448. [p. 395] 9 Jan. 1726/27
1. Money given to Ormond Street chapel trustees to be considered at
next meeting; Deans of Chichester and the Arches and Peck desired to be
2. Petition of Sir Isaac Tillard to be considered when Bishop of Chichester and Peck present.
3. Signed two warrants for paying officers' salaries for half-year to
Christmas and half-year's rent.
449. [p. 396] 19 Jan. 1726/27
1. Deans of the Arches and Chichester appointed to meet any two of the
proprietors of pews in Ormond Street church to adjust differences
between Board and proprietors. Notice to be given to Marshall.
2. James reported that books of works made up to Michaelmas last
amount to about £24,000.
3. Warrant to be prepared for paying 6s. 8d. in the pound to the artificers
on present debt in tallies and orders together with interest due thereon
from date of orders to paying of the workmen; but the watchmen being
very indigent to be paid all that is due to them.
4. Philipps and Ellis to examine Secretary's bill of incidents and report to
next meeting; warrant to be prepared to imprest him a sum for occasional
5. Board being informed of great damage at Limehouse and Wapping
churches done by pilferers, churchwardens to attend next meeting to
consider best means of prevention.
6. Several papers referred to Surveyors.
450. [p. 398] 27 Jan. 1726/27
1. Churchwardens of Limehouse and Wapping promised to prevent, as
far as in their power, damages by pilferers.
2. Ormond Street affair to be considered at next meeting in order to give
Deans of Chichester and the Arches instruction to confer with trustees.
Secretary to submit relevant papers.
3. Petition of churchwardens of St John Clerkenwell about an endowment to be considered at next meeting.
4. Signed two warrants for paying £8,699. 10s. 3d. to workmen, and £50
imprest to Secretary for incidentals.
451. [p. 399] 3 Feb. 1726/27
1. Read petition of minister and wardens of St John Clerkenwell.
Michell attending was told Board will adhere to usual method of endowing by a pound rate.
2. Read petition of Edward Baldwin for saving clause in Stepney
churches endowment bill preserving his present rights as clerk of St
3. Solicitor read draft of Stepney churches endowment bill.
452. [p. 400] 10 Feb. 1726/27
1. Dean of the Arches reported that he and Dean of Chichester had met
gentleman from Ormond Street chapel, and that they were disposed to
give the Board satisfaction without further trouble.
The two deans to meet persons appointed by Ormond Street church
trustees to settle matters in dispute in best manner they can.
2. James to prepare plan showing boundaries of Poplar hamlet for
making it a parish.
3. Read Dr Warren's representation complaining of damage to his
cellars in new house at Bow by water from roads; £15 allowed for making
a drain under Surveyors' directions.
453. [p. 401] 20 Feb. 1726/27
1. Read petition from churchwardens, etc, of Spitalfields, setting forth
things unfinished in church, particularly spire and portico. Hawksmoor to
direct proper workmen to finish these speedily.
2. Read memorial from principal inhabitants of intended new parish in
St Margaret Westminster, proposing to raise £125 for maintenance of
minister if £2,500 be allowed out of parliamentary fund; and praying that
towers of church and some other uncompleted works may be speedily
Board approved proposal and directed Solicitor to prepare a bill for
endowing church without loss of time. Surveyors to consider best method
of finishing towers and other works.
3. James presented plan of hamlet of Poplar with its boundaries for
enrolment and being converted to a separate parish.
454. [p. 403] 27 Feb. 1726/27
1. At general reduction of salaries, Agent's (at first £100) was by minute
of 2 March 1720 reduced to £60, and on Skeat's death the Board,
observing labour of the office was considerably lessened, made a further
reduction on 14 Sept. 1724, but on 23 May 1726 restored officers to their
former salaries. Doubt whether the intention was to allow Agent £60 or
Resolved to allow no more than £60 p.a. to person who shall be chosen
vice Prichard, deceased.
Ordered John Sherman to be appointed Agent.
2. Melmoth having examined Solicitor's bills, settled at £282. 14s. 2d.
Warrant to be prepared.
455. [p. 404] 10 Mar. 1726/27
1. Warrant signed for paying Solicitor's bill.
2. Dr Shippen, principal of Brasenose College Oxford, and Dodd, rector
of Stepney, to be desired to attend at next meeting, to state how much
Easter offerings and other perquisites are likely to amount to in hamlets
after they become distinct parishes.
456. [p. 405] 16 Mar. 1726/27
1. Secretary to attend Crosse for original instrument describing
boundaries of new parish in St Margaret Westminster and deliver it to
Batley for the perusal of Dean and Chapter.
2. Principal of Brasenose College and rector of Stepney delivered
amount of perquisites in hamlets.
3. Whereas Spitalfields offered to settle £200 p.a. for minister's maintenance, it now appears that £150 p.a. is as much as can be expected
because of decay of trade and fall of rents.
4. Dean of Chichester reported that he and Dean of the Arches had
agreed with representatives of trustees of Ormond Street chapel that
moneys undisposed of and remaining in trustees' hands shall be paid to
order of the Board for purchasing pews. Rector and churchwardens shall
be empowered to treat for pews and lay terms before trustees. Trustees
shall certify approbation to such person as Board directs, who shall have
power finally to agree for purchases and order the money upon proper
conveyances being made.
Resolved that Deans of the Arches and Chichester or either be
empowered to settle the account with trustees and direct money remaining in their hands to be lodged with Hoare and Co. subject to the Board's
further orders, and empowered to receive accounts of purchases and
direct money to be issued for such as they approve. [Footnote: 'Alterations in the minutes made by the Board on second reading, Friday 24th
457. [p. 407] 24 Mar. 1726/27
1. Warrant to be dated 4 March 1725/6 for £100 which Treasurer paid
Solicitor by minute for paying expenses of bill in parliament for Strand
church; and for £400 to Solicitor for defraying fees and charges in
pursuing bills now depending for endowing church in St Margaret
Westminster and Stepney churches.
2. Ordered that spire at Spitalfields be finished according to design sent
in by Hawksmoor, and that his estimate of charge for portico be
considered at next meeting.
458. [p. 408] 27 Mar. 1727
1. Read two precepts from House of Commons, ordering Treasurer to
submit an account of all sums issued towards bulding church of St
Margaret Westminster and for site of church [Millbank]; and ordering
Secretary and Surveyors to submit plan of district of Millbank and orders
of this Board relating to that district.
2. Signed warrants for paying Solicitor £100 and £400.
3. Secretary submitted minutes about district taken out of St Margaret's
459. [p. 409] 6 Apr. 1727
1. Commissioners, having been informed that opposition is intended
against a pound rate in new parishes in Stepney, desire churchwardens
and others who made the proposals to attend committee of House of
Commons on Monday next, to be ready if necessary to declare on what
authority they made such proposals in the name of the inhabitants.
2. Treasurer to advance two guineas to Durden, watchman.
460. [p. 410] 10 Apr. 1727
Solicitor to fee counsel to attend bill of endowment now depending in
461. [p. 411] 12 Apr. 1727
Resumed consideration of bill of endowment now depending in
462. [p. 412] 17 Apr. 1727
Read order from House of Commons dated 15 April about new districts
in Stepney, and Secretary presented several orders of the Board about
463. [p. 413] 28 Apr. 1727
Secretary to advance £5 to Hall, watchman, on his bill for carrying
rubbish out of church.
464. [p. 314 (sic)] 5 May 1727
1. Hawksmoor submitted plan of site of church and parsonage house at
Bloomsbury. The kitchen and cellars being dark and small, ordered that a
small shed be built for a wash-house in Little Russell Street at further end
of churchyard, next the ale house, for not more than £30.
2. Portico and entablement at Spitalfields church to be made of wood
3. Surveyors to prepare a model and estimate of a church and parsonage
house not to exceed £10,000 together with enclosing the ground.
465. [p. 415] 9 June 1727
1. Surveyors submitted their respective models for a new church.
Ordered that they jointly prepare by next meeting a model of a church
tower that may be built as cheap as possible.
2. Read letter of Cleave, the smith. Surveyors to report by next meeting,
and Cleave to have a copy.
3. Treasurer to prepare memorial to Treasury for opening a loan of
£25,000 for Board's use.
4. Treasurer's account of money issued from Exchequer since Lady Day
1719 to be inserted in book of muniments.
466. [p. 416] 19 June 1727
1. Deans of the Arches and Chichester presented account of £1,500
formerly paid to trustees of St George's chapel, there remaining due
upon the balance £693. 14s. 10d. Approved.
2. Agreed by Commissioners and trustees that the balance be deposited
with Hoare and Partners for purchasing pews for such parishioners as
3. Resolved that the balance be put into hands of Hoare to be applied
conformable to resolutions of 16 March, and that the deans be enabled to
draw sums desired by trustees for purchasing pews.
4. Copy of last two minutes to be delivered to Hoare and Partners.
5. Signed memorial to Treasury for loan of £25,000.
6. Hawksmoor and James presented memorial in answer to Cleave's
complaints; delivered to Cleave to consider and return to next meeting.
467. [p. 418] 23 June 1727
1. Read petition from minister and wardens of Stratford Bow. Dr
Warren and others were called in. Petition to be considered at a fuller
2. Stonehouse's bill for soliciting the endowment bill referred to Solicitor to examine and settle.
Crochly's petition to be considered at a fuller meeting; Hawksmoor to
4. Surveyors to take new survey of Mrs Fewtrell's ground in St Giles
5. A plan for a new church to be erected in parish of St Olave Southwark
was laid before Board, and another plan of a church to be built in Old
Street in parish of St Giles Cripplegate; both approved.
Surveyors ordered to direct workmen to begin digging foundations
without loss of time.
468. [p. 419] 30 June 1727
1. The doors opening into churchyard of new church at Ratcliff Highway
to be shut up unless reason to the contrary shown at next meeting. Wm
Noble, Widow Cowley, John Stringer, Dr Harries and Russel to be
2. Secretary to present at next meeting petition of Tufnell's executors
about removing the stones from ground in St Olave's, Surveyors' report,
and entry in book of works for £350 allowed to executors on the account.
3. Newsham to be paid till Lady Day last as watchman at Hanover
Square church at 1s. 6d. per day, totalling £5. 6s. 6d., to be paid him by
4. Same officers to be continued till first meeting after Christmas 1727.
5. Signed warrants for paying officers' salaries to Midsummer, and halfyear's rent.
6. Agent to inspect books and inform himself what houses and lands
have been purchased by Commissioners, and by whom possessed.
7. Agent to demand of executors and administrators of Skeat and
Prichard the moneys received by them for Commission's use and unaccounted for.
8. Agent to demand arrears of rent due from the several tenants.
469. [p. 421] 7 July 1727
1. Paper concerning £350 paid executors of Tufnell to be entered in
minute book: for loss by stone laid down by building church in St Olave
Southwark and not proceeded with, 570 tons at £1. 3s. 6d. delivered. Loss
by present value of stone together with carriage and wharfage, 8s. 6d. per
ton, making £242. 5s.; plus interest for 4 years, £134, making whole loss
£376. 5s. If any stone remain on ground when the church shall be built,
8s. 6d. per ton to be deducted from mason's bills.
2. Solicitor, having examined Stonehouse's bill, to pay him £16. 7s.
3. All private doors to be shut up in churchyard wall of Wapping, except
entrance at west and that on south towards the east.
4. Solicitor to examine Johnson's lease and report whether anything is to
be altered when it is renewed, his term expiring next Christmas.
5. Vestry act of St George the Martyr today delivered to be referred to
Deans of the Arches and Chichester.
6. Solicitor to consult counsel whether contract with late Capt Tufnell,
his executors and administrators, without mention of his assigns, for
stonework of church in St Olave, be obligatory on Board, as contract now
assigned to son of deceased.
470. [p. 424] 24 July 1727
1. Read opinion of counsel about Tufnell's contract; consideration
2. Read petition of Durden, watchman; Treasurer to pay him £4 if so
3. Agent delivered account of yearly rents of Board's tenants. To
demand arrears now due, and rent due by Marshall. In future, to collect
rents yearly at proper times and pay them to Treasurer. If any refuses to
pay, Agent to inform Solicitor, that he may act.
4. Goff's proposals for smith's work at Old Street church approved;
Solicitor to prepare contract.
5. Advertisement ordered for masons' proposals for Old Street church.
471. [p. 426] 4 Aug. 1727
1. Masons' proposals for Old Street church referred to Surveyors.
2. Read case of Tufnell, with Ward's opinion. Case again to be referred
3. Treasurer submitted bills for passing accounts in Treasury and
Exchequer, from 7 June 1722 to Christmas 1725, £83. 8s. 10d. Warrant to
be prepared for next meeting.
4. Signed warrant for paying workmen from Lady Day 1725 to the end of
December 1726, £18,166. 1s. 6d.
472. [p. 427] 25 Aug. 1727
1. Surveyors having examined masons' proposals for Old Street church,
Thos Shepherd to be employed.
2. After full inquiry, allow Crochly £100 in consideration of damages
from building of Bloomsbury church; warrant to be prepared.
3. Wexholm and Barr to be employed to make and furnish bricks for Old
4. Signed warrant for paying Treasurer £83. 8s. 10d.
473. [p. 429] 11 Sep. 1727
1. Solicitor to pay £31. 10s. for charges in enfranchising house purchased
of Thos Heath for minister of Limehouse.
2. It appearing by Agent's report that Skeat died indebted to the Board
£54. 14s. 6d., Agent to demand payment of Mrs Skeat.
2. Signed two warrants for paying Crochly £100 and Heath £500.
4. Read petition from churchwardens, etc., of Bethnal Green, praying
that a church may be built on site purchased of White. Agent to give
White notice to clear the ground by Lady Day next.
6. Solicitor to prepare contract with Jas Wilson and Benj. Prosser,
bricklayers, for Old Street church.
7. Vestry room to be built at north-west angle of church ground in
Bloomsbury over offices already directed for minister, it appearing the
least expensive way.
8. Surveyors to report on damages at alms- and engine-houses at
474. [p. 431] 22 Sep. 1727
1. Read petition from Thos Ross, victualler, of St Giles in the Fields,
complaining his house likely to suffer damage by brewhouse intended to
be built for minister. Surveyors to report.
2. Read memorial from Carteret, Postmaster-general, about passage
from the Post Office to gallery in St Mary Woolnoth. Surveyors to report.
3. Copy of memorial and minute to be communicated to parish vestry.
4. John Bever to be employed as watchman, Old Street church.
475. [p. 432] 9 Oct. 1727
1. Read report from the churchwarden, etc., of Spitalfields, setting forth
damage done by building of new church; told that Surveyors should be
ordered to view and consider.
2. Surveyors to inspect accordingly and report to next meeting.
476. [p. 433] 27 Oct. 1727
1. Surveyors submitted report on damage to parish house and shed for
engine in Spitalfields. Expense of rebuilding, about £90. Consideration
referred to next meeting.
2. Several inhabitants of Bermondsey attended with petition for having a
church built on site purchased. Told that Board was inclined to comply
with their petition; Secretary to keep it with office papers.
3. Read petition from Wilson, now in prison, praying he may be
permitted to go on with brickwork of Old Street church. Surveyors to
learn what proposals he will offer about finding security for his
477. [p. 434] 10 Nov. 1727
1. Act of vestry of St Mary Woolnoth concerning passage from Post
Office to gallery to be delivered to Postmaster-general by Secretary.
2. De la Motte, an assignee of estate of Jas Wilson, bricklayer, a
bankrupt, declared on behalf of creditors that he had no objection to
Commissioners discharging Wilson from his contract and agreeing with
3. Hawksmoor and James having some time ago complained to Wilson
of his not setting about bricklayer's work at Old Street church, and he
promising to set about it and to bring good security to Board this day for
performing the contract, or he would be content to waive it; and Wilson
not having begun it, or brought any security, and being a bankrupt and
prisoner in Ludgate for upwards of a year, Commissioners judge that he
ought not to be employed at Old Street church.
4. Benj. Prosser and Wm Cooper, bricklayers, proposing to do the work
on the terms in Wilson's contract, proposal is accepted; Solicitor to