The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
Prince Rupert's House.
derives its name from the number of beech trees that formerly grew upon the scite thereof; amongst which stood a great house, the mansion of the abbot of Ramsey, to receive him during
|his stay at London; and was afterwards called Drewrie-house, from being the residence of sir Drew Druery; it was afterwards in the occupation of prince Rupert. It has been for a long time pulled down, and on its site are several modern houses of brick. At the north-east end of there are a row of alms-houses, founded , pursuant to the will of lady Ann Askew, widow of sir Christopher Askew, lord-mayor of London, , for poor widows of the draper's company, with an allowance of per annum, and half a chaldron of coals, in trust of the drapers company.|
These alms-houses have a venerable appearance, the doorways and windows being formed of stone; the latter are square, with heavy millions of stone. Against the east wall of this building, are the arms of the drapers company, and, beneath, a blank shield, with .