The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
Prince Rupert's House.
derives its name from the number of beech trees that formerly grew upon the scite thereof; amongst which stood a great house, the mansion of the abbot of Ramsey, to receive him during
|his stay at London; and was afterwards called Drewrie-house, from being the residence of sir Drew Druery; it was afterwards in the occupation of prince Rupert. It has been for a long time pulled down, and on its site are several modern houses of brick. At the north-east end of there are a row of alms-houses, founded , pursuant to the will of lady Ann Askew, widow of sir Christopher Askew, lord-mayor of London, , for poor widows of the draper's company, with an allowance of per annum, and half a chaldron of coals, in trust of the drapers company.|
These alms-houses have a venerable appearance, the doorways and windows being formed of stone; the latter are square, with heavy millions of stone. Against the east wall of this building, are the arms of the drapers company, and, beneath, a blank shield, with .