[Goldsmiths.] Aldersgate Ward. [St. Olave Silverstreet.]99

[Goldsmiths.] Aldersgate Ward. [St. Olave Silverstreet.]

Colonel Henry Drax, in his last Will and Testament, gave the Poor of this Parish 20l. And his second Wife, the Lady Dorothy Drax, Sister to the Lord Lovelace, in her Life time, gave 20l. more; and 10l. more at her death. The Interest of all which, to be given half yearly to the Poor. In grateful memory of which charitable Benefactors, the Parish have set up this Plate of Brass, Decemb. 10. 1684.

Church-wardens, 1685.
Charles Harvey,
William Lyford.

There are some small Legacies belonging to this Parish, disposed by the Minister and Churchwardens. The Donor's Names are registred.


There is a Parsonage House, which the Rector hath free to himself, without paying any Ground Rent.


In the Visitation, An. 1636. was given in by Presentment, 20l. Glebe, per Ann.


In this Parish happeneed, in King Henry the Third's time, a Murder, which the King's Justices examined into, when they came to the Tower, to sit upon Pleas of the Crown, 25 H. III. An. 1240. One Jordan was found slain, in the Parish of St. John Zakarie, in Godironni lane, [Guttur lane] unknown who killed him. Claricia his Wife, was attach'd, but cleared. She was ask'd, if she suspected any one of her Husband's Death? She said, she suspected Alan Fitz Simon Maunrel, and Laurence his Brother; who were of the County of Middlesex, and not of the City. They come, and put themselves upon 42 Men of three Aldermanries, next the place where the said Jordan was found slain. Who came, and were sworn before the Justices to speak the truth. They say, upon their Oaths, that the said Alan and Laurence are not guilty of the said Death; nor in any thing do they suspect them, or any other. Because they knew not how he was slain, nor who slew him. Therefore Alan and Laurence are quitted. And the Neighbours are attached for the said Murther. They come, and are not suspected. Hereupon they are also quitted.]

One found slain in St. John Zachary's.

Lib. Alb.

J. S.

On the East side of this Forster lane, at Engaine lane end, is the Goldsmiths Hall, a proper House, but not large. And therefore, to say that Bartholomew Read, Goldsmith, Maior in the Year 1502. kept such a Feast in this Hall, as some have fabuled, is far incredible, and altogether unpossible; considering the smallness of the Hall, and number of the Guests; which, as they say, were more than 100 Persons of great Estate. For the Messes and Dishes of Meats to them served, the paled Park in the same Hall, furnished with fruitful Trees, Beasts of Venery, and other Circumstances of that pretended Feast, well weighed, Westminster Hall would hardly have sufficed. And therefore I will overpass it, and note somewhat of principal Goldsmiths.

The Goldsmiths Hall.

R. Grafton.

First, I read, that Leofstane, Goldsmith, was Provost of this City, in the Reign of Henry I. Also, that Henry Fitz Alewin, Fitz Leafstane, Goldsmith, was Maior of London in the 1st of Richard I. and continued Maior 24 Years. Also, that Gregory Rocksly, chief Say-Master of all the King's Mints within England, (and therefore, by my conjecture, a Goldsmith) was Maior in the 3d of Edward I. and continued Maior seven Years together. Then William Faringdon, Goldsmith, Alderman of Faringdon Ward, one of the Sheriffs, 1281. the 9th of Edward I. Who was a Goldsmith, as appeareth on Re-cord; as shall be shewed in Faringdon Ward. Then Nicolas Faringdon his Son, Goldsmith, Alderman of Faringdon Ward; four times Maior in the Reign of Edward II. &c. For the rest of later time are more manifestly known, and therefore I leave them. The Men of this Mystery were incorporated or confirmed in the 16th of Richard II.

The first Maior of London was a Goldsmith.

Principal Men of the City, Goldsmiths.

The Parish Church of St. OLAVE in Silverstreet.


Then at the North end of Noble street, is the Parish Church of St. Olave in Silver street, a small Thing.

St. Olave in Silver street.

This Church being greatly decayed and perished, was in the Year of our Lord 1609. new built, and inlarged in the breadth, seven Foot and above. In the Year of our Lord 1619. it was again repaired and beautified. And in the Year 1632. inriched with a very fair Gallery; with this Inscription in the several Parts or Panes thus:



DeoPatriFilioSpiritui Sancto
Trino & uniGloriain æternum.

Richardus Turner, & Johannes Morrel hanc Porticum suis sumptibus erexerunt.]

It is without any note-worthy Monuments, but these following.



Here under this Stone lieth buried the Body of John Darcy, second Son to John Lord Darcy of Ehie, who died in Anno 1593. aged 33 yeeres.


A fair plated Stone in the Chancel.

Here lieth Griffeilde Windsore, Daughter of Henry Lord Windsore, and Lady Anne his Wife; Daughter and Heyre of Sir Thomas Rivet, Knight. Who departed this life the seven and twentieth day of June, and in the yeere of our Lord God, 1600.

A. M.

A Remembrance of Master JOHN BANESTER, Chirurgeon, and Licentiate in Physicke.


GReat Men that ne'er did     
Good in all their Dayes,
But at the very instant     
of their death,
Finde yet no meane     
Commenders of their praise,
Although it lasts no     
longer than a breath.
Shall then good Men,     
though lesser in degree,
Finde none to give     
them Right and Equity?

If one shall say, The great     
Man's life was such,
So good, so full     
of Hospitality:
When God doth know,     
he ne'er did halfe so much,
Though thus he must     
be grac'd with Flattery:
Shall mean Men then, who     
such Workes truly did,
Be nothing spoken of?     
Oh! God forbid.