The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This building was built by sir John Beauchamp, knight of the garter, son of Guido earl of Warwick; on his decease in , his executors sold the mansion to Edward III. who converted it into a
|receptacle for his wardrobe. Sir John removed many houses for his intended building, which occasioned a remonstrance from the rector. Upon which the king ordered him a compensation for his tithes, of per annum.|
In Mr. Malcolm's Londinium Redivivum are extracts from a manuscript in the , being the original accounts of Piers Courteys, keeper of the great wardrobe, from to Michaelmas, Edward IV. He had the care of the liveries of the brotherhoods of St. George and the garter; the robes of the king, queen, their children, and the principal nobility, for which he received, as his salary, per annum.
From the manuscript, it appears, he time delivered, for the kings own use,
He received in the above period for the use of his office; , of which was appropriated to the purchase of velvets, satins, damaske, &c. for ounces of spangles, and for cloth of gold tissue.
Purchased fox skins at each; white lamb skins, at per .
item is for feather beds and bolsters for
pair shoon of Spanysh leder, double soled and not lyned; price the peire
Numerous taylors were employed within the wardrobe, of whom are charged as working days, at per day each; skinners, days, at per day each.
Another curious item is for candles consumed, when
dozen and at per pound.
For making a gown and a hood of the livery of the garter for the duke of Ferrar,
The expences of binding books was as follows:
Paid to Piers Baudwyn, stationer, for binding, gilding, and dressing of a book called Titus Livius, ; the same for the Holy Trinity, a.; the Bible, , &c.
In this house resided sir John Fortescue, knt. master of the wardrobe, chancellor and under-treasurer of the exchequer, and of the privy-council to queen Elizabeth. The secret letters and writings, touching the estate of the realm, were formerly enrolled in the king's wardrobe, and not in the Chancery, as appears by various records.
In Castle Baynard ward was an ancient palace of the kings of England, situated on the south side of , and extending from the cathedral to the river-side. The windows of of the southern apartments opened upon the river Thames, not
| then confined by quays and wharfs, to its present narrowed stream. To the north it extended as far as the close of the cathedral. The north-east angle of the tower is presumed to have occupied the spot, now , and No. on the south side of yard. The old city wall, running in a strait line from Ludgate to the Thames, served, it is probable, as the western boundary. This palace was certainly erected either by Alfred, Edward, or Athelstan, probably by the last mentioned monarch, whose name of Adelstan (as he was called by an imperfect Norman utterance) is still preserved in the corrupted pronunciation of Adel hill, near the spot where the palace stood. An undoubted allusion to this |
This Saxon palace was forsaken by Edward the Confessor, who transferred his residence to the new foundation at . It was certainly destroyed by fire, with the cathedral, in , and was not rebuilt.
 Vol ii. p. 361.
 Harl. 4780.
 Gent's Mag. vol. 96. pt. 1. pp. 293, 94.