History of Gresham Street

Gresham Street is in Castle Baynard.

Goldsmiths Hall, Gresham Street, Castle Baynard, City of London

Diary of Samuel Pepys 01 June 1665. 01 Jun 1665. Up and to the office, where sat all the morning, at noon to the 'Change, and there did some business, and home to dinner, whither Creed comes, and after dinner I put on my new silke camelott sute; the best that ever I wore in my life, the sute costing me above £24. In this I went with Creed to Goldsmiths' Hall, to the burial of Sir Thomas Viner (76); which Hall, and Haberdashers also, was so full of people, that we were fain for ease and coolness to go forth to Pater Noster Row, to choose a silke to make me a plain ordinary suit.

That done, we walked to Cornehill, and there at Mr. Cade's' stood in the balcon and saw all the funeral, which was with the blue-coat boys and old men, all the Aldermen, and Lord Mayor, &c., and the number of the company very great; the greatest I ever did see for a taverne. Hither come up to us Dr. Allen, and then Mr. Povy (51) and Mr. Fox (38). The show being over, and my discourse with Mr. Povy (51), I took coach and to Westminster Hall, where I took the fairest flower, and by coach to Tothill Fields for the ayre till it was dark. I 'light, and in with the fairest flower to eat a cake, and there did do as much as was safe with my flower, and that was enough on my part.

Broke up, and away without any notice, and, after delivering the rose where it should be, I to the Temple and 'light, and come to the middle door, and there took another coach, and so home to write letters, but very few, God knows, being by my pleasure made to forget everything that is. The coachman that carried [us] cannot know me again, nor the people at the house where we were.

Home to bed, certain news being come that our fleete is in sight of the Dutch ships.

Around 1657 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of Thomas Povey Master of Requests 1614-1705. Before 1725. John James Baker Painter -1725. Portrait of Stephen Fox Paymaster 1627-1716.

Ironmonger Lane, Gresham Street, Castle Baynard, City of London

Diary of Henry Machyn August 1559. 24 Aug 1559. [The xxiiij day of August, the lord] mare (50) and the althermen and the [sheriffs? w]her at the wrastelyng at Clarke-in-well, and it was the fayre day of thynges kept in Smyth-feld, [being] sant Bathellmuw (day), and the same day my lord [mayor] came home thrugh Chepe, and a-gaynst Yrmonger [lane] and a-gaynst sant Thomas of Acurs ij [2] gret [bonfires] of rodes and of Mares and Johns [sculptures of Saint Marys and Saint Johns] and odur emages [images], ther thay wher bornyd [burned] with gret wondur.

St Olave's Church Old Jewry, Ironmonger Lane, Gresham Street, Castle Baynard, City of London

Diary of Henry Machyn May 1551. 22 May 1551. The xxij day of Maij was bered my lade Mores, wyff of sir Crystoffer Mores (61) knyght, and the M. of [the Ordnance] by kyng Henry the viijth, the wyche he ded of the h .. at Bullayn, and she ded in saynt Peters in Cornhyll ... in saynt Towlles in the Oll' Jury, and ther she ... her first husband, with ij harolds; and she gayff ... men and women vijxx mantylls, fryse gownes, and o[ther] gownes and cotts a iiijxx, and then cam the corse [with banners] of armes borne abowt her, with iiij morners .... dyd pryche the Skott the curett, and a gret dolle and a gret [dinner] as I have sene off fysse and odur thynges.

In 1602 Elizabeth Duncombe 1602-1666 was born to William Duncombe 1565-1625 (37) and Anne Bennett 1577-1611 (25). She was baptised at St Olave's Church Old Jewry.

On 29 May 1634 William Bowyer 1st Baronet 1612-1679 (21) and Margaret Weld Lady Bowyer 1617-1678 (17) were married at St Olave's Church Old Jewry.

St Anne and St Agnes Church Gresham Street, Castle Baynard, City of London

In Jan 1467 William Gregory Lord Mayor 1400-1467 (67) died. He was buried at St Anne and St Agnes Church Gresham Street.

St Thomas of Acre Church, Gresham Street, Castle Baynard, City of London

On 24 Aug 1550 William Locke Sheriff 1486-1550 (64) died at Merton. He was buried at St Thomas of Acre Church.

Diary of Henry Machyn August 1550. 27 Aug 1550. The xxvij day of August was bered sir Wylliam [Locke knight] (64) and alderman and late shreyfF of London, and bered [at St.] Thomas of Acurs, and a-ffor hym whent a Ix pore men in mo[urning] gowns and whytt stayfFes in ther handes ij and ij to-gether; [after] them the standard, and then mornars, and then came a .. with odur mornars, and then the clarkes and prestes, and then [a herald] with ys cott armor, target, elmet, sword, and then the corse [with] penons of armes borne a-bowt hym, and the stret [was] hangyd with blake and armes a-pone the cloth, and ther [was a] dolle of monay, and a grett denner as I have be hat.

Diary of Henry Machyn February 1555. 17 Feb 1555. The xvij day of Feybruary at bowt mydnyght ther wher serten lude feylous cam unto sant Thomas of Acurs, and over the dore ther was set the ymage of sant Thomas, and ther thay brake ys neke and the tope of ys crosier, the wyche was mad of fre-ston; with grett sham yt was done.

Diary of Henry Machyn October 1556. 30 Oct 1556. The xxx day, a' for-none, was bered at sant Thomas of Acurs, by ys father, master Loke the sune of ser Wylliam Loke, the wyche he ded at ys plasse in Walbroke, and bered at sant Thomas of Acurs; and alle the qwyre hangyd with blake, and armes, and iiij grett tapurs, and ij whyt branchys and xij torchys; and master doctur Pendyltun (32) dyd pryche.... torchys and iiij grett tapurs and [there were at his] ... bereng the felowshype of the Drapers, master Cha[ster herald and] odur, and greet mon mad for hym at ys berehying.

Diary of Henry Machyn April 1559. 07 Apr 1559. The vij day of Aprell was browth unto [saint Thomas] of Acurs in Chepe from lytyll sant Barthellmuw [in] Lothbere masteres ...., and ther was a gret compene of pepull, ij and ij together, and nodur prest nor clarke, the nuw prychers in ther gowne lyke ley[-men,] nodur syngyng nor sayhyng tyll they cam [to the grave,] and a-for she was pute into the grayff a [collect] in Englys, and then put in-to the grayff, and after [took some] heythe [earth] and caste yt on the corse, and red a thynge ... for the sam, and contenent cast the heth in-to the [grave], and contenent red the pystyll of sant Poll to the Stesselonyans the (blank) chapter, and after thay song pater-noster in Englys, boyth prychers and odur, and [women,] of a nuw fassyon, and after on of them whent in-to the pulpytt and mad a sermon.

Diary of Henry Machyn April 1559. After 07 Apr 1559. The (blank) day cam from Franse my lord chamburlayn Haward (38) and my lord bysshope of Elly (53) and master doctur Wotton, and (unfinished) .... ye Tempull, and ix .... dener, and ther dynyd the consell and dyvers notabyll .... and juges, and my lord mayre (50) and the althermen, and the [officers of the] Chansseres [Chancery] and the Flett, and the Kyngesbynshe, and the Marshalsea; [and they] gayff gownes of ij collers, morreys and mustars, and ... ij collers ... hondered; and at v of cloke at after-non [the new] serganttes whent unto sant Thomas of Acurs in a ... gowne and skarlette hodes a-bowt ther nekes, and whyt [hoods on] ther hedes, and no capes [caps]; and after they whent unto Powles with typstayffes and offesers of the Kyngbynche, and odur plasses, and [they were] browth be ij old serganttes, one after a-nodur in skarlett ... of north syd, and ther thay stod tyll thay had brou[th them] unto ix sondre pellers [pillars] of the north syd, and after the ... cam unto the furst, and after to the reseduu; and thay whe[nt back] unto the Tempull on a-lone [one-by-one], and a-for whent the ... and the rulers and the Chansere and of the Kyngbynche [ij and ij to]gether, and after cam a hondered in parte cottes of ...

Diary of Henry Machyn August 1559. 24 Aug 1559. [The xxiiij day of August, the lord] mare (50) and the althermen and the [sheriffs? w]her at the wrastelyng at Clarke-in-well, and it was the fayre day of thynges kept in Smyth-feld, [being] sant Bathellmuw (day), and the same day my lord [mayor] came home thrugh Chepe, and a-gaynst Yrmonger [lane] and a-gaynst sant Thomas of Acurs ij [2] gret [bonfires] of rodes and of Mares and Johns [sculptures of Saint Marys and Saint Johns] and odur emages [images], ther thay wher bornyd [burned] with gret wondur.

Diary of Henry Machyn April 1560. 24 Apr 1560. The xxiiij day of Aprell was bered good mastores Malere (40), the wyffe of master Malore (60) altherman and latt shreyff of London, the wyche she ded in chyld-bed of xvij chyldern, and bered with-in sant Thomas of Acurs; the wyche she gayff [to the] pore (blank) gownes, and ther was the clarkes syngyng; master (blank) dyd pryche; and mony mornars, and gret mone mad [great moan made] for her.