CHAPTER 20: SITE OF NO. 65, CHARING CROSS
On 20th December, 1618, George and Thomas Cole sold (fn. 1) to William
"Goodacre" the tenement or dwelling house then in the latter's occupation,
with a stable and yard adjoining on the east side, described as being "neere
Charing crosse, betweene the way leading into the Inn called the Mermayde
on the East parte and the tenemente now in the occupation of William
Davison on the west parte, the Kings highway on the North parte, and the
land now in the occupation of William Bingham on the South parte." William
Goodacres appears in the ratebooks for a number of years in respect of what
was probably this house, the last entry being for the year 1641. (fn. 2) His widow,
Thomazine "Goodakers," by her will (fn. 3) left to her kinswoman Elizabeth
Tiptree the messuage "wherin I nowe dwell, scituate… wthin the said
parish of St. Martin in the Fields, " but no trace has been found of Elizabeth
Tiptree's dealings with the property. In the sale of the fee-farm rents by
William Gamble alias Bowyer to Richard Price in 1679, (fn. 4) however, the
tenement "heretofore in the occupacion of William Goodacre" is said to be
"now or late… of Robert Hankinson." The ratebook evidence shows that
Hankinson occupied from 1678 to 1681 the house for which Arthur Morris
was rated from 1663 to 1675, and this enables the house to be identified
with one owned in 1678 by Michepher Alphery of Great Ealing, and left
by him (fn. 5) (ultimately) to his nephew of the same name. (fn. 6) The property
subsequently came into the possession of Robert Alphery, who sold it in
1706 to John Rawlins. (fn. 7) From the latter it passed to his son Francis, and
afterwards to Francis' daughter Elizabeth, wife of James Vaughan, who
on 15th February, 1734–5, sold it to Wright Tuckey. (fn. 8) Tuckey died in
1738–9, (fn. 9) leaving various premises, including "all that my Messuage at
Charing Cross… now in the occupation of — Cockbourn," (fn. 10) to
Henry Woolley to carry out certain trusts, and on 16th November, 1770,
William Thorowgood and his wife Elizabeth, niece and heir at law of Henry
Woolley, in pursuance of the directions in Tuckey's will, conveyed (fn. 11) to John
Ensor (son of Josiah Ensor, second cousin and heir at law of William Tuckey,
nephew of Wright Tuckey) "all that Messuage… at Charing Cross…
late in the Occupation of Andrew Cockburn and then of Robert Blount."
Blount's successors are shown by the ratebooks as Frederick Accum (1797–9),
John Brown (1799–1810), Thomas Scott (1810–15), and John Robins (1815–19), and Johnstone's Directory for 1817 shows Robins, "watch & clock
maker," at No. 65, Charing Cross.
||P.R.O., C. 54/2385, No. 38.
||The books for the years 1642–3 are missing.
||P.C.C., 20 Crane, dated 16th January, proved 1st March, 1642–3.
||P.R.O., C. 54/4527, No. 4.
||"Whereas I am seized in Fee Farme …for ever of a messuage …scituate…neare
Charing Crosse… now or late in the occupacion of Arthur Morris, etc." (P.C.C., 48 Reeve,
dated 1st June, proved 3rd December, 1678.)
||The identity of the house is put beyond reasonable doubt by the reference to it in the
plaint of David and Mary Heard (P.R.O., C. 5/367/25) in 1683, as "then or late in the occupacion
of Arthur Morris and now… of one Thomas Prigg." Prigg is shown by the ratebooks to have
succeeded Hankinson in 1682.
||See indenture, dated 21st December, 1714, between John Rawlins and Philip Mills concerning " all that messuage… scituate… near Charing Cross… late in the tenure… of Susannah
Hall, and since of James Goodwin and Robert Carter, and now or late of Andrew Crookburne
[Cockburne]… which said messuage the said John Rawlins purchased to him and his heirs by
Deeds and Fyne thereupon passed of and from Robert Alphery of Warbours… Huntingdon,
Cordweyner." (Middx. Register, 1714, III, 132.) The fine was in Easter, 5 Anne.
||Middx. Register, 1734, V, 261.
||His will (P.C.C., 66 Henchman) was dated 27th February, and proved 14th March,
||Cockburne is shown by the ratebooks to have succeeded Goodwin in 1711. His name
disappears in 1742.
||Middx. Register, 1770, VI, 313.