The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
In the of Edward II. sir John Abel, knt. demised, or let unto Henry Stow, draper,
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.