The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas
1827

Armourers and Braziers hall.

Armourers and Braziers hall.

It is a plain brick building of modern erection; above the entrance in Coleman-street are the arms of the company. The building forms a small quadrangle, with a court in the centre. A small staircase leads to a landing place, the walls of which are decorated with various pieces of armour, including matchlock and wheel-lock pieces, and twelve half suits of armour of the time of Charles, I. This landing is lighted by an oval lanthorn. The court room, which is on the first floor, is a plain apartment. Over the fire place is a three-quarter length portrait of a man with a beard and ruff, his hand resting on a scull. On one side of the head is a coat of arms, viz. quarterly, 1. ermine, a fesse dancette, and in chief, three crescents gu. 2. or. a lion rampant, gu. 3. gu. six swans, ar. three, two, and one. 4. ar. three fleur de lys, gu. crest out of a ducal coronet, an oak tree, rising proper, and under it anno 1585. On the other side are the following lines, Tyme glydes away, One God obey. Let truth bear sway, So Tindal still did say. Aetatis suae 75.

In the lower part of the picture, Mr. Roger Tindall, memorable for a worthy benefactor, and three times master of this company.

In another part of the painting, Whatever thou dost, mark thy end. This painting was revived 1697, cleaned March 25, 1737, and lined and repaired 1773.

Adjoining the court room is a fire proof closet for the archives of the company.

On the ceiling are three oval allegorical paintings on copper. They appear to have been executed about 1753.

On the same floor is the dining room, an elegant apartment, at the west end of which is a large and fine painting of the entry of Richard II. and Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. into London; it was executed by James Northcote, esq. in 1793, and was purchased by the company on the sale of the Shakespeare gallery, in May 1805, for 113l. 8s. In this apartment are two other paintings, one the masquerade scene from Romeo and Juliet, by Wheatley, painted for the Shakespeare gallery, and the other a large painting of two figures in armour, painted in 1821, by T. Gwenapp, and presented to the company by Mr. J. Sheen.

The drawing room, which communicates by spacious folding doors, is furnished in a similar style, and contains one painting, a scene in Twelfth night, by G. Hamilton. This also belonged to the Shakespeare gallery.

The hall, which is on the ground floor, is lighted by two windows and an oval lanthorn. Against the walls are three full length portraits of George I., George II., and his consort ; the first presented by sir Harcourt Master, alderman of the ward, 1718, and the two last by Mr. J. Oliphant, master, 1793. On each side of the hall, at the upper end, are glazed recesses for the company's plate, and, above two open niches, in which are placed two figures of men in armour, one in a modern brass suit, and the other in a curious engraved suit of tilting armour. Against the walls are several half suits, and on one side of the hall is a small music gallery.

At the northern extent of this ward was formerly a large piece of waste land known as

It is a plain brick building of modern erection; above the entrance in are the arms of the company. The building forms

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a small quadrangle, with a court in the centre. A small staircase leads to a landing place, the walls of which are decorated with various pieces of armour, including matchlock and wheel-lock pieces, and half suits of armour of the time of Charles, I. This landing is lighted by an oval lanthorn. The court room, which is on the floor, is a plain apartment. Over the fire place is a -quarter length portrait of a man with a beard and ruff, his hand resting on a scull. On side of the head is a coat of arms, viz. quarterly, . , a fesse dancette, and in chief, crescents . a lion rampant, gu. . gu. swans, , , and . . fleur de lys, crest out of a ducal coronet, an oak tree, rising proper, and under it

anno

1585

.

On the other side are the following lines,

Tyme glydes away,

One God obey.

Let truth bear sway,

So Tindal still did say.

Aetatis suae 75.

In the lower part of the picture,

Mr. Roger Tindall, memorable for a worthy benefactor, and

three

times master of this company.

In another part of the painting,

Whatever thou dost, mark thy end.

This painting was

revived

, cleaned , and lined and repaired .

Adjoining the court room is a fire proof closet for the archives of the company.

On the ceiling are oval allegorical paintings on copper. They appear to have been executed about .

On the same floor is the dining room, an elegant apartment, at the west end of which is a large and fine painting of the entry of Richard II. and Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. into London; it was executed by James Northcote, esq. in , and was purchased by the company on the sale of the Shakespeare gallery, in , for In this apartment are other paintings,

the masquerade scene from Romeo and Juliet,

by Wheatley, painted for the Shakespeare gallery, and the other a large painting of figures in armour, painted in , by T. Gwenapp, and presented to the company by Mr. J. Sheen.

The drawing room, which communicates by spacious folding doors, is furnished in a similar style, and contains painting,

a scene in Twelfth night,

by G. Hamilton. This also belonged to the Shakespeare gallery.

The hall, which is on the ground floor, is lighted by windows and an oval lanthorn. Against the walls are full length portraits of George I., George II., and his consort ; the presented by sir Harcourt Master, alderman of the ward, , and the last by Mr. J. Oliphant, master, . On each side of the hall, at the upper end, are glazed recesses for the company's plate, and, above open niches, in which are placed figures of men in

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armour, in a modern brass suit, and the other in a curious engraved suit of tilting armour. Against the walls are several half suits, and on side of the hall is a small music gallery.

At the northern extent of this ward was formerly a large piece of waste land known as

 
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 Dedication
 CHAPTER I: The site, extent, buildings, population, commerce, and a view of the progressive increase of London
 CHAPTER II: List of the parishes and churches in London, with their incumbents, &c
collapseCHAPTER III: History and Topography of Aldersgate Ward
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collapseCHAPTER V: History and Topography of Bassishaw Ward
collapseCHAPTER VI: History and Topography of Billingsgate Ward
collapseCHAPTER VII: History and Topography of Bishopsgate Ward, Without and Within
collapseCHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of Bread-street Ward
collapseCHAPTER IX: History and Topography of Bridge Ward Within
collapseCHAPTER X: History and Topography of Broad-street Ward
collapseCHAPTER XI: History and Topography of Candlewick Ward
collapseCHAPTER XII: History and Topography of Castle Baynard Ward
collapseCHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of Cheap Ward
collapseCHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of Coleman-street Ward
collapseCHAPTER XV: History and Topography of Cordwainer's-street Ward
collapseCHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of Cornhill Ward
collapseCHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Ward Within
collapseCHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Yard Without
collapseCHAPTER XIX: History and Topography of Dowgate Yard
collapseCHAPTER XX: History and Topography of Farringdom Ward Within
collapseCHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of Farringdon Ward Without
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Edwin C. Bolles papers
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London (England)--History
Antiquities
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