IV. [THE ROYAL COMMISSIONERS' INQUIRIES RESPECTING CHURCH PLATE, Etc., IN 1552–3.]
(fn. 1) The Kynges Maiestes Commission derected by the
lord meire and other of our Souerangne lord the
kinges Commissionars vnto vs, Edmonde Candishe
and Robert Yong, Churchwardins, for the trew
sertificathe of all the Churche goodes and Ornamenttes.
We Charge yow, on the King our Soverangne lordes behaf, trewlli
and plaineli to sertifie, declare and bring vnto vs ye seid Commissionars, in writing, at our next Sessions here to be hollden the xxte
daie of this present Ivlli, ye wholle trevthe & sertente of all & eueri
Tharticles here vnder written:—
1. ffirst, whoe were Churchwardins of your seid paroch in the first
yere of the Kinges Maiestes Reign yat nowe is.
2. Itym, what goodes, plate, Ivelles, westmenttes, belles & other ornamenttes, yow or anie other person or persones nowe have or
hathe in your possessions beloning & apertaining to your
3. Itym, to bring fovrth, and delliver vnto vs, the Covnterpayn of the
Inventory of your seid Churche goodes, plate, Ivelles and other
ornamenttes by the late Churchwardins of your seid paroche,
maed and sertified to ye officers of the late bovshope of london,
or to any other, & in defavte & lacke of souche Inventoris trew
& whole [scratched out] transcriptes & Copies of all souche
bokes & Reitsters as yow have or kepe in your seid Church,
wherin ye particvlars of your seid Churche goodes were then
sertenli menssioned and expressed.
4. Itym, what part or parsell of your seid Church goodes, plate,
Ivelles & other Ornamenttes hathe byn sovld or pvt awaie sence
the first yere of ye Reign of our souerangne Lorde ye king yat
now is, & to whome, when, by whome & for what preic ye same
were pvt awaie, & wher and in whoes handes & keping ye monie
& other profite therof Coming nowe is or to what vse the same
hathe byn ymploied & bestowed & by whome & whoes apoyntment or consent. geven at the Gild hall of the seid Cytte, the
xiijth daie of Ivlli 1552.
(fn. 2) Saint Mary at Hill, in billingesgate warde in London.
The ansever of Edmonde Candishe and Robert Yovng, churchewardins of the parishe Churche of Saint Mary at Hill in
To the Right honorable the Lord Maire of the Citte of London &
other of our souerangne Lord the kinges maiestes Commissioners
assined to take the ssvrwaye & knowledge of all' the Churche goodes
& ornamenttes within the sayd Citte of London of and apon sertayne
articles ssent vnto them by the said Commissionars.
To the ffirst article we, the saide Churche wardins, saye that
William broke and Andryan Serle were Churche wardins of
owr said parishe Churche In the firste yere of the kinges
maiestes Reign yat now is.
To the seconde article we saie that we have in our possession all'
sovche goodes, plate, westmementes, belles and ornamenttes of
the said Churche, as Churche wardins, wherof the particvlars
Immediatly Insuethe. [Two Inventories follow, which for all
practical purposes are virtually represented by those of 1553
(fn. 3) To the thirde article we say yat we nether have, ne knowe of any
Covnterterpayn of any Invetory of our saide Churche goodes
deliverid vnto the late bushope of London or to any other, nor
have any boke or Reisters In our keping, in our sayd Churche or
elswhere, wherin the particvlars of our sayd churche goodes ar
menssioned and expressed, to owr knowledge, Save an Inventory
of ssouche gooddes, plate, and ornamenttes as we have above
To the ffovrthe article we saye yat in the Seconde yere of the kinges
maiestes Reign that nowe is, Audryan Serle and Nicolas Austhorpe were churchwardins of owr said Churche, which Searle
and Austhorpe deliuerid to hevghe Losse, esquire, the xxte daye
of marche, in the said Second yere, a Challis of silluer, parsell
gilt, waing xij o, Then beloning to the Late Chantres & stipendary pristes of owr Sayd Churche.
Wiche audryan Searle, by whoves conssent we knowe not, soulde
In the Seconde yere thes parssells of plate & gooddes Insving
Then apartayning to our said Church, bvt to what vse the
mony & proffittes thereof was Imployed & bestowed we knowe
ffirst, to William Tilsworthe, a pix of ssiluer, wainge xlv o, at ffyve
shillinges ffyve pence the ownce, Svmma xijl'i iijs viijd, & to
Thomas Clarke, pevterar, a deske with other lattin vaying v o.
at xixs le o, Svm iiijl'i xvs.
Svma totalis xvjl'i xvijs viijd.
But the said Nicolas Austhorpe, then one of ye Churche wardins of
owr Saide Churche, as afore said, by the conssent of the maist
anssient of owr Said parisshe Sovlde thes parssels of goodes
Inssving then apartayning to our said Churche:—
ffirst, to Iesper, the basket maker, vij o a halfe of alliblaster, at ij s
iiij d le o, Svmma xvj s vj d.
To garret bvrton, the wexe-chandelar, ffyve skore povnd owlde wexe,
at fyve pence The povnd, Summa xljs & viijd.
To Henry bet, a C of owlde yron at vjs, and to William Tvrke, ij
Round barres of yron at xvjd.
Svmma totales iij l'i vij s vj d.
(fn. 4) Wiche iijl'i vijs vjd, was, by the Consent of the mooste avncient of
the sayd parishe, layd ovt and paid by the said Nicolas Austhorpe Towardes the whitting & other necessary Charges
apartayning to our sayd Churche.
Nycolas Austhorpe and Thomas Lvcas were Churche wardins of our
said Churche in the iije yere of the kinges maiestes Reign That
nowe is, & the said Thomas Lvcas then, by the Consent of The
said parisheners, Sovlde thes parssels of goodes Insving Then
apartayning To the sayd Churche:—
ffirst, to [blank] the gilt of iije Images at xijs and to [blank] xiiijten
povnde of pevter at iiijs viijd.
Svmma is xvjs viijd.
Wiche xvj s viij d was Imployede by the said Thomas Lvcas, by the
Consent aforesaid, Towardes the necessary Chargis of the said
Thomas Lvcas & William stewen were Churche wardins of ye sayd
churche in the iiijth yere of the kinges maiesties Reign yat nowe
is, and the said Williem stewen Then, by the Conssent of ye
parisheners aforesaid, Soulde thes parsels of plate & goodes
Insving Then apartayning to owr said Churche:—
ffirst, to [blank] Red, govldsmithe, xij o of ssillver, being Clasppes
of bokes & the plate of a miter, at v s viij d the ownce, Svmma
iij l'i viij s.
a bell of ssillver, waing ix o a di. at v s the ownce, Svmma
xlvij s vj d.
one Challis of Sillver & gilt & a pax parssel gilt waying xxiijte
o, at vs xjd the ownce, Svmma vjl'i xvjs jd.
and to [blank] ij bokes of owld servis, at xlvjte shillinges &
eight pence, Svmma totales xiiijl'i xviijs iijd.
Wiche xiiij l'i xviij s iij d was, by the Sayd william stewen, by the
Consent of The mooste avncient of our said parishe, ymployede
towardes ye payment of ye waiges of sertayne singing men In
our Sayd Churche and for ye The Reprayions and other necessary Chargis apertayning to ye same.
(fn. 5) Also the Churche Douthe owe vnto Edmond Candisshe ffor diwars
necessarye Chargis bovrn & layd owt by hym for the vse of the
sayd Churche, as aperethe by his acompt, the Svmma of xlijs.
(fn. 6) Sir Georg barne, knight, Lord Mere of the Cytte of London,
Nicolas, bovsshe of London, Sir Rogier Chamlle, knight,
Chif Ivstis of Yngland, & other, owr seid souerangne lord
ye kinges Commissioners. To the Church wardins of the
parishe Churche of seynt mari at hill within the seid ward
& to eueri of them, greting:—
(fn. 7) On the king our souerangne lordes behaf, we streittly Charge &
Commande yow, yat all excvses & other thinges set apart, ye
faille not personalli to apere before vs & other our seid souerang
lordes the kinges Commissioners at the Gvild hall of the seid Citte
vpon mvndae next Comming, which shal be the xvijth daie of this
present monethe of Aprell: at one of the Clocke in the after none of
ye same daie, bring with yow the weri trewe & Ivst sertificathe of
all your Church goodes, plate, Ivelles, Ornamenttes & belles of ye seid
parishe, which ye of late or your predissessers maid & presented vnto
vs of ye same; then & ther to doe, vnderstond, & accomplishe all &
eueri souche thing & thinges as to yow on our seid souerangne Lord
the kinges behalf shal be ther declared & emoveved; faile ye not
hereof as ye will ansvere at your perrell. geven at Gvild havll the
xvth daie of Aprell 1553.
The effect of the kinges maiestes Letters of Commission derected to the Commissioners for the
Churche goodes ys:—
That all ye lennen of ye Churchis within this Citte of London
and Subvrbes of the same, saving yat which shal be necessari for the
present vsaiges of the seid Churchis, shovld be deliverid forthwithe
to ye vse of ye pooer in the hospitall in Christes Churche in the seid
Citte of London vnto the gouerners & ouersears therof.
To ye Cvrat & Church wardins of St. mari at hill.
After our harte Commendacions, thes ar to desire yow to consider
the kinges maiestes Letters of Commission lateli derected vnto vs
the effect wherof we have sent herewith vnto yow, & will & chardg
you, bi vcrtvs of the same, acording to ye trew mening therof, yat
ye will Cavll or Cavse to be Cavlled, with expedicion, a vestre of
your parochiners, & then & ther to declare the effect of the seid
Letters vnto them, yat the godli pvrpose and intent maie be acomplished acordinglie, & yer yow make or cavse to be made, a trew
sertificathe in writting of all ye lennen beloming or in ani wise
apertayning to your Church, & the same sertificathe to be brovght
by yow or som of yow vnto vs before the xxiiijth daie of this
present moneth of Ianvari, at the bovsshope of London's hovs
within ye seid Citte beside pawlles Churche; & this we bidd yow
harteli well to fare, the xxiiijth daie Ianvari, in ye Sixt yere of ye
Reign of our souerangne lord, King Edward ye Sixt.
Nicolas London, Rowland Hill, Richard Do[. . ?].