The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
St. Faith's Church.
The church of St. Faith was originally a distinct building, standing near the east end of , but when the old cathedral was enlarged, between the years and , it was taken down, and an extensive part of the vaults was appropriated to the use of the parishioners of St. Faith, in lieu of the demolished fabric. This was afterwards called , and, according to a representation made to the dean and chapter, in the year , measured feet in length, and feet in breadth. After the fire of London, the parish of St. Faith was joined to that of St. Augustine, and, on the rebuilding of the cathedral, a portion of the church-yard belonging to the former was taken to enlarge the avenues round the east end of , and the remainder was inclosed within the cathedral railing. On the union of the parishes, or more accurately, from the time of the great fire, the vaults ceased to be used, except for interments: but the dean and chapter having, in the year , caused a railing to be set up, by which the space of ground appropriated to the parish of St. Faith was reduced to feet by , a long disagreement ensued, and had nearly terminated In an expensive suit-at-law. A final agreement, however, was at length entered into, in , and enrolled in Chancery in the year following, in which it was declared that
In the course of the dispute, the ancient lease was referred to, which had been granted by the dean and chapter in , to the parish of St. Faith, and which vested in the latter for
at the yearly rent of all that part of the vault called the
together with an adjoining chapel on the south-west, called
but reserving to the said dean and chapter, and their successors,
By the same instrument, the churchwardens of St. Faith made over to the dean and chapter, and their successors, for ever,
It appears from Stow, that the ancient church of St. Faith in cryptis, and which must have been what was granted as above to the dean and chapter, was under the choir of , and adjoining to the west end of Jesus chapel; which latter must, of course, have been immediately beneath the chapel of Our Lady.
On the east side of is