The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
St. Anthony's Hospital.
On the north side of , in the parish of St. Benet Fink, near where the French church stands, was formerly the hospital of St. Anthony, some time a cell to that of St. Anthony of Vienna. It appears king Henry III. granted to the brotherhood of St. Anthony of Vienna a place amongst the Jews, which was some time their synagogue, and had been built by them, about the year . But the Christians obtained of the king, that it should be dedicated to our blessed lady: and since, an hospital being there built, was called St. Anthony's of London. It was founded in the parish of St. Benet Fink, for a master, priests, school master, and poor men: after which foundation, amongst other things given to this hospital, was a messuage and garden, whereon was built a large free-school, and other parcel of ground, containing feet in length, and feet in breadth, in the parish of St. Benet Fink. This was given to the master of the hospital, to the enlarging of their church, and house to the same belonging, for a master, priests, &c. in the of Henry VI.
King Henry VI. in the of his reign, gave to John Carpenter, doctor of divinity, master of St. Anthony's hospital, and to his brethren and their successors for ever, his manor of Ponington, with the appurtenances, with certain pensions and portions of Milburn, Turneworth, Charlton, and Up wimburne, in the county of Southampton, towards the maintenance of scholars in the University of Oxford, to be brought up in the faculty of arts, after the rate of per week for every scholar: so that the said scholars, before their going to Oxford, be instructed in the rudiments of grammar at the college of Eaton, founded by the said king.
In the year , Edward the IVth granted to William Say, bachelor of divinity, master of the hospital of St. Anthony's, to have priests, clerks, scholars, poor men, and brethren of the same, clerks or laymen, choristers, proctors, messengers, and other things whatsoever, like as the prior and convent of St. Anthony of Vienna, &c. This hospital was annexed, united, and appropriated unto the collegiate church of St. George in Windsor, about the year , as was reported by sir Anthony Baker, master of the said hospital, to sir John Woolfborne, knt. and other commissioners in the of Henry VIII.
The proctors of this house were to collect the benevolence of
|charitable persons towards the building and supporting thereof: and among other things remarkable in this place, Mr. Stow says, he remembered that the officers charged with the oversight of the markets in this city, did several times take from the market-people pigs starved, or otherwise unwholesome for man's sustenance; these they used to slit in the ear; and of the proctors for St. Anthony's having tied a bell about the neck of of them, and turned it to feed on the dunghills, no man would hurt or take it up, but if any gave them bread, or other feeding, such they would know, watch for, and daily follow, whining till they had somewhat given them : from whence arose the proverb, that such a would follow such a , and whine like an Anthony pig. But if of these pigs grew to be fat, and came to good liking, as oftentimes they would, then the proctor took it up for the use of the hospital.|
Since the annexing this hospital to Windsor College, in the year , the of Henry VII. sir John Tate, some time ale-brewer, then a mercer, caused his brew-house, called the Swan, near adjoining to the said free chapel, college, or hospital of St. Anthony, to be taken down for the enlarging of the church, which was then newly built; toward the building whereof the said Tate gave great sums of money.
This goodly foundation having a free-school and alms-houses for poor men, built of hard stone, adjoining to the west end of the church, was of old time confirmed by Henry VI. in the year .
Sir John Tate deceased , and was there buried in a monument by him prepared, as appeareth by an indenture tripartite, made between the said John Tate, the dean of Windsor, and William Milbourne, chamberlain.
Walter Champion, draper, of the sheriffs of London, , was buried there, and gave to the beadmen The lands, by year, of this hospital were valued, in the year of Henry VIII. to be
Here was also an antient marble tomb of John Taylor, some time master of the Rolls, remaining long after the French enjoyed the church, viz.
Mr. Maitland says,
 Maitland ii. p 844.