239. [p. 85] 7 Jan. 1719/20
1. Meller reported that he had settled Solicitor's bill at £216. 5s. 4d.;
warrant ordered to be prepared.
2. Solicitor reported he had taken counsel's opinion about Bow vestry;
the deed for the purpose was executed.
3. New application to be made to Treasury for £46,000, which is ready to
be advanced as soon as the loan is opened. Treasurer to desire Mr Charles
4. Secretary to make out warrant for year's salary for officers to Christmas last.
5. Notice to be given in next summons for the annual election of officers
at next meeting.
240. [p. 86] 14 Jan. 1719/20
1. Read report from Treasury signed by Lowndes; Secretary to enter it
into the books; application pursuant to it signed.
2. Signed two warrants for salaries and Solicitor's bill.
3. Agreed that same salaries be continued to the officers for ensuing
4. J. T. Philipps to be continued Secretary for ensuing year; James to be
one of Surveyors, the election of the other to be postponed to next
meeting; Edwards to be continued as Solicitor, Skeat as Agent and
Waters as Messenger.
241. [p. 88] 21 Jan. 1719/20
1. Repairs of St George's chapel having been done in an expensive
manner, far exceeding the estimate, it is made a standing order that
Surveyors shall not at any time execute a design without presenting a plan
and estimate and obtaining Board's express direction.
2. Hawksmoor to be Surveyor for year ensuing.
3. Affairs of Mr Johnson to be referred to a committee of any three
members, to meet an hour before Board on Sat. next.
4. Farrer submitted draft bill for providing a maintenance for ministers
of the new churches, to be considered at next meeting.
242. [p. 89] 23 Jan. 1719/20
1. Commissioners agreed with report of committee on Johnson's
2. Draft bill read, discussed and referred to Hiccocks, Meller and Farrer.
243. [p. 90] 28 Jan 1719/20
1. Solicitor reported that Johnson would not comply with terms proposed for changing his security.
2. On Dr Bennet's application, Waugh and Waddington desired to
review Mrs Futrel's ground, attended by Surveyors.
3. Draft of maintenance bill brought in today by Meller and Farrer to be
put into Mr Yorke's hands by Solicitor.
4. Dean of Ely, Farrer and Meller desired to wait on Speaker with a copy
of representation on providing a maintenance for the ministers.
244. [p. 91] 4 Feb. 1719/20
1. Dean of Ely reported that Speaker had promised to assist in promoting intended bill.
2. Simmons, joiner at Strand church, to attend next meeting.
3. Read Grantham's proposals for supplying bricks; he is to bring
specimens to the next meeting.
245. [p. 92] 11 Feb. 1719/20
1. Solicitor to proceed with business of intended bill for maintenance,
and report to next meeting what progress Yorke has made.
2. Surveyors to make estimate of joiner's work brought into Strand
church and report to next meeting.
3. On report and plan of Mrs Futrel's ground from Waugh and the
Surveyors, ordered estimate of planking and making good faulty part of
4. Surveyors to report on Grantham's proposal at next meeting.
5. Warrant to be prepared for paying one year's rent to Christmas last.
246. [p. 94] 25 Feb. 1719/20
1. Read Surveyors' report on Futrel's ground.
2. Consideration deferred of petition and plan of parish from St Mary le
3. Signed warrant for paying year's rent.
247. [p. 95] 10 Mar. 1719/20
1. Resolved to accept Mrs Futrel's ground if the two Surveyors at next
meeting adhere to their first estimate of charge of making good
2. Solicitor to search First Fruits Office in respect of St Mary le Strand.
3. Surveyors to view works on steeple of St Michael Cornhill and report
on remedying grievances stated in inhabitants' petition.
4. Sir Gilbert Heathcote presented petition from parishioners of St Mary
Woolnoth about scaffolding in Lombard Street. Surveyors to consider
best way of removing scaffolding and proceed forthwith.
5. Cannon and Ellis, accompanied by Hawksmoor (James being sick), to
examine nature of ground near Hanover Square proposed for a new
church, and report to next meeting. If a good account given, and
convenient places for cemetery and minister's house can be had reasonably, Commissioners will build one of the fifty new churches on the site as
soon as they are in a condition to go forward with it.
248. [p. 97] 11 Mar. 1719/20
1. Cannon, Ellis and Hawksmoor reported on proposed site near
Hanover Square. Resolved that according to the resolution of yesterday
(minute 5), one of the fifty new churches to be built there, if it can be
2. Solicitor to write urgently to Mr Yorke for the papers that were put
into his hands.
249. [p. 98] 17 Mar. 1719/20
1. Solicitor reported having received the papers from Yorke, who had
not leisure to settle them and was on circuit; Solicitor to lay them before
2. The two Surveyors to report to next meeting whether they adhere to
the first estimate for making good the foundation of Futrel's ground.
3. Warrant to be prepared for Simmons, joiner at Strand church.
4. Read petition from St Michael Cornhill and proposal of Strong.
Resolved that the first money the Commissioners shall have to dispose of
after the debt of £46,000 be discharged shall be applied to finishing tower.
5. Read letter from Mr Barlow concerning parsonage house and
cemetery for church near Hanover Square.
250. [p. 99] 24 Mar. 1719/20
1. Solicitor reported that he had put the writings into Ward's hands.
2. Hawksmoor delivered report signed by himself and James adhering to
first estimate for making good foundation for Futrel's ground, £600; if
piling necessary, an additional £100-£150.
2 [sic]. Agreed to purchase Mrs Futrel's ground if she abide by her price
of £350 (minute, 28 Mar. 1719). Solicitor to lay her title before counsel.
3. Dr Bennet's printed proposal read; to be considered at next meeting.
4. Dr Prat's petition adjourned to next meeting.
5. Lambeth petition referred to next meeting.
251. [p. 100] 31 Mar. 1720
1. Bennet's printed case referred to a committee (Dean of Canterbury,
Waugh, Dean of the Arches, Ellis and any members), to meet next
2. Nobody attending about Prat's petition, it was referred to next
3. Read petition from Lambeth. Skeat instructed to look for a more
convenient site between South Lambeth and Fox Hall, and consult
minister and churchwardens.
4. Read memorial from Gilham and letter from James, stating that no
part of joiner's work at Deptford, amounting to upwards of £1,500, has
yet been paid for. Agreed that Gilham have a proportionable payment
out of £23,000 now advanced upon loan, though measurement of his work
has not yet been formally returned.
5. Treasurer to lay balance of accounts before the next meeting.
Mr Gibbs to submit model of pulpit and reading desk for Strand
church, which may be finished for less than £150.
6. Solicitor to meet Gen. Steuart's agent to have site near Hanover
Square legally conveyed.
7. Hawksmoor's memorial deferred to next meeting.
8. Hawksmoor to view the ground Mrs Hastings complains of.
252. [p. 102] 7 Apr. 1720
1. Dean of Canterbury reported from the committee on Bennet's
printed case that, there being no likelihood of the bill for the maintenance
of ministers being brought into Parliament this session, they thought it
unnecessary to consider such a clause as he desired; but will recommend
other expedients to encourage his design.
2. Skeat to view ground near Harticock, between South Lambeth and
Fox Hall, and report to next meeting.
3. All minutes relating to the Queen's statue and moneys disbursed on
that account to be transcribed for next meeting.
4. Treasurer submitted balance of his account, with £6,768. 2s. 6¾d. in
5. Treasurer and Surveyors to submit to next meeting the state of debts
due to workmen, that just distribution may be made.
6. Hawksmoor read memorial by himself and James with account of
works necessary for security of churches in hand; referred to next
7. On application of St Mary Woolnoth parish, Hawksmoor to
endeavour to remove grievances by carrying up wall to full height on
Lombard Street so that scaffolds may be removed, and to consider
remedy in respect of vault and burials.
253. [p. 104] 28 Apr. 1720
1. Read all minutes respecting the Queen's statue.
2. Treasurer to inquire of Sir E. Gould to whom £460 paid to him by
Treasurer, 18 Aug. 1715, was transmitted.
3. Secretary submitted two warrants for money to be paid by Treasurer
to workmen: £8,626. 6s. 6d. for clearing accounts for 1717; and £14,359
by way of imprest.
4. Surveyors to put in hand works mentioned in their memorial, laying
an estimate of each before next meeting.
5. Their memorial to be entered after the Minutes.
6. Skeat to let ground in Bermondsey and that in Shadwell bought of
Hastings, reserving power of resumption, and restraining tenants from
planting or digging within 5 ft of the walls.
7. Solicitor to examine Johnson's agreement in respect of his claim of
enjoying the profits of the ground until a church is built on it.
8. Skeat to see that fence to Bermondsey ground be made good and the
charge paid out of the rent.
9. Skeat to require satisfaction for a tree cut down in the ground by
10. Peter Christian to be allowed to make drain into sewer of Strand
church at his own cost in manner Surveyors think proper and under such
conditions as those near St Paul's are allowed to make drains into the
[p. 105] The Surveyors' Memorial
Several works are necessary in the new churches, without which they
will suffer damage:
'1. The porch at Deptford Church is finished all except the lead, for
want of which the rain rots the timber and boards, and destroys the
stone work, the porch also wants paving with rough Purbeck, and the
gate to the church ground ought to be finished.
We beg that the plumber may have orders to lay lead upon the said
porch, to hinder the damage.
2. The new house at Deptford built for the minster is in extreme
want of the roof and tiling, the walls are up and finished.
3. The new church in Spittlefields has all its walls up to their proper
heights, and the two side ails covered with lead but in the middle of
the church, although the walls are up and the timbers of the roof
prepared, yet the carpenter has not bin able to compleat the said roof
for want of money, having a great debt, at this church and in other
parishes, due to him, of above £2,000.
We humbly pray that the carpenter have such encouragement by
way of imprest as may enable him to lay on this roof and an order
may be given to the plumber to prepare his lead to cover it.
4. It will be advisable also to turn the vaults of this church, and then
the fabrick will be secured from damage of weather and other
5. If the out walls of St Mary Woolnoth in Lombard Street could be
finished, which want not more than seven or eight feet height, the
scaffolds might after that be entirely struck and taken away.
We desire some expedient may be found to enable the mason to
carry up the said walls; otherwise we must take away the scaffolds to
quiet the inhabitants.
6. We desire leave to mention to this Board that the porches of St
Michael's Cornhill adjoining to the north and south sides of the
tower, and some parts of the church on the east side of the tower,
have been damaged by taking down the old steeple, and erecting the
new one. The south porch is also much abused and injured by a wild
building raised upon it by the parish for a tenement and by making
shops for trade, in the very porch. We doubt not but the estimate of
£6,000 which was formerly made by Sir Christopher Wren and now
lately given by Parliament for finishing this tower, was always
intended to include the charge of removing these nuisances, and
making good the above mentioned damages, for they are evidently
part of the work of that building, and valuation of the £6,000 above
mentioned, which would be of great beauty and security both to the
tower and church, and of more service to the public than the laying
out all the money on a tower surrounded with encroachments.
7. We humbly move that the ground brought for sites of the
churches of Limehouse, Wapping, Spittlefields and Westminster
may be walled in with brick, to prevent the harm continually done by
the mob to the buildings and works.
8. The porches of the new church in Westminster want covering
very much, the rest of the church being all covered in, and the earth
brought by the scavengers should be so disposed next the walls of the
church, that the rains may not run in the foundations.
9. We desire to secure all the fabricks of such churches as are
covered by fixing up the doors, windows, bars and glass, to hinder
idle people and boys from getting in, and finding ways to get upon the
roofs of such churches as they are finished, where they are doing
continual mischief. It is also highly necessary that the said fabricks
should be put into the custody of some careful person in the
neighbourhood of each of them.
10. We humbly desire the above mentioned works may be performed with all convenient expedition, being of immediate service to
preserve that is done, and that the Board will keep some money in
their hands to imprest such sums to the workmen, as may enable
them to perform the particulars above laid, all which is humbly
submitted . . .'
254. [p. 108] 5 May 1720
1. Treasurer reported that he had viewed Sir Ed. Gould's books without
finding the receipt of any such sum (minute 2, 28 Apr. 1720). To discourse
late Treasurer and others and report to next meeting.
2. Surveyors submitted estimate of the particulars mentioned in their
memorial. To discourse the several workmen concerned, and report at
next meeting whether they are content to proceed on such encouragement as the Board can at present give.
3. Some of the Commissioners being obliged to attend House of Commons, the Board broke up without considering remaining minutes of last
Ordered that the messenger add to his summons a request that Commissioners will assist early at the next meeting.
255. [p. 109] 12 May 1720
1. Treasurer reported that he had made inquiries at Mr Auditor Foley's
office in the Exchequer: no part of the £460 [for the Queen's statue] had
been remitted, but all had been paid into the Exchequer in the final
balance of the account, forming part of that given in to the Commissioners on 7 Apr. last.
2. Treasurer to state balance of money in his hands monthly.
3. Appointed committee to consider the Dean of Rochester's petition,
to meet this day week, to report to the next meeting (Deans of Canterbury and Ely, Waugh, Waddington, and Ellis; three a quorum).
4. Skeat reported on letting of Bermonsdey and Shadwell sites (minute
6,28 Apr. 1720); Solicitor to make lease accordingly, at tenant's expense.
5. Grantham agrees to pay for the tree cut down at Surveyors' valuation.
6. Tenant will make good the poling and deduct from his rent price set by
7. Solicitor reported that he had examined Johnson's agreement, and
found no foundation for his claim (minute 7, 28 Apr. 1720).
8. Agreed that £166. 13s. 5d. be paid to Thos Frenchfield, Esq, as prayed
by minister and trustees of St George's chapel [Ormond Street], in part of
£1,200 to be paid to the trustees to convert chapel into a parish church.
Secretary to prepare warrant.
9. Secretary to prepare warrant for Treasurer to pay the workmen
concerned five shillings in the pound, in part of account for 1718.
10. Dunn and Townsend promised to finish north and west walls of St
Mary Woolnoth without delay; they would go forward in a week's time.
11. Secretary's bill of incidentals to be examined at next meeting.
256. [p. 111] 19 May 1720
1. Committee delivered report on Dean of Rochester's petition concerning his being minister of St Mary le Savoy alias le Strand; to be entered
after the Minutes.
2. Warrant signed for payment of £166. 13s. 5d. to Frenchfield.
3. Solicitor's bill for law charges, 30 Oct. 1718-28 May 1720, £109. 8s.
7d., referred to Hiccocks and Meller, or either, to examine and settle.
4. Solicitor to prepare assignments to Commissioners of leasehold interests in site of St George's chapel, etc. [Ormond Street], on execution
whereof the Commissioners are to pay £1,500 consideration.
5. Advertisement ordered for lime-burners' proposals for lime.
6. [Report of committee on Dean of Rochester's petition] Because of the
partition of St Mary le Strand parish, Acts of 10th Anne do not apply. But
Dr Prat was licensed to the cure of souls of the parishioners of St Mary le
Savoy alias le Strand in 1697 and has since been regarded as the sole
257. [p. 113] 25 May 1720
[1.] Read proposals for lime from Jas Brown, John Mackereth, and John
2. Surveyors to prepare form of contract with John Brown, lime-burner,
of St Bride's.
3. Signed the book of works of St George's chapel [Ormond Street],
4. Surveyors to estimate charge of fencing site in Old Street; Skeat to
consult Wilson about preventing soil being laid there in future.
5. Hawksmoor reported that ground in Cripplegate [Old Street] purchased of Ironmongers' Company is large enough for erecting a
tabernacle without obstructing building a church on another part of it
when Board is enabled to do so.
258. [p. 115] 22 June 1720
1. Skeat to give an account of all houses and grounds purchased by this
Commission on which no public building is erecting, the uses they are
now put to, and what advantage may be made of them until churches are
2. All moneys received by Agent for rent to be paid to the Treasurer on
3. Secretary to prepare warrant for paying officers' salaries to
4. Advertisement ordered for proposals from diggers, bricklayers and
masons for building church near Hanover Square, to be received in two
5. Surveyors and Agent to survey two houses belonging to Dr Yeats, and
plot of Sir R. Grosvenor's in Hanover Square, and report to next meeting
whether either house is fit for a minister's house, and at what price, and
whether ground is proper for a churchyard, and at what price, and, if
necessary, for a house also.
259. [p. 116] 6 July 1720
1. Agent submitted account of houses and grounds (minute 1, 22 June
1720); to perfect it for next meeting.
2. Signed warrants for officers' salaries (£560) and half-year's rent (£37.
3. Surveyors and Agent to view Mrs Hastings's ground in Shadwell and
remove fence if it stands on her ground.
260. [p. 117] 20 July 1720
1. Signed application to Treasury for £23,000.
261. [p. 118] 28 July 1720
1. Read letter from Treasurer about application to Treasury; another
application drawn up and signed.
3. In consideration for gift of site for church near Hanover Square by
General Steuart, a pew in the south gallery, 8 ft × 10 ft, to be given to
262. [p. 119] 15 Sep. 1720
1. Warrants to be prepared for Solicitor's and Secretary's bills (£103. 5s.
and £65. 11s. 6d. respectively), formerly examined and settled.
2. Application of 20 July for £23,000 returned by the Treasury, desiring
the Commissioners to sign another application for £28,000, including
£5,000 for Greenwich Hospital and Westminster Abbey. Being informed
that Treasury have signed warrant for taking in £28,000 in loans on coals,
signed such application dated 20 July, the other being cancelled.
263. [p. 121] 27 Oct. 1720
1. Signed two warrants for Solicitor (£103. 0s. 3d.) and Secretary (£50).
2. Surveyors to prepare for next meeting a design and estimate for
church to be built near Hanover Square.
3. Advertisement ordered for proposals from diggers and bricklayers for
church near Hanover Square.
4. Watchman to be appointed to take care of covering of Limehouse
5. A gateway into the ground purchased of Mr Hastings to be made up
with a brick pier and plain gates.
6. Read petition from the workmen. Surveyors and Treasurer to apportion the sums to be paid them by next meeting.
264. [p. 123] 3 Nov. 1720
1. James and the Treasurer apportioned sums to be paid to the workmen. Warrants signed accordingly.
2. Low Wapping site bought of Bastwick Johnson, Esq.
3. Messenger to give Solicitor notice to attend next meeting with all
papers relating to Futrel's estate.
4. Solicitor to prosecute Geo. Luck, John Luck and Thos Griffin for
laying rubbish on the ground bought from the Ironmongers' Company in
5. James submitted design and estimate for church to be built near
Hanover Square; consideration postponed.
265. [p. 125] 10 Nov. 1720
1. Messenger in summons for next meeting to desire the Commissioners
to meet at 10 o'clock next Wednesday [16 Nov.] 'upon an Extraordinary
266. [p. 126] 16 Nov. 1720
1. General Steuart to be desired to direct Gibbs to attend next meeting
with design he has prepared for new church near Hanover Square.
2. Solicitor and Agent to meet Surveyors at Mrs Futrel's ground for
ascertaining boundaries and descriptions to be inserted into the
267. [p. 127] 23 Nov. 1720
1. Dr Bennet to be desired to attend next meeting.
2. Advertisement for diggers and bricklayers proposals for church near
Hanover Square against next meeting.
3. Gibbs submitted his design for a new church; consideration deferred.
268. [p. 128] 7 Dec. 1720
1. Diggers and bricklayers submitted their proposals; referred to
Surveyors, to report to next meeting.
2. Read petition of Walwin Parker and James Smith for leave to build a
shed on ground bought of the Ironmongers' Company for a minister's
house in Cripplegate. Solicitor to contract with them for 20s. p.a., on a
3. James to contract the expensive parts of his design for new church near
Hanover Square so that it do not exceed £10,000.
269. [p. 129] 14 Dec. 1720
1. Approved James's plan for new church near Hanover Square.
2. Deans of Worcester and the Arches to inform General Steuart of
Board's decision, and James to accompany them with his plan.
270. [p. 130] 22 Dec. 1720
1. The Deans of Worcester and the Arches reported they had informed
General Steuart of Board's resolution.
2. Surveyors to ensure that work at the Strand church is to be finished
with expedition; and to give notice for workmen to attend next meeting to
agree for works not yet contracted.