Londina Illustrata. Graphic and Historical Memorials of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Schools, Charitable Foundations, Palaces, Halls, Courts, Processions, Places of Early Amusement, and Modern Present Theatres, in the Cities and Suburbs of London and Westminster, Volume 1

Wilkinson, Robert


St. Alphage Church.


The age of the original structure, which was dedicated to the above saint, is unknown: but it must have been of very considerable antiquity, since it appears to have

been of old in the gift of the Deans of St. Martin-le-Grand, in London, and probably was given, at least confirmed, to that collegiate church by William the Conqueror (among several others, in and without the city); for, by his charter to that church, bearing date


, he grants to it in these words, viz.

Concedo etiam in omnes ecclesias, et omnes decimas, terras quoque, et domos, quas fideles Christi infra London, vel extra, jam dedere vel in futurum donabunt. Hæc igitur omnia, &c.

It continued in the presentation of the above Deans till the year , when John Kemp, Bishop of London, presented to the rectory, by lapse. It then reverted to the Dean, till Henry VII. having taken the whole into his possession, presented to this living in . In it was under the patronage of the Abbot and Convent of , then under the patronage of the Bishop of ; and, perhaps during the period of Bishop Thirlby's dilapidations, it was presented by Sir Rowland Hill, Lord Mayor of London, for that turn. However, Edward VI. in , granted the patronage to the Bishops of London, who have ever since continued patrons.

From the testimonies of the various historians of London, Stow, Newcourt, and Mr. Reading, in his Account of Sion College, subjoined to his Catalogue of that Library, we are induced to believe that the antient structure of St. Alphage occupied the ground now covered by a part of Cripplegate Buildings; and that the churchyard, situated at the east end, is the original place of sepulture belonging to the church, opposite Sion College. That was certainly its situation when the dissolution of monasteries took place, in the reign of Henry VIII.; when it was desecrated, and converted to be a carpenter's yard, though some respect was paid to the ashes of the dead; and the ground for burials not having been profaned, has continued to be appropriated for the sacred purposes for which it was originally intended, to the present period. It is inclosed on the south side by a brick wall, in the centre of which is a gate: the north side is bounded by the venerable city wall.

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 Title Page
 Howell's View of London
 View of the Fire of London
 City Wall
 The Conduits of Cheapside and Cornhill
 Plan of the Fire in Bishopsgate Street, Cornhill, and Leadenhall Street: November 7th, 1765
Frost Fair on the River Thames
 Part of the Strand: St. Clement's Danes
 Ancient Structure in Ship Yard: Temple Bar
 St. Paul's Cross and Cathedral: With King James I and his Court at a Sermon
 Ancient Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London
 Paul's Cross (and Preaching There)
Elsinge Spital, Sion College, and the Church of St. Alphage, London Wall
 Elsinge's Hospital; or, as it is otherwise denominated, Elsynge Spittle
 Sion College
 The Priory and Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield
 The Church of St. Bartholomew the Less: Giltspure Street, West Smithfield, in the Ward of Farringdon Without
Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate Street
The Priory and Church of St. Helen, Bishopsgate Street
 Monument of Sir Andrew Judde, Knight: In the Church of St. Helen, Bishopsgate Within
St. Michael's Church: Cornhill
The Parish Church of St. Paul, Shadwell: In the County of Middlesex
 The Parish Church of St. Peter upon Cornhill: In Cornhill Ward
Extracts from the Vestry Books of the Church of St. Peter upon Cornhill
 St. Saviour's Church
 St. Saviour's Church, Southwark
 Winchester Palace, Southwark
 Chapels at the Eastern End of the Church of St. Saviour, Southwark
 Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
 An Account of Bermondsey, its Manor, Priory, and Abbey
 Priory of the Holy Trinity: In the Ward of Aldgate
 St. Martin-le-Grand College, and St. Vedast, Foster Lane
 Guildhall Chapel
 A short Account of Lazar Houses in and near London
 Knightsbridge Chapel
 Lambe's Chapel and Alms-Houses: Monkwell Street, Cripplegate
 The late Mr. Skelton's Meeting House, Erected Near the Site of the Globe Theatre, Maid Lane, Southwark
 Zoar Street, Gravel Lane, Meeting House and School
 Oratory, Under the Antient Mansion, or Inn, of the Priors of Lewes in Sussex
 Whitehall: Plate I
 Whitehall: Plate II
 Whitehall: Plate III
 St. James's Palace
 Fawkeshall, or Copped Hall, Surrey
 Toten-Hall, Tottenham Court Road
 King John's Palace
 Clarendon House, called also Albemarle House
 Somerset House
 Suffolk House
 York House
 Durham, Salisbury, and Worcester Houses
 Sir Paul Pindar's House
 Montagu House: Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury
 The British Museum
 Bedford House, Bloomsbury Square
 Peterborough House, afterward Grosvenor House, Millbank, Westminster
 Craven House, Drury Lane
 Ancient Mansion called Monteagle House: Montague Close, Southwark
 Oldbourne Hall, Shoe Lane: In the Parish of St. Andrew, Holborn