169. [p. 316] 4 Jan. 1716/17
1. Application made to Treasury to pay £20,000 to Treasurer.
2. Signed warrants for salaries.
3. James and Skeat to obtain Tillard's proposals for site in Norton
Folgate; James to make plan.
5 [sic]. Surveyors empowered to settle rates of all works in the workmen's
6. Mary Moor to be allowed £5 p.a. for cleaning the Commission's
7. Secretary to ascertain Archbishop of Canterbury's pleasure about
date of next meeting.
170. [p. 318] 8 Mar. 1716/17
1. Tillard delivered proposal for a site in Norton Folgate, and James a
plan; referred to next meeting.
2-4. Read petition from inhabitants that chapel in Hatton Garden be
converted into a parish church; Surveyors to report.
5. Marshall's representation about state of St George's chapel [Ormond
Street] referred to next meeting.
171. [p. 320] 21 Mar. 1716/17
1. Agreed to petition of minister and trustees for measuring, surveying
and paving St George's chapel in order to make it a parish church;
Surveyors to report at next meeting.
2,3. Concerning obtaining Johnson's money from Smith.
4. Signed warrant for impresting £10 to Secretary for incidentals.
5,6. Sir H. Masters and Gooch to view site in St Olave's Southwark for
which Dr Bolton asks £600.
7. Agreed that Surveyors should rate run mouldings prepared by Townsend but not contracted for.
8. Dunn to have such allowance as is usual for carriage of stones for
building Spitalfields church.
9,10. Surveyors reported on Hatton Garden chapel; to inquire whether
nearby houses could be purchased.
172. [p. 322] 28 Mar. 1717
1. Masters and Gooch reported in favour of site in St Olave's Southwark.
2. Dr Bolton, in the trustees' name, promised that a small house
adjoining the site should be removed.
3. Consideration of Hatton Garden chapel to be resumed at next
4. Notice to be given in Gazette for proposals for joiner's work at
Deptford new church.
5. Surveyors to measure plasterer's work at Deptford.
6. Secretary to pay four guineas upon conditions to City authorities for
liberty to erect hoard at St Mary Woolnoth church.
7. Skeat the smith to be allowed additional sum in proportion to the rate
that iron shall be above £18 per ton, from Lady Day 1717.
8. Secretary to prepare blank warrants for paying workmen.
9. Ric. Evans to have one guinea for putting up hangings in Banqueting
House for reception of the Commissioners.
10. Edwards reported on title of Sir Thos Davall to proposed site in St
Botolph Aldgate; consideration deferred.
173. [p. 324] 4 Apr. 1717
1. Surveyors reported that £300 might be safely advanced on plasterer's
work at Deptford church.
2. Surveyors to submit new method of keeping workmen's accounts by
3. Notice to be given in next Saturday's Gazette for proposals for
carpenter's work at Spitalfields new church.
4. Lady Davall to make a good title to her site, or Commissioners will not
5,6. Read, Mist's proposal for paving area before St George's Ormond
Street. Commissioners will allow £180 for paving.
7. Repeated complaints being made against Ric. Goodchild of using bad
bricks, resolved not to employ him unless he performs his contract and
employs workmen approved by Surveyors.
8. Skeat to go ahead with iron work for windows of new church in the
Strand, according to patterns submitted formerly.
9. Leacroft reported he had received of Smith £100, residue of £700 for
purchase of Johnson's land.
174. [p. 327] 11 Apr. 1717
1. Agreed to imprest additional £100 to Ellis and Hands, plasterers at
Deptford church when accounts have been adjusted between them.
2. Reported that a petition to parliament is preparing for the rebuilding
of ten ruinous City churches as part of the fifty new churches; resolved
that, this being against the intention of the acts, Bishop of Bristol and
John Ellis, Esq., seek the Speaker's support, and Sir Harcourt Masters
and Drs Bradford, Gooch and Waugh acquaint Lord Mayor with Board's
3. Pews to be erected in Deptford new church to be all single pews;
Surveyors to report on joiners' proposals for pews, and carpenters' for
Spitalfields new church.
4. Approved the method for keeping workmen's accounts this day
proposed by Surveyors, being that used at Greenwich Hospital; accounts
to be made out twice yearly, at Midsummer and Christmas.
5. £100 in Treasurer's hands to be paid to Johnson.
175. [p. 329] 16 Apr. 1717
1. Ellis reported that the Speaker had promised his favour respecting ten
old churches petition.
2. Reported that Lord Mayor told Board's deputation that he would stop
his proceedings, but hoped the Commissioners would assist him in the
proper time and way.
3. Surveyors to obtain Archer's directions about a parsonage house for
minister of Deptford new church.
4. Dr Bennet was granted permission to peruse plans and papers in
Secretary's custody about parish of Cripplegate.
1 [sic]. John Gilham and John Smallwell to be employed as joiners at
Deptford new church.
2. A plan for St Mary Woolnoth church to be submitted at next meeting,
and notice given in Gazette for masons', bricklayers' and carpenters'
Notice to be given in Gazette for proposals for home made pew hinges,
iron locks for pews and iron squares to stiffen the pews, for Greenwich
Grove petitioned for money; £500 to be imprested.
Surveyors and Treasurer to prepare everything necessary for the
Commissioners appointing payment of tradesmen at next meeting.
176. [p. 332] 2 May 1717
1. Secretary to prepare warrants.
2. Committee appointed to examine method for keeping workmen's
accounts delivered in by Surveyors, and Solicitor to attend Monday next
(Deans of Peterborough and Worcester, Drs Linford and Cannon, Sir
John Phillips, Edward Peck, Esq., and any others who wish).
3. Surveyors submitted plan of St Mary Woolnoth church; estimate to be
laid before next meeting.
4. Notice to be given in next Gazette for masons', bricklayers' and
carpenters' proposals for Lombard Street church [St Mary Woolnoth] by
5. Zachary Gisborn to be employed to make hinges, etc., for pews at
6. Joiners to submit proposals for pewing Strand new church; pews to be
177. [p. 334] 9 May 1717
1. Agree with committee that workmen's accounts 'as stated in the
books delivered in by the Surveyors' be approved.
2. Warrants signed for paying workmen.
3. Gisborn, ironmonger, to attend next meeting.
4,5. Objections being made to the number of pillars in Hawksmoor's
model for St Mary Woolnoth church, James to inform Hawksmoor;
Surveyors to submit another plan 'as they two shall think fit'.
6-8. Title to Ironmongers' Company's site [Cripplegate] approved by
Webb; Surveyors to prepare plan of site and a design for church.
178. [p. 336] 16 May 1717
1. Warrant signed for paying Grove £500.
2. Hy Smith's petition for half-year's salary and two and a quarter year's
house rent referred to next meeting.
3. Surveyors to consider further the number of pillars in Lombard Street
church and report to next meeting.
4,5. Dunn and John Townsend delivered proposals for mason's work at
St Mary Woolnoth; Dunn to be employed as more reasonable.
6. Hester to be employed as bricklayer at aforesaid church; Solicitor to
7. Simmons to be employed for joiner's work in Strand church.
8. Gibbs' plan for pewing Strand church approved, except that aisle be
ten feet wide.
9. Secretary to inquire how much money remitted to Talman for the
Queen's statue, and report to next meeting.
10. Notice to be given in next Saturday's Gazette for glaziers' and
plasterers' proposals for Strand church.
11. Surveyors reporting that item of carriage in mason's bill for Spitalfields church of £53. 15s. 6d. had been omitted, warrant of 9 May
cancelled and a new one signed.
179. [p. 339] 23 May 1717
1. Surveyors submitted new design setting out disposition and number of
pillars in Lombard Street church, which was allowed.
2,3. Hy Smith to be paid £136. 17s. for salary from Midsummer to 9
December 1715; committee to examine his claims.
4. Petition from Wapping referred to next meeting.
5. Letters from Directors of Greenwich Hospital referred to next
180. [p. 341] 31 May 1717
1. Talman attending reported he had spent £340 at Florence towards
making the Queen's statue.
2,3. Talman to be desired to attend next Thursday and give particular
account of his expenditure, Smith to attend to give account of the £460 he
received to transmit to Florence.
4-6. Read petition for church to be speedily built on Johnson's site,
Wapping; Surveyors to prepare plan and estimate; resolved to build there
with all possible speed.
7. Surveyors to submit plan of boundaries of new parish intended at
8. Waugh, Waddington, Sir Harcourt Masters and Peck to view site
proposed by Mr Tillard with Surveyors and report to next meeting.
9. Chas Scriven to be employed as glazier at Strand church.
10. Surveyors to report on plasterers' proposals for Strand church and
carpenters' for Spitalfields.
11. Committee to consider Smith's affair to meet on Monday next.
181. [p. 343] 8 June 1717
1. Smith allowed £100 for use of his house for meetings of the late
Commissioners, £10 for coals for two winters and his bill of fees, £89. 17s.
2. Leacroft to discuss with Auditors of Imprest their annual fee of £40 for
passing Commission's accounts.
3,4. Marshall and trustees of St George's chapel [Ormond Street]
representing its state, Surveyors to report what sum sufficient for its
5. Secretary to make out warrant paying Hawksmoor £275. 5s. 9d. for
models made by several artificers.
6. Notice to be given in next Saturday's Gazette for plumbers' proposals
for Upper Wapping new church.
7. Consideration of Talman's particular account of his expenditure on
the Queen's statue referred to another meeting.
8. Smith to submit all letters sent him from Talman about the statue.
182. [p. 345] 20 June 1717
1. Leacroft reported that Auditors of Imprest insisted on payment of fee.
Leacroft to see the Auditor himself and report to next meeting.
2. Marshall petitioned for repair of roof of St George's chapel [Ormond
Street], now very ruinous. Surveyors to view and report to next meeting.
3. Surveyors to survey Bow and Old Ford, set out boundaries, and
consider condition of Bow chapel.
4. Secretary to select any proper person as his clerk.
183. [p. 347] 11 July 1717
1. Leacroft reported that Mr Auditor Foley insisted on his fee.
2,3. Surveyors reported that £500 would repair St George's chapel fit for
worship. Surveyor to search proceedings of late and present Commissions to discover true state of what has been done. Solicitor to report on
past proceedings about chapel, and ascertain what Marshall and trustees
desire of the Commissioners.
72. Sir Fisher Tench attended about Hatton Garden; Lord Hatton will
treat about some houses.
5. Surveyors submitted a map of Bow hamlet; Solicitor and Surveyors to
make the hamlet parochial by ascertaining its boundaries.
6,7. Geo. Osmond to be employed for plumber's work for Wapping new
church, his good, substantial work under the Commission being
approved of, and his prices the same as Rob. Evans.
Surveyors to determine what every work done since last Christmas
severally mounts to, for paying sums on account.
7 [sic]. Commissioners ready to comply with request of Directors of
Greenwich Hospital as soon as Attorney-General states that this Board
'is empowered to meddle with the moneys appropriated towards the
finishing of Greenwich Hospital'.
8. Surveyors and Agent to report on Shadwell site.
184. [p. 350] 18 July 1717
1-3. Secretary reported what had been done to make St George's chapel
[Ormond Street] parochial; necessary repairs to be made; Surveyors to
view the area before the chapel.
4. Consideration of Hatton Garden to be continued at next meeting.
5. Secretary to prepare memorial to Treasury for taking in £11,000 on
6,7. Surveyors submitted model and design for Lower Wapping new
church; church to be built accordingly.
8,9. Read petition of Rob. Burgess for satisfaction for damage to house
sustained by demolition of St Mary Woolnoth; Surveyors to view.
185. [p. 352] 25 July 1717
1. Signed application to Treasury to take in £11,000 loan.
2. A debate arising upon the fifth article of the Ironmongers' Company's
proposals [for Cripplegate site], resolved that no houses should be nearer
than 25 ft to churchyard wall, and no buildings nearer than ten feet.
3. Greenwich church altar 'neech' to be painted in plain panels.
4. Warrants for Auditors' fees.
5. Hatton Garden question referred to next meeting.
186. [p. 353a] 5 Aug. 1717
1. Signed application to Treasury for loan.
2. Warrants signed.
3. Ric. Goodchild to pay Treasurer £250 for old materials of St Mary
4. Auditors of Imprest certify that £11. 10s. intended as commission for
Sir Edw. Gould's transmitting money to Talman.
5. Sir Fisher Tench delivered more papers about Hatton Garden.
6. Secretary to make out general warrant for workmen.
7. Agreed Ironmongers' Company might built houses on east or west
sides of site [Old Street, Cripplegate] either facing or away from it.
187. [p. 356] 15 Aug. 1717
Warrant signed for paying £10,750 to the workmen.
1 [sic]. Ironmongers' Company agree about site; Solicitor to proceed.
2. Surveyors to submit plan or design for church for that site.
3. Solicitor to prepare instrument for ascertaining bounds of hamlet of
4,5. Solicitor to ascertain rent of houses to be sold near Hatton Garden
chapel; Surveyors to estimate their value if a new church built there.
6. Surveyors to view site formerly proposed at north end of Hatton
7. Deptford parsonage house to be put in hand according to Archer's
188. [p. 358] 12 Sep. 1717
1. James to bring design of a church for the Ironmongers' Company's
site in St Giles Cripplegate parish by next meeting; masonry between the
compartments of windows to be range work of rag stone; Surveyors to call
on masons employed in the churches to give estimates for rag stone.
2. Hatton Garden to be considered at next meeting (minutes 4 and 5
of 15 August).
3. The workmen having been guilty of great disorders at Strand church
upon finishing of tower, master mason and other master workmen to
attend at next meeting.
There being no plan left in the office for the intended parsonage house
at Deptford, Surveyors to stop the work till a particular plan and estimate
4. Memorandum. Minute 7 of 15 August stating that there was a plan for
Deptford parsonage house delivered by Archer was a mistake, only a
general plan of the church being produced and Archer not present.
189. [p. 360] 10 Oct. 1717
1. James submitted design of church for Ironmongers' Company's site,
St Giles Cripplegate.
2. The said plan approved; James to bring two estimates to next meeting:
one built with ashlar, the other with rag stone.
3. James and Edwards reported enquiry about value of Hatton Garden
houses; proprietors of the seven houses to be informed that Commissioners willing to treat with them.
4. Townsend attending was asked to explain disorders at the finishing of
tower of Strand church, and charged to try to prevent such disorders in
190. [p. 362] 17 Oct. 1717
1. Johnson, of whom site in Lower Wapping was purchased, reported
death of Mrs Caley alias Bodelow in Jamaica; to bring a certificate from
minister and churchwardens of Kingston in Jamaica attested by a public
notary, in order to obtain his securities.
2. James submitted two estimates for church in St Giles Cripplegate for
ashlar and rag stone. South front to be built in Portland stone in the Ionic
order, according to design now given in; north front and east and west
ends of rag stone; coins, windows and entablatures to be of Portland.
3. Nothing having been done in relation to minute of 11 July last about
Hastings's ground, Shadwell, the Surveyors and Agent to inspect ground,
and Edwards to examine the agreement.
4. Whitton asked £850 for six houses and a coach house in Hatton
Garden, but no one appeared for Alridge, proprietor of the seventh
5. Notice to be given in Gazette for plumbers' proposals for Limehouse
church this day fortnight.
6. Groves to make a shed at Spitalfields church for the engines, the place
where they now are being spoilt by the new works.
191. [p. 365] 31 Oct. 1717
1. James submitted a plan for ascertaining bounds of Bow.
2. Edwards reported conveyance with plan of Hastings's site, Shadwell.
Site to be separated from adjoining ground by line of stakes; Skeat to
enquire for a tenant.
3. Edwards to make best agreement he can with Alridge's executor for
house on south side of Hatton Garden chapel.
4. Fresh notice to be given in next Gazette for plumbers' proposals for
covering Limehouse church, Evans' and Osmond's proposals being
advanced in each article.
192. [p. 367] 14 Nov. 1717
1. Skeat reported that Hastings's site was separated from adjoining
ground by a line of stakes. Edwards to submit conveyance at next
meeting; Secretary to write out all Minutes relating to it; and open side to
be walled in brick work.
2. Evans' and Osmond's proposals for plumber's work at Limehouse
church being considered, resolved that Osmond be employed.
3. Read petition of minister and inhabitants of East Greenwich;
Surveyors to make estimate for repairing tower, enclosing burial ground
and paving about church.
4. Signed application to Treasury for impresting £1,122. 12s. 11d.
193. [p. 369] 28 Nov. 1717
1. Edwards submitted conveyance of Hastings's site; does not appear
that Mrs Hastings has any right to fruit trees, etc.
2. Edwards to prepare an article to oblige Alridge and Whitton to convey
their Hatton Garden interests for £850 and £440 respectively [sic], on
passing of an act of parliament for appropriating site of Hatton Garden
chapel for a new church.
3. Hy Hester and Fra. Withers delivered their proposal for making good
4. Notice to be given in Saturday's Gazette for bricklayers' proposals for
new church in Old Street, 'with the best hard burnt bricks, free from
sammel or under burnt bricks'.
5,6. Bow and Old Ford: parish marks for fixing the boundaries to be
erected in proper places.
7. Edwards to inform Bishop of Ely that Commissioners have resolved to
build a new church in room of Hatton Garden chapel; a draught of a bill
for appropriating the site for a new church, the bishop consenting, to be
prepared by Solicitor.
[One folio, numbered 371-2, has been cut out of the book]