St. Martin's in the Fields.73

St. Martin's in the Fields.

John Lloid, who was Comptroller of the Tents and Pavilions, and Revels to K. Charles the First, and K. Charles the Second: And Anne his Wife. The said Anne dyed 1675. And the said John, 1703. Aged 92.

Robert Fage. Anne Brook, 1694.

Tho. Woodward, Vintner, 1699.

Edward Edwards. 1694.

Jane Stokes, and her Daughter Jane.

Edward Darling, 1675/6{query}. Also Thomas Darling his Father, 1660. And Anne his Mother, 1641.

Thomas and John Nason.

Dr. Daniel Rools, 1691. And Alice his Wife.

Charles Sharp. 1687.

Martin Hall, 1697. Isabel Bigelston, 1699.

Edward Mortimer, Citizen and Coachman, 1702.

William Shore, Esq; Trumpeter to his Majesty.

Rich. Lasinby, 1684.

Against the Wall of the School-house, West:

M.S. All that was Earth of Mrs. Mary Trioghe is here interred. Her Heavenly Part was sent for Home on the 4th of May, 1674. in the 17th Year of her Age.

Sweetest Creature, here she lyes,
Snatch'd early from our wondring Eyes.
Why should Mortals prize this Light,
Since her's obscur'd by envious Night?
Beauty, Wit, and Modesty,
All charming Things, tho' born to die.
If these perish, what can save
The most accomplish'd from the Grave?
In Pity, courteous Reader, haste away:
Thy Foot ne'er trampled on such lovely Clay.

Anne Kinward, 1656. Patience Kinward, 1655. Esther Kinward, 1656.

Some Persons have Monuments in this Church, that were good Benefactors to the Parish, viz.


Thomas Fowler, Esq; charitable to the Poor in his Life-time; and at his Death, gave by Will, out of his Dwelling-house, a perpetual Annuity of 40s. to be given to xx poor Housholders of this Parish, at Christmas, for ever.

John Worsley, Gent. he gave to be paid yearly upon each Christmas-day, during the Space of 21 Years, as well 15s. to the Poor of St. Martin's Parish, as also 10s. to the Parish of Whitchurch in Salop.

Thomas Evans, Gent. gave, by his last Will, divers charitable Legacies, viz. 50l. to be for a Stock for ever, the yearly Profits to be raised thence, for the Repair of the Church, where his Body should be interred.

50l. to be a Stock, to be in like Manner employed for the Repair of Chelsey Church.

And other 50l. to be employed for the Relief of the Poor within the said Parish of Chelsey.

Also 50l. for the like Relief of the Poor within the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields.

And one 100l. toward the Building of Houses on the new Church-yard in the said Parish of St. Martin's; to be for the Benefit of the Poor of this said Parish.

He also gave divers good Legacies to sundry of his Kindred and Friends.

Henry Lidgould left 5l. a Year, for ever, to be distributed to the Poor on Maunday Thursday, which is mentioned before.]

An Enlargement of this Church of St. Martin's was begun in the Year 1607, being the fifth Year of the Reign of K. James the First, and was finished in the Year 1608. This Enlargement was a beautiful Chancel, erected upon a Piece of Ground on the East of the Church, taken out of the Church-yard for that Purpose. K. James, and his most noble Son Prince Henry, were Benefactors to this Work. The rest of the Charges were born by the Inhabitants of the Parish. Randal Hopkins and Andrew Hacket, being Churchwardens at the Beginning of this Work; Andrew Hacket and Richard Stile, Churchwardens the next Year, at the carrying on and finishing it.]

A new Chancel to this Church.


At this Church are Prayers daily said at six a Clock in the Morning, and five in the Evening. It is furnished with an Organ. The Rector's House is on the North Side of the Church, being an handsome large Building.

Prayers twice a Day at St. Martin's.

The Rector's House.

J. S.

There be two Free-Schools kept in this Parish, (besides the Schools of the Societies) one adjoining the Church on the South-West; where Children of the Parish are taught freely by the Clerk, who receiveth 28l. per Ann. for his Salary. There is also a little Distance off, another School, with a Library, erected by Dr. Thomas Tenison, when Rector of this Parish, (late the most Reverend the Archbishop of Canterbury) at his own Cost and Charges, which Library he also stored with Books.

This School hath two Masters to govern it, an Upper and a Lower; the fomer hath 30l. a Year Salary for teaching the Scholars; the latter hath also 30l. a Year Salary; and for teaching to Write hath 10l a Year more, as it is said. There is only a certain Number of Boys taught freely, the rest that come pay for their Schooling, as at other Schools.

Dr. Tenison's School.

Above the School-Room is the Library, fair and spacious. The Books, with the Backs gilt, are set on Shelves. There be divers Tables set in conveient Places, for the Use of such as read or transcribe. The Librarian is the Upper Master of the School, who hath for keeping the Library 10l. a Year, besides his Salary aforesaid. His Name is Mr. Richardson. He reads likewise the Six a Clock Prayers at St. Martin's Church, founded by Dr. Willis, the learned Physician late deceased, for which he hath 20l per Annum.

The Library.

This Parish was exceeding populous, by Reason of the vast new Buildings of many fair Streets, Squares, and Lanes: Insomuch that two Parishes, St. James's and St. Anne's, have been taken out of it; and they have fair Churches built for the religious Uses of the Parishioners: And besides those Churches, certain Chapels also are erected; as Oxenden Chapel, Trinity Chapel, for the Convenience of neighbouring Inhabitants, since St. Martin's the Mother Church, is too little to contain them.

The Populousness of this Parish.

The Poors Rate cometh to about 6000l. per Ann. And there dye here, one Year with another, about 16000 Persons every Year. Dr. Lamplugh, sometime Incumbent here, afterwards Archbishop of York, would say, that in this Parish were as many Souls as in all his Metropolis the City of York, with the Suburbs.]

Passing by the Parsonage-House, you are led into Church Lane.

Church Lane.

R. B.

A little beyond the Church is Moor's Yard, a large Place for Stablings, with several ordinary Houses, and hath a Paassage into Church Lane, and another into Thackham's Court, and so into Shandois Street; (of which more anon) and beyond this Street are several Allies and Places, most of which have a Passage into Bedfordbury, but are very narrow, ill built, and as ill inhabited, viz.

Moor's Yard.

Dawson's Alley, near unto which is a new erected Water-house, designed to serve this End of the Town with Water, to be wrought by an Overshot Mill, &c. For the carrying on of which there are several Adventurers and Sharers; but how it will take, Time must produce.

Dawson's Alley.

Bedford Alley, Feather Alley, and Kenison's Alley; all three with Passages into Bedfordbury,

Bedford Alley.

Feather Alley.

Kenison's Alley.