I. 64. Letter from William, Lord Burghely, to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, requesting, on behalf of William Clayton and Thomas
James, tenants of two houses on London Bridge, lately taken down
and rebuilt, that they might have the occupation of the said premises
at such augmentation of their rents as they were able to bear
although others might offer higher terms.
The Savoy, 7th November, 1579.
I. 65. Letter from the Lord Mayor to William, Lord Burghley,
Lord Treasurer, in reply, stating that the Court of Aldermen had
called before them the Bridgemasters, who had informed them that
the said houses being in a very dangerous ruin, the late Tenants were
afraid to continue therein, and upon their suit to have them rebuilt,
they gave up absolutely the unexpired term of their former leases.
New leases had been offered to them upon terms which the City
thought very reasonable.
9th November, 1579.
I. 140. Letter from William, Lord Burghley, to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, requesting that a tenement belonging to the Bridgehouse might be granted to Mrs. Temes, the wife of William Temes,
some time Comptroller of the Custom House.
20th March, 1577.
I. 141. Letter from William, Lord Burghley, to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, upon the same subject.
31st October, 1579.
I. 214. Letter from Sir Christopher Hatton (fn. 1) to Sir Thomas
Offley, (fn. 2) Sir Rowland Heywood, (fn. 3) Sir Lyonell Duckett, (fn. 4) Sir John
Ryvers, (fn. 5) Knights, and the rest of the Commissioners for the lands
of the Bridge-house, requesting them to consider favourably the
suit of the Widow of their tenant of the Castle in Wood Street, and
grant her a new lease upon payment of 200 marks.
15th June, 1581.
I. 216. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Christopher Hatton,
Knight, Vice-Chamberlain, in reply, stating that they had considered
his letter, and had been applied to by Her Majesty, on behalf of
another party, for a lease of the premises, to whom they had given
out of the Chamber 30l.; they had also offered the Widow the lease
of the house during her life, without any fine, only paying the rent,
&c., which she had refused. One hundred marks had since been
offered to her if she would leave the premises.
20th June, 1581.
I. 247. Letter from William Lord Burghley to the Lord Mayor,
stating that he had been informed by his servant, Humfrey Pleasington,
that his Lordship might, with the consent of the Masters of the
Bridge-house, grant in reversion by lease certain houses upon London
Bridge, one being the sign of the St. John's Head, in which Love's
Widow dwelt, and the other the sign of the Red Cock, wherein
Bradlare's Widow dwelt, neither of them having longer estate than
for their lives, and requesting that Pleasington might have the reversion
of one or both of them for a reasonable consideration.
30th August, 1581.
I. 438. Letter from Sir Christopher Hatton to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, reminding them of an order passed by the Masters
and Governors of the Bridge-house in the first and second years of
Philip and Mary, according to custom, granting a tenement situated
in St. Nicholas's Shambles, in the parish of Christ Church, to William
Haynes and Joane his wife, for the term of their lives, they paying the
rent of 6l. a year, which before was but 5l., by virtue of which order
they had accordingly held the same premises for twenty-eight years, but,
being aged and sickly, they were threatened to be put out, and requesting, for the sake of charity and the good fame of the City, they might
remain in quiet possession of the said lease.
2nd December, 1582.
I. 440. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chancellor, (fn. 6)
acknowledging his letter inclosing the petition of Garnons, as to a
lease granted to him by the City, and informing him that the ViceChamberlain had written to the Aldermen in favour of Mr. Haynes,
the present occupier of the premises; they had delayed sealing the
lease to Garnons until they had answered the said letter.
4th December, 1582.
I. 441. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Christopher Hatton,
Knight, Vice-Chamberlain, acknowledging the receipt of his letter
recommending the grant of a new lease to Mr. Haynes, of the
premises held by him as a tenant at will, and stating the steps taken
by the City to satisfy him, and that a new lease of the premises
would be granted to Mr. Garnons.
4th December, 1582.
I. 508. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chancellor,
stating that Thomas Bate (fn. 7) and Robert Ask, (fn. 8) Bridgemasters,
were being sued before him by Haynes, for sealing a lease to Garnons,
of the house wherein Haynes dwelt; that the lease had been made
to Garnons by order of the City, having been previously offered to
Haynes at a lower rate, and refused; the passing of Garnon's lease
in respect of Haynes's property had been long deferred, until Garnons
complained to his Lordship, who had required the City to see him
satisfied, upon the receipt of which opinion the Bridgemasters were
ordered to make the lease upon which Haynes had founded his
complaint. The Lord Mayor begged that the charge made against
the officers, who had only followed out the City's instructions and
his Lordship's opinion might be dismissed.
4th May, 1583.
I. 659. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Governors of the
Revenues of the Bridge-house, forwarding a petition he had received
from John Tey, Merchant Taylor, requesting the renewal of a lease
of a tenement held by him belonging to the Bridge-house.
3rd May, 1592.
II. 286. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Earl of Kynlosse (fn. 9)
in reply to his letter on behalf of William Wiles, a Butcher of the
City, concerning a tenement of the Bridge-house Rents, and stating
that it had been long since leased to one Garnons. Sans date.