King's Royall Chapell at Whitehall. Queen Anne was his Godmother, and Prince Charles and the Earl of Marr his Godfathers. The Gentlemen of the Chapell had for their Fees 5l. and the Officers of the Vestry had for their Fees xls.

James, Sonne and Heire to Sir John Edgerton, was baptysed on Tuesday the first of October at Durham-House. His Godfathers were King James, and Thomas Lord Elsimer, Lord Chancellor, Grandfather to the Child, and the Lady Marchioness of Northampton Godmother. The Officers of his Majesty's Vestry had for a Gratuity the Sum of xxixs.

Chapel at Durham-House.

James, Sonne to the Lord Viscount Harrington, was baptysed the eleveth Day of March, by the Bishop of Winchester in the Chapell at Whitehall. Anno 1616. His Godfathers were the King's Majesty, and the Earl of Sussex, his Godmother the Countess of Bedford. The Officers of the Vestry had their usual Fees.

James, Sonne to Sir William Feilding, was baptised by the Right Reverend Father in God, the Bishop of Winchester, on Thursday the 13th of March, in the said Chapell. His Godfathers were the King's Majesty and the Earl of Buckingham; and the Countess of Bedford was Godmother. The Officers of the Vestry had the usual Fees.

The Marriage of the two honourable Personnes Sir John Villers, Knight, Gentleman to the Prince his Highness Bedchamber, and the Lady Frances, youngest Daughter to the honourable Sir Edward Cooke, Knight, and of the Lady Hatton his Wife, was solemnysed on Monday the 29th of September, being Michaelmas Day, by the Right Reverend Father in God the Bishop of Winchester, in his Majesty's Chapell Royall at Hampton-Court, and the King gave her in Marriage. The Officers of the Vestry had their usual Fee of xls.

Chapel at Hampton-Court.

Charles, second Sonne to Sir James Ramsey, Lord Viscount Haddington, was baptysed on Sunday the 17th of May, Anno 1618, in his Majestry's Chapell Royall at Whitehall, by the Reverend Father in God the Lord Byshop of Durham. The Gossips were, Prince Charles, George Marquise of Buckingham, and the Countess of Hertford. Payd for Fees for the same Service to the Gentlemen of the Chapell 5l. and to the Officers of the Vestry 2l.]

On the Right-hand be divers fair Tennis-Courts, Bowling-Allies, and a Cock-Pit, all built by King Henry the Eighth [out of certain old Tenements] and then one other arched Gate, with a Way over it, thwarting the Street, from the King's Gardens to the said Park.

Tennis Courts Bowling-Allies, and Cock-pit.

The Arched Gate.

WHITEHALL now lies in Ruines, having been burnt down by Accident in the Reign of King William. For Want of rebuilding the same, Mr. Weedon, an ingenious Gentleman, supposed the City of Westminster was damnified above 30 l. per Cent. in their Houses, Trades, and Properties. The same Gentleman therefore of his own good Will to the reforming that most noble Palace, for the Honour and Benefit of the Queen, and her Kingdom, proposed in Print, That an Act of Parliament should be made for the Rebuilding of it, after the Manner of a Model or Plan of Inigo Jones, the famous English Architect in King James the First's Time, who built the Banqueting House at Whitehall, and left a Plan for the whole Palace to be built suitable to it, that being reputed one of the best Buildings in Europe; which Plan his late Majesty viewed, and approved of. This Palace to be built after the said Plan, would amount to six hundred thousand Pounds, and might be about seven Years in building. He propounded moreover, That the said Structure should extend from the North-east of the first Scotland-yard, and be continued to the North-side of the old Palace-Yard at Westminster; and the common Way to Westminster made to run next the Water-side; whereby the new Palace might front St. James's Park and the River. That there might be twelve Commissioners, six to be appointed by her Majesty, and six by the Parliament, to carry on the said Building, and to have a Power by a Jury, as those Commissioners had, that were appointed for the Rebuilding of London after the dreadful Fire, whereby to adjust all Persons Interests and Differences, and truly to account for and to apply whatsoever Value should be raised or given towards the Charges; and that there be seven Persons, whereof one to be Treasurer,, to promote and collect voluntary Benefactions and Subscriptions towards the carrying on so National a Good.

A Model for new Building of Whitehall.

J. S.

Then he offered Ways and Means for the Raising of the said Sum of six hundred thousand Pounds: And the first was, That the City of Westminster should be incorporated; to consist of a Maior, Recorder, and 24 Aldermen; and certain Franchises and Liberties to be granted them. That all Profits arising to the said Corporation, over and above all Manner of Expences and Charges the Corporation would be at in supporting it self, be for the next seven Years appropriated to carry on the said Palace. That Duties should be laid upon new improved Rents within the said City of Westminster. That all Officers that held two or more Offices of above the Value of 300l. per Annum, should pay so much in the Pound. And that such as had any Right or Title to any House, or Office, or Lodging, within the said new intended Palace, should pay likewise so much in the Pound. That all Improvements of any Part of the Ground of Whitehall, and the Benefit arising to her Majesty of all future and new Inventions, Discoveries, and Improvements, be for such a Term appointed towards the said Charge. And that all future Forfeitures accruing to her Majesty for a Term of Years, to be likewise appropriated for the same Charge: But this Work was thought fit to be laid aside for the present.]

From the Arched Gate, up Kings-street, to a Bridge over Longditch (so called, for that the same almost insulateth the City of Westminster) near which Bridge is a Way leading to Chanon-Row, so called, for that the same belonged to the Dean and Chanons of St. Stephens's Chapel, who were there lodged, as now divers Noblemen and Gentlemen be, whereof one is belongong to Sir Edward Hobbey, one other to John Thin, Esq; once stately builded by Anne Stanhope, Dutchess of Somerset, Mother to the Earl of Hartford, who now enjoyeth that House. Next, a stately House, now * in building by William Earl of Darby; over-against the which is a fair House, builded by Henry Clinton Earl of Lincoln.


St. Stephen's Alley.


*Anno 1603.

The King [Henry the Eighth] granted a Charter of Privilege to the Dean of the Free Chapel of St. Stephen, and the Canons, to pull down all the ancient and very ruinous Tenements, and to build them again. It is set out there, how buttted and bounded, viz. "Situate in Le Wolstaple, between the Clock toward the East, and Le Way House toward the West, and the Wall of our Palace in Length toward the South, and Le Wulbrige of our Staple toward the North.]"

Chanon-Row, how butted and bounded.

FÅ“dera, &c. Rymer.

J. S.

From the Way up to the Wool-Staple, and to the high Tower, or Gate, which entreth the Palace Court, all is replenished with Buildings and Inhabitants.


Staple; the Word means the Place where the Market of such or such Merchandize was kept; as here in Westminster was the Woolstaple. The Word was

Staple; what it signifies

L. Coke Instit. P. 4.

J. S.