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Containing a particular Inspection into the Twelve Wards on the West of WALBROOKE.


WARDS on the West Side of WALBROOKE. And first of VINTRIE-Ward. Burdeaux Merchants. The Vintners great Merchants. St. Michael Paternoster in the Royal. Whittington College. The Tower Royal. St. Thomas Apostles. St. Martins in the Vintrie. St. James Garlick Hith. Richard Lions, beheaded by Wat Tyler, his Monument. The present State of this Ward.

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  QUEEN HITH Ward and VINTRY Ward ]

NOW I am to speak of the other Wards, 12 in number, all lying on the West side of the course of Walbrooke. And first of the Vintry Ward, so called of Vintners; and of the Vintrie, a part of the bank of the River of Thames, where the Merchants of Burdeaux, craned their Wines out of Lighters, and other Vessels, and there landed and made sale of them, within forty days after, until the twenty eighth of Edward the first. At which time the said Merchants complained, that they could not sell their Wines, paying Poundage, neither hire Houses or Cellars to lay them in: and it was redressed by Vertue of the King's Writ, directed to the Maior and Sheriffs of London, dated at Carlaveroke or Carlile. Since the which time, many fair and large houses (with Vaults and Cellars for stowage of Wines, and lodging of Wines, and lodging of Burdeaux Merchants) have been builded, in place where beforetime were Cooks houses. For Fitzstephen, in the reign of Henry the second, writeth, that upon the River side, between the Wine in Ships, and the Wine to be sold in Taverns, was a common Cookery or Cook's Row, &c, as in another place I have set down. Whereby it appears, that in those days, (and till of late time) every Man lived by his own professed Trade, not any one interrupting another. The Cooks dressed Meat, and sold no Wine; and the Taverner sold Wine, and dressed no Meat for sale, &c.

Vintrie Ward.

Why so called.

Merchants of Burdeaux.

Every man lived by his several professed trade.

Its Bounds.

This Ward beginneth in the East, at the West end of Downegate Ward, as the watercourse of Walbrooke parteth them, to wit, at Granthams lane, on the Thames side, and at Elbow lane, on the Land side: it runneth along in Thames street, West, some three houses beyond the Old Swan, a Brewhouse on the Thames side, and the Land side, some three houses West, beyond St. James at Garlickhithe.

In breadth, this Ward stretcheth from the Vintrie North, to the wall of the West gate of the Tower-Royal: the other North part is of Cordwainer street Ward.

Out of this Royal street by the South gate of Tower-Royal, runneth a small street, East to St. Johns upon Walbrooke, which street is called Horshoe-bridge, of such a bridge some-

Horshoe-bridge street.