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[St. Sythes.] Cheape Ward. 27

[St. Sythes.] Cheape Ward.
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said; and on the South side, to the end of St. Sythes lane. Then crossing over the channel, to St. Bennet Shorhogs Church, it stretcheth all along through Needlers lane, by St. Pancrates Church, on the same side, until ye come to a great Gate; which is in the nook of a little passage or entry to the West, and is the back Gate of a House standing in Bow lane, sometime the dwelling House of Mr. Parnis. Then again it stretcheth from the Chain in the midst of Sopers lane (on both sides the Lane) upward toward the North, into Cheap on the South side, and so into Bow lane, as is aforesaid.

Thirdly, for the last place of this Wards beginning: On the North side of the High street, near unto the Stocks-Market, is an Alley or Lane, called Scalding Alley, not erroneously (as some have published) but truly, as nearest to the most antient denomination thereof; which was, Scalding-house, alias Scalding-wike, and Scalding lane; as appeareth by good Records extant, of two hundred Years continuance. Within the Venel or entry of this Lane or Alley, near unto the Well, that standeth in a corner to the West, this Ward beginneth at the end of the stone Wall, wherein is the Door leading unto the Parsonage House and Church of St. Mildred (of which more anon) and it runneth on that side the Channel, along to the East corner of the said Church; and from thence, on the North side of the Street, into the Compter, and Cony-hoop lane; and within Cony-hoop lane, into all Skinners Alley, and the Grocers Hall and Garden; and then back again into the Old Jewry Lane, on the West side, as far as Alderman Weld's House; and on the East side, as far as the dead stone Wall of the great House over against it, sometime Alderman Anderson's House. Then to return to the West end of Old Jewry again, this Ward stretcheth along on the North side by the Mercers Hall unto Ironmongers lane, (which all wholly on both sides, is in this Ward) and so into Catton street. In Catton street this Ward entreth toward the East, at a House antiently known by the sign of the Talbot, on the South side, now in the tenure of Mr. Packhurst; and over-against it, on the North side, at a deep channel, issuing out of a House, and so goeth up to the West on both sides, videlicet, on the South side of the way, beyond the end of St. Lawrence lane, until ye come to that middle part of the Church Wall, which is beyond the Church Porch; and on the North side, from that corner of the Church Wall, it goeth on the East side of the Channel to the Church Yard; and from thence, on both sides the way, unto the outwards Gate leading unto Guildhall Yard, and adjoining to the Tavern of the three Tuns. Then again to come into Cheap, there, on the North side, is St. Lawrence lane; all which is wholly of this Ward, and so is Hony lane above that: And so it reacheth Westward, as far as a shallow Channel, close beyond the Standard. And thus stand the Bounds of Cheap Ward.]

Now for Antiquities and Things worthy of Memory there: First is Buckles bury, so called of a Manour and Tenements pertaining to one Buckle, who there dwelled, and kept his Courts. This Manour is supposed to be the great stone Building, yet, in part, remaining on the South side the Street: which, of late time, hath been called the old Barge, of such a Sign hanged out near the Gate thereof. This Manour or great House, hath of long time been divided or letten out into many Tenements: and it hath been a common Speech, that when Walbrook did lie open, Barges were rowed out of the Thames, or towed up so far; and therefore the Place hath ever since been called the old Barge.

The Antiquities of this Ward.

Buckles Bury.

The old Barge.

Barges towed up Walbrook unto Buckles Bury.

Also, on the North side of this Street, directly over against the said Buckles bury, was one antient strong Tower of Stone: The which Tower, King Edward III. in the 18th of his Reign, by the Name of the King's House, called Cornets-tower in London, did appoint to be his Exchange of Money, there to be kept. In the 29th, he granted it to Frydus Guynisane, and Landus Bardoile, Merchants of Luke, for 20l. the Year. And in the 32d of his Reign, he gave it to his College, or free Chappel of St. Stephen at Westminster, by the Name of his Tower, called Cornettes-Tower at Buckles bury in London.

A Tower in Buckles Bury belonging to King Edward III. called Cornets Tower.

This Tower, of late Years, was taken down by one Buckle a Grocer; meaning, in place thereof, to have set up and builded a goodly Frame of Timber. But the said Buckle, greedily labouring to pull down the old Tower, a piece thereof fell upon him; which so bruised him, that his Life was thereby shortned. And another, that married his Widow, set up the new prepared Frame of Timber, and finished the Work.

This Tower taken down, and built into an House.

This whole Street, called Buckles bury, on both the sides throughout, is possessed by Grocers and Apothecaries toward the West end thereof. On the South side, breaketh out one other short Lane, called in Records, Peneritch street: It reacheth but to St. Syth's Lane, and St. Syth's Church is the farthest part thereof. For by the West end of the said Church, beginneth Needlers Lane, which reacheth to Sopars Lane, as aforesaid.

Grocers and Apothecaries in Buckles Bury.

Peneritch street.

The Parish Church of St. SYTHE, or BENNET SHEREHOG, or SHROG.


This small Parish Church of St. Sythes hath also an addition of Bennet Shorne, or Shrog, or Shorehog, (for by all these Names I have read it:) But the antientest is Shorne. Wherefore it seemeth to take that Name form one Benedict Shorne, sometime a Citizen and Stock-Fish monger of London; a new Builder, Repairer, or Benefactor thereof, in the Reign of Edward II. So that Shorne is but corruptly called Shrog, and more corruptly Shorehog, or (as now) Sherehog.

St. Sythes Church Benet Shorn.

John Fresh, by his Will dated Sept, 1397. gives to the Minister, Churchwardens, and Parishioners of this Parish, four Marks yearly Rent, issuing out of his House at the corner of Do little Lane, London: In sustentaconem Capellani idonei Divina celebratur. infra Capellam Sanctæ Scythæ, pro anima sua, & diabus Patris, Matris, Uxor. & Liberor. suor.]

Registr. Lond.

E. Alex.

St. Sythe's Chappel.

This Church being very much decayed and perished, was amply repaired and beautified at the cost of the Parishoners, in the Year of Lord God 1628.



Divers fair Marble Stones, that formerly lay hid under the Pews, were then removed, and placed in the Body of the Church, to add, (as was most fit) to its further Grace and Beauty.

John Reyner,
William Parker,

There lie buried in this Church, John Froysh, * Mercer, Maior, 1394. John Rochford, and Robert Rochford, John Hold, Alderman, Hen. Froweke, Mercer, Maior 1435. Edward Warrington, John Morrice, John Huntley, Richard Lincolne, Felmonger, 1548. Sir Ralph Waren,

*Fresh, First Edit.

Persons buried here.


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