353. [p. 245] 10 Jan. 1723/24
1. Solicitor to prepare draft of deed in pursuance of order of vestry of St
Giles Cripplegate dated 15 Oct. 1723.
2. Waddington and Peck, assisted by Treasurer, Solicitor and Agent to
consider of persons proper to be officers and vestry of new parish of St
John Clerkenwell, by next meeting.
3. Trustees of King Street chapel delivered a presentation why their
chapel should not be converted into a parish church.
4. Jenner proposed a house in Grosvenor Street for £1,300 for minister
of church near Hanover Square; agreed, if it can be made freehold at that
5. Bill for settling a maintenance on the ministers of the new churches to
be considered at the next meeting, and notice to be given in summons.
6. Surveyors to report on condition of houses and ground at east end of
chapel lately purchased of Michell [Aylesbury Chapel].
354. [p. 246] 17 Jan. 1723/24
1. Dr Bennet proposed that Cripplegate parish should obtain Chancery
decree to make a good title to ground proposed by them to be added to
site for new church intended to be bought of Mr[s] Fewtrell. Further
consideration deferred until Dr Bennet obtains such decree.
2. Vestry of St John Clerkenwell to consist of 20 persons and minister
and churchwardens for the time being; every Commissioner present to
have by Monday night a copy of the list delivered by Waddington and
Peck, and bring in writing on a paper rolled up names of 20 such persons
to compose the vestry.
3. Considered the bill for maintenance of the ministers and made some
4. Petition of Foltrop, Cook and King referred to next meeting;
Treasurer to attend.
355. [p. 247] 23 Jan. 1723/24
1. Reconsidered minute 2 of last meeting: Waddington and Peck with
assistance of Treasurer, Solicitor and Agent to bring in larger list of
persons proper to be the vestry.
2. Following to be appointed officers for St John Clerkenwell: John
Ekins and Simon Michell, esquires, churchwardens; Wm Bury, esq., and
Aaron Gibbs, gent., sidesmen; Wm Gambell and Geo. Greaves, carpenter, overseers of the poor; Edward Hutchins, gent. and Wm Wiggins of
Turnmill St, tallow chandler, surveyors of highways; Thos Bradley,
cheesemonger, and Sam. Jeacock, baker, scavengers; Joseph Jackson,
bricklayer, and Hy Jeffreys of Bartle's [Bartlet's] St, cutler, constables;
John Banks, barber, and Thos Wood, tobacco pipe maker of Turnmill St,
3. Petition from Dr Marshall, Nich. Jeffreys and Edm. Fenwick,
esquires, that they have lately erected a chapel near Red Lion Street, and
proposing to convey their interest to the Commissioners that it may be
converted into a parish church. Ordered that application be made to
obtain a clause in an act of parliament to enable the Commissioners to
treat with proprietors of chapels erected after the ninth of Anne, as well
as for those already then built. Solicitor to prepare such a clause.
4. Solicitor to report on sufficiency of letter of attorney of John Grove
and the bond of indemnification offered to Board by John Foltrop and
others against double payment of £129. 13s. 5d. ordered to be paid to
John Grove by warrant dated 24 Oct. 1722.
5. Officers appointed for St Mary le Strand: Jas Gascoigne and Robt
Poney churchwardens; Jas Cornish and Peter Annet, overseers; John
Matthews and Thos Towell, scavengers.
356. [p. 249] 25 Jan. 1723/24
1. Considered bill for maintenance of the ministers, and made some
progress therein. Final consideration to be referred to next meeting, and
no other business to intervene.
357. [p. 250] 31 Jan. 1723/24
1. Waddington delivered larger list of persons proper for vestry of St
John Clerkenwell. Commissioners to have a copy, and each to bring
written list of 20 names rolled up.
2. Read petition from Company of Parish Clerks setting forth that they
are not enabled by their charter to receive weekly bills from any of the
new churches. Solicitor to prepare clause for endowment bill pursuant to
prayer of petition.
3. Warrants to be prepared for paying half year's salary to officers and
half year's rent to Mrs Leacroft.
4. Read report from Solicitor of Grove's letter of attorney and Foltrop's
bond; Treasurer to pay Foltrop and others sum of £129. 13s. 5d.
5. Considered bill for maintenance of the ministers and made several
358. [p. 251] 7 Feb. 1723/24
1. Lists of persons to compose vestry for St John Clerkenwell being
brought in, it appeared the majority fell on: Thos. Pinder, Matt. Howit,
Robt Tothill, Thos Isted, Wm Brooke, John Ekins, Simon Michell,
Edward Lovibond, Wm Bury, Chas Floyer, John Forster, Rich. Lechmere, esquires; Robt Dymond, Rich. Templar, gent.; Wm Croaker,
mercer, Nich. Goodwin, brewer, Wm Downing, printer, Wm Gamble,
silversmith, Abr. [illegible] salesman, Geo. Greaves, carpenter.
Bishop of London consenting, ordered that the list be the vestry.
Solicitor to prepare instrument.
2. Solicitor brought clauses to enable Commissioners to build with brick,
and to enable Company of Parish Clerks to receive accounts of christenings and burials from clerks of the new churches; read, and directed to be
added to the bill. The bill as now settled to be offered to parliament.
3. Bishop of London to be desired to advise with Chancellor of the
Exchequer about the most proper method of bringing the bill into the
House of Commons.
4. Copies of bill to be given to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Speaker,
person introducing it, and Mr Scrope, Secretary of the Treasury. Also a
brief of the bill and a copy of a paper for filling up the blanks.
5. Commissioners at next meeting to proceed to annual election of
officers; notice to be given in summons.
6. Warrants signed for payment of officers' salaries to Christmas last,
and one year's rent.
359. [p. 253] 14 Feb. 1723/24
1. Bishop of London reported that he had applied to Chancellor of the
Exchequer and others about most proper method to bring in the bill, and
had received very favourable answers.
2. Solicitor to prepare two dozen briefs of bill for next meeting, and to
make out copies of bill for attorney-general and solicitor-general.
3. Agreed that the same officers be continued for a year at same salaries.
4. Agreed that a gratuity of 50 guineas be given James for his past
services and more than ordinary attendances upon the works and this
5. Philipps, Waddington, Deans of the Arches and Chichester, Hiccocks
and Melmoth to be desired to attend and solicit bill for maintenance of
ministers while it is depending in the Commons.
6. Agreed to a proposal of Sir R. Grosvenor's for sale of ground rent of a
house in Grosvenor Street proposed for minister's house: Board to give
30 years purchase and bear all legal charges. Resolved to purchase the
said house of John Jenner for £1,300.
7. Executed instrument for settling vestry of St John Clerkenwell.
8. Secretary to remind Board at next meeting to consider one year's
interest due to Sir R. Grosvenor for purchase money of ground near
Oliver's Mount bought for churchyard for church near Hanover Square.
360. [p. 255] 20 Feb. 1723/24
1. One year's interest on the purchase money to be paid to Sir R.
Grosvenor if he insists on it.
2. Empowered the six members appointed to attend the bill in parliament to employ a solicitor to follow bill through both Houses and give
them notice when it is necessary for them to attend, etc.
361. [p. 256] 27 Feb. 1723/24
1. Read report about minister's house and church yard for St John
Clerkenwell; referred to another meeting.
2. James delivered three papers about Millbank church: account of total
expended, account of extraordinary expenses because of the tenderness
of the foundation, and account of money necessary to finish church.
3. Treasurer to imprest £200 to Jenner, part of £1,300 for his house.
4. Treasurer to bring in account of monies already received at Exchequer
for the Commission.
5. Agent to procure best information available about perquisites likely
to arise from districts assigned for new churches.
362. [p. 257] 3 Mar. 1723/24
1. James to estimate for making a parsonage house for St John
Clerkenwell on the foundation of two old houses bought from Michell;
and Agent to inquire after a suitable house. Other affairs about new
parish referred to another time.
2. Petition from inhabitants of St Mary le Strand for appointment of a
vestry to be considered at next meeting.
3. Ordered advertisement for joiners to bring in proposals for Spitalfields church.
4. Petition from Dunn about payment for his work at St Mary Woolnoth;
referred to Surveyors to report at next meeting.
5. Agent to inquire about £1,100 paid to trustees of Ormond Street
chapel and how the sum has been applied; Solicitor to attend next
meeting with the deeds.
6. Bishop of London acquainted Board of great readiness shown by Mr
Poultney [Pulteney] and Mr Onslow to promote the bill. On discoursing
with several MPs they found it advisable in order to facilitate the bill's
passing that estimate be made of perquisites and other profits arising from
districts annexed to new churches, to be laid before the House.
7. Resolved that Bishop of London be desired to return Board's thanks
to Pulteney and Onslow.
8. Resolved that this Board judges it impossible to make the inquiries
expected from them so as to be ready to present them to House of
Commons with a view to passing the bill this session. Board will
immediately commence inquiries so as to lay information before House at
opening of next session.
363. [p. 259] 13 Mar. 1723/24
1. James brought in a plan for a minister's house for Stratford Bow,
estimated at £800.
2. Surveyors to bring estimates by next meeting for building parsonage
house for St John Clerkenwell; other matters concerning that parish
referred to a fuller Board.
3. Dean of the Arches, Ellis, Treasurer, Solicitor and Agent to consider
list of proper persons for vestrymen for St Mary le Strand.
4. James to attend next meeting, when joiners' prices for Spitalfields
church to be considered.
5. Solicitor to attend next meeting with purchase deeds of Ormond
6. Secretary to write out minutes about said chapel and lay them before
next meeting with the papers belonging thereto.
7. Board will at next meeting consider table of burial fees for St George
8. Bishop of London reported that he had thanked Pulteney and
364. [p. 261] 20 Mar. 1723/24
1. Dean of the Arches and Ellis assisted by Treasurer, Solicitor and
Agent brought in list of proper persons for vestry for St Mary le Strand.
2. Resolved that vestry consist of 14 persons and minister and church
wardens; every Commissioner present to have copy of list of names by
Monday night, and bring 14 names in writing in a paper rolled up.
3. Michell to submit proposal for house formerly proposed by him for
parsonage for St John Clerkenwell; other matters about parish deferred.
4. Joiners' proposals for Spitalfields church referred to Surveyors to
report who is lowest.
5. Table of burial fees for St George the Martyr to be considered at next
6. Treasurer to advance £700 to Dunn for work at St Mary Woolnoth;
and to labourers for taking care of lead at the churches in Bloomsbury and
near Hanover Square such sums as Surveyors advise to be proper.
7. Solicitor to have fresh directions to prosecute any who lay dirt or
rubbish on site purchased in Old Street.
8. Advertisement ordered for painters' and glaziers' proposals for
Bloomsbury and Hanover Square churches.
9. Renewed minute of 11 December last about districts for new parishes;
the officers appointed to go on without loss of time.
365. [p. 263] 27 Mar. 1724
1. Gabriel Appleby to be employed as joiner at Spitalfields church, as
the lowest proposal.
2. Consideration of burial fees for St George the Martyr deferred until
report made about money transferred for purchase of seats.
3. £650 to be paid Michell for house proposed by him for a parsonage for
St John Clerkenwell, he making a good title and laying out £50 on the
house as Surveyors appoint.
4. Scriven to be employed as glazier at Bloomsbury and Hanover Square
churches, as lowest proposal.
5. Petition of William Prat about his claim to Aylesbury chapel
[Clerkenwell] referred to Solicitor.
6. Michell's title deeds to be referred to counsel.
7. Geo. Clayfield to be employed as painter at Hanover Square and
8. Advertisements ordered for bricklayers' and carpenters' proposals
for minister's house, Stratford bow.
9. Read petition from Osmond, plumber; £500 to be imprested to him
for carrying on works in his churches; and upon Fincher's petition, £400
to him likewise for Hanover Square church.
10. The following were elected as vestrymen for St Mary le Strand: Wm
Foley, Esq., Robt Nicholson, pewterer, Robt Sparks, brazier, Wm
Wilson, draper, Fcs Sawle, draper, Robt Shelly, draper, John Walsh,
instrument-maker, Robt Powney, stationer, Thos Phill, upholder, John
Verdon, shoemaker, Patricius Underwood, stuffman, Jacob Tonson,
bookseller, Adam Hog, tailor, Chas Danvers, draper. Bishop of London
consenting, ordered that minister and churchwardens for the time being,
and the 14 named, be the vestry.
11. Solicitor to prepare instrument for appointing the vestry.
366. [p. 265] 10 Apr. 1724
1. On account of Solicitor's absence, Michell's title referred to next
meeting; Solicitor to have notice to attend.
2. Referred to next meeting a proposal of Mr Pomeroy and Mr Newman
concerning a passage from Ratcliffe Highway to new church at Wapping;
Surveyors to have notice to attend.
3. Warrant to be prepared for paying a quarter's rent to Mrs Leacroft.
4. Hester to be employed for brickwork at parsonage house, Stratford
Bow, and Meard for carpenter's work.
5. Manner of contracting with the workmen employed to be considered
at next meeting.
6. Solicitor to submit contract with Wilson for the ground in Old Street.
7. Surveyors to be reminded at next meeting to make due progress in
laying out districts for the new churches.
8. Read petition from vestry of St John Clerkenwell for £150 for
supplying defects. Agreed that £150 be given, the Commissioners'
resolution that they will have no concern with any additions or improvements in new churches after consecration not being understood by
petitioners at time of consecration.
367. [p. 267] 24 Apr. 1724
1. Warrant to be prepared for paying Michell £650 for house for the
minister, St John Clerkenwell, he giving a note to the Treasurer for £50 to
be laid out on the house as Surveyors shall direct.
2. Rejected Pomeroy and Newman's proposal.
3. Surveyors to report on Mary Goodchild's petition about price of
groining at Spitalfields church.
4. Vestry of St John Clerkenwell to be informed that Surveyors are
directed to inspect application of £150 for covering ceiling floor of church
with boards, enlarging vestry room and making new altar piece and rail at
368. [p. 268] 1 May 1724
1. Mrs Goodchild to be allowed 6d. per foot for groining, that being the
2. On petition of Isaac Mansfield, plasterer, Treasurer to pay him £500
by imprest for work done in Spitalfields, Hanover Square and Westminster churches.
3. Warrants to be prepared for pay £1,100 to Jenner for his interest in
house in Grosvenor Street, and £135 to Sir R. Grosvenor and others for
4. Marshall reported from trustees of St George's chapel, Ormond
Street, that they are ready to give satisfaction to Board for money paid
them for purchasing pews, but they desire written statement of what
5. Deans of Chichester and the Arches to draw up what they conceive
proper to be delivered to the trustees and lay it before next meeting.
6. Solicitor's bill of fees being delivered to Melmoth and Hiccocks,
ordered warrant to be prepared for £143. 10s. 9d.
7. Signed Michell's warrant for £650.
369. [p. 270] 15 May 1724
1. Bennet submitted paper on difficulty of conveying some ground
belonging to St Giles Cripplegate adjoining Mrs Fewtrell's ground;
referred to Solicitor to take advice.
2. Dean of Chichester being out of town and Dean of the Arches being
obliged to attend elsewhere, the deans to bring answer to Ormond Street
chapel trustees to next meeting.
3. Marshall to obtain copy of burial fees of St Andrew Holborn for next
4. Read petition from Commissioners appointed to inspect decoration of
church near Hanover Square signifying that they intend an organ for the
church and desire Commissioners to build a loft for it. Resolved that
Board conceive themselves not at liberty to proceed further than providing convenient seats for parishioners.
5. A plain brick wall five ft high to be built to enclose ground purchased
of Sir R. Grosvenor for a burial place for church near Hanover Square.
6. Signed warrants for paying £135 to Sir R. Grosvenor, £143. 10s. 9d. to
Solicitor, and £1,300 to John Jenner.
7. Bennet reported that, having acquainted vestry of St Giles Cripplegate that he had delivered to Commissioners the vestry's agreement to
convey to them Bear and Ragged Staff Yard provided they would allow
parishioners to bury in the ground in Old Street, and that Commissioners
had answered that they were willing, as soon as conveyance was made, to
divide the parish and give parishioners of Old Street church district free
leave to bury there, vestry unanimously acquiesced.
370. [p. 272] 18 June 1724
1. Trustees of St George the Martyr in whose hands £1,153. 6s. 7d. was
left for purchasing pews desiring to know in writing what Board requires
2. Agreed that trustees do lay before Board at next meeting an account
of how the money has been applied; whether any pews have been bought,
and of whom and for what; in whom such pews are now vested, and in
whose hands the remainder of the money now is; whether any has been
placed out at interest, and on what security.
3. Copy to be given to Dr Marshall for the trustees.
4. Sjt Baines reported that Duke of Montagu ready to come to agreement for the more effectual division of St George the Martyr from St
Andrew Holborn; will agree to any division of rights and dues between
the rectors which the Board think proper, provided the patronage of St
George the Martyr be vested in him and his heirs.
5. Agreed that the Board is satisfied that the duke is patron of St Andrew
Holborn, and will treat with him as such.
6. Agreed that the patronage of St George the Martyr be vested in the
Duke of Montagu and his heirs in the same manner as the patronage of St
Andrew Holborn is now vested; and that all rights, etc, arising from the
district allotted for St George the Martyr be forever vested in the rector of
the parish by such settlements as counsel shall direct.
7. Solicitor to prepare draft of such a settlement.
371. [p. 274] 29 June 1724
1. Bishop of London reported that Marshall had informed him that the
money for purchasing pews in St George the Martyr was in the hands of
Mr Chambers who is at Bath; at his return a satisfactory account would be
2. Mrs Goodchild declines finishing bricklayer's work at Limehouse
church. Lucas, recommended by Hawksmoor, to be employed to finish it
on terms of the late Goodchild's contract.
3. Hawksmoor to deliver his draft of division of parish of Deptford with a
district for the new church to the parish authorities, to report their
4. Bills of Busby for watching Bloomsbury church and Newsham for
watching that near Hanover Square referred to Surveyors.
5. Solicitor presented draft for the further division of St George the
Martyr which was read, and ordered to be engrossed.
372. [p. 276] 13 July 1724
1. Hawksmoor submitted drafts for division of parishes of St Margaret
Westminster and St Giles in the Fields.
2. Hawksmoor to deliver same to parish authorities for their
3. Warrant to be prepared for paying £315, one year's interest, to Sir R.
4. Treasurer to pay John Busby and Sam. Newsham, watchmen of
Bloomsbury and Hanover Square churches, £10. 16s. each for watching
for 24 four weeks to 4 July.
5. James to acquaint Rector of Stepney and churchwardens of the
hamlets of Ratcliff, Bethnal Green, Mile End Old and New Town with
division intended for new parishes of Spitalfields, Wapping-Stepney and
Limehouse, for their consideration.
6. Treasurer to pay following sums by imprest: to Whitton, bricklayer
(Hanover Square) £300; Mansfield, plasterer (Hanover Square) £300;
Holden, joiner (Limehouse) £250; Wilkins, plasterer (Wapping) £200.
7. Solicitor to lay before Ward [counsel] proviso he had drawn up
concerning agreement with Duke of Montagu for dividing parish of St
Andrew Holborn, with two queries, and take his opinion.
373. [p. 278] 27 July 1724
1. Signed warrant for paying £315 to Sir R. Grosvenor.
2. Hawksmoor reported by letter delivering plans of parishes of St
Margaret Westminster and St Giles in the Fields, but Bishops of Rochester and Bangor being out of town he thought the parishes could not make
their report till their lordships' return. Dean of Canterbury and
inhabitants of Deptford had agreed to plan proposed.
3. Marshall snr reported that Mr Harvey of Comb and his son were
willing to join Duke of Montagu in a proper instrument for dividing St
Andrew Holborn; Solicitor to prepare draft agreement pursuant to
Ward's opinion of 15 July.
4. The two Rectors of Stepney attending were called in and heard
concerning districts for the new parishes. Ordered that entire hamlet of
Spitalfields be parish of the new church.
5. The inhabitants of Mile End Old Town appeared to show cause that
the hamlet ought to be left undivided and part of district of the mother
6. Some of principal inhabitants of Ratcliff and Limehouse submitted
written states of these hamlets.
7. Notice to be given to minister and principal inhabitants of Poplar to
show why it should not be added to Limehouse.
8. Referred to Surveyors petitions of Strong and Fletcher for imprest
money to enable them to carry on works, as also Edward Leny's
complaint of damage to his house by building of Bloomsbury church.
374. [p. 280] 31 Aug. 1724
1. Referred to Surveyors petitions of Goodchild, Mrs Goodchild, Dunn,
Walshaw, Whitaker and Sarah Plumpton.
2. Advertisements ordered for joiners' and plasterers' proposals for
Bloomsbury church, for glaziers' for Spitalfields, and plasterers' and
glaziers' for Lombard Street churches.
3. On a representation from East India Company, resolved that Commissioners have no objection to their proposed application to parliament,
and that meantime they are ready to come to conditional agreement for
converting Poplar chapel into a parish church; Commissioners also
willing to suspend settling what shall be added to Limehouse parish for a
month to enable Company to make their proposal, further deferment
being inconvenient to Board.
4. Treasurer presented a memorial that an overpayment had been made
to Frenchfield for St George's chapel; copy to be delivered to Frenchfield
and he desired to attend next meeting; Solicitor also to attend with
5. Signed warrants for paying £5,250 to workmen, and £21.12s. to
watchmen for Bloomsbury and Hanover Square churches.
6. Read and confirmed table of burial fees for St Mary le Strand: for the
pavement about the church enclosed with iron palisadoes: to rector, £1.
10s.; churchwardens, £2; clerk, 5s.; sexton, 3s.; gravemaker, 2s. 6d.; bell,
3s.; bearers, 6s. Signed by minister, churchwardens and seven vestrymen.
375. [p. 283] 14 Sep 1724
1. James reported opinion of memorials and petitions referred to him.
Following payments ordered by way of imprest: Strong, mason, £1,500;
Dunn, mason, £500; Fletcher, mason, £1,500; Meard, carpenter, £800;
Whitaker, digger, £50; John Walshaw, joiner, £300; Joseph Goodchild,
glazier, £50; Sarah Plumpton, exec. of Lot Plumpton, £20; Mary Goodchild, bricklayer, £250; Lucas, bricklayer, £150; Turner, painter, £40.
Warrant to be prepared for next meeting.
2. Mrs Skeat to carry on smith's work in partnership with Cleave on foot
of contract made with Cleave and Skeat, her late husband.
3. Hawksmoor to produce plan of district of new parish of Deptford, to
which he reported on 27 July last that Dean of Canterbury and vestry had
agreed, and that it be delivered to Solicitor to be enrolled.
4. Board were informed of death of Skeat, their Agent. Although
necessary to appoint a successor, the labour being considerably less than
formerly, resolved not to allow more than £40 p.a. salary. Resolved that
John Prichard be Agent at £40 p.a.
5. Frenchfield having delivered his answer about payment for St
George's chapel, which cleared up the matter to Treasurer's satisfaction,
ordered Treasurer to lay answer before Auditor of the Imprest, and if
further difficulty arises, to lay it before Board.
6. Read petition from governors of Free School of Charity of Queen
Elizabeth in St Olave's Southwark about walls of the ground being out of
repair; Agent to report to next meeting.
7. Several proposals being submitted, ordered that Joseph Goodchild
perform glazier's work at Spitalfields and Lombard Street churches;
Mansfield, plasterer's at Bloomsbury; Wilkins that at Lombard Street.
8. Treasurer reported that Auditor complained there were several miscalculations in books of works of the new churches from 1717 to 1722 to
his prejudice. Ordered for the future that all books of the new churches
be delivered to Treasurer to be examined by him three weeks before
warrant for paying workmen be signed.
376. [p. 286] 28 Sep. 1724
1. John Reynolds to do painter's work at minister's house erecting at
2. Thos Philipps to do joiner's work at Bloomsbury church.
3. Signed warrant for impresting money to workmen totalling £5,160.
4. Agent reported concerning Artillery Ground in St Olave's parish.
Resolved that Board not having occasion for the ground do not think it
convenient to incur charge of dividing it with a new wall at present; but
have directed breaches in the other wall to be made up.
5. Advertisement ordered for ironmongers' proposals for furnishing
new churches at Westminster, Great George Street [Hanover Square],
Bloomsbury, Lombard Street, Spitalfields, Wapping, and Limehouse
with pew locks and hinges according to patterns at the office, and square
irons to strengthen pews.
377. [p. 288] 12 Oct. 1724
1. Read memorial from commissioners for decoration of church erecting
near Hanover Square, complaining of Fletcher's dilatoriness in carrying
on mason's work. Fletcher, called in to answer, received Board's reprimand, and promised to proceed with all despatch.
2. On the complaint of some inhabitants of St Mary Woolnoth of the
masons' dilatoriness, masons ordered to attend next meeting.
3. Read petition from inhabitants of Bethnal Green; resolved that Board
will receive a proposal from the proprietor for a site for a church etc.
4. Solicitor to attend next meeting about bill for providing an endowment for ministers of new churches.
5. Peck delivered account of burial fees of hamlets of Spitalfields,
Wapping Stepney, and Limehouse for one year; which Secretary is to
keep till called for.
6. Bishop of Rochester reported that Dean and Chapter of Westminster
are willing that new chapel in the Broadway be converted into a parish
church. Solicitor to consider proper method of proceeding.
7. Warrant to be prepared for impresting £350 to Gilham for joiner's
work at Greenwich and Deptford churches.
8. James delivered boundary for new parish at Limehouse; which Secretary is to keep.
9. Solicitor's bill referred to Hiccocks and Melmoth for examination and
10. Surveyors to report at next meeting on smiths' proposals for locks,
378. [p. 290] 26 Oct. 1724
1. Melmoth having examined Secretary's bill, warrant to be prepared.
2. Secretary to new model bill for providing a maintenance for ministers
by next meeting.
3. Signed warrant for paying £350 to Gilham.
4. Goff to be employed for making locks and hinges and squares and
keys for churches of Hanover Square, Westminster and Bloomsbury, and
Robins for St Mary Woolnoth and Spitalfields; Cleave for Limehouse and
5. On petition by Langley, joiner at Westminster church, ordered £300
to be imprested and warrant prepared.
6. Hawksmoor submitted district taken out of Deptford; Solicitor to take
care that the district be enrolled. [Boundary details given at length.]
7. Solicitor to take care that district to be Limehouse parish be enrolled.
[Details of boundaries given.]
379. [p. 293] 6 Nov. 1724
1. Bishop of Rochester reported that Dean and Chapter of Westminster
desire longer to consider question of converting Broadway chapel to a
2. Solicitors brought new modelled bill for maintenance of ministers,
and Commissioners made some amendments.
3. Read letter from Hester, bricklayer for minister's house at Bow;
ordered £150 to be imprested to him and a warrant to be prepared.
4. Ellis desired to settle Secretary's bill of incidents.
5. Secretary to prepare conveyance from Mrs Fewtrell for site for a new
church in parish of Cripplegate, and a conveyance from vicar and
churchwardens to Commissioners.
380. [p. 294] 13 Nov. 1724
1. New modelled bill for maintenance read and after some amendments
approved by Commissioners. Solicitor to wait on Onslow with the bill for
2. Ellis having examined Secretary's bill, it was allowed; warrant to be
prepared for £50.
3. Read White's proposal for a site for a church at Bethnal Green;
Surveyors to view and report.
4. Agent to wait on Deacon to deliver amount of annual produce of tax
on coals for three years last.
5. James to put Hawksmoor in mind of bringing in plans of new districts
of Bloomsbury and Millbank.
6. Warrant to be prepared for paying £250 to Lock, carpenter at
7. Treasurer to advance £8 to Busby, watchman at Bloomsbury church.
381. [p. 295] 19 Nov. 1724
1. Agent submitted amount of produce of tax on coals:
for the year ending Christmas
£69,561. 18s. 8d.
2. Hawksmoor submitted plans of districts for Bloomsbury and
3. District as submitted by Hawksmoor for Bloomsbury to be district of
4. Solicitor reported that he had waited on Onslow with endowment bill,
who had perused it and thought a clause should be added forbidding any
two new churches to be held by one minister. Solicitor to prepare such a
5. Imprest warrant to be prepared for paying £350 to Worrall, carpenter
at Spitalfields church.
6. Signed warrants for paying £250 to Lock and £50 to the Secretary.
382. [p. 296] 27 Nov. 1724
1. Resumed consideration of endowment bill and what should be proposed for endowment of each, and what proportion should be appropriated to each out of the £60,000, more or less, appropriated by parliament
towards maintaining the ministers.
2. Signed warrant for paying Worrall £350.
3. James submitted plan of and report on site proposed by White for
church at Bethnal Green. Agreed to purchase two and a half acres at £4
p.a. at 20 years purchase; White to enjoy rents and profits till foundation
of intended church laid.
4. Treasurer to pay Hall £20 for watching Spitalfields church.
383. [p. 297] 30 Nov. 1724
1. Made some further progress in endowment bill with assistance of
Pulteney and Onslow who were present.
384. [p. 298] 4 Dec. 1724
1. Made further amendments in endowment bill with assistance of
Pulteney and Onslow. Solicitor to prepare several copies.
2. Hawksmoor submitted new districts of Bloomsbury and Millbank to
convert them into parishes. Solicitor to take care that these districts be
enrolled; and also to prepare draft representation and petition to the
King to recommend bill to parliament.
3. Signed warrant for paying Hall £20.
4. Warrant to be prepared for paying David Arnot £250 for plumber's
work at Lombard Street church.
385. [p. 299] 11 Dec. 1724
1. Signed warrant for paying Arnot £250.
2. Read draft representation and petition to King to recommend endowment bill to parliament. Solicitor to wait on Dean of the Arches to settle it
by next meeting.
3. Solicitor reported that he had delivered copies of the bill to Speaker,
Master of the Rolls, Pulteney, Attorney-General and Solicitor-General
and Onslow. Ordered to deliver copies to Mr Walpole and Scrope, and
prepare abstracts by next meeting.
386. [p. 300] 18 Dec. 1724
1. Dean of the Arches delivered draft representation etc. to King, which
was approved. Secretary to prepare fair copy and wait on Commissioners
present today for their signatures. Bishops of London, St Asaph, Rochester, Carlisle or any two or more of them be desired to wait on Lord
Townshend with representation.
2. Read petitions from Osmond, plumber, Robins, smith, Cleave and
Mrs Skeat for imprest money.
3. Letter to be sent to Marshall that Board expect a satisfactory account
of money for purchasing pews in St George's church in Chambers's
hands, pursuant to his promise of 29 June last.
4. Warrants to be prepared for impresting £300 to Osmond, £120 to
Robins, £1,000 to Cleave and Mrs Skeat.