Wills: 1 Henry VI (1422-3)

Pages 431-433

Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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Monday next before the Feast of S. Wulstan, Bishop [19 Jan.].

Blakeden (John), goldsmith.—To be buried in the church of S. Anne within Aldrichegate, of which he was a parishioner. To Alice his wife all his lands, tenements, &c., in the parish of S. Anne aforesaid, as well as in Westsmethefeld in the parish of S. Sepulchre without Newgate, for life; the reversion of the same to be sold, preference being given to a goldsmith in the sale of his dwelling-house and of his tenements in Westsmethefeld. The proceeds to be divided into four parts: one part to be divided among the poor of his mistery, a second part to go to poor bedridden men and women, a third to poor prisoners, and a fourth part to repair of highways, &c. Dated London, 8 October, A.D. 1422.
Roll 151 (32).

Monday next after F. of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March].

Whityngton (Richard), (fn. 1) Alderman. (fn. 2) —To be buried in the church of S. Michael de Paternosterchirche in the Ryole. Directions as to funeral obsequies. Placebo and Dirig to be said every evening, and a mass of Requiem every morning, for a month for the good of his soul, the souls of Alice his wife and others. His dwelling-house in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid, and all his lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Andrew near Castle Baynard, S. Michael in Bassyngeshawe, and S. Botolph without Bisshopesgate, to be sold by his executors, and the proceeds devoted to pious and charitable uses and the fulfilment of this his testament. John Carpenter appointed one of his executors. Dated London, 5 September, A.D. 1421.
Roll 151 (42).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Barnabas, Apostle [11 June].

Sampson (Thomas), butcher.—To be buried in the church of S. Leonard de Estchep. To Florence his wife a tenement in the parish of S. Leonard aforesaid near a tenement called "le Cheker," and another tenement in Thamisestrete in the parish of S. Botolph near Billyngesgate (of which tenements the testator had been jointly seised with others, who had released the property to him), to hold for life; remainder to Agnes his daughter for life;

remainder to Sir Thomas Riggele, the rector, churchwardens and parishioners of the church of S. Leonard aforesaid, charged with keeping his obit and other religious services as directed. The residue of the profits to be devoted to the maintenance of the Fraternity of the Blessed Mary within the aforesaid church, as well as of the fabric and ornaments of the same church. Also to his wife certain leasehold tenements in the parishes of S. Leonard de Estchep and S. Clement near Candelwykstrete, held under the New Hospital of S. Mary without Bisshopesgate, for life; remainder to his daughter. Dated London, 28 April, A.D. 1422.
Roll 151 (53).


  • 1. 1 The famous Mayor concerning whom so much has been said and written. An accurate and vivid picture of his life and times has been published by Messrs. Besant and Rice, and an account of his charitable gifts in the cause of the poor and sick, as well as in furtherance of religion and education, is also to be found in the chronicle of Richard Grafton; there is, therefore, no necessity to recapitulate here his liberal gifts towards the building of the Guildhall and establishment of its library, as well as to the library of the Grey Friars and other objects. His name is best remembered by the college and almshouse called "Whittington College," which his executors founded in the parish of S. Michael Paternosterchurch, an account of which from its first establishment soon after his death down to the abolition of the college in the reign of Edward VI., as well as of the subsequent disposal of its endowment, has been fully set out in a report made by Mr. Hare to the Charity Commissioners in 1861, upon the charity estates of the Mercers' Company. (See Printed Report, Livery Companies' Com., 1884, vol. iv. pp. 39-44.)
  • 2. 2 Of Broad Street Ward.