|Cordwainers Street Ward. [Present State.] ||24
his Reign, confirmed the said Shed or Building to Steven Spilman, William
and John Whattel, Mercers; by the Name of one new Sildam, Shed or Building, with
Shops, Cellars, and Edifices whatsoever appertaining, called Crounsilde; (and in
of the said Henry, called Tamarsild,) situate in the Mercery in West Cheape, and
Parish of St. Mary de Arcubus in London; [and a certain Shop in the said Parish,
the same Shed, and the King's High-way of West Cheape, annexed to the said Shed:
two Shops, Cellars, and Edifices whatsoever; as well builded, or any way being
said Shop, as over the Entry of the said Shed: Which were holden of him in
all the City of London is: And which were worth by Year, in all Issues,
(according to the
true value of them) 7l. 13s. 4d. As was found by Inquisition thereof, before
Knowles, Maior, and Eschetor in the said City.]
In the first Edit.
Notwithstanding which Grant, the Kings of England, and other great Estates; as
foreign Countries repairing to this Realm, as Inhabitants of the same; have
to this place, therein to behold the Shows of this City, passing through West
namely, the great Watches accustomed in the Night, on the Even of St. John
St. Peter, at Midsummer; the Examples whereof were over-long to recite:
Wherefore let it
suffice briefly to touch one.
Yet remained long after, the standing Place to
be hold the Shows of the City.
In the Year 1510. the 2d of Henry VIII. on St. John's Even, at Night, the King
this Place; then called the Kings Head in Cheape, in the Livery of Yeoman of
with an Halberd on his Shoulder; and there beholding the Watch, departed
the Watch was done; and was not known to any but to whom it pleased him. But on
Peter's Night, next following, He and the Queen came royally riding to the said
there, with their Nobles, beheld the Watch of the City, and returned in the
And called the Kings Head in Cheape.
This Church of St. Mary, with the said Shed of Stone; all the Housing in and
Church-yard, and without, on that side the High street of Cheape, to the
Standard, are of
Cordwainer street Ward. These Houses were (of old time) but Sheds: For I read
Housing otherwise, on that side the Street; but of divers Sheds, from Sopars
Lane to the
Standard, &c. Amongst other, I read of three Shops or Sheds by Sopars Lane,
to the Prior of the Holy Trinity, within Aldgate. The one was let out for
Shillings, one other for Twenty Shillings, and the third for Twelve Shillings by
Moreover, that Richard Goodcheape, Mercer, and Margery his Wife, Son to Jordan
Goodcheape; did let to John Dalinges the younger, Mercer, their Shed and Chamber
West Cheape, in the Parish of St. Mary de Arches, for three Shillings four Pence
Year. Also the Men of Breadstreet Ward contended with the Men of Cordwainer
Ward, for a Sild or Shed opposite to the Standard, on the South side; and it was
be of Cordwainer street Ward. William Waldrone being then Maior; the 1st of
Sheds or Shops antiently, rather than
Now for the present State of this Ward. The principal Streets and Lanes in it,
Lane, New Queenstreet, Budge Row, Little St. Thomas Apostles, Pancrace Lane,
small part of Watheling street, and Basing lane.
The present State of the Ward.
Watheling street hath its greatest part in Breadstreet Ward; what lies in this
on the East side of Red Lion Court, and so goeth to Budge Row. This Court is
large, well built and inhabited; having a Passage into Basing Lane. Cross Keys
pretty handsome Place, with a Free-stone Pavement. St. Mary Aldermary
good large place, with an open passage for Coach or Cart, into Bow Lane; being a
very well inhabited by Merchants, and Persons of good repute. In this
Churchyard, at the
end towards Bow Lane, is seated St. Mary Aldermary Church; being large and well
with a towred Steeple all of Free-stone. This Church is a Peculiar of
Canterbury, and the
Archbishop is Patron.
Red Lion Court.
St. Mary Aldermary Church-yard.
The Church being destroyed by the general Fire of London, was rebuilt far better
formerly. And to this Church and Parish, St. Thomas Apostles, not rebuilt, is
Built by the Gift of Mr. Henry Rogers.
This Church was again restored and set up for Worship of God, by one Man's noble
of 5000 Pound; namely, Henry Rogers Esq; Great Grandson to Sir Edward Rogers,
Confessor and Exile for the Prostestant Religion under Queen Mary the Ist, and a
Counsellour to Queen Elizabeth. A grateful Remembrance of which Gift, remains
engraven over the West Door, in these Words.
ædes hæc Deo O. M. jam olim Sacra,
Quæ communi Urbis incendio, in cineres redacta,
Impensis una manu, sed larga & sanctissimè prodiga,
Integris quinq; Librarum millibus,
Surrexit denuò multo magnificentior.
Tam piam Beneficentiam HENRICO ROGERS, Armig.
EDWARDI ROGERS de Canington Militis,
Et sub Mariana Persecutione Christo militantis,
Pronepoti & Pietatis etiam Hæredi
Honesta hac & ingenua fronte, palam fatetur.
Anno Domini MDCLXXXI.
Memoria justi in benedictione.]
Basing Lane hath but a small part in this Ward, as appears by the Map; the
being in Breadstreet Ward.
Bow lane begins at Trinity lane, and falls into Cheapside, by St. Mary le Bow
The part of this Lane, in this Ward, begins about fifty Foot from Cheapside, on
and sixty Foot beyond Basing lane: And then on the West side, only to Trinity
was antiently called Cordwainers street, being very well inhabited and built.
In this Lane
are these Courts and Places of Name; viz. Half moon Court, by some called Lugg
Place something open, but ordinary. It is likewise, by some, called Whalebone
from one that there boileth Whalebones. Taylor's Court, a pretty handsome open
Robin Hood Court, indifferent long, and well built. New Court, a very handsome
Place, with a Door next the Street, to shut up at Nights. St. Mary Aldermary
West End seated in this Lane. Goose Alley, but ordinary; at the upper end of
Twelve Bell Court, which is but small and narrow. It hath a Passage through
Alley into Bow Church Yard, both Places of small account. George Alley, or
narrow, hath a Passage into New Queenstreet, through Weld Court. Rose Court,
and ordinary. St. Mary le Bow Church, the Front seated in Cheapside, but the
back part in
Robin Hood Court.
Twelve Bell Court.
St. Mary le Bow Church.
This Church is a Peculiar of Canterbury, and the Archbishop Patron. This Church
Steeple was destroyed in the general Conflagration