Langborne Ward. Modern State thereof. 162

Langborne Ward. Modern State thereof.

Merchant, 19 Jul. 1685. And Mary his Wife, Dec. 30. 1688.

Joseph Hornby, Son of Joseph Hornby and Judith his Wife, 1670.

Edward Burton M.A. of University College Oxon. Nov. 19. 1700.

In this Church also, since the Fire of London, was buried a very eminent Merchant of London, and as eminent for his Plainness and Piety, Mr. James Houblon; the Father of two worthy Citizens, Knights, Sir John and Sir James Houblon, Aldermen of the City, and sometime the Cities representatives in Parliament, besides several other Sons, Men of Reputation, Wealth and Integrity. His Family descended from Confessors on both sides. He married the Daughter of Mr. Ducane. Died at the Age of 90, being born July 2. 1592. and deceased 1682. He hath no Monument: but as well for the Preservation of the Memory of so good a Man, as for the Composer Sam. Pepys Esq; sometime the expert Secretary of the Admiralty, let this be his lasting Epitaph.

Mr. James Houblon.

Some memorable Remarks of him.

Ob fidem Flandria exulantis:
Ex C. nepotibus habuit LXX. superstites:
Filios V. videns Mercatores florentissimos;
Ipse Londinensis Bursæ Pater;
Piissimè obiit Nonagenarius,



And Legacies to this Parish and Poor, are preserved in the Parish Book, too long to be inserted: but to be seen at any time there. Which was all the Account of the Charities brought in at the Parochial Visitation, An. 1693.

Gifts and Legacies.

I find Sir Nic. Rainton Knt. gave to this Parish 1l. 6s. per ann.

More, paid to this Parish by the Merchant Taylors, per ann. 3l. 15s. 8d.

There was a Parsonage House before the Fire, but burnt Down, and built up again, and leased at 5l. per ann. Ground-Rent for 40 Years.

Parsonage House.

There be preached here two Lecture-Sermons, one about St. Martins Day in November. For which was 20s. given by Sir Martin Bowes, Kt. and is paid by the Goldsmiths. The other by Mr. Wiles, to be preached on St. Thomas's Day. For which is paid 20s. by the Tenant to Mr. Wiles House.


This Church and Steeple being of late years found very decayed and dangerous to resort to, is now pulled down in order to be new built: and in digging deep for a good Foundation, at the depth of 15 Foot, and so deeper at about 20 Foot, specially under the Steeple, were found a vast number of ancient Roman Earthen Vessels, all broken into Sheards; some of finer Earth and some of coarser, serving both for Sacred and Houshold Uses. Which have exercised the Speculations of learned Antiquaries. Some Medals also were taken up, and some Bones and Tusks.

The old Church taken down to be rebuilt.

And towards the Charge of the Rebuilding, this Provision was made in an Act of Parliament, 9. Reg. Annæ, out of a Duty laid upon Coals, viz. "That the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, and the Lord Maior, or any two of them, may by Warrants under their Hands and Seals appropriate out of the Surplus of the Money, arising by the Duty of 12d. per Chalder, or per Tun in Coals, applicable for the Purposes in the Act 1 Jac. II. af- ter the Cathedral of St. Pauls shall be finished and adorned, so much Money as shall be sufficient for building and finishing the Parish Church of St. Mary Woolnoth, and the Tower thereof.]"

An Account whereof shall be given in due Place.

Thus have ye in this Ward seven Parish Churches; one Hall of a Company; divers fair Houses for Merchants; and other Monuments none.

Now, as this Langborne Ward stands at this present, take this Account following:

This Ward consists of these following Streets, Lanes and Alleys in whole, or in part.

R. B.

Lombard Street, on the North side thereof, beginning 100 Foot from the West Corner thereof, and extending Eastward within 35 Foot of the West side of Grasschurch Street. And on the South side from within 125 Foot of the West Corner of the Street to Grasschurch Street. Fenchurch Street, on the North side, from Grasschurch Street in the West unto Smiths Buildings on the North side of the East End, and unto Mark Lane on the South side. Besides these two main Streets, these following: St. Swithins Lane, Abchurch Lane, St. Nicolas Lane, St. Clements Lane; all which are on the South side of Lombardstreet; and on the North side are Popes Head Alley, Exchange Alley, Birchin Lane, and George Yard. Then in Fenchurch Street on the North side, Lime Street, Gullum Street, and Smiths Buildings: And on the South side Philpot Lane, Rood Lane, Minchin Lane, and Mark Lane: In all which said Streets, Lanes and Alleys, there are several Courts; and of these in order.

Places in this Ward.

Smiths Buildings.

Lombard Street. It is throughout graced with good and lofty Buildings, amongst which are many that surpass those in other Streets, and generally is inhabited by Goldsmiths, Bankers, Mercers, and other eminent Tradesmen. At the East End near unto Grasschurch Street, on the North Side, is the Church of St. Alhallows Lombardstreet, a Peculiar of the Archbishop's of Canterbury, the Prior of Christ Church in Canterbury anciently Patron. It is seated very obscurely, so as not to be seen by Passengers, being built backwards, having two Doors for Entrance, the one in Lombardstreet, and the other in Grasschrch Street through narrow Passages like Entries; it was destroyed in the general Fire of London 1666, and since rebuilt.


Alhallows Lombardstreet Church.

Ball Alley not broad, but somewhat long, hath an Entrance by Alhallows Church; and with some Turnings falls into the Corss Keys Inn: from whence it hath a Passage into Grasschurch Street. Near was the George Inn; since the Fire rebuilt with very good Houses, well inhabited; and Warehouses: being a large open Yard, and now called George Yard: At the farther end of which is the George and Vulture Tavern; which is a large House, and of a great Trade, having a Passage into St. Michaels Alley: and so strait forward into Cornhil: on the Right Hand the Passage leads into Grasschurch Street; on the Left into Birchin Lane through Castle Alley, and also through White Lyon Court.

George Yard.

Vulture Tavern.

Then next on the North side is the Church of St. Edmund Lombard Street, which fronts St. Clements Lane on the South. It is a Peculiar, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Prior of Christ Church were Patrons. It was burnt in the Fire of London 1666, and is rebuilt: And to this is now joyned, or united, the Parish of St. Nicolas Acon, that Church not being rebuilt; the Ground serving for a Churchyard.

St. Edmond's Lombardstreet Church.

A little farther West on the same Side of the Way is Birchin Lane, which runs into Cornhil: a great Through-fare to and from the Exchange.