|[St. Mary Aldermary.] Cordwainers Street Ward. ||19
John Briton, Ralph Holland, Draper, one of the Sheriffs, deceased, 1452.
Grocer, Maior, deceased, 1483. He discharged that Ward of Fifteens to be paid
Poor. Thomas Hind, Mercer, buried in S. Anthonines, gaves 10 Fodder of Lead to
covering of the middle Isle of this Aldermary Church. Charles Blount, Lord
was buried there, about the year 1545. he made or glazed the East Window, as
by his Arms: his Epitaph made by him in his life time thus:
Willingly have I sought;
and willingly have I found,
The fatal end that brought
thither, as duty bound:
Discharged I am of that I ought,
To my Country by honest Wound,
My Soul departed Christ hath bought:
the end of man, is ground.
L. Mountjoys Epitaph.
Sir William Laxton, Grocer, Maior, deceased 1556. was buried in the Vault,
Henry Keeble, principal Founder of that Church for himself. But now his Bones
unkindly cast out: his Monuments pulled down. And the Body of the said Sir
Laxton, as also of Sir Thomas Lodge, Grocer, Maior, are laid in place, with
over them for the Time, till another give Mony for their Place, and then away
Keebles Bones dispossess'd of his own
But Kebles Epitaph out lives his Monument.
Here is fixt the Epitaph of
Sir Henry Kebyl, Knight,
Who was sometime of London Maior,
a famous worthy wight,
Which did this Aldermary Church
erect and set upright.
Though death prevaile with mortal wights,
and hasten every day,
Yet vertue over-lives the Grave,
her fame doth not decay:
As memories doe shew reviv'd,
of one that was alive,
Who being dead, of vertuous fame;
none should seeke to deprive;
Which so in life deserv'd renowne,
for facts of his to see,
That may encourage other now,
of like good mind to be.
Sir Henry Keble, Knight, Lord Maior
of London here he sate,
Of Grocers worthy Company,
the chiefest in his state,
Which in this City grew to wealth,
and unto worship came,
When Henry reign'd who was the seventh
of that redoubted name:
But he to honour did atchieve
the second golden yeere
Of Henries reign, so call'd the eighth,
and made his fact appeare.
When he this Aldermary Church
'gan build with great expence,
Twice thirty yeeres agon, no doubt,
counting the time from hence:
Which work began the yeere of Christ,
well knowne of Christen men,
One thousand and five hundred just,
if ye will adde but ten.
But lo, when man purposeth most,
God doth dispose the best,
And so before this worke was done,
God call'd this Knight to rest.
This Church as then not fully built;
he dyed about the yeere,
When Ill May day first took his name,
which is downe fixed here:
Whose works became a Sepulcher,
to shrowd him in that case:
God took his soule, but corps of his
was laid about this place.
Who when he dyed, of this his worke
so mindful still he was,
That he bequeath'd one thousand pounds
to have it brought to passe.
The execution of whose gift,
or where the fault should be,
The work as yet unfinished
shall shew you all for me.
Which Church stands there, if any please
to finish up the same,
As he hath well begun, no doubt,
and to his endless fame;
Then shall not onley well bestow
their Talent in this life,
But after death, when bones be rot,
their fane shall be most rife:
With thankful praise and good report
of our Parochians here,
Which have of right Sir Henries fame,
afresh renewed this yeere.
God move the minds of wealthy men,
their works so to bestow
As he hath done, that though they dye,
their vertuous fame may flow.
Inclita perpetuo durabit tempore Virtus,
Et floret fato non violanda truci.
On the outside of the folding Tables which hang
in the upper end of the Chancel.
Sir William Laxton lyes interr'd
within this hollow vault,
That by good life had happy death,
The end for which he sought.
Of poor and rich he was belov'd,
his dealings they were just,
God hath his Soul, his body here
consumed is to dust.
Here lives by fame, that lately died,
Sir William Laxtons wife,
That ever was a doer good,
and liv'd a vertuous life:
A mindful Matron of the poore,
and to the learned sort,
A true and faithful Citizen,
and dyed with good report.
He dyed the 29. day of July, 1556.
A fair Tomb in the Chancel.
Here lyeth buried Sir Thomas Lodge, Knight, and Dame Anne his wife. Hee was L.
in the yeere of our Lord God, 1563. when God did visit this Citie with a great
For we are sure that our Redeemer liveth, and that we shall rise out of the
Earth in the latter
day, &c. Job 19.
A small Monument laid on the ground by the Tomb,
within the iron grate.
Queen ELIZABETHS MONUMENT.
Near adjoiyning to this Church of Aldermary was a perpetual Chantry at the Altar
John Baptist, in the Chappel near the Parochial Church, over a Charnel there,
called Exports Chauntry. And for the maintaining thereof were given three
Tenements, in the Tenure of Walter Yong, Wil. May, and Wil. Campion, situate in
Parish. These were by the King sold to Walter Yong, and Edmund Yong on the 2d.
Late Monuments in this Church are these,