Michael's (St.) Cornhill - Middle Temple

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Michael's (St.) Cornhill

On the south side of Cornhill, in Cornhill Ward, at No. 42 (P.O. Directory). The parish is in Cornhill and Broad Street Wards.

Earliest mention found in records : Alnothus the priest gave it to the Abbot and Con vent of Evesham in 1055, who granted it to Sparling the Priest about 1133 (Chr. of Evesham, p. 75, Rolls S.).

Mentioned in inquisition of London Churches, 1181 (MS. D. and C. St. Paul's, H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 68).

It had a cloister on the south side and a pulpit cross in the churchyard (S. 196-7).

Steeple built 1421 (ib.). Church repaired 1475, 1551 and 1574 (Overall, p. x.), 1618-19-20-33 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 143).

Burnt in the Fire and rebuilt by Wren 1672. Tower not destroyed by the Fire but rebuilt 1722.

Beautified and repaired 1701 (Strype, ib.), 1790, (Overall, p. xviii.).

Interior restored 1858-60.

A Rectory. Patron : Abbot of Evesham (Lib. Cost. 31 Ed. I. p. 237).

Transferred to the Drapers' Co. 19 H. VII. 1503 (Newcourt, I. 481), in whose patronage it remains (P.C. 1732).

Parishes of St. Peter le Poor and St. Benet Fink united to it (P.O. Directory).

See Anne's (St.) Fraternity.

Armour belonging to the Ward of Cornhill was kept in the steeple of St. Michael's church (Inquest Book, 1571-1651, p. 6, quoted Overall, p. xxv.).

The church possesses 12 bells (ib. p. xxvi.).

Michael's (St.) Cornhill Churchyard

Graveyard (disused) on the south side of the Church (Leake, 1666-O.S. 1880).

Stow says there was a churchyard in his time on the north side, afterwards occupied by four tenements (S. 196).

Michael's (St.) Hill

Near Crooked Lane. Mentioned in Proc. in Chancery, temp. Q. Elizabeth, I. 274.

Probably identical with St. Michael's Lane (q.v.).

Michael's (St.) Lane, Seint Micheles-lane

See Miles' Lane.

Middelborr Alley, Royal Mint Street

See Peter's Court.

Middell Alley

See Middle Row, Newgate Street.

Middelton Alley

See Moundevyle Aley.

Middle Court

In Bartholomew Close, in Farringdon Ward Without (P.C. 1732).

Not named in the maps.

Middle New Street

East out of Great New Street at No. 18 and New Street Square, Fetter Lane (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Without.

First mention : Horwood, 1799.

Middle Row

In Newgate Street, extending from Blow bladder street to Newgate Market (Leake, 1666). In Farringdon Ward Within.

First mention : "Middell Aly," 12 H. VIII. 1520 (L. and P. H. VIII. III. (1), p. 397).

Other forms : "Modell Ally," 1543 (L. and P. H. VIII. XVIII. (1), p. 449).

A row of shops for butchers, etc.

Not rebuilt after the Fire.

Middle Row

At the southern end of Giltspur Street, between the street and St. Sepulchre's Church, in Farringdon Ward Without.

Shown in O. and M. 1677, and Rocque, 1746.

The passage between the houses and the church in Rocque is called "Sepulchres Alley."

See Sepulchre's (St.) Alley.

Removed 1760 for the widening of the roadway (Gent. Mag. Lib. XV. 228).

So named from its situation in the middle of the roadway.

Middle Row

See Little Old Bailey.

Middle Street

West out of Cloth Street to King Street and Cloth Fair (P.O. Directory). In Farringdon Ward Without.

First mention : O. and M. 1677.

So called from its being in the middle, between Long Lane north and New Street south.

Middle Temple

One of the Inns of Court (q.v.).

On the western side of the Temple precincts, to the west of Middle Temple Lane (P.O. Directory).

The Gate-house was repaired by Sir Amias Paulet, temp. H. VIII. (S. 404).

Buildings more numerous at first than those of the Inner Temple.

Much anxiety felt in 1674 as to the effect on the Society of the erection of buildings on the grounds of Essex House (H. MSS. Com. 4th Rep. 227).

Destroyed by fire 1678-9 (ib. 12th Rep. vii. and 155 and rebuilt.

See Temple and Middle Temple Hall.