The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This is a small building principally of red brick, and is situated in a court a short distance from the street; the front is ornamented with fluted columns crowned with Corinthian capitals, of stone, and supporting a frieze and cornice. The hall is lofty, and the walls are wainscotted to the ceiling, which is richly stuccoed with compartments of fret-work, and other ornaments. At the south end is a handsome screen of oak, with pilasters of the Corinthian order, supporting an entablature, and an arched pediment broken to admit the arms of the company. At the upper end of the hall above the master's chair, are the royal arms, and on either side carved statues as large as life, of James I. and Charles I. in their royal robes; both figures are gilt throughout. Beneath the statue of Charles I. is the following inscription:
Under the statue of James I. the following:--
In the middle of the screen is the stand for the lord mayor's sword of state, with the date of . In the windows are several arms in stained glass; on the east side in the window are the arms of the company, in the those of Samuel Pepys, esq. master of the company, and a benefactor, anno , viz. and
, on a bend , between horses heads erased, fleurs-de-lis; and , a lion rampant within a bordure ingrailed,
In the the arms of William Hewar, master of the company, and a benefactor, , viz. , talbot's heads, or, between as man flaunches , and in the the arms of sir Joseph Williamson, knt. of his majesty's most honourable privy council, and principal secretary of state, master of this worshipful company, anno , and a noble benefactor, viz. , a chevron ingrafted between trefoils,
On the west side is a large shield of arms, surrounded with several smaller.
Sir John Robinson, knt. and bart. his majesties lieutenant of the , lord mayor of this hon cittie, Ao , & president of the artillery company, kept his mayoralty in this hall, in which yeare he entertained their maties the king, queene and queene mother, and their highness ye duke and dutchess of Yorke, and towards the re-edifying of this hall was a worthy benefactor. His coat of arms, and and , quarterly embattled, in the quarter a castle thereon a lion couchant ; the and d , semi of trefoils, a buck trippant, , and the like Buck for the crest.
Sir William Peake, knt. sheriff, ; mayor, .
Arms. on a chevron between lions heads erased or, as many crosses botone Crest. A lion's head erased or, pierced through the head with an arrow
Sir Francis Chaplin knt. master and sheriff, .
Arms. a chief inverted , charged with griffin's heads erased Crest. A griffin's head erased , gorged with a mural crown
Sir Dennis Gordon, knt. sheriff and master, .
Arms. a chevron between leopards faces or. Crest. A lion's head couped and guardant crowned with a mural crown
Michael Davison, esq. master, .
Arms. a stag trippant Crest. A stag's head winged at the shoulders
In the binding room, which is situated at the north east corner of the hall, are portraits, names unknown.
The long parlour is a handsome apartment; the east end is semicircular with a sky light; before it are coupled Corinthian columns, and pilasters of verd antique. In this apartment is a quarter length portrait of the victorious Nelson, a similar of lord Lyndoch, and an excellent portrait of the late Giles Crompe, esq. formerly clerk of the company, and father of the present clerk. Over this apartment is the court room, a neat apartment, with a portrait of the Holy Family over the mantel piece. In this room is the master's chair, an elegant piece of furniture, the back
|and seat is of crimson velvet, with the company's arms, &c. In the ante room is a painting representing a boar hunt.|
On the east side of is a handsome building called the