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

Allen, Thomas




Which was so called long before the Conquest, as appears in the history of Edmund, king of the East Angles, written by Abbas Floriacensis, and John Lidgate, monk of Bury; it is said that in the year , the Danes spoiling the kingdom of the East Angles, Alwyne, bishop of Helmeham, caused the body of king Edmund the martyr, to be brought from Bedrisworth, now called Bury St. Edmund's, through the kingdom of the East Saxons, and so to London, in at Cripplegate; a place so called from cripples begging there. At which gate, it was pretended, the body entering, wrought miracles, and made some of the lame to walk upright, praising God. The body of king Edmund rested for the space of years in the parish church of St. Gregory, near the cathedral of St. Paul. Moreover, the charter of William the conqueror confirming the foundation of the college in London, called St. Martin the Great, hath in it these words:

I do give and graunt unto the same church, and canons, serving God therein, all the lands, and the moor without the postern, which is called Cripplegate, on either part of the postern.

Besides this, Alfune built the parish church of St. Giles, near a gate of the city, called Porta Contractorum, or Cripplegate, about the year .

This postern was some time a prison, to which such citizens, and others, as were arrested for debt, or common trespasses, were committed. This appeareth by a writ of Edward I. in these words:

This gate was new built by the brewers of London, in the year , according to Fabian.

Edmund Shaw, goldsmith, mayor in the year , left, by his


last will, , which, with the materials of the gate, called Cripplegate, was to rebuild the said gate, which was accordingly performed in the year l.

Cripplegate was again repaired, and had this inscription upon it, shewing the time when.

This gate was repaired and beautified, and the foot postern new made, at the charge of the city of London, the year of the reign of our sovereign lord king Charles II., and in the mayoralty of sir John Robinson, knight and baronet, lieutenant of the , and alderman of this ward; A. D. .

The rooms over this gate were set apart for the water-bailiff of the city.

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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