The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
The hall of the company of Butchers is a large edifice of brick, and was evidently erected only a few years after the great fire. The entrance is supported on each side by columns of the Ionic order, with garlands suspended from the volutes. The hall is on the ground-floor; it has a handsome screen, and the ceiling is finished in stucco, beautifully worked. The walls are wainscotted about feet in height all round, and over the master's chair is a bust of W. Beckford, esq. alderman of this ward. A noble staircase leads to the court-room, which has a richly ornamented ceiling in plaister. The chimney-piece is ornamented with foliage, fruit, &c.; above it a pediment with the companies' arms, and a painting of Peter's vision.
In this room are the following portraits: -quarter lengths of J. Harwood, esq. T. Dalby, esq. , J. Pocklington, esq. , and P. Mellish, esq. , sheriff of London.
A half length portrait of Henry VIII, in his cap and jewel, and a full length of George II.
Above the door of entrance is a bust of W. Beckford, esq. similar to the in the hall.
At the north end the master's chair, ornamented by he royal arms.
In the parlour is a curious and massy oak table, of considerable solidity. The legs, of which there are , represent vases of elegant form and workmanship.
In the parish of St. Mary-hill there was a place called , which was either house, or else so many rooms or chambers, which formerly belonged to some chantry; the rent whereof went towards the maintaining of a priest to pray superstitiously for the soul of the deceased, who left those for that use. These, with other lands and tenements in the city, and elsewhere, were sold by king Edward VI. to Thomas Heybarn and Thomas Brand, for the sum of and a penny.