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

Allen, Thomas
1827

The Quest House

The Quest House

Is a modern edifice of brick stuccoed, with gothic windows and doorways.

The original, according to Mr. Malcolm, was an old frame building. I should imagine nearly as ancient as Edward the Sixth's time. This, with three or four others, hide all the north side of the church (except three pointed windows, a door, and one buttress) from the passenger. The angle from the Quest-house, east, is railed in, and the house projects over its base. The chimney is of vast size, pointed. On the corners are shields, roses, and other ornaments. The entrances to the church and church-yard are under these houses, and are gates of heavy architecture, with appendages of mortality represented on them. Vol. iii, p. 305.

In the present building, which was erected in 1811, there is nothing particularly worthy notice except a portrait of alderman Wood in his robes of the office of mayoralty, by Mr. Patten.

The site of this parish was anciently a fen, or moor, and the houses and gardens thereupon were accounted a village without the wall of London, called Mora; which, in process of time, increased in number of buildings, and was constituted a prebend of St. Paul's cathedral, of that appellation. And now this village is totally swallowed up by London; and the prebendary of Mora, or Mora without the wall of London, hath the ninth stall on the right hand of the choir in St. Paul's cathedral; of whom it is said Nigellus Medicus was the first prebendary.

On the north side of Fore-street is Grub-street, once celebrated as the residence of unfortunate authors.

In this street, formerly called Grape-street, resided the martyrologist Fox, and the very remarkable Henry Welby, esq. of Lincolnshire, who lived in his house in this street forty-four years, without ever being seen by any human being. He was, to the hour of his death (Oct. 29, 1636) possessed of a large estate; but an attempt being made on his life by an ungrateful younger brother, he took the frantic resolution thus to seclude himself from the world. He passed his days in the most exemplary charity. In this street resided numerous bowyers, fletchers, and bow-string makers, who had a good trade when archery was the favorite diversion of the citizens.

Is a modern edifice of brick stuccoed, with

gothic

windows and doorways.

The original, according to Mr. Malcolm, was

an old frame building. I should imagine nearly as ancient as Edward the

Sixth

's time. This, with

three

or

four

others, hide all the north side of the church (except

three

pointed windows, a door, and

one

buttress) from the passenger. The angle from the Quest-house, east, is railed in, and the house projects over its base. The chimney is of vast size, pointed. On the corners are shields, roses, and other ornaments. The entrances to the church and church-yard are under these houses, and are gates of heavy architecture, with appendages of mortality represented on them.

In the present building, which was erected in , there is nothing particularly worthy notice except a portrait of alderman Wood in his robes of the office of mayoralty, by Mr. Patten.

The site of this parish was anciently a fen, or moor, and the houses and gardens thereupon were accounted a village without the wall of London, called Mora; which, in process of time, increased in number of buildings, and was constituted a prebend of , of that appellation. And now this village is totally swallowed up by London; and the prebendary of Mora, or Mora without the wall of London, hath the stall on the right hand of the choir in ; of whom it is said Nigellus Medicus was the prebendary.

On the north side of is Grub-street, once celebrated as the residence of unfortunate authors.

In this street, formerly called , resided the martyrologist Fox, and the very remarkable Henry Welby, esq. of Lincolnshire, who lived in his house in this street years, without ever being seen by any human being. He was, to the hour of his death () possessed of a large estate; but an attempt being made on his life by an ungrateful younger brother, he took the frantic resolution thus to seclude himself from the world. He passed his days in the most exemplary charity. In this street resided numerous bowyers, fletchers, and bow-string makers, who had a good trade when archery was the favorite diversion of the citizens.

 
 
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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
collapseCHAPTER IV: History and Topography of Aldgate Ward
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
collapseCHAPTER XXII: History and Topography of Langbourn Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXIII: History and Topography of Lime-street Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXIV: History and Topogrpahy of Portsoken Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXV: History and Topography of Queenhithe Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXVI: History and Topography of Tower Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXVII: History and Topography of Vintry Ward
collapseCHAPTER XXVIII: History and Topography of Wallbrook Ward
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