|Cripplegate Ward. [St. Albans Woodstreet.] ||76
Stone Walls, brasse Towers,
decay as Flowers:
One gone, their good
is, Lo! here they stood.
is our Glory.
This Stone, this Verse,
two Mountfords doe present,
The Corps of one,
the others Monument:
Two lovely Brethren,
by their Vertues knowne,
Whom Cambridge, and
Kings Colledge cal'd their own.
Osbert and Richard,
of which worthy paire,
The first imployed
by Sea in great affaire;
Made Heaven his Haven.
And at that Port, the other
(By Land) did overtake
his elder Brother.
So now the Bones
of both are laid asleepe,
These in this Church,
those in the Easterne Deepe:
Till all the dead
shall wake from Sea and Land,
Before the Judge
of quicke and dead to stand.
We Sonne-lesse Parents;
yet not Childlesse left,
Bewaile (as Men)
our Seed untimely rest.
As Christians, we hope,
and joy, and say;
Heaven is our home,
and thither, Death the way.
By Sea or Land,
it skils not, so we minde
The faithful Pilgrims
narrow path to finde.
Osbert, Mense Decemb. 1614.
Richard, Mense Jan. 1615.]
A comely Monument in the East end of the South
Queen Elizabeth's Monument in this Church.
Then next to this is Woodstreet, by what Reason so called, I know not. True it
is, that (of
old time) according to a Decree made in the Reign of Richartd I. Houses in
builded of Stone, for defence of Fire. Which kind of Building was used for two
Years or more: But of later time, for the winning of Ground, these Houses have
down, and Houses of Timber set up in place. It seemeth therefore, that this
been of the later building, all of Timber, (for not one House of Stone hath been
there) and therefore called Woodstreet: Otherwise it might take the Name of some
or Owner thereof.
Woodstreet, why so called.
Thomas Wood, one of the Sheriffs, in the Year 1491. dwelled there: He was an
Benefactor towards the building of St. Peters Church at Woodstreet end. He also
the beautiful Front of the Houses in Cheap, over against Woodstreet end, which
Goldsmiths Row; garnished with the likeness of Woodmen. His Predeccessors might
the first Builders, Owners and Namers of this Street, after their own Name.
On the East side of this Street is one of the Prison Houses, pertaining to the
London, and is called the Compter in Woodstreet. Which was prepared to be a
House, in the Year 1555. And on the Eve of St. Michael the Archangel, the
lay in the Compter in Broadstreet, were removed to this Compter in Woodstreet.
this Compter is Lad lane, or Ladle Hall; for so I find it of Record, in the
Parish of St.
Michael in Woodstreet; and beneath that is Love lane, so called of Wantons.
Compter in Woodstreet.
Ladle lane, corruptly called Lad lane.
The Parish Church of St. ALBANS Woodstreet.
By this Lane, is the antient Parish Church of St. Albans.
One Note of the great Antiquity of it, is the Name; by which it was at first
dedicated to St.
Albane; the first Martyr of England. Another Character of the Antiquity of it,
is to be seen
in the manner of the turning of the Arches in the Windows, and Heads of the
third Note appears in the Roman Bricks, here and there inlaid amongst the Stones
Building. Very probable it is, that this Church is, at least, of as antient a
standing, as King
Adelstane the Saxon; who, as the Tradition says, had his House at the East end
Church. This King's House having a Door also into Adelstreet, in this Parish,
as 'tis thought, unto the said Adelstreet: Which on all Evidences, to this Day,
King Adelstreet. One great square Tower of this Kings House, seems yet
remaining; to be
seen at the North corner of Love lane, as you come from Aldermanbury: Which
of the very same Stone, and manner of Building, with St. Alban's Church. This
decayed with meer age, is this Year *, beginning to be taken down, and to be new
Conjectures of the Antiquity of this
This Church, being wonderfully decayed and perished, was by these Gentlemen, Sir
Henry Spiller, Enigo Jones, Esq; Captain Leake, and Captain Williams, surveyed,
what repair might help it. But by these Gentlemen, and Workmen appointed with
was found to be too far gone for Repair. Neither would any Workman put himself
hazard upon it; affirming it to be in every part of it, so spent, decayed, and
they must suddenly pluck it down, or it would suddenly prevent that labour, and
fall to the
Ground of it self. Which the Failings every day increasing (and more and more
and appearing) did most evidently seem to threaten.
In great decay.
For this Cause, many of the Parishioners refused to go to it; many that went,
unwillingly, but all with much fear, where they sate with more: their Danger,
all the time,
much troubling and disturbing their Devotion.
This great Necessity inforcing, it was the last Year, 1632. betwixt Easter and
pull'd down; and yet July, 1633. (a sad object) so lies in its pitiful Ruins.
Pulled down, An. 1632.
Many of the ablest sort of this Parish, to shew they would do what they could
recovery of this great Loss, have joined certain Monies (their free and
together, which they have again disbursed in Stone, and some other Materials.
But this many, being but few, to the number of those that in this kind can do
nothing; and their good Wills falling extreamly short of that great Sum that
must begin and
finish so great a Work as this, they were
A Collection for the rebuilding it.