[Guild Hall.] Cheape Ward. [Present State.] 52

[Guild Hall.] Cheape Ward. [Present State.]

adjoining to Blackwel hall; into which it hath an entrance. Here is one large House, the Habitation of Alderman Cornish in his Life. Fronting Kingstreet, but parted by Catteaton street, is a Street answerable to Kingstreet for bigness and goodness of Houses; and this openeth into the large Court before Guild-hall: having on the West side corner, the large Church of St. Laurence Jury. It was destroyed by the Fire, rebuilt spaciously and beautifully; and St. Magdalen Milkstreet Parish, united to it.

St. Laurence Jury Church.

This Church hath a fine Front into Guild-hall Court or Yard, which is spacious for the reception of Coaches. The East side of this Court is taken up by Blackwel hall, and the Lord Maior's Chappel. On the North side is the Front of Guild-hall: On the West side are new Brick Buildings sustained by Pillars; the Rooms above injoyed by the City Officers; under which it lies open, for the standing of the Coaches and Horses of the Lord Maior and Aldermen in rainy Weather. And out of this Court, is a small winding Passage round St. Laurence Church into Catteaten street.

Guild-hall, an august and stately Structure, the Place where the Courts for the City Affairs are kept. It hath a spacious Hall, adorned with the Pictures of divers of the Kings and Queens; somne Lord Chancellors and Keepers; many of the Judges, all in their Robes, and whole lengths; drawn by the curious Pencil of Mr. Wright, a Painter of Note in those Days. About the middle of the Hall, on the North side, you ascend up by stone Steps into several Rooms appointed for Offices, Courts, and other uses. This Guild-hall was destroyed by the great Fire, except the Stone Walls of the Hall: The Maior's Court, Orphans Court, Councel Chamber, a Porch, Chappel, and some other Buildings, which remained in their Ruins. But the Roofs, the Floors, and what else was therein, were con- sumed. These Rooms, Courts, and Offices, are appropriated to the same places wherein they were kept formerly; but much more regular, and loftier, and more substantially built: The great Hall being formerly in height, as to the upright of the Walls, not above Thirty Foot, which now are raised Twenty Foot higher on either side, and at both ends; where there are fair Windows, and Eight large Windows on either side, of sixteen Foot high, each Window; where there were none before. And over all, the flat Roof and Platform leaded, with Battlements about it; whereas, before, the Roof did meet at the top, as in common Buildings.

Guild hall.

This Hall is in length, from East to West, 170 Foot; and in breadth, 68 Foot.

The rebuilding of this Hall, since the Fire of London, 1666. with the Courts, Offices, and Chambers thereto belonging; and the Courtyard, and Chappel, did amount to above 40000l.

I have here inserted a Propect of this publick Building, with the Courtyard before it, as you come up Kingstreet towards it.

But as to the Power, Customs, and Practices of the several Courts herein kept, they will be largely treated of in due place.

There are to Watch at the several Stands in this Ward, every Night, One Constable and a Beadle, with Twenty five Watchmen.

The Jurymen returned by the Wadmote Inquest, are to serve in the several Courts in Guild- hall, in the Month of February.]

And thus much for Cheap Ward, which hath an Alderman, his Deputy, Common Councellors Eleven, Constables Eleven, Scavengers Nine, for the Ward Mote Inquest Twelve, and a Beadle. It is taxed to the Fifteen at 72l. 16s. And in the Exchequer, at 72l. * 11s.

The Alderman of this Ward is Sir William Humphreys, Kt. and Bar.

*At 72l First Edit.

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