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

Allen, Thomas


Watermans' Hall.


This building formerly stood in , and was removed into this ward in . It is a neat building, divided into stories; the basement is rusticated, and consists of an arched window, with doors, above each of which are relievos; and over the window the arms of the company. The upper story consists of coupled pilasters of the Ionic order: between which is a large window with an arched head, divided into lights by attached columns; the whole is finished with a pediment. The hall is on the floor, and is a handsome room, the ceiling enriched with scrolls, &c. There are some paintings in the room of historical subjects, but only portrait; it is a half-length, and has above the head

Mr. J. Taylor, the water poet.

It represents him as being of a fair complexion, with a short beard; his dress is a falling ruff and slashed doublet.

The mantle-piece is of marble, with a figure of the god Thames, above which are the arms of the company. Over the door of entrance are the royal arms. The master's chair, which is handsomely carved, was given by the rulers in .

Adjoining to the last building is the

Fellowship Porters' Hall,

a mean erection. In the court-room is a full-length portrait of deputy Kettermaster.

Over the gate of ward schools, , is an


alto relievo in pieces, the upper half contains a representation of our Saviour standing upon clouds, attended by an army of seraphim; bearing in his right hand a banner ensigned with a cross; at his feet the fallen angel, on the lower piece of stone the resurrection is exemplified by various figures rising from the graves. The whole subject is much defaced; some of the figures have lost their heads, and it is highly probable that the sculpture was executed prior to the great fire, which partially damaged this street, and which probably occasioned the partial mutilation the figures have sustained.

is so called

because the butchers of


had their scalding-house for hogs there; and their puddings, with ether filth of beasts, were voided down that way to their dung-boats on the Thames.

* In this lane it was that the dreadful fire of began. On the house where this calamity broke out was the following inscription:--

Here, by the permission of heaven, hell brake loose upon this protestant city, from the malicious arts of barbarous papists, by the hand of their agent Hubert, who confessed, and on the ruins of the place declared the fact, for which he was hanged, viz. that here began the dreadful fire which is described and perpetuated on and by the neighbouring pillar, erected anno


, in the mayoralty of sir Patience Ward, knt.

At the time Maitland made his survey (i. e. ), he says

This inscription had been taken away some years.

At the north end of this lane, on the east side, is


[] This portrait has been engraved at the expence of Mr. Tyrrel of Guildhall-yard.

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 Title Page
 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