317. [p. 191] 3 Jan. 1722/23
1. Signed books of Limehouse and Wapping churches and St Michael
Cornhill, examined on 7 Dec. 1722.
2. Simmons' warrant signed.
318. [p. 192] 24 Jan. 1722/23
1. Solicitor to prepare abstract of intended bill for maintenance of the
2. Upon report from the Surveyors that Deptford and Strand churches
are in a manner finished, those two are forthwith to be finished; Surveyors
to give orders to the workmen to proceed thereon, and also on St Mary
Woolnoth and Hanover Square churches.
3. On petition and memorials from minister and inhabitants of Spitalfields, those gentlemen were assured that Commissioners will order
finishing their church as soon as it can be done.
James to submit an estimate for finishing that church, and particularly
what will suffice if finishing the steeple be deferred.
319. [p. 194] 31 Jan. 1722/23
1. Solicitor submitted abstract of bill for maintenance of the ministers.
2. Deans of Canterbury, Worcester and Chichester, or any two, to wait
on chancellor of the Exchequer with a copy of the bill and abstract, and
pray his favour. Solicitor to prepare a fair copy and six copies of abstract.
3. Notice to be given in next summons for electing officers and settling
4. James submitted estimates for finishing Hanover Square, Deptford,
St Mary Woolnoth and Strand churches.
5. Memorial to Treasury for [blank] to be prepared.
320. [p. 195] 7 Feb. 1722/23
1. Agreed that same officers and salaries be continued for a year from 14
2. Signed memorial to Treasury for £20,000.
3. The gentlemen desired to wait on the chancellor of the Exchequer
with the bill, to acquaint him at the same time how moneys applied for are
to be disposed of.
4. Talman's account for Queen's statue to be inquired after and submitted at next meeting.
321. [p. 196] 14 Feb. 1722/23
1. Considered bill for maintenance of the ministers; some amendments
made. Solicitor to prepare fair copy and several copies of abstracts.
322. [p. 196a] 19 Feb. 1722/23
1. Fair copy of bill with amendments read, and further amendments
2. Deans of Canterbury and Chichester reported they had waited on the
chancellor of the Exchequer. He had perused the abstract, and promised
his assistance. They had acquainted him with Commissioners' intent to
lay out money now applied for in finishing Deptford, Strand, St Mary
Woolnoth and Hanover Square churches, whereon he promised that such
loan shall be granted.
3. Deans of Canterbury, Chichester and Gloucester, or any two, to
consult with Farrer about proper persons to bring in the bill, and take his
advice whether abstracts should be printed for MPs.
323. [p. 197] 22 Feb. 1722/23
1. Dean of Gloucester reported that he and Deans of Canterbury and
Chichester had consulted Farrer, who thought there was no necessity to
deliver printed abstracts to MPs.
2. Solicitor to attend Solicitor-General forthwith with fair copy and
abstracts, and wait on the chancellor of the Exchequer with another copy
as soon as it can be finished.
3. Read memorial of inhabitants of St Mary le Strand; referred to next
324. [p. 197a] 7 Mar. 1722/23
1. Advertisement ordered for carpenters and plasterers to submit proposals for church near Hanover Square.
2. Surveyors to direct iron work of fence of Strand church to be painted
3. Inhabitants of St Mary le Strand (Nicholson, Sparkes and others)
heard on their memorial; further consideration adjourned.
325. [p. 198] 21 Mar 1722/23
1. John Meard to be employed as carpenter at church near Hanover
Square, his proposal being the lowest.
2. Isaac Mansfield to be employed as plasterer there, his proposal being
3. Preedy to paint rails and iron work around Strand church if he agrees
to the Surveyors' terms, at not more than 10d. per yard.
4. Skeat reported receiving letter from Blackmore How Wardell for
renting ground in Upper Wapping. Church yard site to be let to them for
£4 p.a. for three years from Lady Day next, at six months' notice.
5. Read petition of workmen employed during 1718-20 who were paid in
tallies and orders at four per cent, praying for interest between date of the
order and the time they were issued.
6. Treasurer to consult with Lowndes whether it would be proper for
Board to direct interest to be paid to the workmen, or whether he must
charge himself in his accounts therewith; and if so, then how interest is to
326. [p. 200] 28 Mar. 1723
1. Agent to prepare rental of pieces of ground let by Commissioners, to
be entered into the minute book.
2. Designs of church in Lombard Street to be submitted at next meeting.
3. Agent to report on a proper site for a church, etc. in St Botolph
4. Read petition from Tufnell's executors about stone bought for church
in St Olave Southwark; no objection to their taking back the stone.
327. [p. 201] 9 May 1723
1. Agent reported that he was inquiring after two sites in St Botolph's
2. Warrant signed for £315, counsel having approved Sir R. Grosvenor's
title for ground for church yard for Hanover Square.
3. Petition of Geo. White, complaining of damage to coach house and
stable near new church in Bloomsbury. Surveyors to report.
4. Objections reported to be made against the bill for a maintenance for
the ministers to be considered at the next meeting.
5. Advertisement ordered for plumbers' and joiners' proposals for
churches in Hanover Square and Lombard Street.
328. [p. 203] 16 May 1723
1. James reported on White's petition. Surveyors immediately to
remove fence into the range of the fronts of the houses, to open a passage
into White's stable.
2. Considered objections against the bill; referred to next meeting.
329. [p. 204] 24 May 1723
1. Philipps, Hiccocks, and Melmoth to view Aylesbury chapel,
Clerkenwell, attended by Surveyors, and report whether it is capable of
conversion to a parish church.
2. Fletcher, mason at church near Hanover Square, to attend next
3. On petition from inhabitants of St Margaret's Westminster for finishing church near the Horse Ferry, the gentlemen were called in. Resolved,
that the church shall be forwarded as soon as consistent with engagements
4. Treasurer reported a [Treasury] minute: '8th April 1723. Deliver the
Talleys and Orders to the Workmen with the Interest due thereupon.'
5. Surveyors presented abstract [given] of plumbers' proposals from
Geo. Devall, H. Savage, J. Fincher & Js Slater, D. Arnot, Geo. Osmond,
and Robt Evans, and reported that Fincher & Slater are the best
plumbers, and David Arnott the most reasonable. Fincher & Slater to be
employed at Hanover Square church, and Arnot at St Mary Woolnoth.
Surveyors to report on joiners' proposals at next meeting.
330. [p. 207] 30 May 1723
1. Philipps and Hiccocks reported that Aylesbury chapel will conveniently hold about 1,000 (700 in pews and 300 in aisles). Approach
avenues are very good. Surveyors delivered report and plans.
2. Surveyors reported on joiners' proposals. Appleby to do the work at
Lombard Street and Meard that at Hanover Square church, these being
3. Fletcher attended. Being acquainted that Board thought him very
dilatory, he alleged want of stone because of contrary winds. But now he
was so well supplied that he could make it ready for roof in about two
4. Read Michell's proposal for Aylesbury chapel; referred to another
331. [p. 209] 6 June 1723
1. Michell's proposals deferred to next meeting, James being out of
2. Surveyors and Secretary to submit petition of St Mary le Strand and
plan of parish at next meeting.
332. [p. 210] 13 June 1723
1. Considered Surveyors' report on chapel in St John's Square,
Clerkenwell, and two houses and ground at east of chapel; and heard
Michell. Resolved to pay him £3,000 for chapel, houses and ground,
including two long vaults under chapel and a right of passage all over the
ground in west front of chapel, Michell making a good title, free from
incumbrances; £50 to be abated in lieu of good title to and conveyance of
vault in south-east corner of chapel. Solicitor to settle title and conveyances with counsel.
2. St Clement Danes and St Martin in the Fields to be acquainted that
inhabitants of St Mary le Strand are petitioning for parts of those parishes
to be added to theirs; to be considered at next meeting.
3. Surveyors submitted a model of the roof of Bloomsbury church which
is in form of a cupola instead of a flat roof as at first intended. The said
roof to be erected with a cupola in form of said model.
333. [p. 212] 20 June 1723
No person attending on behalf of parishioners of St Mary le Strand,
matter referred to next meeting.
334. [p. 213] 5 July 1723
1. No representatives of St Clement Danes and St Martin in the Fields
appearing, to offer reasons why parts of their parishes should not be
annexed to St Mary le Strand, resolved that Board will proceed to a
determination at next meeting; notice to be given to ministers and
2. Signed warrant for payment of £315 to Sir R. Grosvenor, the Solicitor
objecting to the form of the previous one.
3. Allowed Secretary's bill of incidents.
335. [p. 215] 12 July 1723
1. Received objections of parishioners of St Martin in the Fields to part
of their parish being annexed to St Mary le Strand; and those of St
Clement Danes desired another fortnight: allowed.
2. Solicitor to attend this day fortnight.
336. [p. 216] 26 July 1723
1. Solicitor reported that Ward, Commissioners' counsel, had approved
Michell's title to chapel in St John Street [Aylesbury Chapel].
2. Churchwardens of Wapping petitioned for hastening the finishing of
their church. Surveyors to submit with all convenient speed estimates for
finishing the churches in Spitalfields, Westminster, Limehouse, Wapping
3. Secretary to prepare warrants for paying the officers a year's salary to
Midsummer last, a year's house rent to Mrs Leacroft, and a blank for
impresting money to the Secretary to pay his incidental charges.
4. On considering petition of St Mary le Strand and hearing inhabitants
of St Martin in the Fields and St Clement Danes, resolved that there be
added to St Mary le Strand about 30 houses on south side of Exeter Street
and about the same on north side of Whiteheart Yard, towards the east
end, out of St Martin's; and out of St Clement Danes about 45 houses
bounded on west by Burleigh Street and on south by the Strand, including
337. [p. 218] 9 Aug. 1723
1. Secretary delivered a memorial setting forth the sums necessary to
finish the churches at Spitalfields, Westminster, Limehouse, Wapping
2. Signed warrants for salaries and an imprest of £50.
3. Mr Hammond delivered a representation on the part of Lord Northampton, and other parishioners of Clerkenwell, with objections to the
agreement with Michell. Michell to have a copy of the representation, to
remark on it by tomorrow night; the Secretary to deliver the same to
Hammond for a reply to be laid before next meeting.
4. Lord Carpenter and some of St Martin's parish appeared, claiming
that there was an error in the plan in that it did not show that Little
Catherine Street and some adjoining courts are part of St Martin's. The
parish to draw an exact plan as far as it borders on St Mary le Strand, and
deliver a duplicate to the Secretary for the parishioners of St Mary le
Strand to respond before the Board on the 16th.
338. [p. 220] 16 Aug. 1723
1. Signed memorial to Treasury for opening a loan of £25,000.
2. Some further progress made regarding Aylesbury chapel and the
division [sic] of St Mary le Strand; further consideration adjourned.
339. [p. 221] 23 Aug. 1723
1. Treasurer having desired Mr Treker to deliver memorial for a loan to
Treasury, Secretary to deliver memorial to Treker at Treasury Chamber.
2. Further considered: parish of St Mary le Strand. Finding that Little
Catherine Street and some adjoining courts are in St Martin and that two
houses belonging to St Paul Covent Garden are separated from the parish
by a broad street and they adjoin those parts intended to be added to St
Mary le Strand, resolved that the 30 houses on the north side of White
Hart Yard shall not be taken into St Mary le Strand, but that the addition
be: out of St Martin's, the line of about 30 houses on the south side of
Exeter Street, and the houses in Little Catherine Street and adjoining
courts, and houses according to a survey thereof taken by James; and out
of St Clement Danes, the houses bounded on west by Burleigh Street and
on south by the Strand, including Exeter 'Change, in all about 45; and out
of St Paul Covent Garden, the two houses marked 'c' in the said plan.
Surveyors to make plan of the new parish.
3. Having fully considered question of Aylesbury chapel, and the objections, resolved that it be converted to a parish church. Agreement with
Michell to be completed, and a warrant prepared for the purchase
money out of next moneys coming in not already appropriated, with four
per cent interest after nine months from now if the money be not sooner
340. [p. 223] 13 Sep. 1723
1. Surveyors to submit account at next meeting of works most necessary
to be put in hand immediately to fit churches for divine service (minute 2,
26 July last).
2. Solicitor to attend consecration of chapel in Ormond Street and
present endowment to the bishop in the Commissioners' name.
3. Divine service to be performed in chapel purchased of Mr Michell in
the same manner as at present, and Michell to take management thereof
till further order.
Surveyors to report on a proper district for a parish to be allotted to the
chapel, informing authorities of St James Clerkenwell.
4. Agent to inquire for parsonage house or site in St Mary le Strand.
5. Read petitions from inhabitants of Hanover Square complaining of
Fletcher's dilatoriness in finishing church; and those of Limehouse
complaining of Wingfield and Mahew, joiners, for not performing their
contracts; referred to Surveyors.
6. Read petition of Stephen Hall for a consideration for looking after
Spitalfields church; referred to Surveyors.
341. [p. 225] 27 Sep. 1723
1. Agent reported he had found neither house nor site in St Mary le
Strand; to make further inquiry.
2. Solicitor reported he had yesterday presented the endowment for St
George's chapel [Ormond Street] to the bishop.
3. James submitted plan of parish of St Mary le Strand as now
4. James submitted account of works necessary at churches mentioned in
minute 2 of 26 July last.
5. Surveyors to direct the workmen at the several churches to go on
without loss of time; contracts to be made with others, for works not
already contracted for, as soon as may be.
342. [p. 226] 11 Oct. 1723
1. Read petition from East Greenwich for building a steeple and doing
other works. They were told that the £25,000 to be raised by loan was not
for building steeples but only to prepare for worship five of the churches
already begun, but that Board was willing to receive representations
about things they thought still wanting.
2. Read petition from St Mary le Strand. A font to be built in the church,
and placing of some seats with regard to the situation of pulpit referred to
Surveyors to report.
The Commissioners adhere to division of the parish already made.
3. Treasurer and Solicitor to prepare list of parish officers for St George
the Martyr [Ormond Street], and refer it to Melmoth and Farrer.
343. [p. 227] 17 Oct. 1723
1. Solicitor submitted list of officers for St George the Martyr, formed
with the assistance of Philipps and Farrer. William Chambers, Esq, of
Ormond Street and Wm Proby, Esq, of Devonshire Street to be churchwardens; Valentine Hilder, Esq, of Glowster Street, captain of militia,
and Rich. Brown-John of Ormond Street, coffee man, overseers; John
Cox of Devonshire Street, corn chandler, and John Hurst of Eagle Street,
undertaker, sidesmen; Rich. Barret of Glowster Street, grocer, and Thos
Kirk of Devonshire Street, chandler, constables; John Saunders of
Orange Street, silversmith, and Robt Pepper of Devonshire Street,
pastrycook, headboroughs; Robt Beerford of Eagle Street, builder, and
Hercules Brailsford of Orange Street, plumber, surveyors; Ed. Bates of
Orange Street and Rich. Haberly of Devonshire Street, scavengers.
2. Advertisements ordered for joiner's works at Westminster and Limehouse, plumber's at Bloomsbury and painter's at Spitalfields churches.
3. Treasurer and Solicitor to prepare list of vestrymen for St George the
Martyr and refer it to Philipps, Melmoth and Farrer.
344. [p. 229] 25 Oct. 1723
1. Read letter from Dean of Canterbury. Surveyors to direct workmen to
cover in Deptford parsonage with all convenient speed, and parish to
specify further works necessary for making church ready for worship.
2. On petition from East Greenwich: works specified on 1 May 1718, not
yet done, amounting to £370, to be forthwith put in hand, and some
joiner's work also.
3. Read petition from Stratford Bow. James forthwith to prepare plan
for a minister's house not exceeding £800.
4. Read letter from John Wingfield, joiner, concerning contracts for
Limehouse church. James to acquaint him that he must give security for
performing his contract, and give in prices for works not contained in
5. Authorities of St James's Clerkenwell to be notified that the Board
will at its next meeting settle a district to be allotted to St John's chapel.
6. Wm Langley to be employed for joiner's work at Westminster, his
price being lowest; Solicitor to prepare contract.
345. [p. 231] 1 Nov. 1723
1. James reported that Grove, carpenter at Deptford, being lately dead
and his executors not being willing to finish the works, he ordered Meard
to finish carpenter's works at church and parsonage.
2. Holding to be appointed partner with Wingfield for joiner's work at
Limehouse, his former partner Mahew having left the kingdom.
3. Consideration of district for St John's chapel Clerkenwell deferred,
Mr Hammond on the part of the parishioners of St James's requiring
346. [p. 232] 8 Nov. 1723
1. Sir J. Philipps, Melmoth concurring (Farrer being out of town),
delivered list of 50 persons proper to be of the vestry of St George the
2. Vestry to consist of 30, with minister and churchwardens for the time
3. Every Commissioner present to have a copy of the list by Monday
night, and bring paper rolled up, written with 30 names for the vestry.
4. Sam. Worrall to finish carpenter's work for Spitalfields church, vice
Grove deceased, on basis of Grove's contract.
6. [sic] Agent submitted plan for site for parsonage house and church
yard for church in the Strand, proposed by Mr Moses West for £1,000.
James and Skeat to report.
7. Preedy to do painter's work at Spitalfields church.
8. Fincher complaining that he cannot perform his contract for plumber's work at church near Hanover Square because of the rise in price of
lead, the Board allow increase or reduction in the contract price consistent with current price of lead at the time the work is done.
9. Osmond, plumber, to be employed to cover in Bloomsbury church,
the Board agreeing to make increase or reduction in his price consistent
with current price of lead when the work is done.
347. [p. 234] 15 Nov. 1723
1. The present churchwardens to be two of the 30 to compose standing
vestry of St George the Martyr.
2. Elected 28 other vestrymen; approved by Bishop of London. Ordered
that the said gentlemen be the vestry; Sir Robt Raymond (attorneygeneral), Sir P. Yorke (solicitor-general), Chas Downing, John
Whetham, Wm Kinnaston, Jas Lightbone, Thos Huxley, Esquires, Capt
John Long, all of Red Lion Square; Sir Harry Bateman, Sir Ed. Gould,
Robt Thornhill and Walt. Plommer, Esquires, of Queen's Square;
William Chambers, Thos Andrew, Thos Trenchfield, gent., Rich.
Benion, baker, of Ormond Street; Wm Proby, Wm Higginson and Robt
Pauncefoot, Esquires, of Devonshire Street; Andrew Broughton, Esq,
Rich. Barets, Esq, grocer of Glocester Street, Hy Martin, Esq, of East
Street, Thos Thayer, Esq, Graves Martin, Esq, of New Street, Thos
Penny, apothecary of Red Lion Street, John Trower, baker of Lee Street,
Ralph Prior, oilman, Ed. Bates, tallow chandler of Theobalds Row.
3. Solicitor to prepare instrument of appointment, to which Commissioners are to set their hands and seals, for next meeting.
4. James submitted memorial about division of St James Clerkenwell.
Copy to be given to Michell, who is to bring his remarks by next meeting.
5. Treasurer to advance by imprest £15 to Hall for looking after Spitalfields church and repairing fences.
6. James submitted account of works necessary in and about Deptford
church; several were agreed to and others rejected as noted in margin of
7. Mrs Leacroft presented bill of fees for passing the accounts of her late
husband; referred to next meeting. Secretary to consult the books and see
what Board's practice has been.
348. [p. 236] 22 Nov. 1723
1. Signed warrant for paying £15 to Hall.
2. Michell brought in remarks on memorial delivered by James touching
division of Clerkenwell.
3. Mrs Leacroft's final bill referred to Hiccocks and Melmoth.
4. Read petition from John Foltrop, Ezekiel Cook and Jas King praying
that £129. 13s. 5d. due to John Grove, carpenter at Millbank church, may
may be paid upon their producing a letter of attorney. Resolved that the
money cannot be paid regularly and with safety.
5. Having considered manner of pewing the churches now in hand,
unanimously resolved that in all churches now building or hereafter to be
built the pews shall be single.
6. Read petition from Rev Mr Trebeck for providing a parsonage house
for church near Hanover Square. Agent to inquire for house or site.
7. Solicitor submitted draft instrument for appointing vestry of St
George the Martyr; approved, and to be engrossed to be signed at the
8. Hammond appeared on behalf of inhabitants of St James Clerkenwell
and desired a week to make his remarks on Michell's paper, and that he
might have a copy of it; granted.
9. The work at Strand church mentioned in James's memorial to be
10. Warrant to be prepared for paying workmen up to Lady Day 1723.
349. [p. 238] 28 Nov. 1723
1. Agent mentioned two houses proper for minister's house for church
near Hanover Square.
2. Signed instrument appointing vestry of St George the Martyr.
3. Hiccocks and Melmoth reported they had examined Mrs Leacroft's
final bill for £80. 13s., which was allowed.
4. Hammond delivered his remarks on Michell's paper. All the papers
referred to Dr Waddington, Ellis and Melmoth to report on division of
the parish at next meeting. James and Solicitor to attend.
5. James reported that font for Strand church was ready. Ordered all
despatch in clearing church and setting up font. When this done, Bishop
of London to be desired to consecrate the church.
6. Warrant to be prepared for paying £80. 13s. to Mrs Leacroft.
350. [p. 240] 6 Dec. 1723
1. Read report of Waddington, Ellis and Melmoth with some other
papers about the intended district in Clerkenwell. Resolved that north
boundary of new parish be made by a line passing from the west end of
Mutton Lane over Clerkenwell Green through Aylesbury Street to St
John's Street, thence returning south through the middle of St John's
Street and passing through Sutton Street alias Swan Alley into Goswell
Street and thence the limits as made by the ancient bounds of the parish
on side next the Charterhouse ground and continued to south-west corner
next Cow Cross. Solicitor, with James's assistance to prepare deed
2. Signed warrant for paying £80. 13s. to Mrs Leacroft.
3. Read petition of executors of Ed. Tufnell and Joshua Fletcher who
undertook to furnish stone for building church in St Olave's Southwark;
referred to Surveyors.
4. Laying out of districts for churches now building and such chapels as
may be converted into parish churches to be considered at next meeting,
and what chapels are fit to be so converted.
5. Surveyors and Agent to view two houses in Grosvenor Street proposed for a minister's house for church near Hanover Square.
6. John Grove having assigned his contract for Westminster church to
John Lock, Lock to proceed with remaining works on foot of Grove's
351. [p. 242] 11 Dec. 1723
1. Executed deed dividing parish of St James Clerkenwell.
2. John Meard, carpenter, to carry on carpenter's work of Limehouse
and Wapping churches on foot of [Jas] Grove's contract.
3. Simmons to attend next meeting to settle accounts for 1723.
4. Surveyors to give directions for a font for St John Clerkenwell; when
ready, to report to Bishop of London so that he may consecrate. Solicitor
to attend consecration of Clerkenwell and Strand churches to present the
deeds in the Commissioners' name.
5. Solicitor and Surveyors to consider proper districts to be laid out for
churches now building, with assistance of such inhabitants as they judge
convenient, and then to draw a plan of each district to lay before the
6. Dean and Chapter of Westminster to be asked whether they have any
objection to converting chapel now called the new chapel in Westminster
into a parish church.
7. Trustees of chapel in King Street Golden Square to be applied to,
whether they have any objection to its being converted into a parish
8. Secretary to make separate copies of the foregoing minutes and wait
on Bishop of Rochester (Dean of Westminster) and Dr Clarke, Rector of
St James's, with them.
352. [p. 244] 19 Dec. 1723
1. Nicholson and other inhabitants of Strand parish delivered memorandum of works wanting in the church; several ordered to be done.
2. Simmons attended to settle accounts for 1722 [sic]; his bill allowed.
3. Examined and signed books of works for 1722.
4. Read petition from Arnot, plumber for church in Lombard Street,
praying an allowance because of the increase in the price of lead. Allowed
addition or abatement consistent with price of lead when work is done.