The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
The Boar's Head.
A few years ago the tavern was pulled down and houses built upon its site, but the original sign still exists in the front of of the houses.
The church of St. Martin Orgar's, which was burnt down in the fire of London, A. D. , was situated on the east side of , , a rectory of very ancient foundation, for by the register of Ralph Diceto, dean of in the year , we find it in the gift of the canons of . The name Orgar, added to it, was taken from Ordgarus the founder, who gave that and St. Botolph's, , to the said canons of .
There was a parsonage house, which was burnt down, and after it was rebuilt, let out at the ground rent of per ann. for years, to be paid to the rector and his successors.
The site of this church, after the fire, was made a burial place for the parishioners. However, part of the nave and tower being found repairable, a body of French protestants, in communion with the church of England, obtained a lease of the tower and ruinous nave from the minister and church-wardens, and got it confirmed by parliament: in pursuance of which, the purchasers re-erected the church for their own use.
Sir William Cromer, lord mayor of London in , gave by his last will, dated , his house in Sweeting's alley, and his houses and gardens in , for the repairs and ornaments of this church, and for the use of the poor.
The French church which was built upon its site after the great fire, must have been of smaller dimensions than the original, as a wide space remained between the front of it and the porch of the old church now existing. It was a plain edifice of brick, with arched windows, nearly square; the engraving below was taken from a sketch made a few days prior to its destruction, and will avoid the necessity of further.