Samuel Lese, by his will dated the 26th April 1634,
after reciting that the parishioners of St. Andrew Holborn, had theretofore recovered of him 40s. yearly for
the use of the poor of that parish declared that he was
willing to confirm the same, and that the said yearly
payment was to issue out of the house near Holborn
bridge occupied by Mr. Cox. And he gave the house
wherein he then lived near Holborn Bridge together
with the said house in the occupation of William Cox
and a house in Mutton Lane to the Clothworker's Company. And by a codicil dated 30th April 1639, he
desired that his lands, &c. should be bestowed towards
the charitable uses following: viz., to be lent to honest
young men of the Company and the profits thereof paid
to the poor and aged women of the Company, that a
sermon should be preached every year, and he gave to
his executors and their successors 5s. a piece for ever
for their pains.
An information was filed after the last inquiry, in
1833, by the Attorney General at the relation of Thomas
Spencer Hall against the Clothworkers' Company, praying that the said charity might be established, and that
the property and funds vested in the said Company
might be ascertained and that the trusts of the said
Samuel Lese might be made available and carried into
execution, and that to that end the said real and leasehold estate so derived from the testator and then vested
in the said Company might be sold, and that the produce when so realised might be laid out or otherwise
disposed of as the Court should think fit, and that in
case of need it might be referred to one of the masters
to settle a scheme for the application of the funds, so as
to effectuate and secure the due performance of the
said trusts and purposes for making loans to young men
of the said Company and others in case of need with
such directions as might be requisite and that an account
might be taken from such period as under the circumstances might appear necessary of such part of the said
estates so given to the said Company as should have
been by the said Company converted or disposed of to
their own use and also of the yearly interest upon the
same, and also in particular of the increased rent of
the said freehold messuage and that all such accounts
might be taken as under the circumstances appear
By the decree on the hearing of the information,
made the 24th March 1835, it was ordered that the
defendants the Company should continue to apply the
yearly rents and profits of the premises devised under
the will of Samuel Lese the testator in the pleadings
named to and for the benefit of the persons to whom
such benefits are thereby given, and according to the
trusts and purposes of such will and as the same had
been hitherto applied, and the costs of all parties including the costs of the memorial to the attorneygeneral were ordered to be taxed and paid.
The loan portion of the gift was subsequently included
in the order of the 31st July 1840 (see Heydon's Charity)
made on the petition of Mr. Henry Ball and Mr. Charles
Larkins Francis, two members of the Clothworkers'
Company, and the fund forms part of the present loan
The payments are as follows:—
|To the churchwarden of St. Andrew's,
|To the chaplain of the Company for a
sermon at Saint James' in the Wall
at which the Company attend on
the 2nd May||1||1||0|
|To the master warden and ten assistants attending||3||15||0|
|To printing summonses for 2nd May
addressed to all the livery||0||6||6|
|To the poor of the Company (in 1858)||94||13||3|
The distribution is made in pensions and gifts, and
forms part of the fund given away as mentioned in my
report on Rogers' Charity.
Elizabeth Love's Charity.
Elizabeth Love, by her will dated the 12th March
1805, gave 200l. stock in the Old South Sea Annuities
standing in her name, to the governors and trustees of
the Clothworkers' Hall, for the benefit of blind persons,
subject to the life interest of Jane Clements and Margaret Hebbert therein named. The Company by their
resolution of the 18th August 1858 appointed Mr. Orton
to act with Christ's Hospital, also legatees under the
will to obtain letters of administration de bonis non.
On the 24th November 1858, Mr. Orton remitted to the
court a cheque for 258l. 16s. 1d. their proportion of the
estate of the testatrix. This sum was invested in
269l. 4s. 9d., 3l. per Cent. Reduced Annuities, the income
of which is 8l. 1s. 8d. The Company have resolved that
the annual dividends deducting 5l. per cent. for management, shall be paid to one blind person to be nominated
by the master for the time being annually in the month
of May. The nomination is to be annual by a different
master and it will not therefore follow that the same
person will be chosen a second time. (fn. 1)
John Lute, by his will of the 12th May 1585, devised
four messuages in the parish of St. Dionis, Backchurch,
a messuage in St. Lawrence, Old Jewry, and a messuage
in St. Michael's, Cornhill, to the Clothworkers' Company, and from the profits thereof lend out 200l., 100l.
thereof to five young men free of the Company, and
the other 100l. to ten honest householders freemen of
the Company. And he directed the said Company to
pay to some learned man for a sermon on St. Luke's
day at the church of St. Michael, Cornhill, 6s. 8d., and
to every person of the livery present thereat 4d., and
to provide yearly 12 men's gowns and 12 women's
gowns, 12 men's shirts and 12 women's smocks, 12 pair
of shoes for men and 12 for women on St. Luke's day,
six men and six women to be free of the Company, and
six men and six women to be of the parish of St.
Michael, Cornhill, the master and wardens to have
3s. 4d. each, and the clerks and beadles 3s. 4d. each,
and the rest of the yearly profits should remain towards
the reparations of the premises and the affairs and
relief of the said Company.
After the last inquiry an information was filed in
the Court of Chancery by the Attorney-General at the
relation of T. S. Hall and Effingham Wilson against
the Company defendants praying that the said
defendants might answer the premises, and make a full
disclosure of all the matters aforesaid. And that an
account might be taken of all such sums of money paid
by the said Company as ought to have been applied in
making such loans as were directed to be made by the
said will, and that it might be decreed that such part
of the said sum of 200l., as had been lost ought to be
made good out of the estate aforesaid. And that the
said defendants might be charged with interest on such
sums respectively during such time as they should
appear to have misapplied or kept the same nonapplied
and that if necessary an inquiry might be directed of
what the hereditaments and property of the said
charity consisted, and the yearly rental thereof, and
whether the existing leases were properly made and
for the benefit of the said charity, and that if necessary
it might be referred to one of the masters to approve
of a scheme for the future management of the charity
estates, and the application thereof.
The Company by their answer said that the surplus
of the said annual rents was given by the said testator
towards the charges, affairs, and relief of the said Company of Clothworkers according to the discretion of the
By the order of the court made at the hearing of the
cause on the 17th July 1833, it was ordered that the
defendants, the Clothworkers' Company, should carry
to the credit of an account to be opened in the books of
the said Company, under the head of John Lute's
charity, the principal sum of 200l. so bequeathed by the
will of the said John Lute, and also the further sum of
100l. being the amount of 10 years' interest on the said
principal sum of 200l., making together 300l., and it
was ordered that one moiety of the said sum of 100l. be
added by the said defendants to the loans to the five
young men free of the Company, and the other moiety
to the loans of 10 honest householders free of the Company, and that advertisement of such loans being available should be made as therein mentioned, and without
dismissing any portion of the bill, the court ordered
that the costs should be taxed and paid by the Company.
It does not distinctly appear by the pleadings or by
the order of the court whether any questions with reference to this charity other than the application of the
loan fund came under the consideration of the court.
The prayer of the information seems to have been
framed with the view of avoiding to put forward a case
affecting the surplus, and thus to avoid any point of
costs if such a case should fail, and yet to entitle the
relators to ask for as wide a relief as possible. The
defendants raised the question by their answer, but no
portion of the bill was dismissed, and it therefore
appears to me that the question of the extent of the
charitable trust has not been disposed of by the court.
Under the decisions which have taken place, it does not,
however, appear to me that any case against the Company with reference to the dedication of the surplus could
be successfully raised.
The loan fund has been since dealt with under the
order of the Court of Chancery of the 31st July 1840
(confirming the master's report of the 21st July 1840)
relating to the loan fund. (See Heydon's case.)
The sermon is annually preached on St. Luke's day
in St. Michael's Church, Cornhill, and the Company
pay to the rector 1l. 1s.
The court proceed in procession with so many of the
livery as choose to attend, and every one who attends
receives a paper of cakes of the value of 2s., which is
not, however, charged to the fund.
The clothing distributed by the Company in respect
of this charity in the year 1858 was 93l. 9s. 4d., and is
included in the aggregate sum of upwards of 700l.
applied in these gifts, as stated in the report on Hobby's
The premises comprised in the gift are now Nos. 47,
48, 49, 53, and 54, Moorgate Street, paying ground rents
amounting together to 718l. a year.
The balance applied by the Company to their own use
after the gifts are paid was in 1858 930l. 11s. 11d. (fn. 2)
Dame Elizabeth Lyon, by her will of the 10th January
1556, gave 40l. to the Company to the intent that the
same should be employed in a stock by the Company
being out of the livery, whereof every such poor young
man to have 20l. a piece for two years upon good sureties, and so from two years to two years, the same stock
to be employed unto two poor young men, being out of
the livery, for ever without any money to be paid by
such young men other than only 10s. to be paid by
either of the said young men unto the said Company
for a drinking or otherwise to be divided between the
said master and wardens. The will was proved in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury on the 21st January
1569, and the sum of 40l. was received by the said
Company. This is one of the charities included in the
loan fund, administered according to the report of the
Master in Chancery. It forms part of the moneys comprised in the schedule to that report.
John Machell, by his will of the 26th July 1558, gave
100l. to the Company, on trust, to deliver out the same
to four young men of the Company for three years, to
every of the said four young men 25l. a piece, the Company at the time of delivering the said money to take
sureties for the repayment thereof at the end of the
three years. The will was proved in the Prerogative
Court of Canterbury the 10th October 1558, and the
said 100l. was paid to the said Company.
This charity is included in the loan funds administered according to the report of the master of the 21st
July 1840, referred to under Heydon's Charity. It
forms part of the moneys comprised in the schedules to
the master's report.
Samuel Middlemore's Charity.
Samuel Middlemore, by will prior to 1647, gave to
the Company 800l. to purchase lands of the yearly value
of 40l., to provide cloth for 20 gowns, linen for 20
shirts and smocks, 20 pairs of stockings, 20 pairs of
shoes for 20 poor aged men and women, four whereof
to be of the parish of Saint Clement's, and 16 free of
the Company, and further to provide 10 chaldron of
coal for 20 poor people; and he willed that only 33l.
should be bestowed out of the 40l., and if the 33l. was
not sufficient there should be a deduction out of the
coals, and he directed that out of the residue of the 40l.
should be paid to the preacher at St. Clement's church
13s. 4d. for a sermon, to the two younger wardens 10s.
each, to the clerk, 6s. 8d., to the beadle 5s., parish clerk
3s. 4d., and sexton 1s. 8d. Also to the churchwardens
of St. Clement's 3l. for coals to the oldest poor people,
and 30s. residue of the 40l. to remain to the Company
towards charges arising about the said business.
Subsequently to the inquiry of the Commissioners an
information was filed by the Attorney-General at the
relation of Thomas Spencer Hall against the Clothworkers' Company, praying that by reason of their
neglect to invest the sums of 800l. and 100l. in the purchase of real estate in part, and also in not having in
any manner set apart or appropriated the same two
sums or any specific fund, or securing the said several
charitable uses and purposes of the said donors as
directed by the said will of said Samuel and John
Middlemore respectively, had made default and acted
in breach of the said trusts in them in that behalf reposed, and that the said defendants might be decreed
to make good to or for the said charitable uses the loss
or injury sustained by the said default, and neglect of
the said Company in not having made the said investments in land, and that defendants might be compelled
to set apart and appropriate some specific real estate, or
else some specific public funds or stocks of competent
value or amount belonging to and vested in them as
part of the general corporate property or stock of the
said Company, or otherwise to provide so much so as to
yield such yearly income as might appear proper, and
so and in such manner that the same might be adequately charged and secured for the future performance
of said charitable uses; and, further, to make suitable
compensation for the benefit of the said charitable
objects for and in respect of the loss sustained by reason
of such neglect in not having made such investment in
land, and that the said defendants might be decreed to
pay to the relators their costs of the suit.
By a decree of the Court made at the hearing of this
cause on the 24th March 1835, the defendants, by their
counsel submitting to the prayer to be charged with the
principal sums of 800l. and 100l., as of the gifts of
Samuel Middlemore and John Middlemore respectively,
the testators in the pleadings named, and undertaking
to pay interest for the same at 5l. per cent. It was
ordered that the amount of such interest be thenceforth
applied to, and for the purposes declared in the wills
of the said Samuel Middlemore and John Middlemore
respectively. And that the costs, &c. of the relator
and of the defendants, including the memorial to the
Attorney-General, to be taxed by the master of the
Court in rotation, be paid by the defendants. And it
was ordered that the said defendants be at liberty to
retain their own costs, and what should be paid for the
relator's costs out of the charity funds in question in
By an order of the Court of the Company of the
14th October 1658, this and Barbara Burnell's Gift were
charged upon the lands at Islington. This order does
not appear to have been known at the time of the last
report, and it would seem to have been lost sight of at
the making of the deed of 1734 (vol. 6, page 231).
The sum of 40l. a year is now applied by the Company
|Carried to the clothing account and
distributed with Hobby's Charity||32||0||0|
|To the churchwardens of St. Clement's, East Cheap, for sea coals||3||0||0|
|To the Company||1||10||0|
|The rector of St. Clement's, East
|The warden, clerk of Company,
beadle, parish clerk, and sexton
In 1853 the sum expended in clothing was 91l. 19s. 5d.
including the specific gifts above stated, and John
Middlemore's gift of 5l. a year. (fn. 3)
John Middlemore's Gift.
John Middlemore, by his will of 22nd June 1647,
gave 100l. to the Company, to be laid out in the purchase of land, 5l. a year for 20 poor members of the
Company. This was one of the subjects of the suit
instituted by the Attorney-General at the relation of
Thomas S. Hall, against the Company stated in the
report on Samuel Middlemore's Charity.
The sum of 5l. a year is given away in sums of 5s. a
piece to 20 poor recipients of the clothing, which is
distributed on the 11th of October as mentioned in
Hobby's Charity, when they attend at St. Clement's
Church. (fn. 3)
Thomas Newnam, by his will of the 9th July 1800,
gave to the Company 10,000l. Consols, the interest to
be disposed of in equal shares among 15 poor blind
men and 15 poor blind women. The legacy was subject to 1,000l. legacy duty, and the remainder was
transferred, and is still invested in Consols in the name
of the Company. The dividends amounting to 270l. a
year, are distributed annually amongst 30 blind persons
in sums of 2l. 5s. a quarter.
The pensioners are appointed by the members of the
Court in rotation; they must, according to the regulation of the Company, be 50 years of age, and have
been blind for three years. The applicants are very
numerous. (fn. 4)
Thomas Ormston, by his will of the 24th February
1556, gave 3l. yearly to the churchwardens of St.
Bartholomew, Royal Exchange, for bread to the poorest
householders every Sunday, and 6l. equally to the three
hospitals—Christ's, Bridewell, and St. Bartholomew's. (fn. 5)
John Osmotherlaw, by his will of the 1st June 1642,
gave to the Company 50s. a year for five poor clothworkers at Christmas. This money is received annually from the Merchant Taylors' Company and distributed with Rogers' gift. (fn. 6)
Dame Anne Packington's Charity.
Dame Anne Packington, by her will of the 24th
November, 1559, gave certain lands to trustees of the
yearly value of 16l. 16s. 9d. to permit the Clothworkers'
Company to receive the rents and distribute 3l. 13s. 4d.
among the poor of St. Dunstan's in the West, between
the 1st November and 1st February; to distribute 8l. to
the poor of the parish where she should be buried (St.
Botolph, Aldersgate), viz., 3l. for finding of poor men's
children to school, 3l. to be distributed among the poor
of that parish from the 1st November to 1st February,
to cause a sermon to be preached at St. Dunstan's on
the 15th February, and another sermon in St. Botolph,
Aldersgate; to distribute unto the poor, in alms, 40s.
residue of said 8l., and to each preacher 6s. 8d. over and
above the said 40s., and the said Company to retain for
themselves the residue of 4l. 10s. 1d. a year.
After the reports of the commissioners of inquiry
suggesting doubts as to the actual extent and the due
administration of this estate (see vol. 2, page 59, and
vol. 8, page 293) an information was filed by the
Attorney-General, and a decree and scheme obtained,
which is set forth in a further report of the Commissioners of inquiry (vol. 20, pages 260–61), and the substance of which is as follows:—
That the yearly rents should in future be divided into
sixteen parts, and be applied by the Company in manner
Four sixteenths thereof to be distributed yearly
among the poor inhabitants of St. Dunstan's in the
West, between the 1st February and 1st November, as
the Company should think necessary.
Eight sixteenths to be distributed yearly among the
poor of St. Botolph, Aldersgate, viz., 3/16ths towards
the finding of poor men's children of the same parish to
school and learning, 3/16ths to be yearly distributed
among the poor of the parish between the 1st November
and 1st February, and 2/16ths to poor people in alms
by the said Company on such days as the sermons
should be preached.
That the Company should procure two sermons to be
yearly preached on such days and places as the said
testatrix had by her will pointed out and should pay to
each of such preachers 1l. 1s. for each sermon.
Four sixteenths, after paying the preachers, to be retained by the Company for their use in consideration of
their pains and trouble in the execution of the premises
and expenses attending the management of the estate
and distribution of the said charity.
Preference to be given in the distribution to such
persons as had never received parochial relief, and had
been the longest without such relief.
That accounts should be kept of the receipts and expenditure of the charity to be audited once a year and
signed by the master and wardens.
That the estate of the charity should be distinguished
from the land belonging to the Company by bound
stones, and that the same should be managed and let to
the best advantage by the Company.
Upon a petition of the Clothworkers' Company to the
Court of Chancery, heard on the 23rd May 1844, presented under Sir Samuel Romilly's Act, to which
petition the Attorney-General and the churchwardens
and overseers of both parishes were respondents, it was
referred to the master to inquire whether an agreement
of the 19th April 1844, with any and what variations
should be carried into execution.
The master reports on the 11th April 1845 in favour
of the agreement and his report was confirmed by the
order of the court of the 25th April 1845.
The terms of this agreement for enfranchisement were
carried into effect by a deed dated the 4th August 1846,
between the Venerable William Hale Hale, Archdeacon
of London, of the first part, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners of the second part, the Copyhold Commissioners
of the third part, the master, wardens, and commonalty
of the Clothworkers' Company of the fourth part, and
Henry Rutt and others, citizens and clothworkers and
trustees as therein mentioned, of the fifth part. Reciting
the agreement of the 19th April 1844, the master's
report of the 11th April 1845, and the order confirming
the same: And reciting that in pursuance of the said
order the said Company had paid the sum of 32l. 3s. 9d.
into the bank in the name of the accountant-general
"exparte the account of the Copyhold Commissioners,"
and that the said Copyhold Commissioners had agreed
to the deed: It was witnessed that in consideration of
a piece of pasture land surrendered to the said William
Hale Hale by the parties of the fifth part, and intended
to be forthwith surrendered to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, and of the said 32l. 3s. 9d. paid as aforesaid.
And also of the sum of 119l. 6s. 3d. to be placed to the
account of the Accountant-General "ex parte the Copyhold Commissioners," and which said piece of pasture
ground, together with the said sums of 32l. 3s. 9d. and
119l. 6s. 3d., making together 151l. 10s., were the full
consideration for the enfranchisement of the pieces of
land and hereditaments therein-after described, the said
William Hale Hale and the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners bargained, sold, enfranchised, and released to
the said parties of the fifth part, all those five messuages
or tenements, and also 21 acres 1 rood 11 perches in
Islington aforesaid, and also a piece of land of 2 roods
11 perches and 3 other roods lying in another close;
and also 1 acre 3 roods of meadow land, to hold the
said messuages, lands, and hereditaments unto and to
the use of the said parties of the fifth part in trust
for the said Clothworkers' Company and their successors
The houses mentioned in the Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry (vol. 20, p. 260) and described there
under Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and let to T. Pearson and
others, were taken down by the sanction of an order of
the court of the 31st May 1850, whereby it was ordered
that the Company should be at liberty to enter into an
agreement with Mr. Samuel Rhodes for letting to him
for building purposes the same piece of land as now
comprised in and demised by the indenture of lease
therein referred to, upon the terms and conditions in
the proposal and the master's report of the 8th April
1850, with liberty for the Company to execute leases
from time to time in conformity with the terms of the
agreement. And the master was to settle the draft of
the proposed agreement with James Rhodes and of one
the leases to be granted thereunder, and the Company
were to execute such agreement and leases in conformity
The agreement, which is dated the 31st July 1850, and
made between the Company of the one part and James
Rhodes of the other part, recited the order of the court
of the 31st May 1850, and the agreement between the
Company and James Rhodes to take the Crown field at
Islington, containing 4 acres 2 roods 13 perches, and the
prebend field, containing 14 acres 0 roods 5 perches, as
the same with the general scheme of the said intended
buildings were delineated on a map thereon with the
easements and appurtenances for 90 years from Michaelmas 1846 at an aggregate rent of 800l. a year distributable as thereinafter mentioned, with such additional rent or payment in respect of sewerage, and
otherwise as therein mentioned with such stipulations
touching roads, ways, and buildings as therein mentioned. That the said James Rhodes was already in
possession of the premises under a previous lease therein
mentioned (but then cancelled) and that the master had
approved of the now stating agreement. And the said
James Rhodes thereby covenanted with the Company
to construct the roads, drains, &c., as therein mentioned
and within two years from Midsummer 1850, to build 30
houses, and within the then seven following years, 10
additional houses in each year, in the five then next succeeding years 40 additional houses in each year, and in
the then next succeeding year 43 additional houses,
making a total of 343 houses, which said houses should
not be less than third and fourth rate houses, and contain
not less than six or eight rooms each, but with power to
diminish the number of houses proportionately if any of
such houses were built of a higher rate according to the
certificate of the surveyor, and that the said James
Rhodes should be at liberty to dig brick earth and
remove certain old buildings, and that they would grant
to the said James Rhodes such sufficient leases not
exceeding 20 in the whole as therein mentioned at such
apportioned rents as would amount to the said sum of
800l. And the agreement prescribed the form of the
said leases and counterparts and the covenants and provisions therein contained.
The only variation from this agreement has been
made by a subsequent order of the court of the 11th
January 1859, permitting the Company to vary the form
of the covenants.
The benefit of the agreement has been assigned by
Mr. Rhodes to John Jay. The building on the estate
was found to be much impeded by the objectionable form
of the covenant which made one portion of the property
liable for defaults of the other, and the Court of Chancery
ordered that the said Company should be relieved from
the restrictions, whereby the total number of leases to
be granted was by the said agreement of the 31st July
1850 limited to 20, and the rent to be reserved in
respect of any one lease was not to be less than 20l., and
that the said Company should be at liberty to demise
the said houses with the appurtenances then completed
but not leased to the said J. Jay, his executors, &c., by
any one or more lease or leases or 10 additional houses
being completed pursuant to the agreement of the
31st July 1850. And it was ordered that the Company
and the said John Jay, and John Hebb, and James
Rhodes should execute a deed or deeds for transferring
to John Hebb all the benefit and liability of the
said agreement of the 31st July 1850, exclusive of
the premises already demised, and of the said houses
and releasing and exonerating the said J. Rhodes from
all liability under the said contract, and in addition
that all leases to be granted by the said Company to
Jay and Hebb respectively should contain reservations
of separate rents in respect of each house with the appurtenances to be comprised in such lease and in such leases
should be contained provisions authorising a re-entry
of the Company into so much only of the said demised
premises with the buildings thereon in respect whereof
nonpayment of rent or nonobservance of covenants by
the lessee should respectively happen, but so that the
residue of the said demised premises be not affected by
such re-entry. This order was obtained at the expense
of the lessees and assignees.
The five houses which were taken down as before
mentioned, were comprised in an agreement with John
Hebb, under an order of the Court of Chancery of the
6th June 1856, in consideration of building 30 houses
for a term of 80 years from Michaelmas 1856 at 150l. a
year. The Company have since redeemed the land tax,
and in consideration thereof there is an addition to the
rent of 6l., making together 156l. a year, and the property is held under Mr. Hebb as follows:—
|Mr. Barker has built eight houses
in Queen's Head Lane, and pays
an apportioned rent of||42||0||0|
|The Postmaster General is the
lessee of the corner premises in
Packington Street and Lower
Street at the apportioned rent
|A portion of the property has been
converted into a street which
runs through it and forms part
of Packington Street||—|
|The remainder of this portion of
the estate which fronts chiefly
in Packington Street and partly
in Lower Street, is on lease to
Mr. Hebb under five leases for
the same term at the apportioned rent of||77||0||0|
|A piece of ground containing
1a. 1r. 11p., bounded by Rydon
Street, Linton Street, and Church
Street, Islington, let to Henry
Rydon for 80 years from Midsummer 1857 at a rent of||65||0||0|
|The whole of the remainder of the
estate is comprised in the agreement with Mr. Rhodes and the
subsequent leases under the
same, and the order of the
11th January 1859, and comprising houses in Arlington
Street, Dame Street, Packington Street, Linton Street, St.
Paul's Street, and Queen's Head
Lane, as shown in a plan of
which I caused a copy to be made||—|
|Five leases are held by Mr. Jay
at a total rent of 200l. a year,
and the remaining leases are in
course of being made to Mr. Hebb
as the buildings are completed
at the aggregate rent of||800||0||0|
The 1,237l. 13s. 8d. Consols found due to the charity
at the time of the master's report of November 1827
(vol. 20, p. 260) in respect of the land taken by the
Canal Company, and the sum of 1,436l. 9s. 7d. reduced
stock bought under an order of the court, have been
subsequently expended in the payment of the costs of
the various proceedings in Chancery, the stock having
been sold out at different times under the order of the
Under the scheme, 8/16ths of the income of the charity
goes to the parish of St. Botolph, Aldersgate, 4/16ths to
the parish of St. Dunstan's in the west, and the remaining 4/16ths to the Company for the expense and trouble
of the administration.
The Company attend at St. Dunstan's Church on the
15th February, when a sermon is preached, and on that
occasion 135l. has usually been distributed amongst 88
persons selected by the churchwardens and overseers,
in sums varying from 10s. to 1l. 10s., and the Company
usually in the month of October, give the churchwardens
and overseers a cheque for the balance.
The Company also attend at the church of St. Botolph,
Aldersgate, on the 25th August, when 2/16ths of the
fund, amounting in 1858 to 120l. 18s. 3d. was distributed
to persons selected by the officers of that parish, 3/16ths
(181l. 7s. 1d.) was paid to the churchwardens, and by
them handed over to the treasurer of the schools, and
the balance (181l. 7s. 1d.) was paid in the February
following, and was distributed according to a list of
persons furnished by the churchwardens. (fn. 7)
Dame Anne Packington's Bread Charity.
By an indenture of the 23rd November 1570, Dame
Anne Packington gave 100l. to the Company to pay
4l. 13s. 4d. to the churchwardens of St. Botolph Without, Aldersgate, to the intent that 4l. 6s. 8d., part
thereof, should be applied by the churchwardens in
weekly payments on every Sunday in the year to five
poor people of the parish 4d. each, and the residue to
the churchwardens for the time being for their pains
about the receipts and distribution, or in default made
in such payments the same to be paid to the Dean of
Westminster, and in default thereof to the Dean of St.
Paul's, and 6s. 8d. to the Dean of St. Paul's for the due
performance of the trusts committed to them.
The sum of 4l. 13s. 4d. has not been paid since 1827.
It appears that this payment ceased upon the increased
payment having been made under the other charities
of this lady.
An application was made to the Company by the
churchwardens of St. Botolph, Aldersgate, on the 15th
October, 1847, to which the Company replied that they
were advised that they could not safely pay the money
under the circumstances.
The payment of 6s. 8d. a year was made to the
receiver of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's up to
Michaelmas 1856 (paid 27th February 1857) and has
since been discontinued on the ground that the duty
has not been seen to.
The parish officers who attended at the time of my
inquiry propose, with the concurrence of the Company
and the dean and chapter, to lay a scheme before the
board, and to request their advice and direction. (fn. 8)
Sir William Peake, by his will of the 2nd October
1672, gave 100l. to the Company to pay 10s. a piece to
10 poor men of the Company at Michaelmas yearly.
The 100l. forms part of the fund charged as a portion
of the King Street and Cheapside Estate (see Heath's
Almshouses). The 5l. a year is out of that income
carried to the St. Thomas' Eve Distribution Fund, (for
which see the report on Watson's Charity).
William Pennoyer, by his will of the 25th May 1670,
devised his lands in Norfolk to trustees to pay 10l. a
year to 10 of the blindest, oldest, and poorest clothworkers and their widows.
The governors of Christ's Hospital pay to the Company
annually 10l., which the Company apply to the general
relief fund (for which see Roger's Charity).
Edward Pilsworth, by his will of the 7th July 1603,
gave his messuages, &c. in London to the Company to
pay 16l. as follows:—12l. 14s. to the churchwardens of
Shitlington, Bedfordshire, viz.:—
|To the minister yearly for four
|To reparations of the parish church||0||16||0|
|To six of the poor, every Sunday 4s.,
that is to say, 8d. a piece after
|To the churchwardens for their
And 3l. 6s. residue of the said 16l. should remain to the
use of the said Company, and the said Company should
also pay 5l. a year towards the maintenance of a poor
scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford.
The devised premises being a house in Bartholomew
Lane, belong to the Company and produce a rent of
233l. 15s. as stated in the report of the Commissioners
of Inquiry (vol. 6, page 228).
The sum of 12l. 14s. is paid to the vicar of Shitlington
annually by half-yearly payments, and a certificate
received from him that he has distributed the money
according to the directions of the will.
The gift for an exhibition at Magdalen College,
Oxford, has been by the Company (with all other such
gifts) increased to 20l. a year. The applications are
made from persons at the University, under the form
and with the certificates (printed examples of which I
append). The Company are bound by the deeds and
instruments to dispose of the following exhibitions:—
But they altogether have 13 exhibitions, which amount
together to 260l. a year, and gratuities on academical
success as specified in another printed form, which I
There are generally more applicants for the exhibitions than there are such benefits to dispose of, and
much effort is used to obtain success in the competition. (fn. 9)
To the Master, Wardens, and Court of Assistants of
the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, London.
State name, residence, and profession of parent.
The humble petition of, aged years,
the son of
That your petitioner is a resident poor scholar at
College, in the university of and
is of studious habits and good conduct, as by the accompanying certificate will appear.
That your petitioner being dependent on his friends
for his means of support, whose assistance is not ade
quate to the expenses attendant on the studies of the
university, is desirous of obtaining one of the exhibitions given by your Worships to poor university
And humbly prays that your Worships will take his
case into consideration, and appoint him to one of the
said exhibitions, and thereby enable him to pursue his
studies at the aforesaid university.
And your petitioner will ever pray, &c.
Questions to be answered.
Has the applicant passed a college examination?
In what class?
Whether pensioner or sizar at Cambridge?
Commoner or servitor at Oxford?
What means of support?
We, the undersigned, certify that we have personal
knowledge of the pecuniary means of the petitioner and
his friends, and that they are such as to justify his
application for an exhibition, to enable him to prosecute
his studies more efficiently at the before-mentioned
Clothworkers' Hall, London, 185.
I Have the pleasure to inform you of your appointment by the court, the to an exhibition
of 20l. per annum (in the gift of the Clothworkers' Company) from last for the term of six years,
provided you shall continue so long actual resident in
college, and without any preferment in the church. The
exhibitions are payable half-yearly at Midsummer and
Christmas. On the other half sheet you have forms of
declaration, and certificate (required to be filled up prior
to each application for payment of the exhibition), also
copy of a recent order of court.
I am, Sir,
Form of Certificates to be delivered to the Clothworkers' Company, of London, on application for
the payment of an Exhibition.
Declaration to be signed by the Exhibitioner.
Any student having, or becoming possessed of such income cannot receive the exhibition.
I do declare that I have not received, nor am I entitled to receive, any annual income exceeding 80l.,
from to last [the time for which
the exhibition is due].
As witness my hand this day of 185.
To be signed by the head or next senior officer of the college, and by the tutor of the exhibitioner.
This is to certify, that now a [rank in
college] of College, in the university of hath kept between
and last [the time for which the exhibition is
due] each term by actual residence in the said college,
and that he hath conducted himself soberly, regularly,
As witness our hands this day of 185 .
The exhibition is granted to the scholar to hold for
six years, provided he continues so long actually resident
in college, and without any preferment in the Church.
It is particularly requested that the exhibitioner upon
discontinuing his residence in college, or becoming
ineligible to hold the exhibition, will give immediate
notice to Mr. R. B. Towse, the clerk to the Company.
(Copy) Order of Court, 4th March 1854.
"That it is at all times a matter of great satisfaction
to the court when their exhibitions at Oxford and Cambridge prove to be of special advantage to the students
who hold them, and that for the purpose of offering
encouragement to their exhibitioners,
It is resolved:—
That whenever a gentleman upon his final examination, takes a first or second class in classics or mathematics at Oxford, or is a wrangler or first class classic
at Cambridge, he shall receive a complimentary grant
of 20l., this arrangement to be continued during the
pleasure of the court."
Clothworkers' Hall, London,
I am instructed to inform you as applicant for an
exhibition in the gift of the Clothworkers' Company, at
the university of, that in the event of its
being your intention to become a candidate for one of
20l. per annum, now vacant, a certificate of college
residence and declaration by yourself as to income in
the words of the accompanying forms should be sent
here prior to the proximo, the appointment to
the exhibition will take place at the court on the
I am, Sir,
Yours most obediently,
This is to certify that was admitted
a (fn. 10) of College, in the university
of on the day of 18,
and that he is now a (fn. 11) of such College, and
a resident therein, and that he is of studious and good
To be signed by the two principal officers of the college, and by the tutor of the candidate.
As witness our hands this day of 18
Declaration to be signed by the Petitioner.
I do declare that I have not, nor am I entitled to, any
annual income exceeding 80l.
As witness my hand this day of 185.
The exhibition is granted to the scholar to hold for
six years, provided he continues so long actually resident
in college, and without any preferment in the Church.
Sir James Robinson's Gift.
Sir James Robinson, by his will dated prior to 1679,
gave to the Company 100l., the profits thereof, and of
200l. formerly given to them, to be applied towards the
augmentation of the yearly pension of the eight poor
women in the Whitefriars Almshouse. This is considered
to be a part of the endowment of the Countess of Kent's
Almshouses, and is not separately paid. It must be
considered as included in the 20l. a year paid to the
almspeople. The 300l. is made a charge or apportioned
share of the property in King Street, Cheapside, under
the deed of the 13th June 1734. (See Heath's Charity.)
John Rogers, by his will of the 5th May 1551, gave to
the Company his four houses in St. Mary Woolchurch
Haw parish, to distribute the rents among the poor
people of the said Company.
This is converted into a rentcharge of 20l. a year on
the Mansion House, under the Act of Parliament of
1737, stated in the former report (p. 218). It is distributed with Bayworth's and others amongst the poor
of the Company.
The poor of the Company consist of freemen and
widows of freemen.
|In the year 1858 there were 50
ancient pensioners, men and
women, all over 60 years of age,
who received 10l. a year each||500||0||0|
|Two persons at 6l.||12||0||0|
|Six pensioners at 4l.||24||0||0|
|Two do. at 10l.||20||0||0|
|Four do. at 18l.||72||0||0|
|The annuitants consist of a decayed
liveryman and widows of decayed|
|members of the Court and livery,
the sums varying from 100l. to
|Casual relief in occasional sums, for
funeral and other emergencies,
which does not, except in special
cases and under special circumstances, exceed 3l. in one case||277||0||0|
The Company have a relief book in which is entered
the names of all persons who are applicants for relief.
There are always persons waiting for admission on the
pension list. Inquiries are made according to printed
form (copy of which I annex).
Each applicant procures a member of the Court to
bring the case before it, and that member is expected
to pledge himself that the case is a deserving one.
The pension applications are brought before the
quarterly court, and the casual petitions before the
2nd November 1825.
The Court having found it necessary to check effectually the frequent misrepresentations which are made
by some of the poor members of the Company who
solicit relief, and who thus deprive others of it who are
greater objects of charity, have come to the following
That in future no bounty be in any instance given
without the persons applying having first delivered a
full statement of their respective cases, set forth in the
following printed form, signed with the names (or mark
witnessed) of the individuals, and each case attested
(except as to age) by at least two respectable housekeepers, who well know the facts.
The Court have further determined, that strict inquiry
shall from time to time be made as to the truth of the
different statements; and in case wilful misrepresentation is detected the name of the petitioner is to be
registered in a book, as unworthy to receive future relief
from the Company.
The form of application on the following sheet,
properly filled up, signed by the petitioner, and certified
by two resident householders, as under-mentioned, accompanied by copy of City freedom, and certificate of
baptism (with, in the case of widows, that of marriage)
must be lodged with the clerk at Clothworkers' Hall,
ten days or more before the ensuing Court day.
We,, resident householders
of the parish wherein the petitioner resides, do hereby
certify to the master, wardens, and assistants of the
Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, London, that
we have known the petitioner for years, or thereabouts, and we believe that the allegations and answers
to the particulars on the following sheet are true—and
that the petitioner bears the character of being a person
of sober life and conversation, and, we believe, is in
every respect a proper object to partake of the relief
dispensed by the Clothworkers' Company.
Dated this day of 18,
Note.—All persons receiving clothing are to appear
in the same whenever they attend at the Hall. All
persons selling, pawning, or otherwise disposing of any
gift of clothing from this Company, will be excluded
from all future bounty of the Company.
[Form of Application for Relief.]
The following questions are necessary to be answered
by freemen of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers,
or their widows, applicants for relief from the Company.
1st. Name and age of applicant?
3rd. When free of the Company? If widow, her
Here state what occupation petitioner follows, and the weekly earnings on the average of the last two months.
4th. Whether married? and, if so, what family?
State their names, ages, and other circumstances, and whether dependant upon applicant or not?
5th. What income—and how arising?
6th. On what ground relief required?
Signature of applicant
That all pensioners do attend at the hall two days
before each quarter day to receive their pensions,
and that no pension be paid unless the pensioners so
attend, except in cases of illness, old age, or resident
beyond 10 miles from London. And that then certificates of their being alive, signed by some person of
respectability resident in the neighbourhood, but to be
(if possible) the minister or some parochial officer of the
parish in which they may reside, be produced by the
party applying for the pension, or if received by a
member of the court, then on the certificate of such
R. B. Towse,
Form of the Certificate (referred to above) to be produced when the Pensioners do not attend to receive
I, of the parish of in the
county of do certify that now
resides in this parish, is wholly destitute of sight,
is years of age, and is of sober life and conversation, and is not entitled to any estate, annuity, salary,
pension, or income for life, to the amount of twenty
pounds a year over and above his pension received of
the Clothworkers' Company.
Witness my hand this day of
Minister of the parish,
officer or party,
signing the above.
Note.—Pensioners not attending within one calendar
month after each quarter-day, cannot receive payment of their pensions until the following quarter
becomes payable. Also, any pension not received
at the expiration of one year from the time of its
being payable, the pensioner will, on the expiration
of one month therefrom, be considered as dead; the
pension will be declared vacant, and another person
[Form of Application for Funeral Expenses.]
The following questions are necessary to be answered
by persons applying for the funeral expenses of freemen
of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, or their
1st. Name and residence of applicant?
2nd. Whether any, or what relation to deceased?
3rd. Name and age of deceased, and where last resident?
4th. When free of the Company? If widow, her
5th. Amount of pension (if any)?
6th. Whether any, and what family? Their names,
ages, and other circumstances?
7th. On what ground application made?
Signature of applicant
N.B.—The above form, properly filled up, and signed
by the petitioner, accompanied by the undertaker's
account, copy of city freedom, and certificate of bap
tism (also in the case of widows, that of marriage), must
be lodged in the clerk's office, Clothworkers' Hall, not
later than the Saturday preceding court day.
Sir Thomas Rowe's Charity.
By an indenture bearing date the 4th March 1568,
between the master and wardens of the Merchant
Tailors' Company of the one part and the Clothworkers'
Company of the other part, reciting that the said Clothworkers' Company had, on the day of making thereof,
received of Sir Thomas Rowe, Knight, the sum of 100l.,
to be by them disposed of in the form following, that is
to say, to 10 poor honest householders of the Clothworkers' Company, 10l. a piece, to have the use thereof
for three or four years, and so to have continuance from
one to another for ever, and every one of the said poor
householders to find three able persons to be bound with
them as sureties for the repayment of the said 10l. at
the end of the three or four years. And further reciting
that the said 100l. was received by the said Clothworkers' Company, and that the same was held by them
upon the trusts mentioned in the said indenture.
This charity is included in the Loan Fund, administered according to the scheme settled in the master's
report of the 21st July 1840, referred to under Heydon's
Charity. It forms part of the moneys comprised in the
schedule to that report.
Shales' or Skales' Charity.
Peter Shales or Skales, by his will of the 13th January
1584, bequeathed 100l. to the Clothworkers' Company,
in trust, to deliver out the same in manner following,
50l. unto two young men of the said Company, being
merchants or retailers for three years, and the other
50l. to be delivered out to five honest men of the said
Company for three years, to each of them 10l. a piece,
such seven persons to give security for the repayment
thereof. The will was proved in the Prerogative Court
of Canterbury the 26th April 1585, and the money is
included in the Loan Fund, administered according to
the scheme in the report of the Master in Chancery of
the 21st July 1840, referred to under Heydon's
John Southall, by his will of the 4th October 1590,
gave 40l. to the Clothworkers' Company, to be lent to
four poor men of the said Company, to have the use
thereof freely for three years, giving security for the
repayment of the same. The will was proved in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury in May 1592, and the
money is included in the Loan Fund, as described under
Richard Staper, in the year 1610, gave 110l. to the
Company, to pay yearly on the eve of St. Thomas, to five
poor men of the Company 20s. a piece. This is a portion
of the fund forming the investment or apportionment
of the King Street and Cheapside estates (see Heath's
Almshouses). The Company attribute 5l. of the rent
of that estate to this charity. For the general distribution of charities of this kind on St. Thomas' Eve. (See
James Stoddard, by his will of the 4th October 1607,
gave 100l. to the Company to be lent out to young men
of the said Company, and to pay yearly from the
interest 20s. to the poor's box of St. Martin, Ironmonger
Lane, 30 sacks of charcoal to St. Martin's and 30 sacks
to St. Olave, Jewry.
The capital of 100l., which was lost long ago, has
since been replaced by the Company, and dealt with
under the order of the 31st July 1840, confirming the
report of the master of the 21st July 1840. (See Heydon's
|The Company pay to the churchwardens of St. Martin, Ironmonger Lane,
in respect of the gift to the poor's box
and for charcoal||2||10||0|
|To St. Olave, Old Jewry, for 30 sacks of
These gifts, though insufficient for the purchase of
the quantity of charcoal above mentioned, are no doubt
the extent of the Company's liability, as more could
not be afforded from the interest of the money bequeathed. The gift had not been paid or demanded
for five years until the 23rd of January last.
Sir William Stone, Knight, of his good will gave 50l.
to the Clothworkers' Company before his death, to be
lent out to two young men free of the said Company
by two equal proportions for three years. This money
is also included in the loan fund as described in Heydon's Charity.
William Thwaytes, late of Fenchurch Street, grocer,
by his will of the 24th March 1831, bequeathed to the
master and wardens of the Clothworkers' Company
20,000l. to be distributed to poor blind persons in the
way they might think most proper, but none to have
more than 10l. annually. The will was proved in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury the 6th January 1835
by Ann Thwaytes, William Henry Hawkins, Richard
Oliverson and Thomas Warren.
The sum of 20,000l., deducting legacy duty, was laid
out almost immediately after the death of the testator
in 19,591l. 16s. 9d. 3l. per Cent. Consols which stands
to the account of the Company. The first payment of
the dividends to poor blind persons was on the 15th
July 1835. The dividends amounting to 587l. 15s. are
distributed to 58 pensioners at 10l. a year and one of
the balance of the fund. The Company charge nothing
for the administration. There is no limitation of the
class of the blind who participate in this gift, except
that laid down by the rule of the Company requiring
each person to be 50 years of age and three years
afflicted with blindness. The Company pays the dividends before they become due, but the pensions falling
in and not demanded, generally almost equalize the
account. (fn. 12)
Sir Thomas Trevor's Charity.
Sir Thomas Trevor, by deed of the 29th March 1622,
gave 100l. to the Company, to pay yearly by quarterly
payments to six poor women 20s. a piece. The 100l. is
treated as a part of the investment of the King Street
and Cheapside estate (see Heath's Almshouses), 6l. a
year is carried to the account of the poor of the Company, for pensions, annuities, and casual relief. (See
James Trussell, by his will of the 10th October 1635,
gave 400l. to be laid out in the purchase of a house of
the yearly value of 20l., which he gave to the Clothworkers' Company to the end that they should pay
|To the treasurer of Christ's Hospital||5||0||0|
|To the poor of the parish of St. Faith||3||0||0|
|2s. 6d. a piece to the clerk and sexton
|2s. 6d. a piece to the clerk and beadle of
|To the parson of the parish for a sermon||0||10||0|
|The like payments to the parish of St.
and the residue to the poor members of the Company,
allowing out of it 10s. to the officers of the Company.
The house in Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row, is
held on lease of 1,000 years mentioned in the report
of the Commissioners of Inquiry (page 230) at a rent
of 20l. subject to 3l. a year deducted for land tax, thus
leaving 17l. really for the Company.
The payments to the parishes of St. Faith, St. Bride's,
and Christ's Hospital are made as directed, and the
balance remaining applied to the benefit of the poor of
the Company, forming part of the gifts, under Rogers',
Bayworth's, and other benefactions. (fn. 13)
John Watson, by his will of the 16th December 1555,
charged three houses in Basing Lane, with the annual
payment of 20s. to the parish of St. Mary, Aldermary,
and the residue to the poorest freemen of the Company
the week before Christmas. It appears by the will
that only three houses were devised to the Company,
but that perhaps from the site having been covered
with smaller houses, or some other unexplained cause,
the Company have credited the trust with the rents
of seven houses, viz., Nos. 1, 2, and 3, St. Thomas
Apostle, 34, Bow Lane, and 9, 10, and 20, Basing Lane;
the first six houses have been taken by the Corporation
of London, for City improvements, and the purchase
money 3,897l. invested in 3,971l. 9s. 3d. Reduced
Annuities in March 1852.
The sum stands in the name of the AccountantGeneral of the Court of Chancery and the dividends
are received of 119l. 2s. 10d. The rent of 20, Basing
Lane, or (25, Cannon Street, West) 50l.
The sum of 1l. is paid to the churchwardens of the
parish of St. Mary, Aldermary.
The residue is distributed on St. Thomas' eve to the
poor of the Company, with Hussey's, Staper's and
The sum is distributed in money not exceeding 20s.
to any one person. The poor freemen, or widows of
freemen, attend at the Hall of the Company and
|Four artizan clothworkers (persons acting in that trade) at
|Almsmen and women||12||0||0|
A sum of 5l. also was paid to the officers under the
John Webb by an indenture of the 23rd December
1697 purchased for 1,600l. three full eighth parts of
a 36th part or share of the king's moiety of the New
River waterworks which was conveyed to the Clothworkers' Company upon trust after the death of the
said John Webb, to supply clothing to 44 poor men
and women, 40 to be free of the Company and 4 of
the parish of St. Mary at Hill, to pay to the minister
of the said parish 20s. yearly, to the clerk 2s. 6d.,
to the sexton 1s. 6d., to the churchwardens 20s. yearly
for the poor of the parish, 5s. a piece to the master
and wardens if present at the sermon, to each of the
liverymen 6d. a piece, to the clerk of the Company
3s. 4d., to the beadle 2s. 6d., to the beadle of the
yeomanry and porter 1s. 6d. a piece, and the residue
for cakes and wine for the master, wardens, and livery
present at the distribution.
The share of the New River Company comprised
in this assignment produces at this time 331l. a year.
|The half-yearly dividend is now||156||2||6|
The land tax was redeemed by the Company on the
6th November 1805. 399l. 12s. was laid out at the
price of 58l. per cent. for Consols to redeem the land
tax on the share. It has not varied since the year
1852. The first dividend in 1699 was 35l. 3s. 11¼d.,
the second, in 1700, 73l. 5s. 6½d. The whole amount,
after deducting the charges, as follows—
|Poor at St. Mary at Hill||1||0||0|
|Sermon, organist, clerk, sexton, and
|The Company's clerk, beadle, and
|Charity children, 50 at 6d.||1||5||0|
|21 members attending church||11||0||6|
|Bread 5s., beer 4s. cheese 7s. 9d.,
porterage of books 2s. 6d., to
governors 2s. 6d., street keeper
2s. 6d., beadle's breakfast 1s. 9d.||1||6||0|
—is carried to the general clothing fund for the administration, of which see Hobby's Charity. The livery
who attend on that day receive a paper of cakes value
2s., and the wine is taken from the Company's stores
and not charged. The sum of 16l. or 17l. is paid for
cakes and wine distributed to the gentlemen who
attend on that day. The payments for the sermon and
to the parish officers, organist, clerk, sexton, and
beadle are made. The assistants of the Company
attending the sermon receive 10s. 6d. each. (fn. 14)
Sir Godfrey Webster by will in 1720, gave to the
Clothworkers' Company 700l. in trust that they should
yearly for ever on the 4th November pay to 20 poor
working clothworkers or their widows one guinea
a piece. The Company nominate 20 poor persons in
October, and the 1l. 1s. a piece is paid to them in
respect of this endowment. At the last distribution
about 10 of the recipients were also pensioners of the
Company. The members of the court of assistants
alternately nominate the recipients, beginning generally in one year at the point in the list where they left
off in the preceding year.
Charities of John and Frances West for Artizan Clothworkers.
John West and Frances his wife, by an indenture of
the 9th January 1713, gave certain messuages in the
parish of St. Helen's, London, on lease for 1,000 years
at 30l. per annum to the Clothworkers' Company, to
distribute the rents on St. Thomas' Day every year
among 15 of the poorest and most ancient artizan
clothworkers, and 15 poor widows of such clothworkers.
And John West and Frances his wife, by an indenture of the 15th February 1717, gave a fee farm rent
of 9l. issuing out of the manor of Sutton, Somersetshire, and also another fee farm rent of 17l. 7s. 1d.
issuing out of the manor of Michaelcreech, Somersetshire, to the Clothworkers' Company upon trust on
St. Thomas' Day to distribute the same among 13 of
the poorest and most ancient artizan clothworkers, and
13 poor widows of such clothworkers.
The rentcharge of 30l. on the premises Nos. 16, 17,
18, and 19, in Great St. Helen's, is received as to one
moiety from Bartholomew's Hospital, and as to the
other from a Mrs. Fincham.
The fee farm rents on the Somersetshire estate are
|The rentcharge is paid by
Mr. Reeves of Gray's
|Rentcharge of 30l. on the houses in
Great St. Helen's||30||0||0|
|Rent charge of 9l. out of the Sutton
estate received from Mr. Tuson,
solicitor, Ilchester, Somerset, deducting 1l. 16s. property tax||7||4||0|
The distribution of this fund is made on St. Thomas'
Eve, with the fund mentioned under Watson's Gift.
The poundage of 5l. per cent. is charged.†
West's Charities for the Blind of Newbury and Reading.
John West and Frances his wife, by indentures of the
23rd and 24th May 1718, granted certain premises and
rents to the Clothworkers' Company in trust, to apply
the rents unto so many honest poor blind persons as
the same after the rate of 5l. a year would extend, half
to be men and half women, the kindred of the grantors
to be preferred, and after such kindred the poor blind
persons of Newbury and Reading.
The property under this endowment consists of the
|1. Piece of ground in Walbrook, city of
London, a part of the site of the mansion,
demised to the corporation for 21 years,
renewable for ever without fine at the
|(The lease, the first of which was
granted in 1748, describes the extent of
the ground as 23 feet from north to
south, and 12 feet 6 inches from east to
west at the widest part. It is, I think,
obvious that the covenants for renewal
could not be enforced. The last lease
was dated the 27th August 1831, the
subsequent one not being yet taken up.)|
|2. Two houses, Nos. 3 and 4, at the northeast corner of Red Lion Passage, Fleet
Street, let to Mr. Judge on lease for
three years, expiring Lady Day 1860||30||0||0|
3. The Hammersmith Estate.
|1. A messuage, wharf, and premises, Hermitage Row and the River Thames, on
lease to Sawyer for 21 years, from
Christmas 1852, at||35||0||0|
|2. Several small houses in Dove Place, New
Street, and Hog Lane, on lease to H. W.
Keys for 21 years, from Lady Day 1855,
|3. Four plots of building ground on the
south side of Hermitage Row, agreed to
be let to H. W. Keys for 60 years, from
Lady Day 1855, with covenants to build||20||0||0|
|(Some buildings have been erected,
but the lease has not yet been granted.
It is proposed to apply to the Commissioners for their authority before granting the lease.)|
|4. The Twickenham Estate.|
|1. The Queen's Head public-house (opposite
Twickenham Ait) having the church
passage on the north side and land approaching the Thames on the other side.
It is let to Bowyer for 21 years, from
Lady Day 1846||48||0||0|
|(This lease is assigned to Mr. Cooper,
a brewer at Richmond.)|
|2. A small piece of ground in front on the
Thames side, for which the tenant of
Queen's Head pays yearly||0||10||0|
|3. Mr. Mayo, the lessee of the Ait, pays for
the right to land on the ground||0||5||0|
|4. A small cottage adjoining the Queen's
Head, and land in front where formerly
stood a barn||In hand.|
|5. A piece of common ground allotted to
the Company in respect of the Queen's
Head, let to Mr. Collins at||1||0||0|
|Rentcharges and Stock.|
|5. Two rentcharges received from
the Drapers' Company on property in Cornhill||4||7||4|
|And on property in Lombard
|6. A sum of 83l. 6s. 8d. Consols, arising from
the investment of a balance in July 1857
of 76l. 11s. 3d. cash, a course adopted by
the Company instead of exercising the
power of distributing the amount on other
The distribution which up to 1853 had not extended
to more than 24 persons, now embraces 42 blind persons
of Newbury and Reading, or in London and other places.
There is at present one blind person claiming to be of
kindred. If there be no application from Newbury or
Reading it is given to persons elsewhere, so as to complete the distribution of the even sums of 5l. When
there are vacancies notice is sent to the churchwardens
or to the town clerk of Reading, and to Mr. Turner, a
private gentleman at Newbury.
The expenses attending the management are charged
at 5l. per cent. on the gross income, and in the year
1858 were 11l. 3s. 6d. Of the 42 pensioners at present
on the books of this charity there are of—
Newbury—11 pensioners; six men and five women.
Reading—Three pensioners; two men and one
London and other places—28 pensioners; 12 men and
16 women. (fn. 15)
West's Charity for Twickenham, Isleworth, and Richmond.
John West and Frances his wife, by indentures of the
23rd and 24th December 1718, granted certain other
premises to the Clothworkers' Company in trust to
apply the rents for poor blind men and women of
Twickenham and Isleworth in Middlesex, and Richmond
in Surrey, the kindred of the grantors to be preferred.
The property of the trust is described by the Commissioners of Inquiry, volume 32, part 2, page 393.
|Nos. on former Report.||£||s.||d.|
|No. 1.||No. 24, Old Street, let to Wm. Reynolds for 21 years, from Christmas
|" 4.||No. 25, Old Street, let to Wm. Burgin for 61 years, from Michaelmas
1822 (this is the property described
as the piece of ground on the north
side of Old Street in the former
|" 2.||No. 149, Whitecross Street, let to
John Hammond for 18¼ years,
from Michaelmas 1853 (to expire at
the same time as the next)||50||0||0|
|" 3.||No. 150. Whitecross Street, let to
John Hammond for 21 years, from
The distribution of this charity, which in 1853 extended to 34 persons now extends to 48 persons, who
receive 5l. a year each.
The pensioners chosen from each of the three places
|From Twickenham||1 man and 2 women.|
|" Isleworth||1 " 2 "|
|" Richmond||2 men and 2 "|
|The others from London and
other parts of the kingdom||20 " 18 "|
|24 men 24 women.|
The universal rule is that, except as to the kindred,
and except as to the specified place, they must be 50
years of age and three years blind, but for the kindred
and the specified places there is no limitation except
being of the age of 21 years. The notices of vacancies
are sent to the churchwardens, and the payments are
made through them or some of the parish officers. If
the person appointed under the age of 50 removes from
the subscribed parish, the name is taken off the books.
If the person were beyond the prescribed age they
would not be taken off. None are to have an income of
more than 20l. a year.
The deduction of 5 per cent. for the expense of
management is made. This in 1858 was 12l. 17s. 9d.
West's Charity for Blind persons generally.
John West and Frances his wife, by an indenture of
the 28th December 1719, gave certain premises in the
Poultry, London, to the use of the Clothworkers' Company in trust, to distribute the rents among poor blind
men and women generally, in pensions of 5l. each with a
preference to the kindred of the grantors.
The property, frontage 31 feet 5 inches on the Poultry
(including the gateway), Nos. 23 and 24 is now demised
by lease for 61 years from Midsummer 1855 to John
Baldwin Wheeler, under the authority of the Charity
Commissioners dated the 23rd March 1858 at a rent of
The charge for Michell's Almshouse is an original
charge of 1l. 11s. 6d.
There is also 140l. 3l. per Cent. Consols belonging to
this endowment, consisting of an investment of the
small balances, and producing yearly 4l. 4s.
The distribution is to 56 persons who are nominated
by the members of the court, by applications from all
parts of the kingdom. In 1858 there was an expense
of 2l. 2s. for a surveyor, and 58l. for law expenses, and
the general charge of 5l. per cent., amounting to
15l. 14s. 8d. The balance in that year was 12l. 5s. 8d.
Frances West's Charity.
Frances West, by indentures of the 8th and 9th
January 1723, granted two messuages in the Poultry, in
the parish of St. Mary Woolchurch, London, to the use
of the Clothworkers' Company upon similar trusts as in
the deed of the 24th May 1718 (No. 1) for the benefit of
honest poor blind men and women living in the city of
London or its liberties, as the said rents after the rate
of 5l. a piece would extend to pay.
One of the above-mentioned houses was in the year
1834 taken by the Corporation of London for improving
the approaches to London Bridge, and the purchase
money of 3,000l. was invested in 3,143l. 12s. Consols in
the name of the Accountant-General of the Court of
Exchequer. In March 1845, 1,702l. 3s. 8d. of this stock
was sold for 1,697l. 18s. 7d. being a portion of 3,300l.,
the purchase money for premises Nos. 42 and 43, Mincing Lane, leaving a balance of 1,441l. 8s. 4d. Consols
The property under this endowment consists now of
|The sum of 1,441l. 8s. 4d. Consols in the
Court of Chancery||43||4||0|
|Mincing Lane Houses.|
|The Board by their order of the 23rd March
1858 sanctioned the demise of the site of
Nos. 42 and 43 to Messrs. Tapply & Co.,
for a term of 61 years at a yearly rent of
316l. 14s. 6d. The purchase money of
this property was derived as follows:—|
|From this endowment||1,697||18||7|
|From other funds under
the administration of
|(Subject merely to rentcharges for charitable purposes, the main portion being
at the disposal of the Company.)|
|The apportioned rent belonging to this
endowment is considered to be||162||13||2|
|The remaining house in the Poultry is let
to George Hastings Heppel for 63 years,
from Lady Day 1836, and is now occupied
by the Britannia Life Insurance Company||200||0||0|
|A sum of 86l. 13s. 4d. Consols, the produce
of small balances in excess of the pensions||2||12||0|
|The house in the Poultry is
subject to a quitrent to Earl
|Expense of management (1858)||20||8||6|
|Leaving a clear income of||381||8||11|
At present there are 76 blind persons pensioners on
this fund, who receive altogether 380l. In the beginning
of the year 1858 the number was 66.
Frances West's Apprenticing Charity.
Frances West by indentures of the 11th and 12th
December 1723 granted certain messuages to Sion
College, London, in trust out of the rents to put forth
apprentice yearly two poor boys, orphans, whose fathers
were ministers of the Church of England, with premiums of 10l. each: and to pay 50l. to the clerk of Sion
College for keeping the books of the charity; and then
to distribute one third of the residue to as many poor men
and women, kindred of John and Frances West, and if
no kindred, then to poor blind men and women at 5l.
a year each; to distribute one other third part to
honest poor blind men and women at 5l. each; and
the remaining third part to poor ancient men and
women at 5l. a piece, the kindred of the said John
and Frances West to be preferred, and after them one
fourth of the said ancient persons to be of Twickenham,
and three fourths of Reading.
The trust was not accepted by Sion College, and was
by the Court of Chancery settled as under the administration of the Clothworkers' Company in 1736.
It appears that the charity was the subject of a suit,
Attorney-General v. Clothworkers' Company, which
came on to be heard on the 28th July 1796, and by the
master's report in the same cause, dated the 23rd July
1800, he found that there had come to the hands of the
defendants of the savings of the said two yearly sums
since 1771 the several sums of money set forth in the
first schedule to his report, amounting together to
625l. 3s. 4¼d., wherewith he had charged the said
defendants; and he found that the said defendants
had paid and applied to certain objects agreeable to the
directions of the said indenture of 12th December 1723
the several sums mentioned in the second schedule to
his report, amounting together to 158l. 6s. 0d., which
he had allowed the said defendants, and the same being
deducted out of the said sum of 625l. 3s. 4¼d., the total
of the said first schedule as aforesaid, he found there
remained in the hands of the said defendants of the
savings of the said two yearly sums of 10l. and 10l. the
sum of 466l. 17s. 4¼d.; and a scheme had been laid
before him on behalf of the relator for the application
of the savings of the said two yearly sums of 10l. and
10l., and also for the future savings, whereby it was
proposed that out of the said 466l. 17s. 4¼d. in the hands
of the defendants the costs of the suit of the parties,
relator and defendants, already taxed, and their subsequent costs, when taxed, be paid by the defendants to
the respective solicitors of the parties, and that what
should remain of the said 466l. 17s. 4¼d. after deducting
such several costs as aforesaid be laid out in the purchase of Old South Sea Annuities in the names of the
defendants; and that the interest of the said South Sea
Annuities so to be purchased, as also 2l. 18s. 1¾d., being
the yearly interest of the said 96l. 18s. 7d. Old South
Sea Annuities then standing in the name of the
defendants, and the said two yearly sums of 10l. each
should yearly for ever be paid and applied by the
master and wardens for the time being of the said Company in putting forth apprentice or to service two poor
boys, legitimately born, coming under some or one of
the descriptions, and with the preference following, that
is to say, boys whose parents should be both dead and
whose fathers or mothers were freemen or freewomen
of the City of London and of the said Company; boys
whose fathers or mothers dying such freemen or freewomen as aforesaid should be dead; and boys whose
fathers or mothers were living and such freemen or freewomen as aforesaid; preferring, in the first place, boys,
the sons of freemen, whose parents should be both dead;
in the second place, boys, the sons of freewomen, whose
parents should be both dead; in the third place, boys, the
sons of freemen, whose fathers should be dead; in the
fourth place, boys, the sons of freewomen, whose fathers
should be dead; in the fifth place, boys, the sons of
freewomen, whose mothers should be dead; in the sixth
place, boys, the sons of freemen; and in the last place,
boys, the sons of freewomen. And that two poor boys
withinsome or one of the descriptions aforesaid, and
with such preference as aforesaid, should at a court of
assistants of the Company be yearly for ever thereafter
elected and put forth apprentice or to service.
The report was confirmed by the order of the court
of the 5th August 1800.
The Property of the Charity is—
|No. 29, Ludgate Hill, let to Messrs.
Samuel for 21 years, from Christmas
|No. 65, Cannon Street, let for 21 years,
from March 1850||75||0||0|
|Ground in Walbrook, a part of the site of
the Mansion House, which first appears
to have been leased in 1754 to the corporation of London, at a rent of 30l. a year
for 21 years, with covenants for perpetual renewal, continued down to the
|(These covenants are open to the same
objections as those of a lease of the adjoining property belonging to West's
Newbury and Reading Blind Charities
The sum payable for apprentice fees was regulated
by the Court of Chancery in 1800 as above stated by a
decree directing that two annual sums of 10l., and the
dividends of 96l. 8s. 7d., Old South Sea Annuities,
616l. 19s. 2d. like stock should be appointed for that
purpose. The two sums and the dividends amounted
together to 41l. 10s. 2d. The Commissioners found that
the whole of this stock had been sold and applied to
the redemption of the land tax on the Charity Estate.
The scheme was settled by the Court of Chancery for
the choice of the boys to be apprenticed.
In 1858 there were two apprentices and in 1859 there
was only one. The premium is paid to the master.
The trades have been miscellaneous. The Company
has lately been in the habit of paying the fee in instalments of half at the first, and half after a year's
There was a balance on account of the apprentice
fund (to which 41l. 10s. 2d. annually is carried) unapplied
at the end of 1858, of 93l. 0s. 4d. of which one half year's
premiums remained to be paid.
The boys are selected by the court on the application
of the parents. They are all children of freemen or
|There are 18 blind persons who receive
5l. a year a piece||90||0||0|
|Also 18 persons of the 6th degree of kindred to John and Frances West||90||0||0|
|Also 18 persons of kindred not comprised in the 6th degree to do||90||0||0|
The charge for expenses of the management at 5
per cent., in 1859, were 16l. 14s. 6d.
A balance of 15l. 18s. 11d. was then carried to the
Frances West's Charity for Reading, Newbury, Twickenham, and the City of London.
Frances West, by a codicil to her will of the 24th
March 1723–4, bequeathed to her executors 2,650l., to
be in invested in the purchase of lands for paying to
10 poor blind men and 10 poor blind women of the
city of London 5l. a year each, with a preference to the
relations of her late husband and herself, and after such
kindred, poor blind persons of Reading, Newbury, and
Twickenham to have a preference before those of the
city of London.
By the decree of the Court of Chancery of the 1st
June 1736 it was ordained that 2,650l. Orphan Stock
should be transferred to the Company, such stock being
paid off, the following sums were purchased,—
1,085l. 15s. 3l. per cent. Consols.
1,316l. 6s. 7d. Old South Sea Annuities.
1,909l. 3s. 11d. 4l. per Cent. Stock.
|The 1,316l. 6s. 7d. Old South Sea Annuities have since been converted into
1,526l. 3s. 8d. 3l. per Cent. Reduced Annuities||45||15||8|
|(On the 8th May 1854 the Company received
the principal of the South Sea Annuities
and there with purchased the present sum
|1,085l. 15s. 3l. per Cent. Consols||32||11||6|
|1,909l. 3s. 11d. 4l. per Cent. Stock, were converted into New 3l. per Cent. Stock||57||5||6|
|63l. 6s. 8d. Consols the produce of small
balances accumulated as in the other
|On this endowment there are 26 pensioners
receiving 5l. each||130||0||0|
|The expenses attending the management
of the usual allowance of 5 per Cent.
|And with the small balance of 4l. 19s. 2d.
carried forward in 1858 exhausts the income (fn. 16) ||4||19||2|
Frances West's Charity to the Blind of Henley.
Frances West, by another codicil to her will of the
12th November 1724, gave to her executors 650l. to be
laid out in the purchase of lands, the rents to be applied
to five poor blind men and women living in Henley-onThames as the same would extend to pay at the rate of
5l. per annum a piece, preference being given to relations; and if there should not be in Henley so many
poor blind men and women as the said rents would
extend to pay, poor and ancient men and women of
Henley should have 5l. a year a piece in the stead of
such blind persons as should be wanting to complete
By the decree of the 1st June 1736 it was ordered
that 650l. Orphan Stock should be transferred to the
Company; such stock being paid off, the following sums
|451||6||6||Old South Sea Annuities.|
|634||3||2||4l. per Cent. Annuities.|
Which are now as follows:—
|332l. 4s. 3l. per Cent. Consols||9||19||4|
|451l. 6s. 6d. Old South Sea Annuities were
paid off in 1854 and invested in
523l. 5s. 6d. 3l. per Cent. Reduced Annuities||15||14||0|
|53l. 6s. 8d. Consols, an accumulation of
small balances as in the other cases||1||12||0|
|634l. 3s. 2d. 4l. per Cents. converted into
New 3l. per Cents.||19||0||6|
|The pensioners on this fund are eight, and
at present all are blind persons||40||0||0|
|The expenses of management are||2||6||3|
|Balance (in 1858) carried to the next account
composed partly of a balance of 3l. 1s. 2d.
brought from the preceding account, and
the amount of the increase of the balance
of the preceding years||7||0||9|
If married, state to whom.
do solemnly and sincerely declare, that the certificate,
of my baptism hereunto annexed, is a true and just
certificate, and duly signed by the several persons who
have subscribed their names thereto; and that I am
related, by consanguinity, to
State whether related to Mr. or Mrs. West.
West, late of Stocks Market, in the City of London,
deceased, in such manner as by the pedigree or account
of the same hereunder stated appears: And that I am
not at this time seized or possessed of any real or personal estate of the value of twenty pounds per annum,
neither doth any such estate to me belong. The pedigree above-mentioned is as follows:—
And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously
believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act made and passed in the fifth and sixth
years of the reign of His late Majesty, King William
the 4th, entituled, "An Act to repeal an Act of the
present session of Parliament, entituled, An Act of for
the more effectual Abolution of Oaths and Affirmations, taken and made in various departments of the
State, and to substitute Declarations in lieu thereof;
and for the more entire suppression of voluntary and
extra-judicial Oaths and Affidavits; and to make
other provisions for the abolition of unnecessary
Solemnly declared by the said
day of 18 .
Certificate of Baptism.
Note.:—The Certificate of Baptism to be signed by the
Minister, or Clerk.
Copy of certificates of marriage of claimant's parents,
and of claimant's marriage (if a female) are requested
to be furnished herewith.
Charities to the Aged Blind, distributed by the Clothworkers' Company, London; being bequests of the
late John and Frances West, Thomas Newnam,
William Thwaytes, Mrs. Hannah Acton, and George
Memoranda for the information of Applicants.
Qualifications.—Applicants must be 50 years of age,
of sober life and good morals; have been totally blind
for three years; not be entitled to any estate, annuity,
salary, pension, or income to the amount of 20l. a
year; nor be an inmate of a workhouse, or public institution; nor publicly solicit or receive alms.
Blank petitions are issued from the Company's office,
between the hours of eleven and three o'clock.
Certificates of age, blindness, circumstances, and
marriage (if married) must be annexed to the petition.
The petition, the certificate or declaration of age,
the certificate of the surgeon, and the certificate of
facts properly filled up and signed, are to be delivered
gratis, at the Company's office, at their Hall, Mincing
Robert Beckwith Towse,
Form of Bequest for Charities to the Blind, distributed by
I also give and bequeath to the master, wardens, and
commonalty of freemen of the art or mystery of Clothworkers of the city of London, the sum of
the interest whereof is to be applied to the use of blind
persons, in such portions and under such regulations
and restrictions as to them the master and wardens
and court of assistants of the said Company of Clothworkers for the time being shall seem proper; the
said sum to be paid exclusively out of such part of my
personal estate as I can lawfully charge with payment
of legacies to charitable uses; and I desire that the
same be paid to the master and wardens for the time
being of the said Company, whose receipt shall be a
good discharge for the same.
Petition to the Master, Wardens, and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, London.
Here insert name, residence, and business.
The humble petition of
of in the parish
of in the of
by business a
If married, insert what family petitioner hath; if single, the condition of petitioner's parents, if living.
Sheweth, that petitioner is years of age, is
wholly destitute of sight, and hath been so for the space
That petitioner hath no estate, annuity, salary, benefaction, pension, or income, excepting
and hath never received alms or support in any way
from any parish or place, as a pauper, and neither
is or ever hath been a common beggar, or in a poorhouse.
Here insert by what means petitioner is supported; any circumstances may be added that may tend to strengthen the application.
That petitioner bears the character of being a sober
and honest person, and of good morals.
Your petitioner therefore humbly prays to be admitted a partaker of one of the charities for blind
persons, distributed by the Clothworkers' Company, so
long as may be though to be a fit object
To be signed by the petitioner.
Dated at this day
of 185 .
Certificate of Blindness.
This to be signed by a surgeon.
I do hereby certify that I have examined the eyes
of the above petitioner, and find h to be totally
Certificate of the Facts and Circumstances contained in
We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, do certify,
that we have made full inquiry concerning the allegations contained in the foregoing petition: that we
believe them to be true; and that the petitioner bears
the character of being a person of sober life and conversation, and of good morals; and we believe is in
every respect a proper object to partake of the charities
established for blind persons.
To be signed by the minister and churchwardens of the parish in which the blind person resides; and if the party's residence is extra parochial, by the minister and churchwardens of an adjoining parish.
Witness our hands this day of
Rector, vicar, or curate
Churchwardens of the
If the petitioner is unsuccessful, the application must
be renewed at the end of three years.
Notice of removal of residence must be left at the
clerk's office. (fn. 17)
Blue Coat School, Reading.
John West, by his will of the 2nd March 1688, devised
that as soon after his wife's decease as a purchase of
lands (such as the Clothworkers' Company should
approve) could be had, 1,000l. of his stock, called
Orphan Stock, should be sold to purchase lands to be
conveyed to the said Company under trust, that the
yearly rents should be applied in maintaining and
educating six boys born in Reading in the Blue Coat
School at Reading; and by a codicil of the 9th January
1719 he ordered that a fee farm rent in the county
of Northampton of 6l. 5s. 5d. per annum which he
intended should be conveyed to him and his wife
should by the survivor be conveyed to the Company
upon trust to pay the same to the mayor and burgesses
of Reading for the purposes therein mentioned.
A fee farm rent of 6l. 8s. 9½d. (called by mistake
6l. 5s. 5d.) was conveyed to the Company on the 21st
January 1719, and by another codicil of the 8th June
1721 he devised 200l. Orphan Stock to be added to the
said 1,000l. likewise to be laid out in land for the said
In 1800, 392l. 10s. 3d., portion of the 1,200l. Orphan
Stock, was sold and invested in 613l. 6s. Consols, and
in 1816 807l. 9s. 9d., balance of the said 1,200l., was
likewise sold and invested in 1,078l. 8s. 11d. 4l. per
The sum of 613l. 6s. is still in Consols, and the sum
of 1,078l. 8s. 11d. is now in the New 3l. per Cent.
|On this the dividends amount to||50||14||10|
|The fee farm rent of 6l. 8s. 9d. is
received from Mr. Edward Reeves,
which, after deducting land tax
and poundage, amounts to||5||2||3|
The entire sum is paid over by the Company to the
treasurer of the Blue Coat School, or clerk to the
trustees of the municipal charities (Church List) at
Reading. (fn. 18)
Roger Wilcox, by his will dated (it is stated prior to
1603), gave to the said Company 120l., to the intent to
lend the same to three honest young men free of the
Company for three years equally amongst them, and
after the same three years ended likewise to three
honest young men free of the said Company for other
three years, and so from three young men to three
young men free of the said Company from three years
to three years for evermore; and he willed that every
of the said three young men before he or they should
have the same money should put in for himself two
good sureties, freemen of London, to the said master
and wardens not only for the repayment thereof to the
said Company from time to time at the end of every
three years to the intent above said, but also to deliver
yearly for the use thereof between Michaelmas and
Christmas 60 sacks of grate coals, that is every of the
same young men 20 cwt. sacks a piece, the said coals
to be distributed amongst the poorest people of the
said Company, viz., to every poor person one sack at
the appointment of the said master and wardens.
The sum of 120l. is included in the loan trust (see
Heydon's Charity), and the income at the rate of 4l.
a year is distributed to the poor of the Company according to the method described under Rogers' Charity.
All which I submit to the Board.
Inspector of Charities.
18th November 1860.