Cornhil Ward. St. Michaels. 143

Cornhil Ward. St. Michaels.

" Box under the Custody of the four Collectors, to the Sustentation of my said Tenements, and to that Easement of the said Poor of the Parish in manner aforesaid. "

"Item, I wil that within one Month after my Decease, the said two Chaplains shalbe chosen by the Parson and Collectors; and to the Lord Bishop of London, or the Official for the time being, shalbe presented, and by them into the said Chauntry inducted, and Canonically instituted in Form of Law: And so as often, and when it shalbe needful. And if it shall happen that the said Chaplains, or either of them, to behave themselves disorderly, and not to be of good Conversation, or of honest Life, or to be absent from the said Church of St. Peter on Sundays and Holidays at the Canonical Houres, unless they shalbe hindred by some reasonable Cause; I bequeath and will, that after such default, such Delinquent, unless he speedily reform himself, upon the Premonition of the said Parson and Collectors, shalbe displaced; and another honest Chaplain shalbe chosen in his Place. "

"Item, I bequeath and will, that the Keepers of London Bridge for the time being, and their Successors, yearly, viz. between the Feast of St. Michael and All Saints, shall oversee my said Tenements, and also for the Chauntry of the Chaplains aforesaid, bee duely maintained: And if all all other Charges in this my Will bequeathed, be well and faithfully performed; and so successively from year to year, they shall oversee the said four Parishioners, Collectors of the said Rents. And if they shall find any Defaults, they shall cause them to be amended by the Collectors. And that every of the Keepers of the said Bridge shall take for his Labour for overseeing the said Defaults, 3s. 4d. Sterling yearly. And if they shall not come yearly, for that year wherein they shall fail, he or they, which so shall not come, shall have nothing saving unto him, notwithstanding his right to take his Wages aforesaid, if he shall come, and perform this Charge. "

"And if it shall happen, that the said two Chaplains, or either of them for one year, at any time after my Decease, to cease from the Chauntry, that my Tenements aforesaid with the Reversion, may not be holden and kept back, because the two Chaplains cannot be sustained, and the Charges aforesaid paid and sustained, then I bequeath and will, that all my Lands and Tenements aforesaid, together with the Reversion aforesaid, (when it shall happen) and with all and singular their Appurtenances; shall wholly remain unto the Maior and Comminalty, and to their Successors for the time being, to find and sustain the said two Chaplains to celebrate Divine Rites in Form above written, in the Chapel upon London Bridge; and for the Use and Sustentation of the said Bridge for ever.]"

The Parish Church of St. MICHAELS Cornhil.


Then have ye the Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

S. Michael on Cornhil.

Here a Repair follows a Repair so close, that while I speak of the one, I must not forget the other; the former being in the Years of our Lord 1618, 1619, 1620. At the finishing


William Stannard,
George Hil,
Francis Mosse,

Of the Beauty conceive by the Cost, the Charge of it amounting to 644l.

The other in this present year of our Lord 1633. In which the Roof over the Chancel was new trim'd; the Chancel likewise enriched with a fair and very curious Table of Commandments. The Windows about it were new glazed; the Stones thorow the whole Body of the Church taken up, new laid and levelled: and in a word every part of it, at the Cost and Charge of the Parishioners, was well and very worthily beautified;

John Collison,
Richard Norton,
Francis Middleton,

The Charge of this arising to 300l. and upwards.]

This Church was burnt down in the great Fire: and rebuilt and finished 1672. Towards the Charge of rebuilding and beautifying thereof, these were some of the Benefactors, whose Names hang up in a Table in the Church.


J. S.

Sir John Langham Knt. and Bart.500l.
Sir John Mounson20l.
Sir John Cutler30l.
Sir Andrew Riccard100l.
James Clitherow50l.
Mary Scottow20l.

It was again repaired and beautified Anno 1701. This Church hath a very large pair of Organs. The Altar ascending up three or four Steps, hath a very noble Altar-piece; and on each side a Column in imitation of Marble or Porphyry, reaching up to the Ceiling of the Church.

The Steeple was lately quite taken down and rebuilt.]

For the Antiquity thereof, I find that Alnothus the Priest gave it the Abbot and Covent of Covesham *; Reynold Abbot, and the Covent there, did grant the same to Sparling the Priest, in all measures, as he and his Predecessors before had held it: to the which Sparling also, they granted all their Lands which they there had, except certaine Lands which Orgar le Prowde held of them, and paid two Shillings yeerely. For the which Grant, the said Sparling should yeerely pay one Marke of Rent to the said Abbot of Covesham, and finde him his Lodging, Salt, Water, and Fire, when he came to London; this was granted 1133. about the 34 of Henry the first. Thus much for antiquity.

*No such Abbey in England. It seems it should be Eovesham, or Evesham.

Of later Times I find, that Elizabeth Peake Widow, gave the Patronage of this Benefice to the Drapers in London. She lyeth buried in the Belfrey: 1518. Her Monument yet remaineth.

This hath been a fair and beautifull Parish Church, but of late years, since the Surrender of their Lands to Edward the sixth, greatly blemished by the building of four Tenements on the North side thereof, towards the high Street, in place of a green Churchyard, whereby the Church is greatly darkened, and other ways annoyed. The fair new Steeple, or Bell-Tower of this Church, was begun to be builded in the year 1421. which being finished, and a fair Ring of five Bells therein placed; a sixth Bell was added, and given by John Whitwel, Isabel his Wife, and William Rus, or Rous, Alderman and Goldsmith *, about the Year 1430. which Bell named Rus (Nightly to be rung at eight of the Clock, and otherwise for Knels, and in Peals usually rung by one Man, more than an 100 years) of late over-haled by foure or five at once, hath been thrice broken; and therefore not rung as heretofore; and new cast, within the space of ten years, to the Charges of that Parish, more than 100 Marks.

A fair Church.

The Steeple.

This was accounted the best Ring of six Bells to be rung by six Men that was in England for harmony, sweetness of sound and tune.

*One Russe a Draper gave a sixth Bell: Which he named Russe after his own name; first Edit.