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

Allen, Thomas


Cold Harbour.



In the of Edward II. sir John Abel, knt. demised, or let unto Henry Stow, draper,

all that his capital messuage, called the Cold Harbrough, in the parish of All Saints

ad foenum

, and all the appurtenances within the gate, with the key which Robert Hartford, citizen, son to William Hartford, had and ought, and the foresaid Robert paid for it the rent of


the year. This Robert Hartford, being owner thereof, as also of other lands

in Surrey, deceasing without male issue, left


daughters his co-heirs, to wit, Idonea, married to sir Ralph Bigot; and Maud, married to sir Stephen Cosenton, knts. between whom the said house and lands were parted. After which John Bigot, son to the said sir Ralph, and sir John Cosenton, did sell their moieties of Cold Harbrough unto John Poultney, son of Adam Poultney, the


of Edward III.

Sir John Poultney, dwelling in this house, and being times mayor, the said house took the name of Poultney's inn. Notwithstanding this, sir John Poultney, the of Edward III. by his charter, gave and confirmed to Humfrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, his whole tenement, called Cold Harbrough, with all the tenements and key adjoining, and appurtenances some time pertaining to Robert de Hartford, on the way called Hay-wharf-lane, &c. for rose at Midsummer to him and his heirs, for all services, if the same were demanded. This sir John Poultney deceased , and left issue, by Margaret his wife, William Poultney, who died without issue; and Margaret, his mother, was married to sir Nicholas Lovel, knt. &c. Philip St. Clear gave messuages, pertaining to this Cold Harbrough, in the Ropery, towards the enlarging of the church and churchyard of All-saints, called the Less, in the of Richard II.

In the year , the of Richard II. John Holland, earl of Huntingdon, was lodged there, and Richard II. his brother, dined with him. It was then accounted a very fair and stately house. But, in the next year following, Edmund earl of Cambridge had this house, and was there lodged in the year ; notwithstanding the said house still retained the name of Poultney's-inn, in the reign of Henry VI. the of his reign. It belonged since to H. Holland, duke of Exeter, and he was lodged there in the year . In the year , Richard III. by his letters patents, granted and gave to John Writh, alias Garter, principal king of arms of England, and to the rest of the king's heralds and pursuivants of arms, all that messuage with the appurtenances, called Cold Erber, in the parish of All-saints the Less, in London, and their successors for ever. Dated at , the , , without fine or fee. In the reign of Henry VIII. the bishop of Durham's house, near , being taken into the king's hand, Cuthbert Tonstal, bishop of Durham, was lodged here.

This great house bishop Tonstal enjoyed even to the last year of king Edward VI. that is, to the year ; when, the bishop being under some cloud, and deposed from his bishopric, they took from him this house also; which the king granted to the earl of Shrewsbury, with the appurtenances to the said messuage belonging, together with houses or tenements in the parish of St. Dunstan in the east, and divers other lands in the county of York, to him and his heirs, to the yearly value of The teste of the patent was the , the king dying but or days after.



No remains of this celebrated building exist. The above view is taken from Hollar's long view of London, , .

On the south west angle of was Waterman's hall, a handsome brick building, situate with its front towards the Thames.

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 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