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

Allen, Thomas


The Quest House


Is a modern edifice of brick stuccoed, with


windows and doorways.

The original, according to Mr. Malcolm, was

an old frame building. I should imagine nearly as ancient as Edward the


's time. This, with




others, hide all the north side of the church (except


pointed windows, a door, and


buttress) from the passenger. The angle from the Quest-house, east, is railed in, and the house projects over its base. The chimney is of vast size, pointed. On the corners are shields, roses, and other ornaments. The entrances to the church and church-yard are under these houses, and are gates of heavy architecture, with appendages of mortality represented on them.

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.


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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