæzar and Thomas, their Executors and Assigns, from the Feast of St.
the Archangel, unto the Term of one and twenty Years: Yielding and paying
yearly unto her, her Heirs and Successors 8l. 16s. 1d. The said Cæzar and
Thomas to pay as well the Priests Wages, there doing divine Service, and all
Sums of Money for Bread and Wine and other Necessaries in the Church, to be
expended and paid.
The Rectory of St. Helen's let to the Parish.
Then there was a Clause, that the said Farmers shall repair the Chancel and
the said Rectory belonging. And likewise a Clause, that after such reasonable
Money received, paid and deducted, as they laid out, as well for the Fine of
or otherwise about the Sum and obtaining the same, or of these Letters Patents;
from thenceforth, all such Issues and Profits coming and issuing of the same
Parsonage, all Charges of the said Parsonage being deducted, they shall convert
dispose to the Use and Commodity of the Parishioners, or cause to be converted
disposed, during the said Term. This was dated May the 27. in the tenth Year of
The Parish seems to have this Rectory in Lease before. For I find, that March
1564. the Parish paid Mr. Colshill, for the Charge of the Lease of the said
20l. according to an order taken in Vestry.
One of this Farmers of the Rectory, viz. Mr. Cæzar, died soon after the
Lease, namely Ano 1569. And seems to have been the Father of Sir Julius
Cæzar, a Civilian, and a great Man under Queen Elizabeth and King James I.
being Judge of the Admiralty and a Privy Counsellor: Who lies buried in St.