Which contains the several parishes of St. Martin, St. Mary, and St.
Michael; and first of
(134) St. Martin in Coslany,
Commonly called St. Martin at the Oak, from a large oak with the
image of our Lady, in it, which stood in its churchyard; it stands on
the east side of Coslany-street leading to St. Martin's-gates; the
steeple is square, and hath three bells, the nave, chancel, south porch,
and south isle, are all covered with lead; and it appears by the following inscription on a brass plate, lying at the very entrance of the
chancel, that the isle was built by Thomas Wilkyns, Alderman of Norwich, who died in 1491.
Orate pro anima Thome Wilkyns nuper Cibis et Aldermanni Nar
lnici, qui istam clam sumptibus suis propriis de novo in ommbus
fieri fabricabit, et idem Thomas obiit xxviijo die Januarii Ao Dni.
MoCCCColxxxxj. cuius Anime propicietur Deus.
In the south porch there is a stone for Tho. Cady Senior, who died
4 Sept. 1708, aged 58, and Rebecca his wife Jan. 11, 1722, 72.
I find the following persons interred in the south isle, beginning at
the west end. Mary Dr. of Christopher and Frances Richardson, 26
Febr. 1631. Anne their Dr. 20 Mar. 1632, Chris. Richardson 20 Sept.
1733, 24. Frances Richardson March 24, 1734, 3.
On a brass plate,
Orate pro anima Agnetis Wylkyns quondam Uroris Radulphi
Wylkyns que obiit xxo die Mensis Nobembris Ao Dni. M CCCCCiio.
Margery, nebulé a fess, impales Manfield, or, two bars sab. on
the first a wyvern arg.
James Margery Gent. March 5, 1720, 80. Eliz. his wife, Dr. of
Nic. Manfield, Aug. 14, 1725, 71. & their 10 Children, James,
Samuel, Sarah, Easter, Nathaniel, Henry, Henry, Barbary, Joseph,
Margaret Dewing 23 Apr. 1690, 42.
In the nave beginning at the west end,
On the font there are eight shields, England, France, Scotland,
Ireland, Norwich deanery, Norwich city, St. George, and a cross
On an old brass,
Orate pro animabus Nicholai Heylakke et Margarete Uroris sue
nui obiit xxviijodie Mensis Januarii AoDni. MovCrri. quorum
animabus propicietur Deus.
Orate pro anima Bricii Skow (fn. 1) cuius anime propicietur Deus
Tho. Tawell Esq; 5 May 1724, 52. Next lies a flat stone over
the Revd. Mr. Jeremiah Revans, and Mary his wife, for whom there
is a large monument erected against the north wall, upon the altar
part of which, is placed a desk, with their effigies in white marble on
each side, a book lying before each of them; on the wall opposite to
the woman who is placed on the east side, is this,
Over them is this,
Memoriâ Æternâ Justi erunt.
In hope of a happy Resurrection, in the Ile lie interr'd the
Bodies of Abra the affectionate Mother, Feb. 16, 1691. George
the indulgent Father, Sept. 9, 1700. Mary Dr. of James Margery Gent. the most loving, pious, vertuous, and meek wife of
Jeremiah Revans Clerk, Oct. 1st, 1711, who in Honour to her
blessed Memory, hath given three Pounds per Annum, for the
Education of poor Girles, with other charitable Donations.
O chara Maria! nil nisi longior defuit Vita;
Ævum præsens te laudat, laudabit futurum.
The said Mr. Revans died Oct. 25, 1727, aged 63, and lies
buried by his wife, he was a pious good Man, a kind Benefactor to
this Parish, to East-Tuddenham and Barford, and all his Relations.
Beatus Servus ille, quem cum venerit Dominus ejus invenerit ita
Orate pro anima Alicia Wattys quondam Uroris Johannis
Wattys que obiit bicessimo die Mensis Januarii Ao Dni. Mo bC rii.
Mary wife of John Girling, 5 April, 1687, 23. waighting for the
second Coming of the Lord. Eliz. their Dr. 7 April 1686, an Infant. Martha Girling 20 March 1687. Ann 28 July 1688. Mary,
Aug. 10, 1691. Mary, March 27, 1692. Mr. John Girling 27
Oct. 1715, 57.
On the north side of the chancel, hangs a table with the names of
the benefactors to the parish inscribed thereon, viz.
Mrs. Agnes Bungey, died July 11, 1582, and gave a house and
ground in this parish to repair the church.
She lies buried on the north side of the chancel, and hath a large
brass plate fixed in the wall to her memory, on which is this,
Under this Stone lieth buried the Bodyes of Mr. John Bungen,
and of Agnes his Wife, which John departing this Life, yelded his
Soul to God the bith of December Anno 1557, after that he had
libed lbiii Yeres fower Meclis, one Day, and and his Wief Agnes lybing
after him rrb Peres FFF Weekes, Yelded her Soule also to God, the
rith of Julye Ao 1582, being 96 Yeres and 24 Wekes old, who in her
last Will and Testament, did gyhe and bequeath to the Parishyoners
of this Parish, a Tenement sometymes Robert Derrolds, to have
and to hold to them and to their Assignes, upon these Conditions
following; that is, if the yerely Rebeneme and Profit thereof, rising
a growing, shal and man be employed toward the Maintenance and
repayring of the saide Church, so long as the same shall contyneme
a Parishe Church, and a Sermon to be made by a learned Preacher
for eber, upon the riith of Tulye, being the Day in the which she
mas buried; and also, that then do repayer from Time to Time
sufficientlie, the said Vowse, with th' Appurtenances, otherwise to
reberte to her right heires for eber.
Blessed be then, which oye in the Lord.
1648, Mr. John Warnes gave 10s. yearly to the poor.
1702, 29 Sept. Robert Bene, Esq. gave the branch, and paved
the altar with black and white marble.
Mr. Jeremiah Revans, rector of East-Tuddenham, gave 4l. 10s.
for ever, towards educating six poor girls of this parish, and for a
yearly commemoration sermon for his wife, and for bread to the poor
There is an estate in the parish tied for the payment of it.
Mr. John Demee, grocer, died Dec. 28, 1706, tied an estate for
3l. per annum to the poor.
James Demee, Gent, died Sept. 11, 1718, and gave 5l. per annum
to the poor, and an estate in St. Andrew's parish is tied for the payment of it.
Mr. William Nockells of London, Gent. in his lifetime gave
15l. 5s towards erecting the altar-piece; 10l. for communion
plate; a purple communion cloth; 100l. towards procuring Queen
Anne's bounty o the curacy of this parish; and another 100l. raised
by the parishioners of this parish, and other well-disposed people's
contributions, procured the said augmentation in 1723, which was
On the south side of the chancel, on a mural monument of white
Sacred to the Memory of ROB. BENE Esq; who was born and
died as mentioned on the Marble near this place, which covers his
These two periods of Life are common to him and all Men, but
he had many Vertues, in which he had not many Partners; his
Industry render'd him wealthy; his Integrity, Liberality & Munificence. esteem'd; his Affection to his Friends, and his Benevolence
to all Men belov'd; and his Death lamented; these excellent
Qualities which adorn'd his Life, recommended him to the Favour
of his Fellow Citizens, and he was elected one of the Sheriffs in the
Year 1694, Alderman 1708, Mayor of this City, and one of the
Representatives in Parliament 1710. As his Example is worthy
Imitation, let this short but true Remembrance, excite latest Posterity to follow so good a Pattern.
BOB. BENE Esq; died 27 May, 1733, aged 80.
To the memory of THO. BENE, who died 23 Oct. 1680.
Rebecca his Wife Aug. 30, 1700, 84.
Nihil sic revocat a peccato, quam frequens mortis Meditatio.
Remember thine End, and thou shalt never do amiss.
Lord teach us to number our Days, that we may apply our Hearts
John Tompson Gent: 27 Febr. 1732, 89. Hester his wife, 8
March, 17 0, 65. Henry Tompson July 1677. John Nall the
Elder, 28 Aug. 1699.
Juxta Cineres Parentum depositæ sunt Reliquiæ Matthei Nall
Armigeri, qui jute municipali ex Ephebis Exercitatus, rerum Prudentiam morum Integritati conjunxit, unde Civium Suffragijs in
Senatorum ordinem cooptatus, Tribunitia potestate & Prætoris
Officio Functus, Vitam deinde egit modestam, placidam, quietam,
morte' ec absimih supremum diem clausit, natus Ao. 1655, denatus
John Toll, Jan. 18, 1671, the Year that he was Sheriff of this
City. John Molcar, March 7, 1678.
On a mural monument in the churchyard, on the north side,
John Hale Senior, 25 Nov. 1706, and 5 young Children. Also
the Body of the ingenious Hen. Hale, master of the Mathematicks,
Son of the said John Hale, 15 Nov. 1723, 28.
The Phenix of his Time,
Lies here but sordid Clay,
His thoughts were most sublime,
His Soul is sprung away.
Then lett this Grave keep in Protection,
His Ashes, untill the Resurrection.
There is a hatchment in the church for Thomas Newton, Esq.
Newton, sab. two shin-bones in saltier arg. impaling
Tawell, az. on a chevron between three annulets arg. five cinquefoils gul.
And the same arms are on a mural monument against the south
chancel wall; Newton's crest is, on a torce sab. and arg. a blackmoor clad in blue, kneeling; in his right hand a scymitar drawn or,
his left hand by his side on his scymitar's scabbard, which hangs on a
belt or, on his head is a crown or.
Sacred to the memory of THOMAS NEWTON Esq; and
REBECCA his affectionate wife, who lived many Years the
principal Inhabitants of this Parish, and whose Remains are deposited in a Vault between the Rails of the Communion Table and
the Wall, to which this Monument is affixed. He was a Man well
and deservedly beloved, and as a mark of it, successively elected
Sheriff and Alderman, and in the year 1722, Mayor of this City;
which Offices he discharged with Integrity and peculiar Generosity;
Nor is she less to be remembred in her Station, being endowed with
all social Vertues, and a Pattern of conjugal and parental Affections: She died the eighth Day of February, and he did not
long survive the Loss, exchanging this Life for a better, the
eleventh Day of July 1738.
Not out of Ostentation, nor to flatter the Deceased, is this Marble erected, and this Inscription recorded, but this short commemorative Recitall, to testifye the Duty and Gratitude of the
Living, to their indulgent Parents.
There is a stone in the south isle, under which Sam. Ridgewell
Gent. was interred in 1742, aged 23. and another by the font for John
Lyng, 1740, 67. on which is this,
Although I am mouldering here to Dust,
In Christ is all my Hope and Trust,
My Change was sudden, without Surprise,
By my Example, learn to be wise.
There is a headstone in the churchyard for, John Brooks, who departed this Life all in a watery grave, Sept. 1, 1742, 21. and Isaac
Wolfery with him, they being both drowned in Fuller's hole. (fn. 2)
The Young, the Strong, the Rich, the Wise,
To Death, must all become a Sacrifice.
Persons buried in this church, for whom there are no memorials
remaining, are, Joan Clerk, widow, who was buried by John Clerk,
her husband, in 1466. John Reynolds in 1503, who gave 40s. towards
new leading the church, and two silver candlesticks for the altar.
Tho. Richeman, worsted weaver, he gave 40s. a pair of silver chalices,
and a vestment of 4 marks value, and had this on a brass, formerly to
be seen here,
Orate pro anima Thome Richman, nuper Cibis Norbici, Dursted
Weeber, et Alice Consartis sue, qui quidem Thomas obiit bi. Ja
nuarii, Ao Dni: 1505.
In 1513, John Buxton, worsted weaver, (fn. 3) was buried in the churchyard "before the image of our Lady in the Oke, and gave to our
Lady in the Oke 6d. This was a famous image of the Virgin Mary,
placed in the oak, which grew in the churchyard, so as it was seen by
all that passed in the street; from whence the church took the name
of St. Martin at the Oak, it being always before, called St. Martin in
Coste-lane, or Coselany, (fn. 4) the whole part of the city from Blackfriars-bridge, or New bridge, to St. Martin at the Oak-gates, being so
called, because it lies on the coste of the river: now it seems this
oak and image began to be of remark about the time of Edward II.
for then I find it first called ate the Oke. What particular virtue,
this good lady had, I do not know, but certain it is, she was much
visited by the populace, who left many gifts in their wills, to dress,
paint, and repair her; at the coming of Edw. VI. to the crown, she
was dismounted, and I am apt to believe the poor oak, also cut down,
least that should be visited for her ladyship's sake, for the present oak,
which now grows in the place, hath not been planted a hundred
years, as appears by the parish register in these words, "I John
Tabor, constable and overseer, did bring the Oak from Rannerhall near Horning ferry, before me on my horse, and set it in the
churchyard of St. Martin of Coselany, I set it March 9. 1656."
Then also the rich vestments and plate, were sold, and the money laid
out to fye the river. (fn. 5) 1534, Will. Alleyn, worsted weaver, gave a pall
This rectory was appropriated to the infirmary of Norwich priory,
and paid 3d. synodals, was exempt from the archdeacon of Norwich,
being valued at 12s. and taxed at half a mark. The tithes of Basset's
close, and a third part of the tithes of that part of Gilden-croft, lying
within the bounds of this parish, were due to the rector here and the
mortuary was the best beast; it seems to have been appropriated by
Bishop Blundeville, with the consent of Ric. de Redham, the last
rector, who had a grant of it for life, paying 10s. per annum to the infirmary, which was confirmed by the Bishop and the Pope. And
from that time, it hath been a perpetual curacy or donative, and is
now in the donation of the dean and chapter of Norwich. It was
returned formerly into the Exchequer, to be "an appropriation of
the dean and chapter, the curate's stipend being 20 marks;" but now
the curate hath only the income of the estate purchased with the
augmentation money, and the surplice fees and voluntary contributions, amounting in the whole to about 40l. per annum.
In 1460, Sir John Feltwell was parish chaplain. 1492, Sir
Thomas Cawne, alias Plowman, D. D. was buried in the chancel,
and had a stone laid over him with the sacramental cup and wafer
upon it, with the name of Jesus inscribed thereon, and under it this,
Orate pro anima Thome Plawman Capellani ruius anime propicietur
John Prentis, chaplain here, was also buried with this, Orate pro
anima Johannis Prentis Capellani i will Prentis. 1638, Robt.
Kent, S. T. B. (fn. 6) who had been minister here 45 years, died 3 June,
and was succeeded by Henry Spendlove, (a relation of Prebend
Spendlove,) (fn. 7) he was ejected, and after two or three intruders, at the
Restoration, Mr. Pew was appointed curate, and after him Mr.
Studd, who was succeeded by Mr. Peter Burgess, and he by Dr. Will.
Herring, at whose resignation it was given to
The Rev. Mr. Ephraim Megoe, (fn. 8) the present  curate, who
holds it with St. John Sepulchre in Berstreet. (See p. 138.)
There were images with lights, either lamps or wax tapers, burning
before them, of St. Martin, St. Thomas, our Lady of Pity, St. John
Baptist, St. Christopher, St. Anthony, and a chapel, altar, image, and
light of St. Mary at the east end of the south isle.
The religious concerned here were, the Prior of Norwich, who had
a messuage held by Sir John Norwich, Knt. (fn. 9) and after by Sir John
Fastolf, and was called Stone-Hall. The Prioress of Carrow, the
Master of St. Giles's hospital; the Prior of Walsingham had two
messuages and gardens granted to John Peckover, and Will. Wood.
The Prioress of Symplyngham's temporals were taxed at 10s.
In 1637, a dwelling-house under the walls, was granted to Marg.
Gibson, widow, searcher of the infected poor, to hold during the
pleasure of the court, and not otherwise, because it is intended, that
that house shall continue for the only dwelling of such a searcher,
when need shall be. 1343, Sir Barth. de Heylesden gave 6d. a year
out of his messuage here, to the city to maintain Coslany-bridge,
which had many other rents appropriated for that purpose.
Directly opposite to the lane on the north side of St. Martin's
churchyard, called anciently Whores-lane, was the Mill-lane, which
led directly to Calk-mill; which mill, with the fishery thereto belonging, from the Conquest, belonged to the manor of Horseford;
one of the ancient lords of which, granted a yearly rent out of it to
the Prioress of Carrow, before 1287, for that year, the Prioress received 40s. for arrears of rent due from it. In Edward the Third's
time, Sir Robert de Benhale, Knt. held the 3d part of the mills and
manor of Horsford, in right of the lady Eve, daughter of Eve de
Clavering, his then wife. (fn. 10) In 1394, the tithes of this mill were paid
to the keeper of the Infirmary, in right of the appropriated rectory
of St. Martin. In 1518, Lord D'acres, lord of Horsford, owned it,
and was then seized of the fishery belonging to the mill, which was
then set out by them and the corporation, and it extended from the
mill to the bank of the close late of Rob. Thorp; before that of Gregory Clerk, after of Edm. Clerk, and late of Hamond Linsted; and
in 1539, the lord of Horsford granted that fishery to be held of his
manor of Horsford, to Alderman Nic. Sywatt (who then owned the
closes) and his heirs, for ever; and in 1637, the jury for Horsford
manor returned, "that they had credibly heard Calk-mill to be
seated at or next the house called the Crown, in St. Martin in
(135) St. Mary in Coslany
Was a rectory appropriated to the prior and convent of Cokesford in
Norfolk, who received all the profits, and found a secular canon belonging to their house to serve the cure. He resided generally in the
parsonage-house, which stood against the north-east part of the
churchyard, and after the appropriation became the city house of the
priors and canons of that monastery, to resort to, when either business
or pleasure called them hither; the garden which belonged to it was
very large, (fn. 11) and abutted on Whores-lane north; it was valued at 5
marks and an half, taxed at 20s. first paid 3d. and afterwards 6d. synodals. At the Dissolution, the advowson of the rectory, and all the
great garden and house, were granted to Thomas Duke of Norfolk and
his heirs, from which time it hath been a donative, and it is now in
the donation of the Lord Townesend. It hath no certain endowment,
other than the 200l. of Queen Anne's bounty, which, with the voluntary contributions, surplice fees, &c. do not exceed 20l. a year in
1366, John Howes, chaplain. Sir Jeffry Baniard, who was buried
before the font in 1416. Robert Mayo, on whose brass is this, Orate
pro anima Domini Roberti Maya, quondam huius Ecclesie Capellani
Parachialis, qui obiit rrii die Aug. Ao Christi. 1503. By will dated
1502, he ordered to be buried in the chancel, and gave 4 large wax
tapers to burn about his herse, and then to be given to the alderman
and brethren of Corpus Christi gild; and each brother present at
his dirige, to have 4d. and gave a vestment of blue silk, another of
white damask, with a cross of rich red or blue tissue. 1518, Henry
Mowndford, was buried in the chancel, and gave a gilt silver chalice,
two silver paxbredes, his best corporas with a red velvet case bordered
with ihesvs in gold letters, and a printed mass-book and little processionary; and 9 marks a year for two years, and founded a certain
for seven years, "I will that my Place lying in the Church-yard of
the said Parishe of St. Marie, (fn. 12) the Churche Wardens for the Tyme
beyng for ever, shall receyve the yerely Profites & Fermes of the
said Place, upon this Condicion folowyng, that is to say, that yerely
for evyr, the Churche Wardens shall kepe, or do to be kepte, in
the said Churche of St. Marie, myn Obyte Day, and that they shall
with the Profightes cummyng of the same Place yearly, pay to the
Curate of the saide Churche for his Labor, seyinge Dirige & Masse
for my Sowle, the Sowles of my Father and Mother, and all Cristen
Sewles, 5d." (fn. 13) a candie of wax weighing 4 ounces, to be set yearly
upon his herse on his obit day, and to 5 poor men to sit that day
about his herse, 1d. each, and to the parish clerk and sexton, to ring a
peal on his obit or yereday, 8d, and if this be not duly performed, the
prior of the monastery of our Lady at Coxford was to have the premises, and perform it; "provided alway, that the seyd Church-Wardeyns for the Tyme beying, and x or xii honest Men of the said
Parishe of St. Mary, shall stond enfeffid in the said Mese to the
eutent before rehersyd, and at every xxti Yere end, a new Astate, to
be taken in maner and Forme aforeseid."
"Item, I will have a Stone of Marble with j Epitaphy in Verses,
which I have wretyn in a Bil, to the Price of 46s. 8d. or more, to
lye upon my Grave;" and it is still there with the verses on a
Henrici Tumulum Mounteforth, Precor, aspice tutum,
Ouisquis eris, qui transieris, sta, perlege, Plora,
Sum, quod eris, fueram, quod es, pro me, pcecor, Ora,
Et Deus Dmnipotens, qui verbo cuncta creasti,
Sis memor, Oro, tui Famuli fragilis sine fine.
Oui dictus Nericus fuit in Cecretis Doctor, et istius Ecclesiæ
Curatus, obiitque ultimo die Mensis Septembris Ao Dni: Mille
1555, Mr. John Elwyn, late chantry priest in St. Michael of
Coslany. 1604, Will. Inman, curate, by donation of the Earl of
Berkeley. 1625, Will. Allenson, licensed curate, on the donation of
Sir Roger Townsend. 1662, Gabriel Wright.
The Rev. Mr. Stephen Norris is the present  curate,
who is rector of Felthorp, vicar of Felmingham, and curate of St.
Miles at Thorn.
The church stands in the midst of a large churchyard, and hath a
round steeple and six bells, on two of which, are these inscriptions,
Dulcis cisto melis, campana vocor Michaelis.
In multis annis resonet campana Johannis.
The present nave was rebuilt in 1477, and the two transept chapels or isles much about the same time, as also the north vestry and
chancel, which are all leaded.
In the chancel, on a mural monument. Crest, a bull's head.
Hic iacent una Martinus ban kurnbeck, Artium et Medicine,
Doctor, et Joanna Uror sua, de Parochia et Cibitate hac nuper
defuncti, qui Martinus obiit rro Februarii 1578, et Johanna ter
tio Septembris 1579. In quorum Memoriam Fidelis sibi Men
Regine Eraminator, crecutor Testamenti dicte Johanne, opus
culum hoc fieri fecit.
Quorum animabus propicietur deus Amen.
On a mural monument on the south side of the chancel, are the
effigies of a man with two sons behind him, and a woman with one
daughter behind her, with a faldstool between them, and a book
before each of them, and the arms and crest of
Herne, or, three bars gemels gul. on a canton arg. five lozenges in saltier gul.
Crest, a talbot passant sab. lingued gul. collared and chained or.
Norwich, and the fishmongers.
Sic fuit exorsû primo, Natura Pusilla,
Sic fuit auspicijs serpens, sic parvulus Hyrnus,
Mox fuit erectus, ut pinea Tæda corruscans,
Altus, Honoratus, Firmus, sic Pinus in Hortis;
Nunc jacet immotus, quem vestit terra quiescens,
Sed vestit Cœlum melius Christus que, Precator.
Here lyeth buried the Body of Clement Hyrne, late
Citisen and Alderman of this Citty of NORWICH, who had
bene once Maior of this Citty, he dyed 23 Sept. 1596. He
had issue by Margaret his first Wife, 2 Sonnes, Thomas and
Xpofer; and one Dr. named Susan. He was a good benefactor to the Poore of this Parish. The said Margaret died the
13 of June, 1584.
He gave a tenement which stands directly opposite to the Millpassage-gate in Coslany-street, (now in the possession of Mr. John de
la Hay,) to be let to farm by the church-wardens, 30s. of which is divided among the poor every Christmas and Easter, the one half of
the residue is to repair the church, and the other half the houses.
Part of this house to the value of 40s. per annum, was given by Jane
Here leyethe Johnhn herne I Cecilie his Wyfe, the whiche
John depertid the xix Daye of September in the Yer of our
Lord God xvC and xlviijo. on whose Soules Jesu have Mercy.
Orate pro anima Isabelle Western quondam Uroris Johannis
Western, cuius tr.
Tho. Westwood 1699, 60. Abraham his Son 1699, 31. Alderman Henry Brady 1688, 55. Mary his Wife 1714, 78, he left one
Daughter married to Rob. Schuldham, M. D. of Kettleston in Norf.
in a Vault lie Mary Wife of Thomas Postle, Grandaughter of the
said Henry & Mary Brady, & Daughter of the said Doctor Rob.
Schuldham. 1730, 49. Mr. Thomas Postle 1739, 59. Francis Pyke
1681. In the rails are buried Mat. Coates, he died 1703, 33, & 2
children. Mary Wife of Joseph Parker 1685, 60.
There is a handsome gilt cup and cover, on which, Saynct
Marye of Coselanye Ao 1569. A neat patin Ao 1736. On a
fine large chalice, Deo optimo Maximo, humillimè dicatur, in usum
Stæ Eucharistæ in Ecclesiâ Sanctæ Mariæ in Norvico Ao Dni.
1444, Alice late Wife of John Alderford, was buried by her husband's tomb in the church. 1464, Gregory Draper Alderman, was
buried in the south transept, which was then not quite finished, towards perfecting of which, he gave 26s. 8d. His stone hath this on a
brass, and their effigies, and 7 sons and 5 daughters. He gave a
house in this parish, to John Norman, Esq.
Ecce sub hoc Lapide Gregorius crtat humatus,
Quondam Merrator pius, ar tnupum Kelebator,
Consensu Turbe, Maior bis, in hac fuit urbe,
Annis Mo Co quarter, decies ser, bis quoque binis,
Serto kalendarum fuit Aprilis sibi finis;
vic quisquis steteris ipsum precibus memor eris,
Sponsam definctam simul Aliciam sibi Functam.
1464, Rob. Wood, buried before the Virgin of Pity, and was a
benefactor to the south cross isle, which was called the Chapel of the
Virgin Mary. 1466, Alice Nyche, gave a legacy to lead the vestry,
which was then new built; and was buried in the church by Walter
Nyche her late husband. 1465, Henry Toke was buried in the north
cross isle, on his brass is this, Orate pro anima Denici Johe, Libis
Norwici, Cooke, cuius anima propicieur Deus. He founded a candle
to burn before the Holy Sepulchre, from Good Friday to the Resurrection, as the use and custom is, of 5l. weight; a candle before 'the
Pyte,' another before the principal image of our Lady, and another
before St. Thomas the Secundary, of the said church, to burn yearly at
service time, as custom is; he gave x. marks towards finishing St.
Thomas chapel, or the north cross-isle. 1466, John Hall buried in
the porch, 1467, Will. Reyner buried by his father's tomb. 1479,
Margaret, Wid. of Ric, Courdon. 1482, John Howard, buried in
the churchyard, and gave a legacy to make a door into the chancel.
1493, Eliz. widow of John Knowte, buried in the church by her husband, and gave 5l. to make a silver foot to the cross that her husband
gave; she was buried by St. Anne's altar, a priest to sing at that
altar 4 years, the first year for her own soul, the 2d for John Ellis
her son, the third for the soul of Tho. Elys, her husband, and the 4th
for John Knowte, her husband. 1497, Edw. Howse, gave a damask
vestment. There is a loose brass which came off a stone in the nave,
on which is this, Die iacet corpus Agnetis Franceys Vidue, quondam
Filie Johannis Dentom cruis anima propcietur Deus. By will dated
1501, she desired to be buried by her mother Margaret Denton, and
ordered John Franceys her husband to buy a jewel of 20 marks value,
for the church. 1505, Geffrey Whitlake, Barker, ordered a glass
window of 40s. value, to be made by Mary Mawdelyn, on the south
side of the church. 1511, John Norman, alderman. Tho. Chaunte
was buried by the font, whose brass, though much worn, hath this,
Orate pro animabus Thome Chaunte Aldermanni istius Cibitatis, ac
Johanne Uroris sue prime, qui quidem Thomas obiit iiiio die Octob.
Ao Dni. Mo hC ri. quorum animabus propicietur deus. 1522, Will.
Philip, Baker, gave 5 marks to repair the church, and a ship of silver.
1524, John Moone gave x. marks for a vestment. 1531, John Halston 5l. There were in this church, the principal image of the Virgin
Mary, in its usual place, viz. north of the altar, at the east end, and
in the north wall was the sepulchre of our Lord, as usual in most
churches, the image of St. Thomas the Secundary, or second patron
of the church, was in his chapel, as also the image of St. John
Baptist; in our Lady's chapel, on the south side was the image and
altar of St. Mary, and the images of Mary Magdalen, St. Anne, and
the Virgin of Pite; these had all lights before them, as well as the
image and altar of the Holy Trinity, which stood at the west end of
the nave on the north side; over which is the following inscription
cut in stone:
That is, Ie Thomas de Lingcole a done a cel Auter Sirge e un
Laumpe e la Rente de Colegate. I Thomas de Lincoln, have given
to this Altar, a Wax Taper and a Lamp, out of the Rent of Colegate.
I find this Tho. de Lincolnia or Lincoln, was a wealthy tanner that
lived in this parish, and was owner of a house in St. George of Colegate in the year 1292. In 1275, he was one of the bailiffs of the
city, and again in 1281; he died about 1298, and is buried before
On a brass against the east side of the north chapel,
Mrs. ANNE CLAXTON here inter'd doth lye,
Whose Vertuous Lyfe, a livinge Prayes did merrit,
Hir Faith, Religion, Grace, & Charritye,
Hath crownde hir Sowle, with what the Sayntes inherit,
Full fower-score Years, She lived exempte from Blame,
Preserving safe her Reputation's Name,
From Worshippe's Race She did at first descend,
And Claxton's Name did well that Worthe adorne,
By whom whilst Heaven unto her, Lyfe did lend,
Nine Sonnes, five Daughters, to this Worlde were borne,
The first of August, one thousande, six hundred, & five,
She dyed, let still hir Virtues Prayes survive.
Claxton, gul. a bend between three porcupines arg. on a demishield by way of canton, another coat born also by the name of
Claxton, barruly arg. and az. on a canton gul. three martlets or,
Clarke of Somersetshire, or, two bars az. in chief three escalops
Other persons buried here are, Philp Dyball 1712, 57. Sarah his
wife 1741, 77. Sam. Watson, 1695, 46. James son of Peter Verbeeke merchant 1633, and Peter Verbeeke merchant 1629, 44. Alice
Kinge a virgin, Dr. of John and Kath. Kinge 1570. Tho. Dowe
Frances his wife 1521, on whose souls Jesus have mercy.
A hatchment hath, 1st Claxton's arms. 2d ar. a fess quarterly az.
and gul. between three mascles gul. 3d az three piles wavy ar. 4th,
gul. a bend vair impaling Clark as before.
In a glass window. er. a saltier ingrailed betwen four croslets gul. On
the roof, Rookwood, with a mullet for difference. Er. on a chevron
sab. two lions combatant or and sab. a chevron between three lions
rampant ar. On the pulpit, Herne impales Davy. On the font
are the arms of England, France, Scotland. Ireland, St. George, Norwich city, and gul. a cross floré parted per cross arg. and sab.; and
anciently an anchoress called St. Anne's anchoress resided in this
Thomas Malby, alderman, died in 1558, (see Pt. I. p. 272, 8.)
"Item, I will that the Mayor of the said Cittye for the Tyme beyng,
withe the too Shreves, and certeyne of the Aldermen, shall ones in
the Year, cawse an Obyte to be Songe in St. Maryes Church in
Coslany, where my Body lyethe buried, to pray for my Soul and
all my Frends, and that the Chamberlains of the City for the
Time being, shall bestowe 20s. every yere at the Day appointed, by
the Advice of the Mayor, Shereves, and the more part of the Aldermen, and this to be continued for ever, for the Welthe of my
Soul to God's most high Pleasure." 3s. used to be distributed to
St. Martin's at Oak, 2s. to St. Michael Coslany, and 5s. to the poor of
Cecily Wingfield, widow, about 1586, gave her arable close of
ten acres by Norwich walls adjoining to the city, extending from St.
Martin's to St. Austin's-gates,
"To the Use and Behoof, Relief and Comfort of the poor People,
from Time to Time, being in the said Parish of St. Mary, for
ever." It is copyhold of Tolthorp cum Felthorp manor, which belongs to the see. In 1725, Mr. Mathew Bretingham, paid the sum of
30l. (fn. 14) to the parish, for which the feoffees surrendered the premises to
him and his heirs, chargeable for ever, with a clear annual rentcharge of 6l. 10s. to the parish, to be applied to the use of her will;
and now he hath built a new house upon it, with convenient gardens, &c.
Part of the new-mills are in this parish, and were sometimes
called Gregory's mills, for which see p. 256, and Pt. I. p. 432.
The religious concerned here were, the Prior of Weybrigge, the
Prior of Norwich, who had divers houses and rents given to the almoner, by Ric. de Horsted, Joceline de Norwich, chaplain Ralf de
Heynford, and others.
(136) The Church of St. Michael in Coslany,
Commonly called St. Miles in Coslany, stands more south in the
same street, and is a rectory valued at 13l. 6s. 8d. in the King's
Books, and being sworn of the clear yearly value of 11l. 12s. 2d. it is
discharged of first fruits and tenths. Dr. Prideaux valued it at 14l.
endowment, and 20l. voluntary contribution, in his time: there is a
parsonage-house, and garden, not far from the north side of the
churchyard, the houses which stand between them, belong to Caius
college, (fn. 15) and the house, voluntary contributions, augmentation, (fn. 16) &c.
is said to amount to about 70l. per annum.
1300, Edward Oram of Acle (or Ocle-market in Norfolk.)
1304, Will. Sare of Horseford. Will. Over-Dam of Acle, in
right of Gundelf's half acre in Acre-field.
1332, Henry son of Jeffry atte Churche. John son of Bartholomew de Acle.
1339, Edward III. licensed the rector to receive land for a
garden to his house.
1352, Henry Limpenhowe. Tho. Hobbe of Acle. He exchanged
for Holkham in
1353, with John de Merston, who was buried in the chancel in 1387.
1387, Tho. de Wrotham, presented by John Frythe, vicar of St.
Stephen's, trustee to John and Walter Daniel, who exchanged it for
1387, with James Whitwell, who was presented by the same patron.
1393, John Reed. Ditto: he died rector. Daniel's right was set
aside, and John Ocle recovered.
1395, William atte Fen, he died rector. John Ocle, citizen of
1414, John Faukes was presented by John and Walter Daniel,
citizens of Norwich, who purchased of John Ocle, half an acre of
ground called Gundell's half acre in Ocle-field, to which this patronage is appendant, and John Frythe, vicar, was named in the deed.
1418, John Daniel, by will desired, this church might be appropriated, to find a chantry priest in St. Stephen's for their three souls,
but the vicar could not bring it to bear.
John Prince, priest, for whom the following epitaph, which
was on a brass in this chancel, is preserved by Mr. Weever, fo. 803.
Orate pro animabus Thome Chaunte Aldermanni istius Cibitatis, ac
Johanne Uroris sue prime, qui quidem Thomas obiit iiiio die Octob.
Ao Dni. Mo hC ri. quorum animabus propicietur deus. 1522, Will.
Anno Milleno C quater, totque ad et X quoque bino:
Altari summo Tabulam prebet er alabastro,
De precio Magno, cupiens Laus hinc fore Christo,
Orridui Parte Fenestram fecit honeste,
Ordinis Angelici, nec non ter Nomine Trini.
1421, John Barsham, rector, was buried in the chancel.
1421, John Riche, he was buried by him in 1426. Walter
1426, Tho. Lynes, buried in the chancel, in 1463. Sir John Erpingham, and Sir Will. Phelip, Knts. John Schotesham, &c.
1464, Tho. Drantale or Drantall, A. M. who was buried in the
chancel in 1501. He was presented by Sir Thomas Boleyn, or
Bollen, divine, master or warden of Gonvile-hall in Cambridge.
Geffry Chaumpeneys, vicar of St. Stephen's, Thomas Boleyn,
junr. John Burgeyn and George Munford, and this Sir Thomas it was, that after much trouble, got the advowson settled on the
college, for in
1501, 12 Jan. John Barly or Barlie, S. T. P. though he was then
master of Gonvile hall, was presented by the master and scholars of
Gunwile hall in Cambridge, and died rector in 1503, and was succeeded in
1504, by Edmund Stubbs, D. D. who succeeded him in his mastership, as well as living, and was presented as before.
1513, William Bokenham, S. T. P. succeeded to the rectory and
mastership, and was a great benefactor to the college and living, for
he rebuilt the parsonage-house, adorned the church, &c. He was
vice-chancellor in 1509, and died here in the 81st year of his age,
Ao 1540, having resigned his mastership to John Skypp, D. D. in
1536. Nic. Bokenham, his brother, was a great benefactor to the
1540, Roger Overey. He was deprived.
1556, Edmund Harrocke, by lapse.
1561, John Elwyn, the last chantry priest here, was presented, by
John Caius, the master, and fellows of Gonvile and Caius college in
Cambridge, who presented all the following rectors, the patronage
being in that college at this day. Elwyn was buried here.
1569, Humfry Beshby or Busby, res.
1570, Will. Botwine, ob.
1572, John Staller.
1580, Tho. Plombe, senr.
1591, Tho. Plombe, ob.
1600, Richard Stockdale.
1601, Will. Batho, S. T. P. ob.
1625, Rob. King.
1676, Will. Cecill.
1715, Rob. Cory, A. B.
1724, Will. Selth, A. M. United to Melton-Magna, ob. 1740.
1741, The Rev. Mr. Charles Tucke, A. M. the present rector, who
holds it united to the consolidated parishes of Melton-Magna, St.
Mary's, and All-Saints in Norfolk.
The tower is tall, and square, having a clock, chimes, and musical
peal of eight bells, on which,
3d. Per Thome Meritis mereamur gandia Lucis
5th. Uirginis egregie, Uocor Campana Marie,
6th. Munere Baptiste Benedictus sit Chorus iste.
The south porch and isle are leaded, and were built by Gregory
Clerk, citizen and alderman of Norwich, who lies interred in it with
Orate pro animabus Gregorii Clerk, quondam Cibis t Aldermanni
Norwici, qui obiit rrviio die Oct. Ao. Dni. Moccccolrriro et pro anima
Agnetis quondam Uroris eiusdem Gregorii, postea Uroris Roberti
Thorp Cibis et Aldermanni Norwici que quidem Agnes obiit rvo die
Oct. Ao Dni. Mocccccoiiio.
On a stone in this isle with two effigies, is this imperfect inscription,
over Gregory Clerk, junior citizen and alderman of this
Cyte, off qwose Soule Thu. have Mercy, the qwyche seyd
Gregory depertyd from thys World the rrvi day off the monythe off
January, in the Yere off owr Lord God, a thowsand ffyyffe
(1516) He was Mayor 1514, and perfected this isle, which was
begun by his father.
Orate pro anima Johanne Clerk, nuper Uroris Gregorii Clerk
Junioris, Civis et Aldermanni Norwici, que quidem Johanna obiit
xxio die Sept. Ao. ri. Mo. vC xiijo. cuius anime propicietur deus
On a stone covered with a seat, are the arms of Ferrour, arg. on
a bend gul. cotized sab. three bezants impaling Garnish.
Orate pro anima Margarete Ferrore nuper Uroris Rici. Ferrore
Civis et Aldermanni Norwici que obiit xixo die Maii Ao. Dni Mo
ccccoiio, cuius anime propicietur deus Amen.
At the east end of this isle, is a chapel of beautiful workmanship,
made with freestone and black flints; this is the chantry chapel of the
Virgin Mary, which was built and endowed with lands and houses,
in Norwich, Barnham-Broom, Hunningham, Sprowston, Heigham, and
Wood-Dallyng, by Robert Thorp, (fn. 17) the founder, in the time of
Hen. VII. He lies buried here, under a stone which hath his own
effigies, and those of his three wives, and three boys and two girls, but
the inscription is lost, though the most part of it is preserved by Mr.
Weever, fo. 803. It had the arms of Thorp, az. three crescents arg.
on the first shield, and the same arms impaled with those of his three
wives, his second wife's arms remain, viz. a fess nebulé between three
wolves head's erased.
Pray for the Sowl of Robart Thorp Gentilman, Citezen and
Alderman of Norwich, Founder of this Chappyll and Ile, with a
Chantrie Prest; be to sing perpetually for the Soul of Robart
Thorp, the Sowls of Elyzabeth, Emme, and Agnes Sowls, his
Wyfls; the sowl of John Thorp, his kindryd sowls, and al Cristen
sowls: the which Robart th yer M. ccccc.
The several chantry priests that served here, are buried in this chapel, the first of which was Sir Richard Walloure, or Waller, by his
will dated 1505, (fn. 18) he ordered these lines to be fixed to a marble, and
laid over him, as they now remain:
Ossa Magistri cuncta Ricardi Walleour ista
Urna tenet primi terrea Presbiteri,
Er Cantaria, Ueniam sibi posre Maria.
Nunc anime cuius propiciare Deus.
MD. que quinquies J. Anno Christique sepulti.
Good Frends, prey for Thomas Warnys Master of Arte, here the
seronde Chauntry Prist, departed this Worlde on St. Mihil Evyn
1508. (Weever, fo. 803.)
Ao. 1524, Robert Long, citizen of Norwich, and Agnes his wife,
gave to Gonvile-hall in Cambridge, the perpetual donation to this
chantry, on condition, they constantly nominated an honest priest,
or fellow of their college, to reside constantly in the house belonging
to Thorp's chantry priest in Norwich, (fn. 19) and daily to serve the said
Orate pro anima Johannis Mebber, Arcium Magistri et can-
tarie huius Ecclesie quondam Cappellani qui obiit Ao. Dni. Mo. vC.
xxviio cuius anime propicietur deus.
Sir John Elwyn, who afterwards became rector here, was the last
chantry priest, and had a pension for life of 6l. 13s. 4d. out of the
revenues of his chantry, all which were granted by Edw. VI. Ao 1547,
to Sir Edward Warner, Knt. (fn. 20) and Ric. Catline, Gent. and their heirs,
who in 1549, sold the whole to John Welsh. It was valued to the
tax at 8l. 2s. 6d. per annum.
Weever, fo. 803, hath this which, is now lost.
As I am, so sall yee be,
Prey for Margery Hore of Cherite.
In 1540, Tho. Atkin, vicar of Mutford, and Margery Hore of the
same town, gave 48l. apiece, to Gonvile-hall, to buy lands of the
value of 4l. per annum, the same Thomas gave also Pain's close in
Worlingham in Suffolk, of 40s. per annum for stipends for three
scholars of the diocese of Norwich, 35s. per annum, who are to be
chosen by the master and two senior fellows.
"Now hear a Word or two (saith Weever) of the Name Hore. I
find saith Verstegan this antiently written Hure, and I find Hure to
be also written for the word Hire; and because that such incontinent
Women do often lett their Bodies to Hire, this Name was therefore aptly applied unto them. It is in the Netherlands written Hoer,
but pronounced Hoor, as wee yet pronounce it, tho' in our later
English Ortography (I know not with what Reason) some write it
Whore. I find many of this Sirname of good Note, and speciall
Regard, in many Places in this Kingdom."
The nave is covered with lead, and is said to have been rebuilt by
John Stalon, who was sheriff in 1511, and Stephen Stalon, who served
that office in 1512, and lies buried at the west end, with this,
Orate pro anima Stephani Stalon, quondam Uiceromitis Civi-
tatis Norwici, gue obiit iiiio die Februarii Ao Dni: 1527, cuius anime
propicietur deus Amen.
Alderman Henry Scolhouse, is also said to have been a benefactor,
who lies buried in the nave with this,
Orate pro animabus Kenrici Scolows, quondam Aldermanni Cibi
tatis Norwici, et Alice consortis sue, quidem Henricus obiit xxv
die Der. Ao. dni. Mo. hC xvo.
This on a loose brass, (fn. 21)
Of your charyte pray for the soules of Mr. Rafe Dylkyns, sum
tyme Maner of this Cyte, which dyed in the yere of our Lorde 1535,
And also of Mr. Brayan Tailor sumtyme one of the Auditors of the
King's Erchequer, which also dyed in the Yere of Lorde 1555. and
Anne sumtyme Wyfe to them both. Of ther Fathers and Mothers
Souls, and all Christen Souls, God have mercy, Amen.
Orate pro animabus Johannis Dulman I Katerine Uroris cius
quorum animabus propicietur Deus Amen.
Hic iaret Willus: Erasham Ao Dni. Mill: ccccxlij.o
Orate pro animabus Johis: Swaloi Domine Clizabethe Mor-
ley t Alicie Ur.
Orate pro anima Margarete Bacton, cuius anime propicietur
Hic iacet Willus: Jselham nuper Civis et Mercator Norwici,
cuius anime propicietur Deus.
Round the brass eagle, which weighs above 200 weight, is this,
Orate pro animabus Willmi: Wesrbrok, Rose et Johanne Urorum
eius Ao Dni. Mocccclxxxxiij.
Orate pro anima Edmundi Laws, cuius anime propicietur deus
Amen. (By the Font.)
1497, John Bishop, Esq. buried in the church, gave 10l. towards
rebuilding it. In 1373, Will. Plommer, and in 1469, Walter Blake,
mercer, were buried here.
The north isle and chantry chapel of St. John the Baptist, were
built by Will. Ramsey, who lies buried in his chapel under a
large altar tomb robbed of all its brasses, except his merchant's mark,
and the initial letters of his name on each side it, and on the window
are two rams and an A, as a rebus for Ramsa or Ramsey; he was sheriff
in 1498, and mayor in 1502 and 1508, in which year the chapel was
finished; in 1504, Will. Herte, chaplain here, desired to be buried on
the north side of the church, within the precinct of the new ele, there
to be edified, and ordered a gravestone to be laid over him, which is
now disrobed of its brasses. In 1505, Agnes Parker was buried in this
chapel, by John Ebbes, her late husband, and settled a rent charge
out of her tenement to find a lamp before the rood.
In 1513, Sir John Cleyton was chantry priest and curate here. (fn. 22)
Orate pro anima Roberti Harridans Arcium Magistri in Medicinis
Bachalarii, Merceri et Cibis Norwici, qui obiit Anno Domini 1513,
et die Mensis Februarii iio
This Robert Harridans, who is said to be master of arts, bachelor
of physick, mercer and citizen of Norwich, was a physician of note
in those days, and was not a mercer by trade, but only free of the
mercers company in London.
Orate pro animabus Helene et Elizabethe Godfrey Filiarum
Willi: Godfrey Uicecomitis Civitatis Norwici, quarum animabus
propicietur deus. Ao. Dni: xvC. xxxo. (In the north isle.)
Sponsa facet talis, Welyam Roo que fuit alis,
Sed sibi non ite, rogo, dices, Christe venite. (In the nave.)
(In the nave.)
Hier licht begran. ven Franchoys Vander Bekefs Huberts Van
Ypre wyt Vlandren Staf Den xviii Dach May Anno Mccccclxxvij.
A griffin holds a shield, on which, a chevron between two stars in
chief, and a crescent in base.
The chancel, as well as the north isle, and chapel and vestry at the
east end of it, are all covered with lead.
The carpet at the altar formerly belonged to the altar of the north
chapel, and had a crucifix, and Mary and John on it, though now
picked out, and there are several angels with labels, on which,
Da Gloriam Deo. Credo quod Redemptor meus vivit. Mortui
venite ad Judicium.
Anne the 2d Dr. of Henry and Mary Plombe, Anno 1596, 16.
Tho. Fen 1596, 59.
Mr. Henry Fawcett (fn. 23) that great benefactor to the city, and this
parish, (see Pt. I. p. 368, 9,) died 1619, and was buried in the north
chapel; his tomb is now broken through to make a passage into the
vestry; his arms on a bend three dolphins with a crescent gul. for
difference, still remain.
There is an inscription on a board standing in the vestry, which
formerly hung by Fawcet's tomb, round which is a vine springing
from the bottom, with leaves and bunches of grapes, between which
are 24 labels, with inscriptions on them:
A deserved Memorial upon the worshipfull and worthy Benefactor to this City and Country, Mr. Henry Fawcet, who departed
this Life, the 21 of Jan. 1619.
Stay Reader here, and e're a Foot thou pass,
See what thou art, and what once Fawcit was,
Whose Body resteth in the Earthly Bed,
But heavenly Soule, to Heaven it's home, is fled:
What in his Life he did, Behold! the Root,
Body, Branches, and afterward the Fruit,
Of him that lived by his Godly care,
Of him that died with a heavenly fear,
For look, how many Branches here you see,
So many Hands imagine, hath this Tree,
Not dealing Pence, unto the poor around,
But Royally imparting, by the Pound,
Oh! England, might in every City be,
So brave a Vine, so beautifull a Tree,
To check the base, and viler Shrubs below,
Who now on Earth, unprofitable grow,
But Fawcit, now thou art in lasting Fame,
Let Rich admire thee, Poor, will bless thy Name,
In Earth thy Body Sleep, thy Soul above,
With Angeis rest, in Charity and Love,
And Norwich mourn thy loss, not like to See,
Hereafter, such another, like to thee.
1. To all his Godchildren 10s. a piece.
2. To a Widow and her Infant 8s. 8d.
3. 10l. for a Stock for 2 Joiners, for three Years, Gratis.
4. 10l. for a Stock of Coals for the Poor of St. Michael in
5. For the mending of a Bridge at Hustangill 20l.
6. 20l. to the French for a Stock for their Poor.
7. 20l. for a Stock for 6 Darnick Weavers, to last for ever.
8. 40l. to set poor Masons to Work in Winter, Stock to last
9. 6l. Annualty for 2 poor Women during their lives.
10. 10l. a Year to maintain a School Master, at Haughlin-hall
11. For the Preachers at the Common Place in Norwich, for
12. 300l. for a stock among 10 Poor Worsted Weavers for ever.
13. 15l. a Year to keep Worsted Weavers in St. Giles's Hospital.
14. 100l. to the Hospital of this City for Orphants.
15. 10l. p. Ann. to Cloath 10 naked Worsted Weavers in Fibridge Ward.
16. Unto 2 Poor Maidens Marriages 60l.
17. 33l. 6s. 8d. for a Stock for ever for the Poor in Fybridge
18. 20l. to be lent to 4 Shoemakers for 4 Years, the Stock for
19. 20l. for the Dutch for a Stock for their Poor.
20. 23s. 8d. for an Annual Commemoration here.
21. 10l. for a Stock for Blacksmiths, for 3 Years.
22. To the City Poor, presently to be distributed 10l.
23. To the Prisoners in the Castle or Guild-hall 10 Chaldrons
24. To every Lazer House to be distributed presently 10s. a-piece.
On a stone covered, a fess between two chevrons, a de-lis for difference, quartering 1st, a frette. 2d, on a bend three mullets pierced.
In the east window of the south isle, a bear's head erased sab. muzzled arg. a crescent or, Ao Dni. 1577. In the east window of the
north isle, the deanery impales a castle, on a chief sab. a mitre or,
between three snakes or, and a cinquefoil for difference. This was
the arms and rebus of Dean Castleton; see Pt. I. p 617.
At the west end, are the arms of Gonvile and Caius College.
There were in this church, before the Dissolution, the altar and
light of St. William of Norwich before his image. The lights of
St. Catherine, St. Margaret, St. Michael, St. Mary Magdalen, St.
Anne, St. Christopher, St. John, St. Thomas, and that in the basin
before the sacrament, the rood or perke light, the sepulchre light;
and those before the images of the Virgin Mary in Thorp's chantry,
and of St. John Baptist in Ramsey's chantry.
1498, July 8, it was decreed by the Bishop, that whereas the feast
of the dedication of this church (fn. 24) used to be kept the same day with
that of the dedication of the cathedral; it should now be altered to
Monday after Relique Sunday.
Henry Playford gave 20s. yearly to the rector, to find a lamp continually burning in the chancel before the high-altar; and 31 Henry
VIII. Thomas Morley, who owned the tenement that was tied for it,
In the beginning of Edw. I. Richard de Brekles, chaplain founded
St. Saviour's Hospital in Coselany,
And in 1297, Richard de Coselany, fishmonger, conveyed to the
founder, a stall in the bread-market, by the stall of the fraternity of
St. Mary and St. Augustine. And in 1304, the said King confirmed
the foundation, and granted license to hold all the revenues in FrankAlmoign. After which I have met with nothing concerning this
The religious concerned here were the Priors of Mendham, whose
temporals were taxed at 12d.; of Binham 12d.; of Mungè, Mountjoy,
or Haverlond 3s. 4d.; of Ixworth 2s.; of Hickling 5s. 11d.; of Westacre 5s.; the Abbots of Holm 2s. 4d.; of Saveyne 18s. 8d.; the
Prioress of Carrowe 10s. 8d.; the Prior of Norwich at 7s.
The altar here is lately fitted up handsomely, being laid with the
black and white marble which came out of the Earl of Yarmouth's
private chapel at Oxnead, and was given by Mr. William Tuck of St.
Peter's in Hungate, who purchased it. There are the four Evangelists
at length, and a piece of the resurrection, painted by Mr. Heins.
In the south chantry,
John Buller, Son of John and Sarah Balderstone 1733. Nic.
Vipond Gent. Attorney at Law, 13 May, 60.
In the chancel,
Will. Cockman Esq; Mayor in 1711, died 1733, 82. Sarah his
Relict 1735, 75. Anna-Maria Dr. of Charles and Anne Harwood
1723, 3. so soon passeth it away, and we are gone. Maria-Anna
another Dr. 1726. Mary their Dr. 1730. Salter their Son 1723.
Alice their Dr. 1731.
Salter's arms and crest, impaling sab. a fess parted per pale,
indented gul. and erm. between three cross-croslets ar. Roger Salter,
Gent. 1698, 76. Mary his wife 1706, 76.
Crest, an armed arm in pale, holding an arrow. Dover, three
arrows, the points meeting as piles in point, on a chief three rocks,
impaling Salter Francis Dover 1720, 46.
In the north chapel:
Hic jacet Maria Uxor Johannis Annyson, quæ obijt 24 die Julij
A°. Æt. 29, et Sal. Humanæ 1700. John Annyson her Husband,
1715, 43, and 3 of their children. Sarah his 2d Wife 1738, 56. Daniel
son of John Masingbard, Gent. 1701, 25. Mark Masingbard 1704,
both born at Thorney Abby in the Isle of Ely.
Moulton, arg. three bars gul. eight escalops sab. 3, 2, 2, 1, impaling three doves. Crest, a dove standing on a stone.
M. S. Elizabetha Johannis Moulton Uxor, Arnoldi Wallen Filia,
utriusq; dilectissima, ad plures abijt 18° Sept. 1703, æt. 22.
Browne per bend A. S. three mascles counterchanged, impaling
three castles. Crest, a demi-griffin displayed, with a snake twined
about its neck. Hic sitæ sunt exuviæ Stephani Browne, cohortis
Armigeræ apud Norvicenses, Ducis, qui obijt 14 Maij A. D. 1723.
natus annos 37. Juxtaque ejusdem Liberi Quatuor. John Wigget
1720, 76. Abigail his Wife 1719, 66. James their son late of Calthorp, 1734, 53. Tho. Andrews, merchant, 1709, 67.
In the north isle,
Mary wife of John Rudsdell 1743, 34. John Whetewr 1655.
Anne Dr. of Will. and Jane Maltby of Orston in Nottinghamshire
1717, 29. Mary Hallewijck widow 1661. Richard Skeeles, Gent. and
Eliz his wife, dr. of Ric. Drury, Esq. of Bluntisham in Huntingdonshire 1723, 20. Ben. Cobb 1720, 79. Christian 1719, 70.
In the nave,
Robert Mitchell, 20 Years a faithfull Servant to the Salter's of this
parish, 1723, 34. John Son of John and Eliz. Richardson 1742, 1.
Nathaniel Ragge 1713, 69, Anne his Wife 1734, 77. Charles Verbeeke 1648. Sarah Cook 1707. Susanna Master 1733, 72. Samuel
Hasbert late of Stoke Holy Cross, and Lydia his wife, he died 1703,
36, she 1731, 70. Eliz. their Dr. 1733, 43.
John Fremoult M. D. 1711, 28. Samuel Fremoult Brewer,
1727, 48. Joel Fremoult Attorney at Law 1728, 56. Resurgemus.
By the font,
Joel Freemoult, born in this Parish, and Judith Dr. of
John Shoulder his Wife, born at Canterbury, where they had
Issue, 5 Sons and 4 Daughters, 7 whereof do still Survive them,
and are living monuments of their paternal Care and Industry,
he died 1708, 66, She 1706, 56. Eliz. wife of Sam. son of Sam.
Fremoult Brewer, 1743, 25.
Sarah wife of John Day, Dr. of William & Christian Jackson
of Carlton Scroop in Lincolnshire 1737, 33. Sarah their Dr. 1732,
Bridget their Dr. 1737, 4. Eliz. Filia Josephi Alanson Clerici &
Annæ Uxoris 1701. The said Joseph is buried by her, and was
Rector of St. Simon & Jude, & died in 1736, æt. 82. See p. 355.
Dover's arms as before, with a bear's paw erased for a crest.
Motto, NIHIL UTILE QUOD NON HONESTUM.
H. S. E. Samuel Dover Generosus, ob Legum peritiam,
Morumque Probitatem, undique notus obijt xvi° Nov. A° Sal.
MDCCXXXVI. æt. LXVII°.
I find by the register these persons were buried in this church.
1559, Mr. Leonard Sotherton. 1571, Serjeant John Mason. 1583,
Mrs. Sotherton. 1600, Alderman Christopher Soame & Anne his
Wife in 1581. In 1568, Mary Dr. of Mr. Ralph Shelton, and in
1569, Kat. Dr. of Roger Wodehouse Esq. were baptised here.
Queen Elizabeth's mausoleum is painted over the south door, and
this on the east side of it,
Stay Passenger, who e're thou art, retard thy Pace,
View here the Mem'ry, of a Majestick Race,
See here the Emblem of a dying State,
Proves clear, that all alike, must stoop to Fate,
This Urn, no common Ashes doth contain,
The enclosed Majesty, seems Still to Reign,
Only being wearied, with the World's Contest,
Tamely Retires, here to take it's Rest:
And 'tis but Just, that She, who made Religion shine
Should in her Temple, still retain a shrine,
But least this Monument, Should not display,
The greatness of the Jewele, which doth lay
Within it, stay yet further, & thou wilt see,
The true Import of this Effigie.
On the west side,
Here lies Elizabeth, whose Royal breath,
Gave true Religion Life, & false one Death,
Whose Zeal & Power join'd, alike to advance,
God's Honour, Christians Glory, and Church Ordinance.
To say no more; she liv'd, she reign'd, she dy'd,
A Christian Queen, fit to be Canoniz'd.
Queen Elizabeth came in progress to Norwich 16 Aug. 1578,
and died on the eve of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary 1602.
The tradition is, that she lodged in a house in this parish; which is
false, for she lodged during the whole time she was here, at the
Bishop's palace. (See Pt. I. p. 332.)
There is a mural monument in the churchyard, against the west
steeple wall, for Tho. Mason 1708, 69. Jane his Wife 1700, 66.
David his Son 1703, 30. Eliz. his Daughter 1672, 12.
On the south side of the churchyard are two altar tombs, for
Mary Dr. of Mr. John Pecke, and Mary his Wife 1718, 31. And
Mr. John Pecke 1715, 58. Mr. John Pecke his Son 1716, 23.
There are memorials also, for John Cornish, Martha Wife of Geo.
Wilson 1730, 56. Ambrose, Mary & Anne, their Children. George
their Son, who successfully applied himself to Philosophical Inquiries,
1735, 28. John Wignall 1737, 52. Eliz. his Wife 1722, 35. And
And now having gone through the whole city, I shall proceed by
ANCIENTLY CALLED HELLE-GATES, (fn. 25)
From their low situation, and the odd appearance that the street
leading to these gates hath, to any one that looks down it, from
Charyng-Cross; it being a prodigious chasm and declivity, like the
entrance of the ancient poets' hell. This was a postern only, till
lately, when it was taken down to be made a passage for carriages,
since which time it hath never been built, but lies open and in
As soon as you are out of this gate, you enter the parish of Heham,
Eeham, or, as it is now called,