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

Allen, Thomas


Cordwainer's Hall.


It is a modern structure with a facing of stone; in the pediment are the arms of the company, and below, a tablet representing a woman spinning, in allusion to the name of the lane. The interior is neatly fitted up, and consists of an upper and lower hall, each having a music gallery and plain stuccoed ceilings. In the upper hall is a -quarter length portrait of W. Williams, Esq., times master, who died , aged ; at the opposite end of the room in a recess is a vase, by Nollekins, of neat and elegant form, to the memory of Mr. Joseph Cave, a great benefactor to this company. In the court room are plans of the different estates belonging to the company, and views of the hall.

or Bakeing-lane, is so called from the king's or some great bake-house having formerly been here as early as the Richard II.

On the south side of this lane, is Gerard's Hall Inn, built upon arched vaults,


says Mr. Maitland

with arched gates of stone, brought from Caen in Normandy.

Stow says, in his time this was a common hostelry, corruptly then, and now called Gerard's Hall, from a giant said to have dwelt there.

In the high-roofed hall of this house some time stood a large fir-pole, which reached to the roof, and was said to be of the staves that Gerard the giant used in the wars. There stood also a ladder of the same length, which, as they said, served to ascend to the top of the staff. But Stow considers all this to be a fable; nor does he believe that any of the name of Gerard lived there.

I read,

says he,

that John Gisors, mayor of London in the year


, was owner thereof; and that sir John Gisors, knight, mayor of London, and constable of the Tower,


, and divers others of that name and family, since that time owned it: for I read that William Gisors was


of the sheriffs in


: more, that John Gisors had issue Henry and John, which John had issue Thomas; which Thomas deceasing in the year


, left unto his son Thomas his messuage called Gisor's hall, in the parish of St. Mildred in


. John Gisors made a feoffment thereof


, &c. So that it appeareth, that this Gisor's hall of late time, by corruption hath been called Gerard's hall for Gisor's hall; as Bosoms inn for Blossoms inn, Bevismarks for Buries marks, Marklane for Mart lane, Beliter lane for Belzetters lane,

Gutter lane

for Guthuruns lane, Cry or Cre church for

Christ church

, St. Michel in the Quern for St. Michel at Corn, and such others. Out of this Gisor's hall, at the


building thereof, were made divers arched doors, yet to be seen, which seem not sufficient for any great monster, or other than men of common stature, to pass through. The pole in the hall might be used in old time, as then the custom was in every parish, to be set up in the street in the summer as a may-pole, before

the principal hall or house in the parish or street; and to stand in the hall before the shrine, decked with holly and ivy, at the feast of Christmas. The ladder served for the decking of the may-pole and roof of the hall.


[] This company formerly possessed portraits of king William and queen Mary.

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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