The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
Nearly opposite, in Bangor-court, were, till the commencement
|of the year , the remains of the city mansion of the bishops of Bangor, the east end of which had some appearance of having been formerly used as a chapel. In the window, in this end, was a coat of arms, in stained glass, with the name of Fletwood. On the south side of the building was an ancient doorway, ornamented with military trophies. The reversion of this messuage, with a quantity of waste land belonging to it, measuring feet in length, from north to south, and feet in breadth, from east to west, was sold in the year , by the trustees for the sale of bishops' lands, to John Barkstead, knt. who purchased it for the purpose of building on the vacant ground, as appears by an act of parliament passed in , for restraining new buildings in and about the suburbs of London, in which there is a special proviso to enable him to build thereon, in consideration of his having given a greater sum for the purchase of it, on that account, than he would otherwise have done. The last bishop of Bangor, who appears to have resided here, was bishop Dolben, who having been formerly vicar of Hackney, contributed for repairing the causeway leading from Clapton and Hackney, to , of which he informed the inhabitants of these villages, by a letter dated from Bangor-house, in , the .|
Nearly adjoining the church of St. Andrew, on the west side, is the vestry and inquest room of the parish. It is a modern brick edifice, erected in ; in the inquest room is of the handsomest and most highly decorated chimney pieces in the metropolis In the centre are the royal arms of James I. and on each side are niches with statues of St. Peter and St. Andrew; beneath each figure are scriptural representations in alto relievo. The niches are ornamented with fluted Corinthian columns supporting pediments. The basement of this elegant piece of carving is supported by terminal statues. On each side are obelisks, to which are affixed shields of arms, viz. the city and ar. a cross moline gu.