271. [p. 131] 5 Jan. 1720/21
1. Resumed consideration of the bill for settling a maintenance on
ministers, etc. After making some progress, adjourned to next meeting.
272. [p. 132] 11 Jan. 1720/21
1. Board will accept proposals for new church near Hanover Square; and
upon condition that suitable workmen will undertake the work at prices
commonly allowed by Board, under its direction, and accept in payment
tallies on new churches' loan, will put it in hand forthwith. Churches not
yet finished to go on hand in hand with that near Hanover Square.
2. Petition of St Mary le Strand churchwardens to be referred to Bishop
3. Surveyors to submit to next meeting estimates of finishing Strand and
Deptford churches and covering Spitalfields church, and securing from
weather the others still building. Treasurer to submit account of debt.
273. [p. 134] 14 Jan. 1720/21
1. State of debt of the churches submitted.
2. Both Surveyors to provide at next meeting estimate of sums due for
work done but not brought to account by March 1719; and of cost of
completion of churches nearly finished as well as of St Mary Woolnoth.
3. Treasurer to submit account of balance in his hands at Michaelmas
last, and estimate of net produce of the fund applicable to the Board in
year to Michaelmas 1721.
4. Barlow stated that ground offered for cemetery for Hanover Square
church now disposed of, but another site available; Skeat to report to next
5. Hawksmoor submitted estimates of finishing Strand and Deptford
churches, covering Spitalfields, and securing the others.
274. [p. 136] 19 Jan. 1720/21
1. Skeat reported on cemetery for Hanover Square church.
Treasurer and Surveyors delivered papers required; the fund of £21,000
p.a. will in the year 1726 inclusive bring in £75,000. Present debts for
finishing and securing churches amount to £66,685. 5s. 7½d.
2. Memorandum: it is a question whether the [fund for the] year 1725 is
not entirely applicable for the maintenance of ministers, according to Act
of 1 Geo. I.
Board told Dr Green and others from St Martin's in the Fields that they
could not procure tallies for the money to be spent on church near
Hanover Square, but must refer that to gentlemen who had encouraged
N.B. Present yearly sum paid to the Commissioners is £21,000, but out
of that they doubt whether they must not pay to Westminster Abbey and
Greenwich Hospital £10,000 p.a., or a lesser sum pro rata.
275. [p. 138] 23 Jan. 1720/21
1. Particulars from which general estimate arises (2nd article, 19 Jan.
1720/21) to be entered upon the books. [Marginal note: This order has
since been recalled.]
2. Skeat to treat with proprietors of ground proposed for cemetery for
Hanover Square church.
3. Resolved that the Commissioners will from time to time apply to
Treasury for striking tallies for satisfying workmen engaged on Hanover
Square church under Board's order. Copy of this minute and the
preceding to Dr Green.
4. The joiners and carvers to submit draught of altar-piece, pulpit and
desk of Deptford church, with an estimate, and an account how far they
have proceeded; they are to go no further until they receive further
directions from the Board.
276. [p. 140] 26 Jan. 1720/21
1. James submitted draught of Deptford altar piece, etc., as designed by
Archer, which appears very expensive. James to reduce it to as plain and
cheap a form as the work already done will allow. Joiners and carvers to
proceed according to the directions of the Surveyors.
277. [p. 141] 6 Feb. 1720/21
1. James submitted modified design for the Deptford altar-piece, etc.,
which was approved; to be put in hand immediately.
2. Scaffolding and fence on north side of the church in Lombard Street to
be removed forthwith; workmen to move their materials into the body of
the church or the churchyard.
3. Dunn and Townsend to attend the next meeting.
4. Green submitted copy of minute of Commissioners for building St
Martin's church, for lending £2,000 to this Board towards forwarding
church near Hanover Square.
5. Read letter from Barlow regarding ground proposed by Sir R.
Grosvenor for church yard for that church. Agent and Surveyors to treat
6. Stephen Whitaker to be employed to dig foundation for the church
near Hanover Square and carry off earth etc.; to begin immediately.
Digging 6d. a yard solid; carting, 14d. a yard solid; labourer to level the
work at 1s. 8d. per day.
7. Geo Whitton to be employed as bricklayer at church near Hanover
Square; contract to be made with him immediately.
8. Surveyors to appoint a carpenter to fence in the ground near Hanover
Square, at lowest prices, as soon as possible.
9. Foregoing three resolutions to be imparted to Dr Green.
10. Warrant to be prepared for paying officers' salaries to Christmas last.
278. [p. 143] 19 Feb. 1720/21
1. Commissioners made some progress in consideration of bill for
settling a maintenance on the ministers.
2. Advertisement ordered for masons' proposals for church near
3. Notice to be given in next summons that the yearly election of officers
will then be held.
279. [p. 144] 26 Feb. 1720/21
1. A debate arising whether all the same officers should be continued,
and with the same salaries, and few Commissioners being present,
consideration was adjourned; notice to be given in next summons.
280. [p. 145] 2 Mar. 1720/21
Agreed that the same officers shall be continued for one year from 14
Jan., but at reduced salaries (Treasurer £200, Secretary £150, Surveyors
£150, Solicitor £60, Agent £60, Messenger £40).
281. [p. 147] 9 Mar. 1720/21
1. Skeat to offer £300 to Sir R. Grosvenor for ground near Oliver's
Mount proposed by him for cemetery for Hanover Square church.
2. Skeat to inquire how the ground in Old Street may be turned to best
3. Solicitor to attend next meeting with the writings on St George's
4. Treasurer to prepare application to Treasury for taking in money at six
5. Joshua Fletcher to be employed as mason at church near Hanover
282. [p. 149] 20 Mar. 1720/21
1. Skeat reported on cemetery for church near Hanover Square. Agreed
that £315 (insisted on by Sir R. Grosvenor and Mr Robt Green) be given,
provided a good title can be made. Solicitor to apply to Sir R. Grosvenor
for the title.
2. Resolved that if trustees of St George's chapel [Ormond Street]
advance £1,153. 6s. 7d. upon loan now opened at four per cent, it shall be
issued for discharge of the debt remaining due to them.
3. Read petition of Thos Hollins; referred to Surveyors.
283. [p. 151] 30 Mar. 1721
1. Solicitor to engross deed to be executed with trustees of St George's
2. Surveyors to employ Skeat [smith] to prepare four fanes for pinnacles
of St Michael Cornhill.
3. Unless Dunn and Townsend attend next meeting and comply with
directions about church in Lombard St (minute 2, 6 Feb. 1720/21), they
will forthwith be superseded, and subjected to the penalties in the
284. [p. 153] 3 Apr. 1721
1. Dunn and Townsend attending were ordered to finish the cornice of
the north side of St Mary Woolnoth within five weeks, and promised to
285. [p. 154] 17 Apr. 1721
1. Agent submitted proposals for parts of the ground in Old Street from
Jas Wilson, bricklayer, and John Wilson.
2. Wilson to be allowed the ground upon which a church is intended to be
built, to be cleared and given up at three months' notice.
3. James Wilson to attend next meeting.
4. The plumber at Spitalfields church to attend next meeting.
5. Warrant to be prepared for paying £160. 12s. 1d. to Grove in
pursuance of Surveyors' report of 30 Mar. 1720/21 on his account.
286. [p. 156] 27 Apr. 1721
1. John Wilson to attend next meeting.
2. Price of lead having risen since Spitalfields contract was made, 18d.
per cent to be allowed beyond the contract, provided it be finished by
3. Pridie, painter, to execute gilding of vanes of St Michael Cornhill.
287. [p. 157] 3 May 1721
1. John Wilson attending, the Board refused to let him the ground in Old
Street upon which a church is intended to be built unless he consented not
to raise it above present level, with which he would not comply.
2. As price of lead is falling, minute 2, 27 Apr. 1721 is set aside. The
plumber at Spitalfields church to have such advance above his contract
price as agrees with current price of lead when the work is done, provided
church be covered before Michaelmas next.
3. Gibbs to be desired to send back model of the church in the Strand.
4. Acts of Parliament about church building to be re-printed (300 copies)
with Act of 5 Geo. I for continuing the coal duty, and an abstract of them
all at the end. Solicitor to take care of the impression.
5. Appointed committee to prepare bill for maintenance of ministers; to
meet at Master of the Temple's house for convenience of having
assistance of Mr Ward [counsel]; Deans of Canterbury, Ely, Worcester,
Chichester, the Arches and Gloucester; Cannon, Ellis and Philipps, or
any other member pleased to come.
288. [p. 159] 26 Oct. 1721
1. Solicitor's bill referred to Meller or Hiccocks to settle and report.
2. James delivered a memorial on the state of the churches; referred to
289. [p. 160] 9 Nov. 1721
1. Surveyors to offer Devall 15s. per cent for lead covering of Spitalfields
church, provided he puts it in hand immediately; if he refuses, they are
empowered to employ any other plumber that will undertake it at this
rate. As the boards have long been exposed to weather and may be
attacked by worm, Surveyors are to cover them with pitch and tar before
lead be laid on.
2. The workmen's petition to be considered at next meeting.
3. Commissioners to be summoned for next Monday to consider bill for
the maintenance of ministers.
290. [p. 161] 13 Nov. 1721
1. Perused bill for the maintenance of ministers. Solicitor to consider
proviso about continuance of payment of tithe on arable land, etc., and
prepare a new clause, obtaining Mr Ward's opinion, to submit to next
291. [p. 162] 16 Nov. 1721
1. Treasurer to pay executrix of Mr Stanley Smith for goods sold and
delivered at St George's chapel, and work done, £8. 10s.
2. Warrants to be prepared for paying Solicitor's bill, settled by Mr
Hiccocks, and the above executrix.
3. Perused bill for maintenance of ministers, and made amendment, to
be referred to Mr Ward.
292. [p. 163] 20 Nov. 1721
Two copies of the bill to be written out by Solicitor for next meeting.
293. [p. 164] 23 Nov. 1721
1. Surveyors to submit designs of church in Lombard Street to next
meeting for reconsideration.
2. Solicitor submitted two copies of the maintenance bill; Secretary to
attend Attorney-General with one, Mr Lowndes with the other.
294. [p. 165] 27 Nov. 1721
1. Secretary to acquaint widow of the late Treasurer that she should
submit Leacroft's last quietus and all papers relating to his accounts as
soon as possible.
2. Secretary reported that he had delivered copies of the bill to AttorneyGeneral and Mr Lowndes.
295. [p. 166] 14 Dec. 1721
Read petition of Jonas Stephenson about Strand church; referred to