West Ham

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The Environs of London: Volume 4, Counties of Herts, Essex and Kent. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1796.

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Situation, and boundaries.

This parish lies in the hundred of Becontree; and is bounded on the east by Eastham; on the north by Wansted and Leyton; on the west by the river Lea, which separates it from St. Leonard's Bromley, Stratford-Bow, and Hackney, in Middlesex; and on the south by the river Thames. The village, in which the church is situated, lies a little to the south of the high road, and four miles from Whitechapel. The populous hamlet of Stratford extends along the road towards London, as far as Bow-bridge. Plaistow, another large hamlet, is about a mile east of the church. Upton, another hamlet, lies nearly a mile north-east.



This parish is divided into three wards, called Church-street, Stratford-Langthorne, and Plaistow wards; each of which has a churchwarden and overseer. Church-street ward pays the sum of 529l. 12s. to the land-tax; Stratford-Langthorne ward, 546l. 10s.; Plaistow ward, 784l. 10s. The proportion in the pound is about 2s. in each ward.

Quantity and nature of land.


The parish of Westham contains 4500 acres of land; of which about 1970 are arable, and 2530 meadow and marsh-land. About 500 acres of the arable are (on an average) annually cropped with potatoes, and about 200 with turnips. The soil, except in the marshes, is for the most part gravel; there is some loam in the neighbourhood of the forest.

Market and fair.

There was formerly a market at Westham, on Tuesdays, and an annual fair, which lasted four days; the vigil and festival of St. Margaret, and the two following days. The charter was procured by Richard de Montfichet, in 1253 (fn. 1).

Foundation of Stratford Abbey.

The Abbey of Stratford Langthorne, in this parish, was founded by William de Montfichet, in the year 1135, for monks of the Cistercian order: it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and All Saints; and endowed by the founder with his manor of Ham, (i. e. Westham,) and the manor which had belonged to Ranulph the priest; two mills, his wood of Buckhurst in the forest, and the tithe of pannage (fn. 2). "This howse," says Leland, "first sett among the low marsches, was after, with sore fludes, defacyd, and remevid to a celle or graunge longynge to it caullyd Burgestede, in Estsex, a mile or more from Billerica. Thes monks remainid at Burgstede untyll entrete was made that they might have sum helpe otherwyse. Then one of the Richards, Kings of England, toke the ground and Abbay of Stratford into his protection, and reedifienge it, browght the foresayde monks agayne to Stratford; where amonge the marsches they reinhabytyd (fn. 3)."

Its possessions.

Surrender of the convent.

Seal and Arms.

The abbot of Stratford Langthorne was summoned to parliament in 1307. At the suppression of religious houses, the annnal rental of this monastery amounted to the sum of 652l. 3s. 1¼d. A schedule of their principal possessions is given in the notes (fn. 4); together with references to all the grants relating to this monastery, which are to be found in the Calendars at the Tower (fn. 5). The convent was surrendered to King Henry VIII. by William Huddlestone, the last abbot, on the 29th of March 1538. The deed of surrender, which remains in the Augmentation-office, is signed by the abbot, the priest, the sacrist, the chanter, and eleven monks; one of whom was so illiterate as to be obliged to make his mark, which is called "the mark of John Wyght, which can not wrytte." The conventual seal, which is appendant, represents the Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus, sitting under a Gothic canopy. The arms of this Abbey were, G. three chevronels O. over all a crosier in bend Argent.

John de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, High Constable of England, was buried at Stratford Abbey in 1335.

Grant and alienations of the site.

In the year 1539, King Henry VIII. granted the conventual church, with Richard's chapel, the site of the monastery, and its appurtenances, to Sir Peter Mewtas, or Meautis (fn. 6), who had been Ambassador to the Court of France. About this time, Margaret Countess of Salisbury, who, two years afterwards, was beheaded for hightreason, resided within the precincts of the monastery (fn. 7). Henry Meautis, Esq. a descendant of Sir Peter, in the year 1633, sold the site of the Abbey, with 240 acres of land, the Abbey mills, &c. to Sir John Nulls (fn. 8); whose son, John Nulls, Esq. in 1663, conveyed the site of the Abbey to Thomas Meads, and others; from whom it passed to Mr. Richard Knight. It remained in his family till the year 1786, when it was sold, by John Dudlas Knight, Esq. to Mr. Thomas Holbrook, the present proprietor.

Its present state.

The Abbey stood at the distance of about three furlongs southwest from the parish church; the site of the precincts, which was moated, contained about 16 acres. The only remain of the buildings is a part of a chapel, with the doorway, adjoining to the public house called the Adam and Eve. The foundations of the convent were dug up and removed by the present proprietor; in doing of which no antiquities worthy of note were found, except a small onyx seal, with the impress of a griffin, set in silver, on which is the following legend: "Nuncio vobis gaudium et salutem;" perhaps the privyseal of one of the abbots. At a little distance from the Adam and Eve, towards the north, is a brick gateway, which was the entrance to the conventual precincts.

The abbey lands are charged with the repair of a bridge and causey on the great road, near Stratford (fn. 9).

Manor of Westham.

The manor of Westham, in the reign of Edward the Confessor, was the property of Alestan, a freeman; when the survey of Doomsday (fn. 10) was taken, it belonged to Ranulph Peverell and Robert Gernon. When William de Montfichet founded the Abbey of Stratford-Langthorne, anno 1135, he endowed it with all his lordships and demesne lands in Westham (fn. 11). The manor of Westham seems. afterwards to have been again in lay-hands: for, in 1446, Thomas. Bernwell obtained the King's licence to give it to the abbot and convent of Stratford, in exchange for some lands in Havering (fn. 12). It was parcel of the possessions of that monastery, when it was dissolved in 1539, and then came into the hands of the crown. In 1610, it was settled upon Henry Prince of Wales (fn. 13). In 1616, it was granted to Sir Francis Bacon and others for 99 years, in trust for Charles I. then Prince of Wales; this lease, in 1629, was assigned to the trustees of Queen Henrietta Maria, as a part of her jointure. On the sale of the crown lands, during the usurpation, this manor (with the prison in Stratford and a meadow called Lower Ward) was purchased for the sum of 3147l. 11s. (being about 32 years' purchase (fn. 14),) by Silas Taylor, on behalf of himself and other creditors of the Government. At the Restoration, the Queen-mother became possessed again of this manor; which was afterwards granted to Queen Catherine (consort of Charles II.) for her life. It was leased by her (anno 1691) to Sir Richard Sandys, for 14 years and a half from June 1707. In 1702, another lease, for 11 years and a half in reversion, was granted to the trustee of Mrs. Catherine Bland. In the year 1693, the manor of Westham was granted to George Booth, Esq. for 99 years, from the decease of Queen Catherine, which happened in 1705. That part of the manor which lies in Stratford ward was sold by Mr. Booth, in 1733, (for the remainder of his term,) to the trustees of Sir John Blount; whose estates being seized by the South Sea Company, the lease was assigned by them to the Tylney family; and is now vested in Sir J. Tylney Long, Bart. The other division of the manor was bequeathed by Mr. Booth, with his other estates, to Mrs. Hester Pinney, who conveyed it to Azariah Pinney, Esq. The lease afterwards passed through the hands of ——Smart, Esq. and Mr. Brown; the latter of whom assigned the remainder of the term to John Henniker, Esq. (now Sir John Henniker, Bart.) in whom it is still vested.

Manor of East Westham.

The manor of East Westham in this parish was granted to Sir Roger Cholmeley in the year 1553 (fn. 15). It has since passed through the same hands as those of Eastham Burnels, Westham Burnels, and Playz. Since the account of Eastham Burnels was printed, I have learned, that, in 1627, one of the moieties of these manors belonged to Francis Hervey, Esq. the other to Carew Mildmay, Esq. (fn. 16) They both afterwards became vested in the Mildmays, and were not again separated till about the year 1720; when Sir John Blount's estates having been seized by the South Sea Company, they were sold to the two branches of the Smyth family (fn. 17). The one is the property of Sir Robert Smyth, Bart.; the other was sold, about the year 1755, or 1756, to Stephen Comyn, Esq. (fn. 18), father of Stephen Comyn, Esq. the present proprietor.

Manor of Playz.

The manor of Playz took its name from Hugh de Playz, who married Philippa, sister and coheir of Richard de Montfichet (fn. 19). Sir Richard de Playz, in the year 1353, gave it to the abbot and convent of Stratford-Langthorne (fn. 20). On the suppression of that monastery it became vested in the crown, and was granted, anno 1553, to Sir Roger Cholmeley (fn. 21). Its history from this period is the same as that of the manors of East Westham, &c. (fn. 22)

Manor of Westham Burnels.

The history of the manor of Westham Burnels corresponds entirely with that of Eastham Burnels, which has been already given (fn. 23).

Manor of Bretts.

The manor of Bretts was the property of John Ferrers, Esq. who died in 1478 (fn. 24). The reversion was then vested in Edward Earl of Warwick, (son of the Duke of Clarence,) who being executed for high-treason in 1499, his estates became forfeited to the crown: this manor was settled by Henry VIII. anno 1519, with other lands, on Catherine of Arragon (fn. 25). It appears to have been afterwards given to Margaret, daughter of the Duke of Clarence, who was created Countess of Salisbury by Henry VIII.: for by her attainder in 1541, it became again vested in the crown (fn. 26), and was granted to Sir Peter Meautis and his wife Jane, for life (fn. 27). In 1576, Queen Elizabeth granted it in see to Sir Thomas Heneage (fn. 28), who, in 1583, aliened it to Roger Townsend, Esq. (fn. 29) By him it was conveyed, the next year, to Edward Earl of Oxford (fn. 30), who died seised of it in 1604. His widow sold it, in 1610, to Henry Wollaston, Esq. (fn. 31), who died seised of it in 1619 (fn. 32). In 1624, it was the property of Sir William Courten (fn. 33), whose son William sold it, anno 1637, to Jacob Garrard, Esq. for 3100l. Sir Francis Bickley, Bart. who had married Alithea, daughter and coheir of another Jacob Garrard, son and heir apparent of Sir Thomas Garrard, Bart. became in her right possessed of this manor, and sold it, in 1711, to Peter Courtney, Esq.; who, in 1719, bequeathed it to his sister Elizabeth, wife of William Beauchamp, Esq.; from whom it has descended to Joseph Beauchamp, Esq. the present proprietor.

Manor of Cobhams, or Chobhams.

Sir Adam Francis, who died in 1417, was seised of the manor of Cobhams, alias Chobhams, in Westham, held under the abbot and convent of Stratford, and Hugh Burnel (fn. 34). From this period till after the grant of Sir William Compton, in 1513, the history of this manor corresponds with that of Ruckholt in Leyton (fn. 35). There was a grant of this manor to Tipper and Dawe in 1589 (fn. 36). On the 31st of Jan. 1596, it was granted to Thomas Spencer and Robert Atkinson (fn. 37), who, a few days afterwards, conveyed it to Robert Wiseman (fn. 38). Mr. Wiseman died seised of it in 1618 (fn. 39). About the beginning of the present century it was the property of John Hiett, Esq. In 1782, it was purchased of Mrs. Jane Hiett, or her executors, by Sir John Henniker, Bart. the present proprietor (fn. 40).

The manor-house is about a mile north-west from the church, on the left hand of the road leading from Stratford to Leyton.

Manor of Woodgrange.

The manor of Woodgrange, with a portion of the tithes (fn. 41), parcel of the possessions of the dissolved monastery of Stratford-Langthorne, together with divers privileges and immunities enjoyed by that convent, was leased, anno 1535, to Morgan Philips, alias Wolfe, for 60 years. Queen Elizabeth granted a reversionary lease of it to Robert Earl of Leicester for 70 years, to commence at the expiration of the former lease (fn. 42). George Earl of Totness was in possession of the lease (then valued at 210l. per annum) as early as the year 1605. In 1627, he procured the reversion of this manor in fee, subject to a rent of 27l. 2s. per ann. (fn. 43) After the death of the Countess of Totness, who survived the Earl, Peter Apsley, Esq. who inherited under his will, as right heir (fn. 44), after certain remainders, sold it (anno 1637) to Charles Frankland, Esq. who, in 1649, aliened it to Thomas Cambell, Esq. (afterwards a baronet). Sir Harry Cambell died without male issue, in 1699, seised of this estate, leaving a daughter Ann, married to Thomas Price, Esq. whose son Cambell Price, Esq. sold it, in 1738, to John Pickering, merchant. Mr. Pickering, by his will, bearing date 1754, left it to his niece Mrs. Ann Machin, with remainder to her daughter Mary Machin, who is the present proprietor, and now the wife of Mr. John Peacock.


Robert Christendom, in the year 1443, bequeathed his manor in Westham, Stratford-Langthorne, Eastham, Leyton, Barking, and Dagenham, and all his rents, lands, and services in those parishes, to be sold and distributed in masses, and gifts to the poor, for the good of his soul, and the souls of his ancestors (fn. 45). There was an ancient mansion (now pulled down) at Plaistow, called Christendom-house. It was, in the last century, a seat of the Brydges's, and afterwards belonged to Mrs. Batilhey, who died in 1702 (fn. 46).

New Barnes.

A farm called New Barnes, near Plaistow, being parcel of the manor of Westham, was assigned, anno 1629, by the Prince's trustees, to Simon Fanshaw, Esq. for 99 years, at the reserved rent of 40l. The same year the reversion was granted, in fee, (subject to the same rent,) (fn. 47) to the trustees of Sir Thomas Fanshaw; from whose family it passed to Nathaniel Manlove. It was purchased, in 1706, of Mr. Manlove, by the Coopers' Company (fn. 48), in trust, for a hospital at Egham.

St. Thomas's Mill.

A mill, at Stratford, in this parish, called St. Thomas's Mill, belonged to the hospital of St. Thomas of Acon, and was granted, with certain lands and tenements, anno 1549, to Gerard Hermans, goldsmith of London (fn. 49). It lately belonged to the Grenville family. The present Marquis of Buckingham sold it, a few years ago, to Mr. Jones.

The Hyde-house.

At Plaistow there is an ancient mansion called Hyde-house, (now in the occupation of Mr. John James,) which is said to have been inhabited by the monks of Stratford after the dissolution of that convent. Over a gateway is the date 1579 (fn. 50); and, on a wall near the house, that of 1559. In the windows are several coats of arms, in stained glass (fn. 51). I suppose it to have been the same house which, in 1605, was held by Richard Tailor, doctor of physic; it is described, in an ancient survey of the manor of Westham (fn. 52), as a great mansion in Plaistow, with certain lands, among which is mentioned, a parcel of ground called Le Hide. In the last century it was the seat of Sir Thomas Foot, and afterwards of the Onslows (fn. 53).

Sir Thomas Lodge, Alderman of London, who died in 1583, was seised of an estate in Westham (fn. 54).

The church.

The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, is a spacious building, consisting of a chancel, with two aisles, and a nave of considerable length, which has also two aisles. At the west end is a square tower, 74 feet in height, with a ring of 10 bells.

Monuments of Sir Thomas Foot;

James Cooper, &c.

On the north wall of the chancel is a handsome monument, with the effigies of the deceased and his lady (fn. 55), to the memory of Sir Thomas Foot, Knt. and Bart. (fn. 56), who was Lord Mayor of London in 1650, and died in 1688, aged 96. On the south side is the monument of Mr. James Cooper (fn. 57), with his effigies in white marble, as large as the life, well executed. He is represented standing, with a book in his hand. On the same wall are the monuments of John, eldest son of Robert Faldo, Esq. (fn. 58), 1613; Francis, his fifth son, 1632; and John Fawcit (fn. 59), Gent. who married Jane, his daughter, 1625. On the floor are the tombs of Elizabeth, daughter of Cornelius Drebbelt, 1621; Elizabeth, wife of George Seabroke, minister, 1647; Daniel Pratt, citizen of London, 1666; Jane, his widow, aged 92, 1709; John Pratt, Gent. (son of Daniel,) 1699; Rebecca, (his daughter,) wife of William Wickins, rector of Eastling, Kent, 1684; Mr. Richard Hervey, 1693; John, an infant son of Thomas Sandes, merchant, by Ann, daughter of Michael Rolls, 1704; Dame Priscilla Rolle, 1708; Sarah, widow of Richard March, merchant, 1716; and Susannah, relict of Mr. George Marishall, 1747.

Ancient tomb.

In the wall between the vestry and the chancel is an ancient tomb, with Gothic ornaments. There is no inscription; but on the side towards the vestry, which is the only part of the tomb now visible, are some coats of arms (fn. 60).

Elizabeth Tollet.

Hugh Smith.

In the north aisle is the monument of Robert Rooke (fn. 61), Esq. 1630; a table tomb in memory of Sir Philip Hall, 1745; Dame Sarah, his wife, 1742; Henry Hall, 1730; and Stephen Hall, M. D. 1731. There are also the tombs of Sarah, wife of Benjamin Milner, daughter and coheir of Smart Goodenough, Esq. 1724; Edward Towne, Esq. 1744; Sarah, his wife, daughter of Benjamin Milner, 1730; Lydia, his second wife, 1750; Mrs. Elizabeth Tollet (fn. 62), 1754; Rev. Hugh Wyat, vicar, 1762; William Vere, Esq. 1765; Mrs. Anne Marsh, 1769; Abraham Whitaker, Esq. 1773; Jane, wife of Charles Jackson, Esq. 1780; and Hugh Smith, M. D. (eminently distinguished for his professional abilities (fn. 63),) 1790.

Sir James Smyth, &c.

Family of Smyth.

In the south aisle of the chancel is a handsome marble monument to the memory of Sir James Smyth, some time Lord Mayor of London, 1706; Elizabeth, his first wife, daughter and coheir of Arthur Shurley, Esq. of Sussex, 1689; Sir James Smyth, Bart. (fn. 64), 1716–7; and Mirabella, his wife, daughter of Sir Robert Legard, 1714. On the north wall of the same aisle is a monument of alabaster, with columns of black marble of the Corinthian order, to the memory of William Fawcet, Gent. (fn. 65), who died in 1631: over the tablet is the effigies of the deceased recumbent, and above, those of his wife and her second husband William Toppesfield (by whom the monument was erected) kneeling at a desk. In this aisle also is the monument of Lieut. Col. Scott (fn. 66), 1737; and another in memory of the Rev. Nicholas Buckeridge, M. A. some time fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, and rector of Bradwell juxta Mare, 1727; his son Amhurst Buckeridge, M. A. fellow of St. John's College, 1710, and others of his family, with the effigies of the deceased in white marble. On the floor are the tombs of James Wittewrongle, a Fleming, (ancestor of the Wittewronges, baronets,) 1622; William Tuder, citizen, and merchant-taylor, 1653; Elizabeth Clark, his sister, 1654; Sir Robert Smyth (fn. 67), Bart. 1669; Judith, his wife, 1653; Jane, wife of John Pyott, and daughter of Sir Robert Smyth, Bart. 1684; Sir Robert Smyth, Bart. 1744; Lady Louisa Carolina Isabella, daughter of John Earl of Bristol, and wife of Sir Robert Smyth, 1770; Sir Robert Smyth, 1783; Elizabeth, wife of William Dudley, Esq. 1670; Zachariah Taylor, mariner, 1711; William King, Esq. 1748; and Jane, wife of William Talbutt, 1785.

In the nave are the monuments of Baynbridge Buckeridge, Esq. (fn. 68), 1732; and William Ravenscroft (fn. 69), merchant, 1718. On the floor are the tombs of William Wight, 1683; John, his son, 1704; Richard Wight, 1713; Major John Wicks, 1728; Peter Hartopp, Esq. 1742; and John Pickering, Esq. 1755.

Singular mortality in a family in one day.

In the north aisle of the church are the tombs of William Millington, who with Joan his wife, Henry his son, and Susan his daughter, all died on the 20th of August, 1683; Catherine, his daughter, wife of Daniel Ingole, 1689; Daniel Ingole, 1691; Capt. John Ely, 1701; Thomas Haynes, attorney at law, 1715; Edmund Mountague, Esq. Deputy Governor of Fort St. David's in the East Indies, 1730; Thomas Hewlett, Gent. 1775; and Thomas Garner, Esq. 1781.

In the south aisle is an altar tomb in memory of Nicholas Avenant, merchant-taylor, (a benefactor to this parish,) 1599; and the monuments of Henry Colchester, Esq. (fn. 70), 1701; Esther, wife of John L'Archevesque, 1723; Martha, his second wife, 1749; Charles Spearman (fn. 71), 1725; Anne, relict of John Mighells, Admiral of the Blue, (who was buried at Lowestoffe, the place of his nativity, in 1733,) 1741; Mary Anne, wife of Rear Admiral John Gascoigne (fn. 72), 1748; the Rev. John Finch, LL. B. 1748; and the Rev. Jonathan Reeves (fn. 73), 1787. On the floor are the tombs of Thomas Cooke (fn. 74), 1701; Thomas Reynell, Gent. 1705; Richard Blackmore, Gent. 1721; Alexander Ward, 1729; Jeremiah Dummer (fn. 75), 1739; Edward Flower, 1747; Mrs. Jane Lodge, daughter of John Lodge, merchant, 1752; Benjamin Rutland, Esq. 1768; Susannah-Newell, wife of Richard Keys, Esq. 1787; Major William Butler, 1790; and Mr. Thomas Shirley, 1793.

At the west end of the church, under the belsry, are the tombs of Capt. William Hill, 1703; John Hiett, Esq. 1719; Mr. Thomas Selby, 1745; Mark Macarty, merchant, 1738; and Peter Jones, Gent. 1730.

Another remarkable instance of sudden mortality in a family.

Weever, in his Funeral Monuments (fn. 76), records several tombs in this church, of which no traces are now to be discovered: John Eglesfield, 1504; Henry Kettleby, servant of Prince Henry, 1508; Margaret, wife of John Kettleby; John Hammerton, Esq. serjeant at arms to Henry VIII. who, with Edith his wife, Richard Hammerton of Fedston in Yorkshire, with John and Richard his sons, all fell sick in an hour, and died in an hour (fn. 77), A. D. 1512; Walter Froste, Esq. sewer to Henry VIII.; his wife Anne, daughter of Richard Caley, Esq. merchant of the Staple at Calais, 1527; and Valentine Clerke, 1533. Strype, in the Circuit Walk annexed to Stow's Survey, mentions the tombs of Henry Amcot, 1583; John Shipman, 1583; Thomas Rookes, Esq. 1630; and Henry Fallowfield, merchant, 1656. The inscriptions on these tombs have been either defaced, removed, or covered by pews, as well as on those of the following persons, of which Mr. Holman took notes in 1719:—Thomas Staples, 1592; Johan Caspoel de Lovanio, 1622; Thomas Wilmer, Gent. (fn. 78); George Wilmer, Esq. (fn. 79), 1626; Thomas Salter, citizen, and mercer (fn. 80), 1640; Robert Ratcliffe, 1672; Elizabeth, wife of Robert Knight, 1678; William Brookes, 1679; William Davies, 1681; Sherwin Clarke, 1683; William Wright, 1683; John, his son, 1704; Susan, wife of John Hudson, 1685; Mr. Thomas Hawkes, 1689; Richard Hodgkin, 1693: Elizabeth, his daughter, wife of Thomas Butler, 1701; Mrs. Mary Batilhey, alias Shirley, 1702; Mr. Henry Francis, 1704; Thomas Farnalls, Gent. 1711; and Capt. William Pinckett, 1713 (fn. 81).

Mr. Holman mentions a large slab of grey marble in the chancel, on which was a cross flory, with an inscription in Saxon characters, much worn: this has been removed.

Tombs in the churchyard.

George Edwards the naturalist.

In the churchyard are inscriptions in memory of William Pragell, 1579; John Pragell sen. 1590; Richard Pragell, 1618; Ursalin, wife of Capt. John Pragell, Governor of Berwick, and Chief General under Queen Elizabeth for the North, 1616; John Pragell jun. 1633; Clement Pragell, 1680; Joan, wife of Thomas Pragell (daughter of John Hill); Richard Gregory, Gent. 1658; Nathaniel Wickham, M. D. 1727; Mr. Robert Watts, 1730; John Tennant, merchant, 1737; Mr. Jacob Gouyin, 1738; John Henniker, merchant, 1749; Dame Anne, wife of Sir John Henniker, Bart. (buried in Rochester cathedral,) 1792; Mrs. Thomasine Gouge, widow, 1755; Henry Turner, Esq. ("married 50 odd years,") 1758; Elizabeth, wife of William Vere, Esq. 1759; Middleton Howard, Gent. 1759; Joseph Ball, Esq. barrister at law, 1760; Mary, wife of John Rankin, Esq. 1763; John Newe, Esq. 1763; Theodore Hodshon jun. Esq. 1768; Theodore Hodshon sen. Esq. 1769; John Davy, Esq. 1769; Mary, widow of the Rev. John Baptist Denis, 1772; George Edwards, F. R. S. (fn. 82), 1773; Mrs. Sarah Jennings, aged 95, 1773; John Wall, Esq. 1774; John Oxenford, Esq. 1780; Edward Waldo, Esq. 1783; William Palmer, Esq. 1786; Miss Priscilla de Hobe, 1791; Robert Harrison, Esq. 1792; the Rev. Charles Cropley, M. A. fellow of King's College, Cambridge, 1794; and Anne, widow of Ferdinando Warner, rector of Barnes (without date).


Portions of tithes.

The church of Westham, which is in the diocese of London and in the deanery of Barking, was given by Gilbert de Montfichet to the abbot and convent of Stratford-Langthorne (fn. 83); to whom the great tithes were appropriated, a vicarage being at the same time endowed. Since the dissolution of monasteries, the tithes have been divided into two portions; one of which has passed with the manor of Woodgrange (fn. 84); the other, having been for many years vested in the crown, was granted to the ancestors of the present proprietor Sir Hervey Smyth, Bart.

The vicarage.

In the year 1516, the abbot and convent of Stratford, having obtained the authority of the church of Rome for so doing, set aside the endowment of the vicarage, and, in lieu of it, settled upon the vicar, and his successors, an annual pension of 39l. 13s. 8d. (fn. 85); which, after the rectory became vested in the crown, was paid out of the Exchequer, and formed nearly the whole income of the vicarage, till the year 1638; when William Blower, father and predecessor of Peter Blower, then vicar, having purchased the existing lease of the vicarial tithes, the latter procured from the crown a renewal of the old endowment, in lieu of the said pension of 39l. 13s. 8d., which then ceased (fn. 86). The commissioners appointed to inquire into the state of ecclesiastical benefices, in 1650, found, by their inquest, that the vicarage of Westham was then worth 60l. per annum (the glebe being valued at 24l. the tithes at 36l.). Mr. Yates, the incumbent, was reported to be an able, pious, honest minister (fn. 87). The vicarage is now become of considerable value. The patronage has been vested in the crown since the dissolution of monasteries.

Thomas Rose, vicar.

Thomas Rose, who was instituted to this vicarage in 1551, experienced a great variety of fortune, before the final establishment of the reformed religion. In 1533, when some persons, out of their zeal against popery, stole the rood out of a church, Rose was suspected of being privy to the robbery, having been seen to burn some of the vestments which were taken away with it. On this suspicion he was committed to prison, where he lay several days and nights, with his body on the ground, and his feet in a high pair of stocks. He was afterwards removed to Lambeth, where he remained till Cranmer procured his liberty. Edward VI. gave him this vicarage. Queen Mary deprived him of it, and committed him to the Tower, whence he contrived to make his escape, and to get over to the continent. Upon Queen Elizabeth's accession he returned, and took possession again of the vicarage of Westham, which he resigned in 1563, for the living of Lutenhoo in Bedfordshire, where he died at a very advanced age (fn. 88).

The present vicar of Westham is the Rev. William Cropley, instituted in 1775, on the resignation of the Rev. John Warner.

There is a Quakers' meeting at Plaistow in this parish; a Roman Catholic chapel at Stratford; and a meeting, with a cemetery, belonging to the Methodists, in Brickfields. There is a meeting-house at Stratford, which belonged to the Presbyterian diffenters; but it has been disused for some years.

Parish register.

There is no register of baptisms in this parish of an older date than 1681; that of burials begins in 1679, the marriages in 1684.

Comparative state of population.

Average of Baptisms. Average of Burials.
1681–90 61 903/5
1730–9 982/5 140½
1780–4 1521/5 1883/5
1784–9 1622/5 1752/5
1790–4 169 1794/5

Present number of houses and inhabitants.

The return of the King's surveyor of houses and windows, in 1762, states, that there were then 700 houses in this parish; of which 455 were mansions, 245 cottages. The houses and inhabitants having been numbered in the month of March this year (1796), it was found, that there were then 1057 houses (fn. 89), and 5806 inhabitants; the average number of inhabitants to a house being 5 521/1057;, which is very nearly 5½ (fn. 90).

Extracts from the Parish Register.

"Sr William Humble, buried Jan. 10, 1686–7; Sr William Humble junr, Feb. 20, 1686–7; Sr George Humble, from London, Mar. 16, 1702–3."

Fatal accident by gun-powder.

April 16, 1690, Peter Paine, and his wife, and his son Peter, and the parson, and his maid, was blown up all in one day."

Sr Robert Legard and Mary Stone, married Aug. 22, 1691."

Sr William Foster of Bamborough and ——Pert, married June 29, 1693."

Sr John Lethieullier and Elizabeth Smart, married July 2, 1695."

Catherine Hannah, daughter of Sr John and Dame Elizabeth Colleton, baptized May 28, 1719; Hannah Catherine, born June 16, 1721."

Lady Elizabeth Winchcombe, buried Sep. 21, 1719."

Sr Thomas Stanley, buried July 13, 1721."

Richard, son of Samuel Jebb, M. D. and Jane his wife, baptized Oct. 30, 1729." It appears by this entry, that Dr. Samuel Jebb resided at Stratford in Essex, and not at Stratford-Bow, (as stated in vol. iii. of this work (fn. 91), on the authority of the Anecdotes of Bowyer,) and that his son Sir Richard Jebb, the late celebrated physician, was born there.

John Atkins.

John Atkins, buried Dec. 12, 1757." Mr. Atkins, who had been a surgeon in the navy, resided, during the latter part of his life, at Plaistow, where he died, at the age of 73. He published a book called "the Navy Surgeon," and "Voyages to Africa and America," both which works were very favourably received.

Three children at a birth.

John, Henry, and Sarah, sons and daughter of John and Esther Flowerday, baptized Dec. 16, 1789."

Instances of longevity.

The following instances of longevity are recorded:—"George Westwood, aged 102, buried April 19, 1696; Arthur Bradshaw, aged about 100, Sep. 5, 1703."

Singular entry in the churchwardens' accounts.

The following remarkable entry occurs in the churchwardens' accounts for the year 1606:

Paid Mr. John Tailor of Stratford, in respect of the composition that he made with the King's Majesty's almoner, for the redeeming of the bell, —— 33s. 4d.

To two attourneys, their fees touching the redeeming of the bell, to either of them, 4s. 8d. (in toto) 9s. 4d."

Aaron Hill.

The celebrated poet and dramatic writer Aaron Hill, when he withdrew himself from public life, in 1738, retired to Plaistow in this parish; where he devoted himself to study, to the education of his family, and the culture of his garden. In this solitude he wrote several of his poems, and adapted to the English stage the tragedy of Merope, which was the last work that he lived to complete (fn. 92).


A charity-school was instituted in this parish as early as the year 1723, at first for 10 boys only, but by degrees it became extended to 30 boys and 30 girls. The number of girls has been since reduced to 20, and that of the boys increased to 40. Benefactions, to the amount of above 3000l. have been left to this school by various persons (fn. 93). The children are both taught and clothed, and the boys, on leaving the school, at the age of 14, receive 5l. each, as an apprentice-fee. The expences are defrayed with the interest of the capital, aided by voluntary subscriptions, and the collections at an annual charity-sermon.

Mrs. Bonnell's school.

Mrs. Sarah Bonnell, by her will, bearing date 1761, gave the sum of 3000l. in various stocks, for the purpose of building and endowing a school for poor girls. After Mrs. Bonnell's death, which happened in 1766, some doubts arose respecting the validity of some part of this donation, and a suit was instituted in Chancery. In the month of Dec. 1769, a decree was pronounced, by which the sums of 1500l. Bank stock, 18l. 5s. 1d. S. S. S. 279l. 10s. O.S.S.A. and 1701l. 14s. 11d. N.S.S.A. were vested in trustees, who were directed to pay the dividends to James Bonnell, Esq. brother of the deceased, during his life, and afterwards (the money necessary for building a school-house and settling the law expences having been deducted) to apply the interest as follows:

To the school-mistress, 20l.
— the writing-master, 15l.
— paper, pens, ink, &c. 5l.
— coals and candles, 5l.
— wearing apparel for the scholars, 100l.

The remainder to be appropriated in augmentation of the charity. A building, which had been erected in 1752, as a school of industry, was, in 1769, given by the treasurer and trustees of the charityschool, to the trustees of Mrs. Bonnell's school: forty girls are clothed and educated by Mrs. Bonnell's charity; the school-mistress and writing-master are chosen annually by the trustees.

On the east side of the churchyard are ten alms-houses for poor persons, to whom Mrs. Thomasine Gouge, anno 1755, left the sum of 1000l. 3 per cent. and the residue of her monies unbequeathed, which amounted to 300l. more in the same stock.

Various Benefactions.

Date. Donors Names. Nature, and present Value. Use.
1583. John Shipman, Rent-charge of 6l. per an. now only 4l. 10s. 8d. Poor.
1585. Robert Rampston, Rent-charge of 2l. per ann. Poor.
1591. Margt Lady Throgmorton, Rent-charge of 2l. per ann. 30 poor widows.
1592. Thomas Staples, Rent-charge of 1l. per ann. Poor.
1596. William Rooke, Rent-charge of 5l. per ann. Bread.
1599. Nicholas Avenant, 6 acres and a half of marshland, now 18l. per ann. 5l. 4s. for bread, the remainder for the vicar.
1609. Oliver Skinner (fn. 94), Rent-charge of 2l. per ann. Poor.
1616. Peter Blower, An acre of land, now 2l. per ann. Poor.
1618. Richard Pragell, Rent-charge of 5l. Poor.
1628. Richard Hales, Rent-charge of 2l. Poor of Plaistow at Christmas.
1631. William Fawcet, Rent-charge of 2l. 10s. 2l. poor, 10s. a sermon.
1633. Roger Harris, Rent-charge of 2l 12s. Coals for 12 poor persons.
1635. Sir Richard Fenn, Two houses, now let at 10l. Bread.
1645. Anne Lady Middelton, Rent-charge of 5l. 3l. to apprentice a child, 2l. for the poor.
1653. William Tuder, Land, now let at 4l. 5s. Half to be given in bread, half in money.
1653. Sir Jacob Gerrard, Lands, now let at 30l. per ann. 9l. to apprentice children, one of each ward. 1l. for a sermon (fn. 95). 12s. reader, clerk, and sexton. 13l. 8s. (being the remainder, after deducting a rent-charge of 3l. each to the parishes of Eastham and Gracechurch, London,) in equal shares to the poor of each ward.
1658. Eliz. Toppesfield (fn. 96), 2l. 10s. per ann. Six waistcoats for poor wom.
1679. William Davis, 4l. per ann. Waistcoats for 12 poor wom.
1680. Clement Pragell, 6l. per ann. 5l. poor, 1l. repair of tomb.
1684. Thomas Speight, and Hen. Stores, Marsh-land, now 4l. per ann. Poor.
1688. Sir Thomas Foot, 1l. 10s. 4d. (fn. 97) per ann. Poor.
1697. Daniel Ingole, Rent-charge of 10l. Fuel for 10 poor of Stratford ward; 5 of Churchstreet; and 5 of Plaistow.
1702. Mrs. Mary Batilhey, 10l. per ann. 1l. 10s. for a sermon on Good Friday.
1l. repair of vault.
2l. to teach children of Plaistow.
2l to teach children of Stratford.
2l. 10s. 8 poor widows of Plaistow and Church-str.
1l. bread to the poor of Plaistow.
1703. Sir William Humble, 60l. laid out in lands, now 2l. 9s. per ann. Bread.
1719. John Hiett, Esq. 5l. per ann. charged on Cobhams, To apprentice a diffenter's child born in Stratford ward; in default of which, any poor protestant child.
1726. Mrs. Sarah Bonnell (fn. 98), By deed, the interest of 200l. 3 per cents. 2l. 5s. gowns for 5 poor widows of Church-str. ward.
10s. 6d. for instructing a poor fatherless boy of the same ward.
2l. 19s. 6d. for coals.
1733. Samuel Sheppard, Interest of 200l. O.S.S.A. (6l.)
Interest of 50l. (2l.)
Sick poor. Coals.
1743. James Cooper, Interest of 600l. S. S. A. (18l.) 5l. poor housekeepers of Plaistow.
9l. coals to alms-houses and poor of Plaistow.
2l. 10s. bread, Plaistow and Westham.
1l. sermon. 10s. clerk.
1767. Peter Bigot, Esq. Rent-charge of 10l. per an. Shoes, stockings, and money, for poor women.
1777. Jeremiah Atkinson, Reversionary legacy of the interest of 300l. reduced ann. not yet dropped, in Coals.
1779. Margt Hodshon (fn. 99), 200l. laid out in 339l. E. I. annuit. the interest 10l. To apprentice a boy.
Unkn. Peter Ward, Land, now 8l. per ann. Poor.
Mary Gwillims, Rent-charge of 1l. 10s. Six poor widows.
Nicholas Peckover, Rent-charge of 2l. 20 poor widows of Stratford.
William Winn, The interest of 10l. (fn. 100), Poor at Christmas.

Westham waterworks.

Westham waterworks, which were established in the year 1745, supply the villages of Stratford, Bromley and Bow, Stepney, Bethnal-Green, and the lower part of Whitechapel: the property is divided into four shares. They are worked by a steam-engine, and water-engine. The proprietors have a reservoir at Mile-end.


There are two calicoe-printers in this parish, (Mr. Wagner and Mr. Williams,) who employ about 260 hands. Mr. Foster of Bromley has lately taken some premises near Angel-lane, for the same manufacture.


  • 1. Cart. 37 Hen. III. m. 13.
  • 2. Dugdale's Monasticon, vol. i. p. 883.
  • 3. Itinerary, vol. vii. p. 9.
  • 4. The manor and advowson of Westham (given by their founder); the manors of East Westham; Eastham; Playze; and Woodgrange, in Eastham and Westham; Holm-grange, in Westham; the manor and rectory of Leyton; the manors of Caldecote, Bursted (with the rectory); Cowbridge; Calwedon; Westhouse (in Bursted); Buckwynks (in Buttesbury); White's and Gurney's (in Bursted); Biggyn (in Chaldewell); Bumpsted; Sudbury; Lewisham; Beringers; Little Ilford; and Rayhouse; the rectory of Maplested; lands called Westlands, in Gynge Mounteney; messuages in Coryngham; marshes in Hadley and Little Thurrock; Buckhurst, alias Monkhill, in Woodford and Chigwell; divers lands and houses in Westham; houses in London, &c. &c.
  • 5. Pat. 32 Hen. III. m. 9. Licence to the abbot to inclose his wood of Leyton, within the forest. Cart. 37 Hen. III. 13. Grant of free-warren in Chigwell, Leyton, Westham, Woodford, Gynge Mounteney, Gynge Laundry, Gynge Radulphi, Gynge Joybird, Wand, Dunton, East Horndon, Caldewell, Thurrock Parva, Great Bursted and Little Bursted. Cart. 13 Edw. I. No 42 and 44. Inspeximus and confirmation of the charters of Henry and John. Pat. 35 Edw. I. m. 45. Licence to John de Lancaster to give the church of Eastham. Pat. 7 Edw. II. pt. 1. m. 6. Licence to purchase a messuage, and 100 acres of land, in Eastham, of Thomas de Bernsted. Pat. 9 Edw. II. pt. 1. m. 13. Pardon for buying lands, &c in Ilford and Westham. Pat. 9 Edw. II. pt. 2. m. 12. Lands at Eastham, given by John de Lancaster. Pat. 9 Edw. II. pt. 2. m. 25. Remission of a rent out of the manor of Bursted. Pat. 10 Edw. II. pt. 2. m. 12. Licence to John de Lancaster to give 40 acres of land in Eastham. Pat. 12 Edw. II. pt. 2. m. 22. Reversion of the manor of Eastham. Pat. 14 Edw. II. pt. 2. m. 20. Remission of a rent out of the manors of Sudbury and Ham. Pat. 5 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 27. A message, and 126 acres of land, at Leyton; given by Roger Samkyn and Edmund Basset. Pat. 10 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 10. A house and lands in Eastham, by Edmund Basset and Nicholas Cotes. Pat. 24 Edw. III. pt. 3. m. 3. A house in London. Pat. 27 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 19. Lands and rents in Eastham and Westham frith, by Sir Richard de Playz. See also Cl. 27 Edw. III. m. 17. Pat. 27 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 22. Lands and rents in Gynge Mounteney, and Hoton, by William de Dersham. Pat. 33 Edw. III. pt. 1. m. 13. Lands in Bursted. Pat. 45 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 30. Lands in Westham. Pat. 47 Edw. III. pt. 2. m. 35. Manor of Eastham. Pat. 3 Ric. II. pt. 2. m. 2. Confirmation of charters. Pat. 20 Ric. II. pt. 3. m. 9. Grant of liberties. Pat. 7 Hen. IV. pt. 2. m. 43. Confirmation of charters. Pat. 8 Hen. V. m. 8. An ample confirmation of former charters, &c.; in which are recited, Henry the Second's charter, which confirms the founder's donations, and several lands given by Luce Fitzmartin, Walter de Baalon, Sybil, wife of Norman, and Geoffrey de St. Eloy; the grange of Ledehall, given by William Fitz Eloy and his wife Emma; Thomely, given by Jordan and Rualdus his brother; the manor of Gynge, given by Godfrey de Revill; the manor of Cubige, given by Matthew Germin; Takely, by William, son of Alize; Filmere, by Richard de Montfichet, being of the fee of Ralph Fitz-Urse; Wokindom, given by William de Ane; the churches of Westham and Leye, given by Gilbert de Montfichet; the church of Greenford, given by Sybil, wife of Norman, &c. Richard the First's charter, which confirms the church of Bursted, and lands there given by Geffrey de Bellavalle; the manor of Bellingham, held under the monks of Canterbury; marshes, given by Henry de Essex; the manor of South Mersey, given by Walter de Wandlesore; the manor of Sudbury, given by the founder, and his servant Alan de Faleysey. Edward the Third's charter, which confirms the wood of Buckhurst in the forest, (given by the founder,) the licence of free-warren above mentioned; the licence for imparking Leyton-wood, and a market at Great Bursted. Pat. 3 Hen. VI. pt. 2. m. 15. Another confirmation of charters. Pat. 24 Hen. VI. pt. 1. m. 25. Grant to Thomas Bernwell to exchange the manor of Westham with the abbot and convent for certain lands in Havering. Pat. 4 Edw. IV. pt. 3. m. 12. Confirmation of charters. Pat. 16 Edw. IV. pt. 2. m. 10. A market and two fairs at Billericay. Pat. 19 Edw. IV. m. 29. Grant of two casks of wine annually from the port of London.
  • 6. Pat. 30 Hen. VIII. pt. 2. Feb. 15. Sir Peter Mewtas died, anno 1562, seised of the site of the monastery and ten messuages, ten tosts, four mills, 300 acres of arable, 200 of meadow, 100 of pasture, 50 of wood, 300 of marsh, &c. in Westham. Morant's History of Essex, vol. i. p. 19.
  • 7. Minister's accounts of this Abbey in the Augmentation-office.
  • 8. For the descent of this estate, I am indebted to Mr. James of Plaistow, and Mr. Holbrook.
  • 9. A cause relating to these repairs was determined in 1691. See Morant's History, vol. i. p. 20, 21. It is not Bow-bridge that is repaired by the owners of these lands, but a bridge called Chaners-bridge. See more particulars relating to it from ancient records, in vol. iii. p. 490, 491. of this work.
  • 10. There is no distinction in this survey between Eastham and Westham. A description of the estates of the church of Westminster in Ham has been already given, (p. 138.); the other estates are thus described: Robert Gernon holds Ham in demesne; which was held by Alestan, a freeman, in the reign of King Edward, for a manor, containing eight hides and 30 acres. This manor King William gave to Ranulph Piperell (Peverell) and Robert Gernon. There were, in King Edward's time, five ploughs on the demesne lands, now four; the tenants had then eight ploughs, now twelve; there were then 32 villans, now 48; then 16 bordars, now 79; always three slaves; pannage for 100 hogs; 60 acres of meadow; formerly nine mills, now eight. This manor was formerly valued at 161.; when the present owners came into possession, at 12 l; now at 24 l. Ranulph Peverell has a moiety of this manor. The said Ranulph had formerly, and has still, a packhorse, from the demesne lands of Robert. There was formerly one cow on this estate, now nine beasts; formerly six sheep, now twelve; formerly five hogs, now eleven. Osbern held 30 acres of this manor, and half a carucate, of Robert, valued at 10s. included in the aforesaid valuation. The said Robert holds another estate in Ham, which was, in King Edward's time, the property of Leured, a freeman, who held it for a manor of seven hides: there were always three ploughs on the demesne lands. The tenants, in King Edward's time, had seven ploughs, now thirteen; there were then 34 villans, now 38; then three bordars, now 26; then 19 slaves, now three: there is pannage for 700 hogs, and 50 acres of meadow; formerly eight beasts, now 15; formerly 20 hogs, now 34: there are now 180 sheep, four packhorses, and three hives of bees.—To this estate were added, in the reign of King William, three virgates of land, which Edwin, a free priest, held in the reign of King Edward: this land then employed a plough, but now has but half employment for one: on it are three bordars; there is pannage for ten hogs; and there are nine acres of meadow. The manor was valued, in King Edward's time, at 10l.; when the present owner took possession, at 7l.; now at 18l.; and to this manor adjoin 30 acres of land, held by a socman. Ilger holds eleven acres of this manor, on which are two bordars and one plough: this land is valued at 15s. included in the aforesaid valuation. The description of Ranulph Peverell's lands at Ham exactly corresponds with the first-mentioned manor of Robert Gernon, (it being their joint property,) except that the account of the stock somewhat varies. In the latter, it is said, that the stock, in King Edward's time, consisted of one packhorse, one cow, and three hogs; in King William's time, two horses, two soals, two cows, with their calves, 20 hogs, and 60 sheep. I think it probable, that this was the manor which William de Montfichet gave to the Abbey of Stratford, with the manor of Westham, described in his charter as the manor which belonged to Ranulphus the priest.
  • 11. Dugdale's Monasticon, vol. i.
  • 12. Pat. 24 Hen. VI. pt. 1. m. 25.
  • 13. Pat. 8 Jac. pt. 41. Oct. 5. No 5. The account of the manor, from this period, was obligingly communicated by William Harrison, Esq. of the Land-Revenue-office. Some farther particulars relating to the assignments of Mr. Booth's lease, are intended to be given in the Appendix.
  • 14. It was 3l. 13s. 4d. over, besides 30l. 15s. for timber.
  • 15. Pat. 7 Edw. VI. pt. 3. Mar. 24.
  • 16. From the information of Mr. James of Plaistow.
  • 17. Ibid.
  • 18. From the information of Rob. Comyn, Esq. of St. Paul's Churchyard.
  • 19. See p. 139.
  • 20. Cl. 27 Edw. III. m. 17.
  • 21. Pat. 7 Edw. VI. pt. 3. Mar. 24.
  • 22. See p. 140, 141.
  • 23. Ibid.
  • 24. Esch. 18 Edw. IV. No 46.
  • 25. Pat. 11 Hen. VIII. pt. 2. Aug. 18.
  • 26. See the grant to Heneage.
  • 27. Pat. 32 Hen. VIII. pt. 8. July 12.
  • 28. Pat. 18 Eliz. pt. 13. July 22.
  • 29. Cl. 25 Eliz. pt. 21.
  • 30. Pat. 26 Eliz. pt. 12. Mar. 2.
  • 31. Cl. 8 Jac. pt. 31.
  • 32. Morant's Essex, vol. i. p. 18.
  • 33. For the remainder of the descent of this manor, I am indebted to Mr. James of Plaistow.
  • 34. Esch. 5 Hen. V. No 53.
  • 35. See p. 163.
  • 36. Pat. 31 Eliz. pt. 5. Aug. 22.
  • 37. Pat. 39 Eliz. pt. 11. Jan. 31.
  • 38. Pat. 39 Eliz. pt. 8. Feb. 2.
  • 39. Morant, vol. i. p. 18.
  • 40. See more particulars relating to this manor in the Appendix.
  • 41. Viz. "All tithes of grain and hay (belonging to the rectory of Westham) arising from Stratford-Langthorne, and the tithes of Claphams, from the north side of the highway there to Ham-frith, and from Stratford-Langthorne, on the south side of the highway to the north of Green-street; and the tithes of Westney, as far as the parish church of Westham; and from thence by Upton Cross, and so by Portway to the south end of the highway called Green-lane."
  • 42. Records in the Augmentation-office.
  • 43. Ibid.
  • 44. He was son of Sir Allen Apsley, by Ann, only daughter and heir of Sir Peter Warrenor, Knt. who was elder brother of the Earl of Totness.—Title-deeds, obligingly communicated by Mr. Peacock of Chancerylane, whence the descent of this estate is taken.
  • 45. Cl. 21 Hen. VI. No 13.
  • 46. From the information of Mr. James of Plaistow.
  • 47. This rent went with the manor to George Booth, Esq. and was purchased of him, in 1724, by Sir George Merttins for the remainder of his term. Sir George left a son, who died in 1752, when this rent became vested in his sister and heir Philadelphia, the wife of Benjamin Greenwood, Esq. Their son George dying without issue, in 1777, the said rent is now vested in William Cope, Esq. who married Anne, his sister and heir.
  • 48. The descent of this estate was obligingly communicated by William Harrison, Esq. of the Land-Revenue-office.
  • 49. Harl. MSS. Brit. Mus. No 7389.
  • 50. Underneath the date is the following inscription: This is the gate of everlasting life.
  • 51. 1. The Royal arms within a rich border. 2. Arg. a chevron, and in the dexter chief point a tresoil slipped Sab.—Foot, impaling Az. two bends checky O. and G.—Mott. 3. The Grocers' arms. 4. Az. a lion ramp. Arg. within an orle of half fleur de lis issuing from the sides of the escutcheon. 5. Sab. a chevron between three bulls' heads caboshed Arg. 6. Az. a fleur de lis Or.
  • 52. In the Augmentation-office.
  • 53. Sir Arthur, father of the first Lord Onslow, married one of the coheirs of Sir Thomas Foot.
  • 54. Holman's MSS. in the library of Thomas Astle, Esq. F. R. A. S.
  • 55. Both standing: he is represented in his Lord Mayor's robes; she is in a close dress, richly ornamented with lace.
  • 56. By his wife Elizabeth he had four daughters; 1. —, married to Sir John Cutler, Bart. 2. Mary, (married to Sir Arthur Onslow, Bart.) buried at Westham, March 29, 1706. 3. Sarah, (married to Sir John Lewis, Bart.) buried at Westham, Feb. 5, 1706. 4. Priscilla, (married to Sir Francis Rolle, Knt.) buried at Westham, July 9, 1708. The arms on Sir Thomas Foot's monument are, Quarterly, 1 and 4. Arg. a chevron S. in the dexter chief point, a trefoil of the second—Foot. 2 and 3. O. a cross engrailed party per pale S. and G.—Brook, impaling Quarterly, 1 and 4. Az. two bends lozengy O. and G.—Mott. 2 and 3. S. a crescent within an orle of billets Or.
  • 57. Inscription—" Near this monument is interred the body of James Cooper, late of this parish, Gent.; who departed this life the 4th day of December 1743, aged 80 years; and desired that, under his effigies, after his name and age, to be written this (or to this purpose): I believed in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; also the resurrection: And whilst I liv'd, I put my trust in his divine protection. But now interred, I'm cover'd o'er with dust; Reader, prepare, for thereunto you must. He was a good Christian, a sincere friend, and a liberal benefactor to the poor of this parish; besides his other extensive charities, too large to be here inserted. This truth was added by his friends and executors."
  • 58. Arms—G. 3 stags' heads caboshed O.
  • 59. Arms—Arg. on a bend Az. three dolphins embowed O. impaling Faldo.
  • 60. These coats are almost obliterated.—The Goldsmiths' arms are easily distinguishable. In another escutcheon are three coats; the dexter very much resembles that of the see of Canterbury; the centre coat is three birds; the sinister, on a chevron between three garbs, as many tons. In another escutcheon is a shakefork.
  • 61. Arms—Arg. on a chevron engrailed Erm. between three rooks proper, impaling Az. a fesse Arg. between three chessrooks O.—borne by Rookes.
  • 62. Inscription— "Mrs. Elizabeth Tollet, daughter of George Tollet, Esq. Commissioner of the Navy in the reign of Queen Anne. Ob. Feb. 1, 1754, aged 60; and is buried under this marble. Religion, justice, and benevolence appeared in all her actions; and her poems, in various languages, are adorned with extensive learning, applied to the best purposes." Mrs. Tollet spent the latter part of her life in this parish. A volume of her poems was published after her death, among which are some in Latin, which have considerable merit. In the early part of her life, she was honoured with the friendship of Sir Isaac Newton, who was much pleased with some of her first essays. George Tollet, Esq. the commentator upon Shakespeare, was her nephew. Biograph. Dramatica.
  • 63. Dr. Smith died on the 26th of Dec. at Stratford in this parish. He was a physician of considerable eminence; and had been for some time Alderman of Towerward. In 1772, he published a work intitled "Formulæ Medicamentorum; or, a Compendium of the Modern Practice of Physic; to which is prefixed, an Essay on the Effects and Uses of Blood-letting."
  • 64. Arms—Quarterly, 1. Az. two bars wavy Erm. on a chief O. a demi-lion ramp. Ermines—Smyth. 2. Bendy of six Arg. and Az. a chief Erm.—Shirley of Isfield, Sussex. 3. Arg. a chevron S. between three mascles Sab.—Stavely. 4. Erm. a cross flory G.—Grindall, impaling Arg. on a bend between six mullets G. a cross pateé of the field—Legard. Sir James Smyth was created a baronet in 1714. He was grandson of Sir Robert Smyth of Upton, created a baronet in 1665; and ancestor of the present Sir Hervey Smyth.
  • 65. The arms on this monument are Toppesfield, and its quarterings,—Viz. Quarterly of six. 1 and 6. G. on a chevron Erm. three martlets S.—Toppesfield. 2. O. three bars G.—Muschamp. 3. Checky O and G. on a chief Arg. a lion passant S. 4. Az. on a fesse indented Arg. three martlets G.—Bredinghurst. 5. Arg. on a chevron G. between three mascles S. as many martlets O.—Welbeck. On the same monument is the following coat: Arg. on a bend Az. three pistols O. impaling, a saltier.
  • 66. Arms—O. on a bend Az. a bezant; in the sinister chief point a rose G all within a border S. charged with escallops O. impaling Az. a fesse party per pale G and V. between three owls Arg.—Harward. Col. Scott married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Harward, Esq.
  • 67. He was created a baronet in 1665, and was ancestor of the present Sir Robert Smyth.
  • 68. Arms—Quarterly, 1 and 4. two pales between five cross crosslets in saltier S.—Buckeridge. 2 and 3. Arg. a sesse between three martlets S.; on an escutcheon of pretence G. two bars O. charged with six mascles of the field, on a canton O. a leopard's face S.
  • 69. His widow, Margaret, died in 1741, aged 95. His daughter Frances married— Ball.
  • 70. Arms—G. a chevron between three etoiles O. impaling S. a chevron Arg.
  • 71. Arms—Az. a chevron Erm. between three spears' heads O.
  • 72. The arms on the monument of Mrs. Mighells and Mrs. Gascoigne are, Az. a chevron between three eagles displayed O. impaling S. three bendlets wavy Arg. on a chief G. a lion passant Or.
  • 73. He was the first chaplain of the Magdalen Hospital; and published a sermon preached at its opening.
  • 74. He married Jane Davis, by whom he had a daughter, Elizabeth, married to George Tollet, Esq.
  • 75. Inscription—" The remains of Jeremiah Dummer of New England, Esq. distinguished by his excellent learning, probity, and humanity; his age 58.—1739."—This inscription is covered by a pew, which Mr. Cropley the vicar obligingly caused to be removed, in order that it might be copied. Mr. Dummer was buried on the 26th of May 1739, as appears by the parish register. He was Governor of New England; and, about the year 1737, published a pamphlet in defence of the charters of that colony. He wrote also a poem called "Plaistow," printed in the Gentleman's Magazine for the year 1733.
  • 76. P. 598.
  • 77. See a circumstance somewhat similar, p. 260.
  • 78. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Jacob, Esq.
  • 79. He married Margaret, daughter of Marmaduke Tweng, Esq. of Yorkshire.
  • 80. He married, 1. Hester, relict of John Walbanck. 2. Margaret, daughter of Richard Okeham.
  • 81. Holman's Essex Collections, in the library of Thomas Astle, Esq. F.R.A.S.
  • 82. Inscription—" Here lieth interred the body of George Edwards, Esq. F. R.S. who departed this life the 23d of July 1773, aged 81 years; formerly Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians; in which capacity, as well as in private life, he was universally and deservedly esteemed. His Natural History of Birds will remain a monument of his knowledge."— Mr. Edwards was born at Stratford in this parish, on the 3d of April 1693. He shewed an early inclination towards the study of natural history; which procured him the acquaintance and friendship of Dr. Mead, Martin Folkes, and Sir Hans Sloane. By the recommendation of the latter, he was appointed Librarian to the College of Physicians, in 1733. In the year 1769, he retired to a small house at Plaistow in this parish, where he died. Mr. Edwards published seven volumes in quarto, of subjects in natural history, containing above 600 not before described. A general Index to his works, with the Linnæan names (completed by Linnæus himself, who honoured him with his friendship and correspondence); his papers, collected from the Philosophical Transactions, and Memoirs of his Life, were published in 1776. (Nichols's Anecdotes of Bowyer, p. 120–122.)
  • 83. Dugdale's Monasticon, vol. i. p. 883.
  • 84. See p. 254.
  • 85. Newcourt, vol. ii.
  • 86. Pat. 14 Car. 1. pt. 6. June 11. No 1. By this act he proved a great benefactor to his successors, and seems to have done no disservice to the Crown; for it appears that the vicarial tithes were granted by Hen. VIII. on a lease of twenty-one years, at the annual rent of 21l. 6s. 8d. to Francis Mynne; and were, in the reign of Charles I. held at the same rent by Francis Winterton, of whom Blower purchased.
  • 87. Parliamentary Surveys, Lamb. MS. Library.
  • 88. Strype's Life of Cranmer, p. 275, 276.
  • 89. There are 318 houses in the ward of Church-street, or Westham, viz.
    In and near the village, 140
    Flowerpot-lane, 9
    Upton-row, 17
    Upton, 19
    In the forest, 37
    Vicarage-lane, 9
    A part of Stratford-green, 29
    Brickfields, 16
    In and near the abbey precincts, &c. 42
    In Plaistow ward there are 173 houses.
    In Stratford, 449
    Angel-lane 49
    Maryland-point, 34
    A part of Stratford-green, 23
    The Grove, 11
    In Stratford-Langthorne ward 566, viz.
  • 90. Deducting 310 from the inhabitants for the schools and workhouses, and 60 from the number of houses, (being the amount of those uninhabited,) the average will not much differ from the above, being 5 511/997, or somewhat more than 5½.
  • 91. P. 493.
  • 92. Biographia Dramatica.
  • 93. Some of the principal benefactions were as follows: Mrs. Mary Battilhey, anno 1701, left 4l. per annum for teaching poor children of Plaistow and Stratford wards.
    1732. Mr. S. Sheppard, 100
    1743. Dame Susanna Blunt, 100
    1744. James Cooper, 50
    1747. Edward Flower, 300
    1755. Mrs. Thomasine Gouge, 200
    1760. Thomas Bettesworth, Esq. 500
    1766. Richard Newman, Esq. 100
    1770. John White, Esq. 50
    1772. Richard Wight, 500
    1774. James Wall, Esq. £. 100
    1778. James Manby, Esq. 250
    Henry Hinde, Esq. 100
    1787. Mrs. Susanna Matthews, 100
    1788. Obadiah Agace, 50
    Mr. James Cooper gave 50l. to apprentice 10 boys; Mrs. Hester Gyles, anno 1746, gave 100l. to apprentice five boys and five girls; Mrs. Elizabeth Rawston, her sister, the same sum, to the like use; and Mrs. Thomasine Gouge, anno 1755, 100l. also, to apprentice 10 children.
  • 94. He left 30l. to be said out in lands for the repair of his family tomb.
  • 95. On the 9th of January, if on a Sunday; if not, on the Sunday following; to commemorate his deliverance from danger of death by perjury, or subornation of perjury.
  • 96. She gave also the sum of 30l. to purchase a stock of coals every year, to be sold at prime cost.
  • 97. The legacy left by Sir Thomas Foot was formerly more valuable; but by the insolvency of the South Sea Company was reduced to 126l. 10s. O.S.S.A., 103l. 14s. 8d. N.S.S.A., and 20l. 2s. 8d. S.S.S.; the interest of which is divided between this and four other parishes.
  • 98. This was the same lady who afterwards founded the girls' school.
  • 99. She gave also the sum of 30l. to purchase lands for the purpose of keeping her family tomb in repair.
  • 100. With this sum, 20l. given by Mrs. Colchester, and 20l. 9s. 9d. added by the parish, was purchased some South Sea stock, which now produces 1l. 15s. per annum, given to the poor.
  • 101. These manors are not to be found in the bailiff's accounts at the time of the surrender; it is probable, therefore, that they had been alienated before.
  • 102. In the Westham workhouse there were, in March 1796, 125 paupers; in the London workhouse, near Westham Abbey, 38.