The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas


Cure's College.


In , this college was founded by Thomas Cure, esq. sadler to king Edward VI. queen Mary, and queen Elizabeth, and who several times represented this borough in parliament. The number of poor to be received therein was . He appointed the chief justice of the Common Pleas for the time being to be president, and gave him the nomination of of the out of the poor of this parish. other to be chosen by the churchwardens, or of the governors within the borough and parish; the remaining to be of the parish of St. Saviour, within the borough of ; whereof to be taken out of the Liberty of the Clink and Paris-garden, and the remaining within the borough and parish. The electors were to be, . The parson, vicar, curate, minister, or by whatever name he might be called, that should be incumbent and resident in the parish for the celebration of divine worship, and for the administration of the sacrament; and not he that should ; then the churchwardens, of the ancientest and discreetest vestrymen (and sidesmen, if any such) the collectors for the poor, and the constables of the parish within the liberty of . He gives a long description of the persons who should be eligible, and of the manner of their election and admission, and the government of the college. Each was to receive per week; they were to choose from among themselves a warden, and sub-warden: prayers to be said every morning and evening. The following fees were to be paid out of the rents: to the lord chief justice of the Common Pleas, president of the college, pair of gloves, of the price of yearly, on the day of Michaelmas term, at his house or chamber in London, to be presented to him by of the poor of the college, to be appointed by the governors or paymaster; to the governors yearly to be spent by them amongst their brethren, the vestrymen, at the time of their accompts of receipts and payments; the


paymasters ; the clerk to keep the books of accompt, ; the minister resident in St. Saviour, so long as he shall take pains to instruct the poor at the college in needful points of religion; to of the constables ; the residue of the rents to repair the buildings, put out the children of these poor people, or to the most needy amongst themselves, baying billets, faggots, or coals; and if a surplus, to buy gowns and other necessaries.

Mr. Cure's son and Mrs. Appleyard made some addition to the weekly allowance.

Of these statutes there is a copy in the hands of the college warden, beautifully written on vellum, the capital letters in leaf gold, making a quarto volume, bound in red morocco, the leaves gilt on the edges, the covers ornamented. Unfortunately it has been much injured by dirty fingers, defacings, and erasures; the latter of which, it is remarkable, have been practised where the amount of the annual rent has been mentioned.

A considerable portion of the alms-houses have been rebuilt in a neat and appropriate style.

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CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda