St. Helen's Bishopsgate
Monuments now disappeared


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Minnie Reddan and Alfred W. Clapham

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'St. Helen's Bishopsgate: Monuments now disappeared', Survey of London: volume 9: The parish of St Helen, Bishopsgate, part I (1924), pp. 94. URL: Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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The undermentioned monuments, recorded by Stow as existing in the church at the end of the 16th century, have now disappeared:

Thomas Langton Chaplain (in the quire) 1350

Adam Frances Mayor [1354]

Elizabeth, wife of William Vennar Alderman & Sheriff 1401

John Swinflat 1420

Nicholas Marshall Alderman & Ironmonger 1474

Joan, wife of John Cocken, Esquire 1509

Marie, wife of Sir Lewis Orrell, Knight —

Henry Sommer and Katherine his wife —

Walter Huntington, Esquire —

John Gower Steward of St. Helen's 1512

Sir William Sanctlo, father and son —

Eleanor, daughter of Sir Thomas Butler, Lord Sudley —

John Southworth —

Nicholas Harpsfield, Esquire —

Thomas Sanderford or Sommerford Alderman —

Alexander Cheyney —

Walter Dawbeney —

George, son of Hugh Fastolph —

Robert Liade —

William Hollis Mayor 1540

John Fauconbridge, Esquire 1545

Hacket Gentleman of the King's Chapel —

William Skegges Sergeant poulter —

Richard, son of Sir Thomas Gresham 1564

The following names of persons buried here are added by Strype:

Elizabeth Greystock, widow, late wife of Sir John Vavasor (buried on the N. side of the Lady Chapel) 1509

Robert Knollys, Gent. Usher of the Privy Chamber 1420 [sic.]

Rafe Machin (buried before the Trinity) 1488

He also mentions a gravestone near the Spencer monument to Abraham Orelius, Preacher of the French Church.

In the possession of the Merchant Taylors' Company is a drawing of a floor-slab, inlaid with marble, to Edward Skeggs, 1592, bearing his incised effigy, with an achievement and four shields of arms (see plate 120).