221. [p. 41] 29 Jan. 1718/19
1. On petition from St Mary le Strand, Secretary to write to Simmons the
joiner to hasten finishing of the pewing.
2. Advertisement ordered for proposals from brick makers for bricks for
new church in St Olave's Southwark, to be delivered this day fortnight.
3. John Meard, carpenter, to be employed at Bloomsbury and St Mary
Woolnoth as lowest bidder; Solicitor to draw up contract.
4. Smith's final bill of fees laid: £50. 12s. 9d. Allowed except last article
of £4. 2s. 7d.
5. Arthur Nash, smith, to be employed to make hinges, locks and keys,
Is and Ls for the pews at Deptford and Strand churches; Solicitor to draw
6. Signed warrant for paying £20 to Mrs Clement.
7. George Devall to be employed on plumber's work at Spitalfields
church; Solicitor to draw contract.
222. [p. 44] 19 Feb. 1718/19
1. Warrant for £46. 10s. 2d. payable to Henry Smith to be prepared.
2. Advertisement ordered for brick makers to bring proposals for
supplying bricks for the new church in St Olave's Southwark on Thursday
3. Hawksmoor to report on condition of steeple of St Mary Woolnoth,
what inconvenience Mr Dodson may have suffered, and how it may be
4. Petition of James Wilson about one of the houses to be demolished on
Ironmongers' Company's site to be complied with.
5. Chicheley and Wade, carvers, who offered their services for Deptford
church to attend on Thurs. next with James, bringing their proposals.
6. Sir John Philipps and William Farrer to be desired to move House of
Commons to insert in bill brought in last Thurs. clause to enable
Commissioners to build churches of rubble, brick, or brick coined with
stone where they shall think proper.
7. Solicitor to draw up such a clause.
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(recto) to 56 (verso)]
223. [p. 57] 26 Feb. 1718/19
1. Smith's warrant signed.
2. Warrants ordered for paying salaries for half year to Christmas last
and for house rent.
3. Read petition of John Webster, carver, for employment in Strand or
any other church; to bring in his proposals for next meeting.
4. No more new churches to be begun until we find ourselves in condition
to discharge contracts for churches already begun.
5. Open committee appointed to meet next Monday to consider how
maintenance may be provided out of the duties granted by Act of first of
George I for ministers of the new churches.
224. [p. 58] 5 Mar. 1718/19
1. Bishop of Bristol reported that the committee had approved, with
amendments, Dean of Canterbury's proposals for providing a maintenance for the ministers and their assistants.
2. Approved the report after some additions and further amendments;
to be prepared with duplicates for both Houses of Parliament, to be
signed at next meeting.
3. Signed two warrants for salaries and house rent.
4. James reported that the proposals of Wade and Chicheley, carvers,
were lower than those of Webster. Wade and Chicheley to be employed
at Deptford if James thinks prices as low as those paid at Greenwich.
225. [p. 60] 9 Mar. 1718/19
1. Treasurer's bill of fees allowed; warrant ordered for £85. 5s.
2. Walter Younger's petition referred to James to report what damage
he had sustained.
226. [p. 61] 12 Mar. 1718/19
1. Representation to King for providing maintenance for ministers, with
duplicates for both Houses of Parliament, read, signed and sealed.
Secretary to attend bishops of the Commission for their signatures.
2. Waugh to be asked to request Archbishop of Canterbury to present
representation to the King and a duplicate to House of Lords; and
Secretary to ask Farrer to present that to House of Commons.
3. Petition from St Giles in the Fields further considered; petitioners told
Commissioners not yet ready to answer them, but would have a church
rebuilt for them in convenient time as obliged by Act of Parliament.
4. Signed warrant for Treasurer's bill.
5. Satisfied by Hawksmoor's report that Dodson has sustained no
damage from steeple of St Mary Woolnoth.
6. Surveyors to measure work already done and make up accounts to
7. Labourer to be employed, at Hawksmoor's request, to secure lead of
8. Advertisement ordered for carvers' proposals for ornaments of
joiner's work at Strand church.
9. Solicitor presented his bill; to be considered at next meeting.
10. Hawksmoor and James to direct roofing and ceiling of west portico of
Deptford church and see it done as soon and cheaply as possible.
11. Surveyors likewise to contract with Grove to finish roof and other
carpenter's work still wanting in parsonage house, Deptford.
12. Enclosing ground for minister's house and the churchyard on east
and west to be done according to plan now submitted, as cheaply as
13. James reported that Wade and Chicheley's prices for carving at
Deptford were cheaper than those for Greenwich. Wade and Chicheley
to be employed.
14. On Dr Bennet's request, Surveyors to give orders for clearing
ground in order to begin work on church in Old Street. James to prepare a
plan and estimate for building in brick.
227. [p. 65] 19 Mar. 1718/19
1. Waugh reported waiting on Archbishop of Canterbury. Secretary
reported that archbishop stated he had presented report on ministers'
maintenance to the king, and he wished another bishop to lay duplicate
before the Lords.
2. Solicitor's bill referred to committee to meet in fortnight's time.
Meller and Melmoth desired to attend.
3. James to submit plan for parsonage house for Bow to next meeting.
4. Solicitor ordered to prosecute Peter Patrick and Robt Brumfield, who
were reported to have stolen iron and lead from St Mary Woolnoth.
5. Several inhabitants of Stratford le Bow petitioned about difficulties
in executing their offices as appointed by this Board, and the uncertainty
of the chapel's ever having been consecrated. Bishop of London agreed,
to settle matter, to consecrate chapel in a week's time.
6. Parish officers to be appointed at first meeting after consecration.
7. Before Gibbs direct any further carver's or painter's work for finishing Strand church, design and estimate to be laid before Board so that
agreements may be made with artificers before they are put in hand. Copy
228. [p. 68] 2 Apr. 1719
1. Vestrymen and officers appointed for Stratford le Bow and Old Ford:
churchwardens: Mr Abraham Wilmer, Mr Wm Fletcher; overseers: Thos
Mitchell, Isaac le Hob; surveyors of highways: Wm Van Leut, Rich.
Remnant. Vestrymen: Rev. Dr Robt Warren, Ambrose Page, Robt
Hardesty, John Mitford, Abr. Wilmer, and Daniel Selman, Esquires;
Jonathan Sanford, Hy Tilbury, Nich. Greenslade, Thos Kinnaston, Abr.
Kemp, Wm Andrewes, John Warner, and churchwardens.
2. Solicitor to wait on Bishop of London with list of vestry.
229. [p. 70] 23 Apr. 1719
1. Read opinion of counsel on workmen's representation for hastening
2. Surveyors to measure works and make up accounts from Christmas
1717 to Lady Day 1719 with all possible speed.
3. Read representation of minister and trustees of St George's chapel:
4. Waddington and Masters to view Mrs Futrel's ground: Surveyors to
examine its nature.
230. [p. 71] 30 Apr. 1719
1. Waddington reported that he and Masters thought the ground in St
Giles Cripplegate a convenient site for a church.
2. Surveyors to open the ground to see if it will admit good foundation
and report to next meeting.
3. Representation of St George's chapel to be considered at next
meeting, with all original papers.
4. Warrant to be prepared for £645 for site in Bermondsey.
5. Secretary to write to Surveyors (being absent) to attend next meeting
to suggest how grievances complained of by Sir Gilbert Heathcote and Mr
Craggs about church in Lombard Street may be removed.
6. Dodson's representation to be considered at next meeting.
231. [p. 73] 6 May 1719
1. Last order (minute 2, 30 Apr. 1719) on opening Futrel's ground to be
renewed; Surveyors to employ some other labourer than the person
contracted with for digging in that parish.
2. Surveyors to attend Dr Marshall and trustees of St George's chapel to
report to next meeting on state of pews.
3. Signed warrant for £645 for Bermondsey site.
4. Surveyors reported that the grievances complained of at St Mary
Woolnoth might be removed at little cost; this to be done.
In consideration of Dodson's representation, agreed that the projection
of the cornice on west of steeple be made as small as possible.
232. [p. 75] 28 May 1719
1. Waddington reported that he and Masters had viewed Futrel's ground
since it was opened in three places; it would not admit of good
2. Further consideration of repairs of St George's chapel to be deferred
until after next sitting of Parliament.
3. Surveyors to adjust workmen's accounts to Lady Day last, entering
prices agreeable to contract; those not contracted with to be referred to
Commissioners' consideration at next meeting.
4. Surveyors to prepare plan and estimate of church proper to be built in
4. Instruments of appointment of officers of new parish of Bow to be
prepared for next meeting.
233. [p. 77] 5 June 1719
1. Surveyors submitted account of moneys due to workmen to Lady Day
2. Treasurer and Secretary to request Archbishop of Canterbury to
speak to Lord Sunderland, chief commissioner of the Treasury, about
issue of tallies to pay workmen.
3. Signed application to Treasury for issue of tallies for £45,000.
4. Secretary to remind Archer that Commissioners expect answer to
their reply to his undertaking to finish Deptford parsonage house for not
more than £1,000.
234. [p. 79] 19 Nov. 1719
1. Read petition of the workmen. Treasurer to obtain AttorneyGeneral's opinion on case before him about the tallies of loan to be issued
to discharge debts due to workmen; if it is delayed for want of a reference
from the Treasury, then he is to desire chancellor of the Exchequer to
obtain such an order.
2. Marples to be allowed 10s. 6d. for lead, instead of 11s. charged in his
3. Strong to be allowed 12d. per ton for double hoisting at Limehouse.
4. Solicitor's bill referred to Meller or Hiccocks.
5. Read letter from Dean of Canterbury; Surveyors to take Archer's
directions for covering in Deptford parsonage house.
6. Workmen's accounts to be stated at next meeting.
235. [p. 80] 26 Nov. 1719
1. Secretary reported that Attorney-General had promised to give his
opinion in two or three days.
2. Examined and signed books of works done from 1 Jan. 1717/18 to 25
3. Secretary to make 10 or 12 fair copies of representation to the King
respecting the maintenance of ministers.
4. Read petition of workmen for opening a loan.
5. Further consideration of St George's chapel deferred to next meeting.
236. [p. 82] 3 Dec. 1719
1. Secretary reported that Attorney-General had not yet given his
2. Secretary submitted 12 copies of representation respecting maintenance of ministers.
3. Secretary to pay five guineas to Lucas Ken, clerk who attended House
of Commons committee, for his service in examining the accounts of the
churches in last session of Parliament.
4. Secretary to memorialize Treasury to direct Exchequer to take in sum
of [blank] on loan on coals.
5. Gilham, joiner at Greenwich church, to finish vestry room and
remove his materials; remaining part of the locks to be set on pews where
they are wanting.
237. [p. 83] 10 Dec. 1719
1. Signed memorial to Treasury.
2. Solicitor to wait on Bishop of London about constituting Bow vestry.
3. Surveyors to deliver Dr Warren the key of enclosed ground at Bow.
238. [p. 84] 17 Dec. 1719
1. Solicitor to take counsel's advice about constituting Bow vestry.
2. Surveyors to report to next meeting on disposition of scaffolds and
fence in Shernburn lane.