[St. Laurence Jury.] Cheape Ward. [Monuments.] 43

[St. Laurence Jury.] Cheape Ward. [Monuments.]

This Chappel or College, valued to dispend 12l. 8s. 9d. by the Year, was surrendered amongst other: The Chappel remaineth to the Maior and Communalty, wherein they have Service weekly; as also at the Election of the Maior, and at the Maior's Feast, &c.

It was in the fourth Year of the Reign of King Edward VI. the said King sold to the Maior and Communalty of London, the Scite of the said College of Guild-hall, in the Parish of Bassishaw, late dissolved, and the Chappel there; and divers other Messuages, Lands, and Tenements and Hereditaments in the City of London, in divers Parishes, for the Sum of 456l. 13s. 4d. upon their humble Petition, the yearly Value being computed to be 40l. 6s. 8d. The date of the Patent was April 10. to commence from the Feast of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin, in the 3d of the said King's Reign.

The City purchased Guild-hall Chappel, &c. of King Edward.

J. S.

Upon the Front of this Chappel, is set up, of later times, the Figures, in Stone, of the said King Edward VI. Queen Elizabeth, with a Phenix under her, and King Charles I. treading upon a Globe.]

Adjoyning to this Chappel, on the South side, was sometime a fair and large Library, furnished with Books, pertaining to the Guild hall and College.

Library at Guild-hall.

These Books (as it is said) were, in the Reign of Edward VI. sent for by Edward Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector, with promise to be restored shortly: Men laded from thence three Carries with them. But they were never returned. This Library was builded by the Executors of Richard Whittington, and by William Bury. The Arms of Whittington are placed on the one side in the stone work; and two Letters, to wit, W. and B. for William Bury, on the other side. It is now lofted through, and made a Store-house for Cloth.

The Parish Church of St. LAURENCE Jury.


Southwest from this Guild-hall, is the fair Parish Church of St. Laurence, called In the Jury; because of old time, since the Reign of William Conqueror, (that first brought Jews from Roan into this Realm) many Jews inhabited thereabout; [until that in the Year 1290. the 18 of Edward. I. they were wholly, and for ever, by the said King banished this Realm; having of their own Goods to bear their Charges, till they were out of his Dominions. The number of the Jews, at the time banished, were 15060 Persons. Whose Houses being sold, the King made of them a mighty Mass of Money.]

St. Laurence in the Jury.

Jews, when first brought in.

First Edit.

In this Parish, a famous Man, Sir Nicolas Bacon, Lord Keeper to Queen Elizabeth, and Father of Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, the great Philosopher, had a Messuage in King Edward's Reign, where he then lived; and in the second of the said King, purchased it of him, together with other Messuages, Lands, and Tenements.]

Sir Nic. Bacon had a Messuage in this Parish.

J. S.

This Church is fair and large, and hath some Monuments, as shall be shewed. I my self, more than 70 * Years since, have seen in this Church the shank Bone of a Man (as it is taken,) and also a Tooth of a very great bigness, hanged up for shew, in Chains of Iron, upon a Pillar of Stone; the Tooth, being about the bigness of a Mans Fist, is long since conveyed from thence. The Thigh, or shank Bone, of 25 Inches in length, by the Rule, remaineth yet fastened to a Post of Timber; and is not so much to be noted for the length, as for the thickness, hardness, and strength thereof: For when it was hanged on the Stone Pillar, it fretted (with moving) the said Pillar, and was not it self fretted; nor (as seemeth) is not yet lightned, by remaining dry: But where, or when this Bone was first found or discovered, I have not heard; and therefore rejecting the Fables of some later Writers, I overpass them.


*So in Stow's Edition 1603. viz. 1533.

The Tooth of some monstrous Fish, as I take it.

A shank Bone of 25 Inches long, of a Man, as is said, but might be of an Elephant.

This Church was repaired, and richly and worthily beautified at the Charge of the Inhabitants of this Parish, in the Year of our Lord 1618.

Repaired and beautified.


Thomas Dalby,
Edmond White,

To this, in the Year 1631. they added the cost of a new and very curious Pulpit; then also setting off their Font, and the place in which it stands, with a great deal of Cost and Beauty.

In the said Year, 1618. the time of this Repair, all the Windows in this Churh were glazed by so many good Benefactors, with the Arms of the Company of every one of them.

Under the middle Window in the Chancel, a very rich and costly one, is thus written.

Sir William Eastfield, Kt. and Alderman of this Honourable City, and free of the Worshipful Company of the Mercers, glazed this Window at his own proper Cost and Charges, in the Year of our Lord 1442. And it was afterward repaired, and the Story supplied at the Charge of the said Company, in the Year of our Lord, 1618.

The Windows.

A fair Window on the North side of it.

Glazed at the cost and charges of Sir Baptist Hickes, Kt. in the Year of our Lord 1619.

A fair Window on the South side of it.

Glazed at the charges of Richard Pyot, Grocer, and Alderman of this City of London, Anno Dom. 1618.

A fair Window next to this, at the upper end of the South Isle.

Glazed at the charges of Thomas Morley, Merchant, and free of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers; a Parishioner here, Anno Dom. 1618.

A fair Window downward next to this.

Glazed at the charges of Edmond White, Citizen and Haberdasher of London, and Parishioner, Anno Dom. 1618.

A fair Window next to this downward.

Glazed at the charges of Thomas Dalby, Mercer, Anno Dom. 1618.

A fair Window next to this downward.

Glazed at the charges of Rowland Wilson, Citizen and Vintner of London, Anno Dom. 1618.

A fair Window, the lowest on this side.

Glazed at the charges of Robert Ducy, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, Anno Dom. 1618.