Wills: 41-45 Elizabeth I (1598-1603)

Pages 725-730

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 after F. of S. John ante portam Latinam [6 May].

Newman (John), grocer.—To the Mayor and Commonalty and citizens of London and their successors his interest or share in a certain capital messuage in the parish of S. Mary in Aldermanburye and in a yard or void ground called a carpenter's yard adjoining the same messuage, and also in a parcel of ground theretofore enclosed with a brick wall for a burial-place for the parishioners of S. Michael in Bassishaw, to have and to hold the same to their own proper use and behoof for ever. Dated 26 April, A.D. 1599.
Roll 278 (18).


Monday next after the Feast of S. Valentine [14 Feb.]

Walker (Thomas), vintner.—To be buried in his parish church of All Hallows in Lombardstreete, otherwise called All Hallowes in Graciousstreete. Bequests to thirteen poor people of the alms-house of the Vintners and the beadle of the company; to the poor children of Christ's Hospital; to the Livery of the Company of Vintners for their pains to accompany his corpse to burial; to poor householders of the Company of the Fletchers; the inmates of certain prisons and compters in London and Southwark, &c. To William Wilkinson, a poor lame lad, six pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence. Bequests of money or rings to Nicholas Strellye his brother, Milicent Woulhouse his sister, Josias and Thomas his sons, Anne Callys and Suzanna Androwes his daughters, his wife's children, and others. To Mary his wife one half of his movables under certain conditions. Also to Josias his eldest son he leaves three messuages in the parish of S. Margaret Lothbury in tail male; remainder to Thomas his other son in fee. Also to Mary his wife his dwelling-house for life during widowhood. His messuage called "ye Kinges head and Bellhouse," being the forepart of his dwelling-house aforesaid, he leaves to Thomas his son in tail male, provided the said Thomas allow Mary his wife, "mother-in- lawe" (fn. 1) of the said Thomas, to dwell there during widowhood; remainder to Thomas, son of the aforesaid Josias. Also to Anne Callys and Suzanna Androwes his daughters two tenements in "Wietecrossestreete" for their respective lives; remainder to his aforesaid grandson. His copyhold lands and tenements in Stepney and Mileend to be taken up according to the custom of the manor to his sons Josias and Thomas and their heirs for ever. Dated 20 February, A.D. 1598.
Roll 279 (18).

Monday the Feast of S. Dunstan, Archbishop [19 May],

Newman (John), grocer.—To the Mayor and Commonalty and citizens of the City of London and their successors certain tenements, &c., in the parish of S. Michael Queenhithe, to their only and proper use and behoof for ever. Dated 15 May, 42 Elizabeth [A.D. 1600].
Roll 279 (27).


Monday next after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.]

Platt (Richard), brewer.—To the Master and Keepers or Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery or Art of Brewers of the City of London a messuage in Knightryderstreete, charged with the yearly payment of fifty-two shillings to the churchWardens of S. James Garlickhithe, to be distributed by them every Sunday in money and bread among six poor householders in the parish, viz., to each one a penny wheaten loaf and one penny; the residue of the issues and profits to be applied to the maintenance of almshouses lately erected by the testator at Aldenham, co. Herts. (fn. 2) To Hugh his son lands and tenements in Byrchin Lane, Thames Street, and in the parish of S. James aforesaid, excepting certain tenements in Cornehill and elsewhere, for life; remainders over. Also to the said Hugh lands and tenements in the parish of S. Pancras, co. Middlesex, as well as in the city of Westminster and at East Greenwich, co. Kent, for life; remainders over. Also to Richard, son of the said Hugh, a brewhouse called "ye Vine," in the parish of S. Giles in the Fieldes, for life; remainders over. His copyholds or customary lands and tenements held of the manor of Tottenhall, (fn. 3) co. Middlesex, he has surrendered to the use of Hugh, son of Hugh his aforesaid son; and similarly his copyholds held of the manor of Cantelaus, (fn. 4) co. Middlesex, to the use of William, another son of the said Hugh. To Robert, another son of the same Hugh, he leaves property in the parish of S. Michael in Cornhill; and to John, another son of the same Hugh, property also in the said parish, as well as in the parishes of S. Mary "Buttolphe" and S. Swithen. Dated 21 November, 43 Elizabeth [A.D. 1600].
Roll 280 (7).

Monday next before Feast of S. Edward, K. and M. [18 March].

Darke (John), "Longbowstringemaker."—To be buried in the church of S. James at Grarlickhith. After divers bequests of money to Joane Osborne his sister and others, he leaves to Margaret his wife his house in Suffolke Lane in the parish of "litle Allhallowes" in Thamestreet, and a tenement in Sheppardes Alley in the parish of S. James aforesaid, for life; remainder over to Peter Tasker his servant, to whom he also leaves his wedding ring, his best gown and cloak, and his best silver salt parcel gilt. Dated 1 March, A.D. 1596.
Roll 280 (18).


[No enrolment of wills under this year.


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

Meggs (William), the elder, draper,—To the Master and Wardens of the Guild or Fraternity, &c., of the Mistery of Drapers in the City of London and their successors, certain lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Andrew Hubbard, S. Margaret "Pattent," and S. Mary at Hill, to their own proper use and behoof for ever. Dated 3 March, A.D. 1595.
Roll 281 (36).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Mathias, Apostle [24 Feb.].

Bowes (Sir Martin), Knt., Alderman.—To Dame Elizabeth his wife, in satisfaction of jointure and "dowry," he leaves his manors of North Crey and Rookesley, co. Kent, together with lands and tenements in Asshe and Hallywell, otherwise called "Hoddeshall," co. Kent, for life; remainder to William his son in tail; remainders over to the sons of Thomas, the testator's son, in succession. To Martin Bowes of "Jenckins" in the parish of Barking, one of his younger sons, certain tenements, &c., in the parishes of S. Leonard in Shordiche and S. Botolphe without Bishopsgate, in tail; remainders over as before. To Martin his grandson, being son of his son Thomas aforesaid, his capital messuage called "ye Whitehorse" in Lumbardstreete, together with other property in "ye olde Change" in the parish of S. Augustine, and in Byrchyn Lane in the parish of S. Edmund the King, subject to charges for his younger brethren, in tail; remainders over to the other sons of the aforesaid Thomas. To Charity Bowes his daughter his meadow ground in Long Lane beside Bermondsey Street in the parish of S. Mary Magdalen, co. Surrey, and the reversion of lands and tenements in the said street, in tail. Also to Martin Bowes of "Jenkins" aforesaid he leaves other lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Mary Abchurch and S. Mary "Wolnorth," (fn. 5) at Upney in the parish of Barking, co. Essex, East Wickham, co. Kent, and Cheam, co. Surrey. Also to the aforesaid Thomas his son and to Cicelie, wife of the same, his manor of Kingsdowne, co. Kent, his capital house in Wolwiche, co. Kent, called "ye Tower place," and other property there, together with lands, tenements, &c., at Plumstead, co. Kent, comprising his farms called "Suffolke place" and "Borestall," also at Bexley, Blackffen, Blendon, and Wickam in the same county. To the Wardens and Commonalty of the Art or Mistery of Goldsmiths within the City of London, to the end that they might the better remember him, and also do and perform such things as he had given them lands to do withal, (fn. 6) he further leaves certain messuages in the parishes of S. Edmund the King and S. Botolph without Bishopsgate, charged with the yearly payment of sixteen pounds in manner following, viz., to five poor folk of the town of Wolwiche, appointed to be in the testator's almshouses there, thirty shillings and fivepence apiece yearly, at their hall, by quarterly payments; six shillings and eightpence for a sermon at Wolwiche Church yearly; seven shillings and elevenpence to be distributed among the priest, clerk, and poor people of Wolwiche at the same time, and thirteen shillings and fourpence to the youngest wardens yearly for their pains and for viewing the almshouses; and further charged with the yearly payment of three pounds for wood and coals for the poor of the parish of S. Mary "Wolnorth," and of twenty shillings in wood and coal for the clerk, beadle, and almsmen of the company. The residue of the sixteen pounds to the poor of the company and the maintenance of their hall. (fn. 7) Dated 20 September, A.D. 1562.

By codicil he leaves his capital messuage called "the White horse" in Lumbardstrett, the advowson to the church of S. Mary "Wolnorth," and other property to Thomas his son and heir apparent, notwithstanding anything in the above testament to the contrary. Dated 29 July, A.D. 1566.
Roll 281 (39).

[Roll 282 contains no enrolment of wills.]


  • 1. 1 Meaning probably stepmother.
  • 2. 2 Founded by the testator by virtue of letters patent dated 18 February 38 Elizabeth, A.D. 1596, under which the Master and Wardens, &c., of the Brewers' Company were constituted governors of the school. A scheme for the management of the trust estates of this charity was approved 13 May, 1875, whereby the Company lost a great part of their control over the school. Particulars of the scheme and of the management of the almshouses at Delrow, near Aldenham, will be found set out in the Company's Return to the Livery Companies Commission appointed in 1880 (Appendix to Report, 1884, vol. iii. p. 125), where the date of the testator's will is given as the 28th of November.
  • 3. 1 Tottenham.
  • 4. 2 Spelt also Cantelows, Cantlers, &c., now Kentish Town, a prebendal manor of S. Paul's Cathedral.
  • 5. 1 Had this not been a very exceptional mode of spelling the name of the church, it would have gone far to support a suggestion recently made in the columns of the Athenâun (24 August, 1889), that the name of S. Mary Woolnoth was but an abbreviation for S. Mary Woolchurch North.
  • 6. 1 See. the will of William Southwood, feoffee in trust for the testator, as to devise to the Goldsmiths' Company (supra, pp. 670-1).
  • 7. 2 In their Return made to the Livery Companies Commission, appointed in 1880, the Company state that there has been no alteration in the mode of applying the income of the charity for ten years, and give the following particulars as to its appropriation:—To five almswomen at Woolwich, 65l.; coals and candles, 13l.; rates and insurance, 4l. 16s.; repairs, 12l. 5s. 11d.; medical attendance, 27l. 16s.; gifts at visitation, 8l. 1s. 4d.; balance to the Company for repairs to the hall (Appendix to Commissioners' Report, 1884, vol. ii. p, 329).