History of St Martin's Church

St Martin's Church is in Ludgate Hill.

On 20 Apr 689 King Cædwalla of Wessex 659-689 (30) died. He is said to have been buried at St Martin's Church.

On 16 Jul 1539 Thomas Russell 1519-1574 (20) and Francis Cholmley 1530-1570 (9) were married at St Martin's Church.

Diary of Henry Machyn November 1557. 16 Nov 1557. The xvj day of the sam monyth was bered at sant Martens at Ludgatt, master (blank) Terrell, captayn of the galee, and knyght of the Rodes sum-tyme was; with a cote, penon, and ij baners of emages, and iij haroldes of armes, and ij whyt branchys, and xij torchys, and iiij gret tapurs.

Diary of Henry Machyn December 1558. 07 Dec 1558. The vij day of Desember was bered my lade Chamley, the wyff of ser Roger Chamley (63) knyght and late lord cheyffe barne, [chief baron] in the parryche of sant Marten's at Ludgate; and ther was iiij branche tapers, garnyshed with iiij dosen pensels; and the howse hangyd with blake and armes, and the strett and the chyrche with blake and armes; and ther was a harold of armes; and ij whyt branchys, and xxiiij torchys, and mony morners; and the morow masse and a sermon, and after a grett dener; and she had iiij baners of santtes.

Diary of Henry Machyn December 1558. 12 Dec 1558. The xij of Desember was bered at sant Martens at Ludgat ser Gorge Harper (55) knyght, with ij haroldes of armes, with ij whyt branchys, xij torchys, and iiij gret tapurs; and a standard, a pennon, and cote armur, target, sword, mantyll, and crest a gylt bore [boar], and v dosen of skochyons of armes, and mony morners, and ther had xvj pore men had gownes.

On 05 Nov 1559 William Hussey 1526-1559 (28) died.

He was buried at St Martin's Church. His inscriptions read/reads:

Gulielmo Huseo (28), Cœlebi, Almæ Curiæ Cantauriensis Registro, literarum scientia vitæ probitate, morumque urbanitate claro, notis & amicis omnibus dilecto. Antonius (63) & Katharina (59) conjuges, Chari parentes, orbati filio, Monumentum hoc dolentes posuerunt. Obiit quinto Kalendas Novembris Anno Dom. 1559. vixit annos 28. menses 3. dies 7. Obdormiat in Domino.

Roughtly transated:

William Hussey (28). Registrar Canterbury. Life and learning, well mannered and moral, to all his beloved friends and aquaintances. His dear parents Anthony (63) and Katherine (59) of this beloved son, have set this reminder for grieving. Died 05 Nov 1559. 28 years 3 months and 7 days. Asleep in the Lord.

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Diary of Henry Machyn December 1559. 29 Dec 1559. The xxix day of December was bered at sant Martens at Ludgatt Luste Strange [Le Strange] sqwyre, with the clarkes syngyng, and he had a harod of armes, master Somerset, with a pennon and a cott armur, and a vj skochyons, and a sermon.

Diary of Henry Machyn January 1560. 27 Jan 1560. The xxvij day of January was cared from [Black] frers unto sant Martens at Ludgatt to be bered my lade Harper, by her furst hosband ser Gorge Harper (56) knyght, and the wyff of master Carlton (31), with a pennon of armes, and ij dosen and a d' of of skochyons of armes, and re .. mad in the chyrche and hangyd with blake and armes; and haroldes of armes, master Clarenshux (50) and master Somersett, [and] mony morners in blake; the cheyff morner was ...

On 08 Mar 1560 Master John Veron Preacher became the rector of St Martin's Church.

Diary of Henry Machyn March 1560. 17 Mar 1560. The xvij day of Marche dyd pryche at Powlles cross Veron, parsun of sant Marttens att Ludgatt, and ther was my lord mare (64) and the masters the althermen, with mony more pepull; and after the sermon done they songe all, old and yong, a salme in myter [metre], the tune of Genevay ways.

Diary of Henry Machyn March 1560. 19 Mar 1560. The xix day of Marche at santt Martens at Ludgatt all the belles of the chyrch dyd ryng a grett pelle, and after done all the pepull dyd syng the tune of Geneway, and with the base of the organes, for ther he was myttyd parsun, and he mad a sermon that tyme.

Diary of Henry Machyn June 1560. 05 Jun 1560. The v day of June was bered master Husse (64) sqwyre, and a grett marchand-ventorer and of Muskovea and haburdassher, and with a C. mornars of men and vomen; hand he had v pennons of armes, and a cotte armur, and ij haroldes of armes master Clarenshux (50) and master Somersett; and ther was Powlles qwyre and the clarkes of London, and bered at sant Martens at Ludgatt by ys sun; and all the cherche hangyd and ys plasse with blake and armes, and a vj dosen and d' of skochyons of armes; and master Alley the redere of Powlles prychyd boyth days; ser Wylliam Garrett (53), ser Wylliam Chester (51), master Loge the shreyf, master Argalle, master Bulle, and master Husse (his) sune, and dyver odur mornars, and after to the plasse to dener, a godly plasse.... Barwyke by captayn .... mantyll frys jerkens all gunners.

On 05 Jun 1560. Anthony Hussey Judge 1496-1560 (64) was buried at St Martin's Church on 01 Jun 1560. The inscription on his monument reads, or read (translation beneath):

Hic situs est Antonius Huse, Armiger, Londini natus, Archiepiscopi Cantuariensis, atque Capitulis D. Pauli Londinen. Registrarius primarius. Qui aliquot annos Judicis causarum Maritimarum officio integrè functus, ac etiam in Magistrorum Curiæ Cancellariæ confessum cooptatus, vergente demum ætate ad Præfectum Collegiorum Mercatorum Angliæ, tam apud Belgas, quàm apud Moscovitas, & Rhutenos commercia exercentium accitus, lingua facundus, memoria tenax, ingenio, prudentia, doctrinaque pollens, morum comitate & probitate gratiosus, Laurentio, Gulielmo (28), Gilberto (29), & Ursula liberis, ex Katharina (60) conjuge procreatis, non infelix, sexagesimo tertio ætatis Anno è vita excessit, Kalendis Junii, An. Dom. 1560.

Roughly translated:

Here, Anthony Hussey, Knight, native of London, Archbishop of Canterbury, and St Paul's in London. Principal Registrar. Who was for some years entire Maritime Judge, and also elected to the Court of Masters of the Chancery, when older Governer of the Company of Merchants, for the Belgians and Moscovites, and the Russians, fluent in languages, of great memory, ingenious, prudent, with flair and learning, courteous and honest, Lorenzo, William (28), Gilbert (29) and Ursula [his children], begotten by his wife Katherine (60), not unhappy, died in the sixty-third year of his life, in Jun 1560.

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Diary of Henry Machyn February 1561. 11 Feb 1561. The xj day of Feybruary was bered in sant Martens at Ludgatt master Daltun (51) of the North sqwyre, and ther was mony morners in blake gownes, and parson Veron the Frenche man dyd pryche ther, for he was parson ther, and ys menyster; and after was ys cott and pennon of armes and ij dosen of skochyons of armes.

Diary of Henry Machyn June 1561. 04 Jun 1561. The sam day be-twyn iiij and v of the cloke at after-[non the] lythenyng toke and entered in-to one of the olles [holes] that was [in the outward] parte of the stepull a ij yerdes under the bolle, and sett [the steeple] on fyre and never left tyll the stepuU and belles and [all the] chyrche bowth north, est, south, and west, tyll yt .... archys, and consumyd boythe wod and led, and the belles [fell] be-low wher the grett organes stod be-ne[ath the] chapelle wher the old byshope was bered ondur ... and in in dyvers plases of England grett hurtt done.[Note. 'Bishop' may be a reference to King Cædwalla of Wessex 659-689 who is said to have been buried at St Martin's Church.]

Diary of Henry Machyn June 1561. 04 Jun 1561. [The iiij day of June, being Corpus] Christi evyn, be-twyn xj and xij of the cloke, [there was] thonderying and lythenyng, and at sant Martens [by Ludgate came a] boltt and smytt downes serten grett stones of the [battlement of] the stepull, and the stones fell downe a-pone the [leads], and brake the ledes and hordes, and a grett gest [chest] in ij peses.

On 08 Jun 1628 William Pierrepoint of Thoresby 1608-1678 (20) and Elizabeth Harries 1597-1657 (31) were married at St Martin's Church.

Before 17 Jul 1678 Mary Beale aka Cradock Painter 1633-1699. Portrait of William Pierrepoint of Thoresby 1608-1678.