Inhabitants of London in 1638: Trinity the Less

The Inhabitants of London in 1638. Originally published by Society of Genealogists, London, 1931.

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T C Dale, 'Inhabitants of London in 1638: Trinity the Less', in The Inhabitants of London in 1638, (London, 1931) pp. 184-186. British History Online [accessed 22 May 2024].

T C Dale. "Inhabitants of London in 1638: Trinity the Less", in The Inhabitants of London in 1638, (London, 1931) 184-186. British History Online, accessed May 22, 2024,

Dale, T C. "Inhabitants of London in 1638: Trinity the Less", The Inhabitants of London in 1638, (London, 1931). 184-186. British History Online. Web. 22 May 2024,


MS. p. 313.

An account of the rents of the several houses situate in the parish of Trinity the Less in London, of the tithes and all other the profits of the Rectory there; made and returned according to order given the 21st of May, 1638.

Upon Wednesday the 2nd of May there was a warrant sent downe from the King's most excellent majesty, divers Lords and others of the most honble privy counsell to value the dwelling houses there and return certificate of the true estate of that parsonage. Upon Monday the 7th of May there was a meeting of the parishioners for another occasion, when I shewed my neighbours the warrant and desired their aid and assistance in this intricate work: my answer was from them they had no order for it: since when I had no conference with them, neither did they shew any readiness to yoke with me: whereby I am constrained alone to set to the work which I neither well understand nor have any great will to meddle in; knowing their return and mine will be of vast difference, I shall be charged with unconscionable dealing, which imputation I am not content to endure because I am unwilling to deserve it.

The parish is not a place of trading, few shopkeepers in it, most of the inhabitants make no shew outward but use their employments inward It stands in several wards and is inhabited as followeth:

Queenehith Ward
Mr Dawson, printer, his house 24
Usually went for £30 and a fine.
Mr. Watkin, a clothworker, a fine 10
Mr. Plaistor, a bricklayer 8
Mr. Redmaine of the Guard, a fine 10
Mr. Wilson, a Calendar 20
Mr. Hatfield, clothworker 14
Mr. Hodgeson, clothworker 8
G[oodman] Atkinson, a lighterman 8
Mr. Mason, a draper 10
The Painters' Hall hath been letten reserving their own use 24
Richd. Hamson, parish clerk 4
Widow Rich, a chandler 4
- Finch, imbroider 4
Mr. Allam, clothworker 12
Mr. Byrkit, clothworker 10
Mr. Dickons, marchant 28
Mr. Mervin, free mason 12
Mr Fletcher, silk dyer 14
Goodman Pullip, a porter 4
Geo. Insworth, tailor 4
Mr. Wilson, bricklayer 8
Mr. Griffin, clothworker 6
Widow Hinton 10
Thos. Crump, a victualler 10
G[oodman] Winne, clothworker 3
John Angel, waterbearer 3
Anthony Box, tobacco pipe maker 4
G[oodman] Mason, tailor 4
G[oodman] Burdon, tailor 4
Goodman Glasse, a porter 4
Mr. Bowden, clothworker 10
The rents of this ward after this valuation come to £333.
The tithe now payables £23   13    0
MS. p. 313a.
Bread St. Ward.
Mr. Graves, shoemaker 8
Mr. Westerne, draper 8
Goodman Reynes, taylor 6
Mr. Shilton, taylor 6
Goodman Glynn, taylor 6
Widows Harrison and Greenfield 4
Mr How, my Lord Mayor's officer 6
Goodman Small, hotpresser 8
Mr. Flud, clothworker 8
Mr. Price, taylor 5
Mr. Fowell, merchant 20
Widow Welsher 6
Mr. Palmer 8
Mr. Grymes, merchant 20
Mr Blades, wine cooper 8
The rent of this ward is 127
The tithe of the same paid at present is 9/5/4
Cordwayners Ward.
Adam Byrkit, clothworker 8
Mr Weston, taylor 8
- Winnhall, a victualler 12
Goodman Rybone, porter 4
Goodman Smith, clothworker 10
Mr. Turner, woollen draper 30
Mr. Wetherall, clothworker his house and cellar 20
Mr. Cooke, merchant; pays £16 per anm. to the use of the poor, his rent besides is £50 which I value at 36
Mr. Tomlins, freemason 6
Thos. Beda, victualler 10
Mr Hanson, scrivener 20
Mr Hill, haberdasher 10
Mr Cooper, chandler 10
Mr. Flecknoe, taylor 7
Mr. Boaz, taylor 6
Evan Phillips, saleman 6
- Cox, taylor 6
- Clatery, hatband maker 6
Mr. Runham, taylor 6
Mr. Tassall, taylor 6
Rowland Smith, taylor 8
John Hollins, taylor 12
Mr. Woossencroft, hotpresser 10
Mr. Jones, taylor 6
Reynold Casten, cooper 12
Mr. Farmer 14
The rent of this ward is £289
The present tithe is 18/0/4
MS. p. 314.
Vintry Ward.
Mr. Joseph Davyes 24
Mr. Downing, chirurgion 16
Mrs Carlton, widow 16
Mr Hooke, clothworker 16
Mr Tissicke, vintener 50
Mrs. Hobby, widow 8
Mr. Bradgate, merchant 20
John Millist, baker 20
Pointer, clothworker 6
An old house uninhabited 7
Gough, clothworker 10
Burdon, hotpresser 10
Charne, silkweaver 6
Mr. Summerson, clothworker 10
Mr. Dodgin, clothworker 10
The rent of this ward is £229
The tithe paid at this time is 11/15/8
The whole tithe belonging to the parsonage is 62 14 4
There is a tenement settled upon the incumbent for the time being, worth by the year clearly 10 0 0
The dwelling house of the parson is hardly worth 7 0 0
The profits of Christenings, marriages and burials cannot be more valued one year with another than 5 0 0
The Easter offerings uncertain may be rated at 2 0 0
The whole profits of this Rectory arise to 87 4 4
Deductions to be considered for the parson
The first fruits are upon 8 0 0
The tenths are yearly 16/5, acquittance -4 16 9
Each entire subsidy is 28/- and acquittance -/8 1 8 8
The archiepiscopal procurations 4/- and acquittance -/4 4 4
The episcopal procurations 4/- and acquittance -/4 4 0
The archidiaconal procurations yearly 2 6
A pension yearly paid my patrons of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Canterbury 1 4 0
more for the tenement the parson enjoys and for two acquittances 3 0
And I pray allowances for losses yearly to be considered 3 0 0
These deductions are 15 3 5
The rents of the whole parish after the rate of my valuation arise to 978 0 0

I have not set down any particular in this certificate but as it hath been, is, or now may be let, with advantage. I perceive the citizens purpose to run so low that if the ministers look not about, their reports will make us worse than we were before. His most excellent Majestie hath the matter wholly and humbly submitted unto him; howsoever it speed with my personal profit I would be loath to wrong the place or my successors.

Edward Harrison,

Rector of Trinity the less