Plan of Grey Friars
Plan of Grey Friars
Note On The Plan.
As regards the church nothing can be added to Mr. Shepherd's careful restoration, to which I must express my indebtedness. Those who
seek for more detail may refer to his plan showing the position of all the
tombs (Archæological Journal, lix., 248). Mr. Shepherd's plan has also
been followed for the Bridgehouse Rents. For the site generally the best
source is the St. Bartholomew's plan ap. Transactions London and
Middlesex Arch. Soc., v., 421. This plan was drawn in 1617, apparently
from material seventy years older. It combines architectural detail and
ground plan in a manner puzzling to the uninitiated. I have to thank
Mr. H. W. Cribb for the skill with which he deciphered it, and discovered
the extraordinary accuracy of the underlying plan. I am also indebted
to Mr. Cribb for the suggested solution of the difficult problem relating
to the north-east corner as described in the Deed of February, 1543 (p.
224 below). That deed is unfortunately in parts very obscure. The accounts in the St. Bartholomew's "Repertory Book" seem to be more
trustworthy. Only a little detail has been obtained from the Register, relating (conjecturally) to the east site of the Cloister. The law suit between
Willoughby and Vandernot (see p. 227 below) gives some additional detail.
A Christ's Hospital plan of c. 1665 affords a little help, but it is not drawn
accurately to scale (see Pearce, Annals of Christ's Hospital, p. 300). The
descriptions of buildings destroyed between 1820 and 1830 given in Trollope's History of Christ's Hospital are sometimes valuable; the illustrations
showing Whittington's library, etc., are also useful.
It is worth noting that in addition to the actual site of the Greyfriars
the St. Bartholomew's plan contains other valuable details of neighbouring
topography, especially the existence of the second bastion in the City
Wall, the gardens in the north-east corner, and the plan of the Shambles
and Newgate market.