Appendix: The garden on the south of the church

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The Grey Friars of London. Originally published by Aberdeen University Press, Aberdeen, 1915.

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12th August, 1531.

Sir Roger Cholmeley on 27th June, 1543, obtained a lease of the Greyfriars garden from the King on the surrender of a lease granted by the Warden and Convent on 12th August, 1531 (fn. 1); the latter lease is recited, the pertinent part being as follows:—

"This Indenture made betwene Frere Thomas Cudnor, Wardeyn of the house of thorder off Saynt Fraunceys called the Grey Freres within Newgate of London, and alle the hole convent of the same place on thone partye, and Nicholas Pynchyn, citezen and bocher of London, and Agnes his wife on thother partie, Witnesseth that the sayd Wardeyn and Convent of there one assent with and consent of all ther hole Chapyter, have granted demysed and to ferme letten unto the said Nicholas and Agnes their gardeyn, the which the said Nicholas and Agnes nowe hath and holdeth of the said Wardeyn and convent, sett and being on the south side of the Churche belonging to the said Wardeyn and Convent, that is to wete betwene the parsonage of Seynt Nicholas there on the Este partie and the Gardeyn nowe in the holde of William Peter belongyng to the sayd Wardeyn and Convent on the West partie, and a tenement wherein the said Nicholas and Agnes nowe dwellyth belongyng to the Brydgehouse of London on the Southe partie, and the Church of Gray Freres aforsaid on the north partie: To have and to holde for the terme of lyef of the said Nicholas and Agnes and to eyther of them longest lyvyng at a rent of vj s. viij d. &c."

Nicholas and Agnes were empowered to make a door through the brick wall on the south side for a further rent of 4 d.

[The original is in Miscellaneous Books, 214, f.111 (Augmentation Office, Enrolment of Leases), at the Record Office.]


  • 1. Letters and Papers, Henry VIII., xviii., p. 550.