Langborne Ward. 151

Langborne Ward.
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several Courts in Guildhall in the Month of January.]

And so let this suffice for Cornhil Ward. In which be Governors, an Alderman, his Deputy, Common Counsillours four, [or six] Constables four, Scavengers four, Wardmote Inquest sixteen, and a Beadle. It is charged to the fifteen at 16l.

The Alderman of this Ward is Sir Thomas Scawen Knt.



LANGBORNE WARD, and Fenny about.

St. Gabriel Fenchurch. St. Dionys Backchurch. Alhallows Grass church in Lumbard Street: Why so called. St. Edmond the King. William de la Pole, the Kings Merchant. The Bounds on the South. Alhallows Stane church. St. Nicholas Acon. St. Mary Woolnoth. The present State of this Ward.

LAngborne Ward is so called, of a long Bourn of sweet Water, which (of old Time) breaking out into Fenchurch street, ran down the same Street, and Lombard street, to the West end of S. Mary Woolnoth's Church, where turning South, and breaking into many small Shares, Rils or Streams, it left the Name of Shareborne Lane, or Southborne Lane, (as I have read) because it ran South to the River of Thames. This Ward beginneth at the West end of Aldgate Ward in Fenchurch street, by the Ironmongers Hall, which is on the North side of that Street, at a Place called Culver Alley, where sometime was a Lane, through the which Men went into Lime street; but that being long since stopped up, for Suspicion of Thieves that lurked there by Night, as is shewed in Lime street Ward; there is now in this said Alley, a Tennis Court, &c.

Langborne Ward, and Fenny about.

Shareborne or Southborne Lane.

Culver Alley.

Lane stopped up.

Fenchurch street took that Name of a fenny or moorish Ground, so made by means of this Bourn which passed thorough it; and therefore (until this Day) in the Guild Hall of this City, that Ward is called by the Name of Langborne, and Fenny about, and not otherwise: Yet others be of Opinion, that it took that Name of Fœnum, that is, Hay sold there, as Grasse street took the Name of Grass or Herbs there sold.

Fenchurch Street.



In the midst of this Street standeth a small Parish Church, called S. Gabriel Fenchurch, corruptly Fanchurch.

Parish Church of S. Mary and S. Gabriel.

This Church was enlarged in Length nine Feet, richly and very worthily beautified at the proper Cost and Charges of the Parish, in the Years of our Lord God 1631, and 1632.

Beautified and enlarged.


Thomas Colt,
George Godscal,

The Cost of it arising to 537l. 7s. 10.

A very fair Figure of the King's Arms in Glass in the Chancel Window, was the Free Gift of Thomas Clark of this Parish, Glazier.

Over Head,

Touch not mine Annointed.


Qui Leo de Juda est, & Flos de Jesse Lyrista     
Carmina qui Sacro psallere sacra dedit,
Dulcisonam ó faciat Citharam, fortêsque Leones     
Fœcundet florem, Carole magne, tuum.]

Helming Legget, Esq; by License of Edward the third, in the 49. of his Reign, gave one Tenement, with a Curtelage thereto belonging, and a Garden with the Entry thereto leading, unto Sir John Hariot, Parson of Fen Church, and to his Successors for ever; the House to be a Parsonage House, the Garden to be a Church Yard, or Burying Place for the Parish. [This Church being burnt down by the Fire, was built no more, whereby the Street is the fairer.]

In Fenchurch street was an eminent House called Denmark House, where the Russia Ambassador was lodged in the Time of Queen Mary.]

Denmark House.

Pet. Le Neve.

Then have ye Lombard street, so called of the Longobards, and other Merchants, Strangers of divers Nations, assembling there twice every Day, of what Original, or Continuance, I have not read of Record, more than that Edward the Second, in the Twelfth of his Reign, confirmed a Messauge sometime belonging to Robert Turke, abutting on Lombard street toward the South, and toward Cornhil on the North, for the Merchants of Florence; which proveth that Street to have had the Name of Lombard street before the Reign of Edward the Second.

Lombard Street so called before Ed. 2.

As the Merchants formerly met here for Traffick, so the Popes Merchants also chaffered here for their Commodities, and had good Markets for their Wafer Cakes sanctified at Rome, their Pardons, &c. For so I read in an old Book printed An.1545. "This fine Flower have they made the chiefest of al their Trish Trash. I pray thee, Gentle Reader, where not his Pardoners Merchants to them? Yea, it is wel known, that their Pardons, and other of their Trumpery "

The Popes Merchants here.

J. S.

Lamentat. against the City of Lond.