The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
Brotherhood of St. Nicholas.
On the west side of without the gate, were certain tenements of old time, pertaining to a brotherhood of St. Nicholas, granted to the parish clerks of London, for chaplains to be kept in the chapel of , near unto the of London, in the of Henry VI. The of the houses towards the north, and against the wall of the city, was some time a large inn or court, called the Wrestlers, from such a sign; and the last in the high-street, towards the south, was
|sometime also an inn, called the Angel, from such a sign. Amongst these said tenements was, on the same street side, an entry or court to the common hall of the said parish clerks, with alms-houses, in number, adjoining, for parish-clerks, and their wives, their widows, such as were advanced in years, and not able for labour. of these, by the said brotherhood of parish-clerks was allowed the week; the other had each of them the week, according to the patent thereof granted. This brotherhood, being suppressed; in the of Edward VI. the hall, with the other buildings there, were given to Sir Robert Chester, a knight of Cambridgeshire; against whom the parish clerks commenced a suit in the reign of queen Mary; and being likely to have prevailed, the said sir Robert Chester pulled down the hall, sold the timber, stone, and lead, and thereupon the suit was ended. The alms-houses remained in queen Elizabeth's hands.|