The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
The Quest House
Is a modern edifice of brick stuccoed, with
windows and doorways.
The original, according to Mr. Malcolm, was
In the present building, which was erected in , there is nothing particularly worthy notice except a portrait of alderman Wood in his robes of the office of mayoralty, by Mr. Patten.
The site of this parish was anciently a fen, or moor, and the houses and gardens thereupon were accounted a village without the wall of London, called Mora; which, in process of time, increased in number of buildings, and was constituted a prebend of , of that appellation. And now this village is totally swallowed up by London; and the prebendary of Mora, or Mora without the wall of London, hath the stall on the right hand of the choir in ; of whom it is said Nigellus Medicus was the prebendary.
On the north side of is Grub-street, once celebrated as the residence of unfortunate authors.
In this street, formerly called , resided the martyrologist Fox, and the very remarkable Henry Welby, esq. of Lincolnshire, who lived in his house in this street years, without ever being seen by any human being. He was, to the hour of his death () possessed of a large estate; but an attempt being made on his life by an ungrateful younger brother, he took the frantic resolution thus to seclude himself from the world. He passed his days in the most exemplary charity. In this street resided numerous bowyers, fletchers, and bow-string makers, who had a good trade when archery was the favorite diversion of the citizens.
 Vol. iii, p. 305.