The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
At present rented as a carpet warehouse. The entrance to the
| premises is under a large arch, with Corinthian pillars at the sides, and on the key-stone a bust of Inigo Jones, and the arms of the company. Within is a pleasant area, intersected by gravelled walks and grass plats, on the south side of which is the hall: this consists of a Doric basement, (having porticoes of the same order at the east and west ends) supporting a rustic story, ornamented with pediments, cornices, &c. The original roofing was of oak, but that has long given place to a stuccoed ceiling, (of the date of ), on which the royal arms, and those of the city and company, are displayed in alternate sexagon and circular pannels, surrounded by festoons, scrolls, and branches. A few divisions of the ancient east window, with pointed tops, are yet visible; and in those are the carpenters' arms, in stained glass. The flooring is of marble, but is at present covered with wood, for the joint purpose of warmth and preservation. The house now used for the company's business, stands nearly contiguous, in a small court, and is embellished in front by Ionic pilasters, a pediment and Venetian window. The portraits of William Portington, esq. |
who died in , at the age of ; and John Scot, esq.
are mentioned by Strype as being in the old hall of this company.
On the north side of is the