The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
In the year , the prisoners were removed from thence to another new Compter in , provided by the city's purchase, and built for that purpose.
An abstract of an act of common council, held , in the and years of Philip and Mary, for the removing of the Compter prison out of into Great .
By reason of divers hindrances, injuries, extremities, and displeasures, done unto the prisoners in Compter, by the keepers of the same, who, hiring the house of the Goldsmiths company, would not many times suffer the sheriffs of London, who stand charged with the prisoners, to use them so well as they had proposed; whereby the city had been slandered, law and good orders broken, and poor prisoners too much abused: therefore was the prison removed to a house belonging to the city, situate in Great , where the sheriff and his officers were to keep their courts, &c. as they had before used in . At which time it was also enacted, that the said Compter in should never hereafter, for any cause whatsoever, be let out to any other use or person, &c.
In that part of which is within this ward, stood a beautiful set of houses and shops, called Goldsmiths' row; they were built by Thomas Wood, goldsmith, and of the sheriffs of London, in the year . It contained in number dwelling houses and shops, all in frame, uniformly built stories high, beautified towards the street with the goldsmiths' arms, and the likeness of woodmen, in memory of his name, riding on monstrous beasts; all which were cast in lead, richly painted over and gilt. These he gave to the goldsmiths, with stocks of money to be lent to young men having those shops, &c. This said front was again new painted and gilt over in the year , sir Richard Martin being then mayor, and keeping his mayoralty in of them; and serving out the time of Cutbert Buckle, in that office, from the till the .
The goldsmiths kept their shops and trade in West cheap from ancient times, even before the days of king Edward III. unto the times of king Charles I. And the exchange for the king's coin was not far off the place yet called the , as appears by this record, shewing not only the place of the goldsmiths habitation, but their occupation and business about the coin and plate.
Upon the goldsmith's petition, exhibited to King Edward III. and his council in parliament, holden at in the of his reign, showing
 Maitland, vol. ii. p 825.
 Maitland, vol. ii. 827.