XVI. GRANTS OF TENEMENTS IN GREYFRIARS.
The following grants are recorded in the Letters and Papers,
1539. June 30. William Bolton, (fn. 1) a tenement at the
West end of the Church (xv., p. 540).
1539. July 16. Thomas Soulemont, buildings within the
site (xv., p. 557).
1540. March 17. John Wyseman, three tenements (xv.,
1541. September 1. Anne Lythego, widow, and Thomas
Ayer, ironmonger, two tenements at the Gate (xvi., p. 723).
1541. December 8. Jerome and Francis Benall, mansion
and garden at the west end (xvii., p. 693).
1542. June 22. Richard Tredery, (fn. 2) three tenements (id.).
1543. February. Sir John Williams and Sir Edward
North, site (described in detail), value £3 13s. 4d. (fn. 3) (xviii.,
(i) p. 132).
1543. June 27. Sir Roger Cholmeley, garden on south
of church (xviii., (i) p. 550).
1544. January 18. Hugh Willoughby, a tenement called
Dr. Vaughan's lodging, lately held by Lady Rose Wallope,
deceased (xix., i., p. 644).
1544. April 14. John Duffield, foyster, lands in St.
Ewen's (xix., i., p. 649).
1544. July. Hugh Losse, messuages in St. Ewen's and
St. Sepulchre's (xix., i., p. 615).
1544. July. John Gates and Thomas Thorogod, tenement and void ground at the Gate, Anne Lethego, tenant;
and a messuage, John Wyseman and Thomas Yare, tenants
(xix., i., p. 623).
1544. September 11. Thomas Persse, reversion of tenements granted to Jerome and Francis Benall (xix., ii., p. 181).
1544. September 23. Thomas Bocher; garden, tenant,
John Baynton; messuage, tenant, Elizabeth Westborne;
gardens, tenants, Peter Casanova and John Clarke; a curtelage
called a backesyde, tenants, John Baynton and Edward Lacke
(xix., ii., p. 186).
The grant to Willoughby was the subject of a lawsuit. In
1545 he made a petition in chancery showing that in the 35th
year of his reign the King had granted him for life "a tenement late in the tenure of the ladye Rose Walloppe, wydow,
dyssesyd, situatyd next the mansion callyd Doctur Vaughan's
Lodgyng withyn the precynct of the late house of the late
fryers mynores commenly callyd the gray ffreres withyn the
cyte of London with the Hall, Chambyr, Kychen and dyvers
other houses &c.," and that on 14th January last John
Vandernot "physyssyon" had without just cause entered
thereon and kept possession. Vandernot in his answer alleged
that Jerome and Francis Benall on 8th December, 1541, had
a grant "by the name of the Tenement and Mansion and oon
garden lying in the West end of the Churche of the house of
the late ffryers Mynors, between the said Churche of the East
parte and the Kynges hyghe wey there leadyng from the grete
gate to the second cloyster of the said house on the west
parte, and the second cloyster on the north parte, and the
Kynges hygh wey there ledyng from the grete gate into the
Churche on the south parte, together with the conduyt of
water"; this he alleged that William Vaughan, clerk, deceased,
held. Further that Thomas Persse [Percy] had on 11th September, 1544, a grant of the reversion after the Benalls died;
of which he, the defendant, had a conveyance; he denied that
he had entered on any premises not covered by this grant.
In his Replication Willoughby denied that Vaughan had
occupied the houses in question, or that they were part of the
grants alleged. Vandernot rejoined that Vaughan took the
rents, and that Lady Wallop was his tenant (Augmentation
Office, Misc. Books, 12/35, P.R.O.). In subsequent interrogatories in the suit the deponents were asked whether they
knew "the kychyn, entre, parlar, with the aulter there, the
old garett above the said parlar, a Chamber called a study
with the lead above, and the stayers lying within the precincte
of the Grey frieres agaynst the second cloyster"; whether
they were parcell of Vaughan's lodging; whether he occupied
them; and whether he did not let them to Lady Wallop, etc.
Amongst the deponents were two former friars of the house,
Edmund Tomson of St. Clement without Temple Bar, chaplain, aged forty-three years—on 11th November, 1544—who
answered all questions in the affirmative; and George Hovy,
of St. Botolph without Aldersgate, chaplain, aged thirty-six
years, who answered the first question yes; of the others he
had no knowledge (Augm. Office, Misc. Books, 37/18, P.R.O.).
Doctor Vaughan's Lodging may from this description very
probably have been the Guardian's Lodging. In 1547 Willoughby held the Hall and Little Cloister (see p. 230 below).
Since Dr. Vaughan and Lady Wallop were dead in 1544,
the Extent, which is printed below, must be of earlier date.
Most of the grantees appear in it; Thomas Soulemont as
Master Solyman; Doctor Vaughan presumably as Doctor
Vasium; Anne Lythego may be the same as Johanna Lego,
and the Anne Legoe of the St. Bartholomew's plan (she died
in 1544, see p. 114 above); Thomas Yare is no doubt Thomas
Ayer; John Baynton appears as Caynton in the Extent, and is
apparently the John Clynton of the grant of 1543 (see p. 224
above), whose garden was in the north-east part of the site.
The plan of 1617, preserved at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, is apparently based on material seventy years older;
it marks a tenement at right angles to the Gatehouse, "Ann
Legoe," and a piece of ground in the north-west corner,
"Bolton's Garden now Mallowes"; this last was against the
Wall to the West of the first bastion, I am not sure that the
Friars' ground extended so far.
The Extent is contained in Rentals and Surveys, 11/17,
|Johannes Caynton, groser, per annum.
|Eodem Joh[an]n. vj s. viij d. et Edwardo Leache per annum, v s. iiij d.
|redditus vnius le backside per annum.
|Johannes Wysman per annum.
||liij s. iiij d.
|Johanna Lego, vidua, per annum.
|Johannes Norrys per annum.
|Elizabethe Meryall per annum.
|Elizabethe Westbourne per annum.
||xiij s. iiij d.
|Willm. Vasium, doctor, per annum.
||vj li. xiij s. iiij d.
|Master Solyman, per annum.
||iij li. xiiij s. iiij d.
|Peter Casanova, per annum.
||vj s. viij d.
|Thomas Ayer, per annum.
|Domina Walloppe, vidua, per annum.
|Johanni Clerke, Militi, per annum.
||vj s. iiij d.
|Wyllm. Bolton, per annum.
|quodam Ceco, per annum.