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

Allen, Thomas


Clothworker's Hall.


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:

Statuae serenissimorum regum Jacobi et Caroli primi anno MDCLXVI. horribili quae tunc accidit conflagratione in cineres redactae erant.

Under the statue of James I. the following:--

Anno MDCLXXIX. e ceneribus resuscitatae Dno Roberto Knightley equaurat magno Gulielmo Hillersdon Bryano Bentham Johe Smith et Johe Ward Gardianis.

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

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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