The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas


Armourers and Braziers hall.


It is a plain brick building of modern erection; above the entrance in are the arms of the company. The building forms


a small quadrangle, with a court in the centre. A small staircase leads to a landing place, the walls of which are decorated with various pieces of armour, including matchlock and wheel-lock pieces, and half suits of armour of the time of Charles, I. This landing is lighted by an oval lanthorn. The court room, which is on the floor, is a plain apartment. Over the fire place is a -quarter length portrait of a man with a beard and ruff, his hand resting on a scull. On side of the head is a coat of arms, viz. quarterly, . , a fesse dancette, and in chief, crescents . a lion rampant, gu. . gu. swans, , , and . . fleur de lys, crest out of a ducal coronet, an oak tree, rising proper, and under it




On the other side are the following lines,

Tyme glydes away,

One God obey.

Let truth bear sway,

So Tindal still did say.

Aetatis suae 75.

In the lower part of the picture,

Mr. Roger Tindall, memorable for a worthy benefactor, and


times master of this company.

In another part of the painting,

Whatever thou dost, mark thy end.

This painting was


, cleaned , and lined and repaired .

Adjoining the court room is a fire proof closet for the archives of the company.

On the ceiling are oval allegorical paintings on copper. They appear to have been executed about .

On the same floor is the dining room, an elegant apartment, at the west end of which is a large and fine painting of the entry of Richard II. and Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. into London; it was executed by James Northcote, esq. in , and was purchased by the company on the sale of the Shakespeare gallery, in , for In this apartment are other paintings,

the masquerade scene from Romeo and Juliet,

by Wheatley, painted for the Shakespeare gallery, and the other a large painting of figures in armour, painted in , by T. Gwenapp, and presented to the company by Mr. J. Sheen.

The drawing room, which communicates by spacious folding doors, is furnished in a similar style, and contains painting,

a scene in Twelfth night,

by G. Hamilton. This also belonged to the Shakespeare gallery.

The hall, which is on the ground floor, is lighted by windows and an oval lanthorn. Against the walls are full length portraits of George I., George II., and his consort ; the presented by sir Harcourt Master, alderman of the ward, , and the last by Mr. J. Oliphant, master, . On each side of the hall, at the upper end, are glazed recesses for the company's plate, and, above open niches, in which are placed figures of men in


armour, in a modern brass suit, and the other in a curious engraved suit of tilting armour. Against the walls are several half suits, and on side of the hall is a small music gallery.

At the northern extent of this ward was formerly a large piece of waste land known as

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 Title Page
 CHAPTER I: The site, extent, buildings, population, commerce, and a view of the progressive increase of London
 CHAPTER II: List of the parishes and churches in London, with their incumbents, &c
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of Aldersgate Ward
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of Aldgate Ward
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of Bassishaw Ward
CHAPTER VI: History and Topography of Billingsgate Ward
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of Bishopsgate Ward, Without and Within
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of Bread-street Ward
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of Bridge Ward Within
CHAPTER X: History and Topography of Broad-street Ward
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of Candlewick Ward
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of Castle Baynard Ward
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of Cheap Ward
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of Coleman-street Ward
CHAPTER XV: History and Topography of Cordwainer's-street Ward
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of Cornhill Ward
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Ward Within
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Yard Without
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topography of Dowgate Yard
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of Farringdom Ward Within
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of Farringdon Ward Without
CHAPTER XXII: History and Topography of Langbourn Ward
CHAPTER XXIII: History and Topography of Lime-street Ward
CHAPTER XXIV: History and Topogrpahy of Portsoken Ward
CHAPTER XXV: History and Topography of Queenhithe Ward
CHAPTER XXVI: History and Topography of Tower Ward
CHAPTER XXVII: History and Topography of Vintry Ward
CHAPTER XXVIII: History and Topography of Wallbrook Ward