Broadstreet Ward. St. Benet Fink. 119

Broadstreet Ward. St. Benet Fink.

Yakesly, the King's Pavilion-maker. This was called the New Hall, or Taylor's Inne, for a difference from their old Hall, which was about the back side of the Red Lion in Basing Lane, and in the Ward of Cordwayner Street.

Taylors Inn.

The 21. of Edward the fourth, Thomas [Holme, alias] Clarentius, Principal King of Armes for the South part of England, granted by his Patents to the said Fraternity and Guild of Saint John Baptist, of Tailors and Linnen Armorers, to beare in a Field Silver, a Pavilion betweene two Mantles Imperiall, Purple, garnished with Gold, in a chiefe Azure, a holy Lambe, set within a Sunne, the Creast upon the Helme, a Pavilion Purple, garnished with Gold, &c.

The Merchant Taylors Arms.

After this, King Henry the 7. being himself a Brother of this Fraternity, or Guild of S. John Baptist, of Tailors or Linnen Armorers, (as divers others his Predecessours Kings had beene) to wit, Richard the 3. Edward the 4. Henry the 6. Henry the 5. Henry the 4. and Richard the 2. And for that divers of that Fraternity had (time out of minde) bin great Merchants, and had frequented all sorts of Merchandises into most Parts of the World, to the Honour of the King's Realme, and to the great Profit of his Subjects, and of his Progenitors, and the Men of the said Mystery, (during the time aforesaid) had exercised the buying and selling of all Wares and Merchandises; especially, of Woollen Cloth, as well in Grosse, as by Retaile, throughout all this Realme of England, and chiefly within the said Citie: therefore he of his especial Grace, did change, transferre and translate the Guild aforesaid, and did incorporate them into the Name of the Master and Wardens of the Merchant-Taylors, of the Fraternity of St. John Baptist, in the Citie of London.

K. Henry 7. incorporates them under the Name of Merchant Taylers.

Some distance West from this, the Merchant Merchant Taylors Hall, is Finkes Lane, so called of Robert Finke, and Robert Finke his Sonne, James Finke, and Rosamond Finke. Robert Finke the elder, new builded the Parish Church of Saint Bennet commonly called Finke, of the Founder; his Tenements were both of Saint Bennets Parish, and Saint Martins Oteswich Parish: the one halfe of this Finke Lane is of Broadstreet Ward; to wit, on the West side, up to the great and principall House, wherein the said Finke dwelled: But on the other side, namely the East, not so much towards Cornhill.

Finke Lane.

The Parish Church of S. BENET FINKE.


Then without this Lane, in the aforesaid Three Needle Street, is the Parish Church of Saint Benet, a proper Church.

St. Benet Finke.

This Church is now repairing. They began in March last 1633. and by Michaelmas at the farthest do make account (God willing) it will be finished: and so compleatly and absolutely, with all things befitting, furnished, that we may for that Time say of this, as of the rest; This Church was repaired, at the Cost and Charge of the Parishioners, richly and very worthily beautified in the Year of our Lord 1633. The Charge of this Repair and beautifying, by what they have done, and what they have to do very probably imagined, likely to amount to 400l. and upwards.



Edward Barock,
Robert Claxton,

In this Church are these Monuments of the Dead.


Robert Simson, and Elizabeth his Wife.

Roger Strange, Esquire. Treryse. William Coolby. John Frey.

Thomas Briar, Plummer, 1410.

[Adde, John Welbe. John Fraye, &c.]

One John Wilcockes Citizen and Cook of London, Inhabitant here, made his last Will dated Jan. 16. 1561. to this Tenor. First, and principally I commend my Soul to Almighty God my Maker and Redeemer; and with repentant hart do ask him Forgiveness, having assured Confidence and Trust to be onely saved by the Merits of Christ's Passion, &c. I will that all my Goods, Chattells and Debts shall be divided into 3 egal Parts. Whereof I will one egal Part to Mawdekin my well-beloved Wife. And one other Part I will shal be egally divided amongst my Children, Peter Wilcockes, &c. And the 3d egal Part and Portion of all my said Goods, &c. I do reserve to my self and to mine Executors hereafter named, therewith to perfourm my Legacies and Bequests hereafter specified: that is to say. First I will that my said Executors shall within 8 Days next after my Decease give and distribute to and among the poorest and neediest Parishioners of the said Parish of St. Benedict Fink for God's Sake 53s. 4d. Item, I give and bequeath to and amongst the poor People within the Hospital of Christ's Church in London 3l. 6s. 8d. To poor Maidens Marriages that shal be married within the said Parish 4l. that is to say, to every one of them 3s. 4d. as far as the same will extend, &c.

One Wilcocks buried here.

His Will.

J. W.

Where note, that what was formerly in Mens Wills given to Priests to pray for their Souls, was now (Religion being lately reformed) given to the Poor and to Hospitals.]

By this Pillar was buried the Body of Dame Anne Awnsham, who dyed the 23. of December, 1613. being neere 12. yeeres the Wife of Sir Gedeon Awnsham, of Istleworth in the County of Middlesex, Knight: And before, the Wife to William Barradaile, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, dwelling in this Parish together some 30. yeeres. He dyed in March, 1600. who by his Will gave 5. Pounds to the Poore of this Parish, and 6. Pounds, 13. Shillings, 8. Pence, toward the building a Loft in the Church, besides his other Legacies to the Poore in other Places. And the said Dame Anne, besides her other good Deeds to Istleworth, and other Places, she also appointed five Pounds to the Poore of this Parish, which the said Sir Gedeon paid. As they both (Thankes be to God) lived godly and well: so they could not but dye well, by the onely Mercy of Jesus Christ.

A. M.

In this Church, (being one of those burnt down by the great Fire) are no new Monuments, but a Memorial (in a Table of Benefactors) of George Holman, Esq; that have a 1000l. towards the finishing of the new Erection of it.

Benefactors and Charities.

J. S.

Anne Thriscrosse, Widow, by her Will dated 1664. gave 100l. The Interest whereof, to put forth poor Childen born in the Parish, to be Apprentises.

John Shield, An. 1617. gave 40s. to be disposed yearly on S. Thomas Day.

Sir John Allen, gave 9s. payable by the Mercers Company.

Alderman Stiles and Lambrick's Gift: After every 16 Years, 20s. payable by the Grocers Company.

Mrs. Donn gave yearly at Christmas 3s. payable by the Ironmongers.

The Glebe is rebuilt upon since the great Fire by Nicholas Wood for 40 Years, at 15l. per ann.


Upon a Grave Stone in the Chancel for one lately deceased, are these Words engraven: