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STATEMENT of the Accounts of the CHARITY called THE DECAYED LIVERY FUND, of which the following Persons are the Trustees, viz., THE MASTER, GOVERNORS, AND COMMONALTY OF THE MYSTERY OF
BARBERS OF LONDON, for the Year ending on the 11th day of August 1881. 1.-GROSS INCOME arising or due from from the ENDOWMENTS of the Charity for the Year ending on the 11th day of August 1881.
2.-BALANCES IN HAND and RECEIPTS on account of the Charity during the Year.
3.-PAYMENTS or account of the Charity during the Year.
Balance (if any) in favour of the Charity and in hand at the commencement of
£ s. d. „ one year's rent of house in Church Street, Minories
Less tax 1 18 4
8 19 4 Less tax
0 4 4
79 5 6
one year's dividend on 4771. 9s. Consols (Mr. Lawton's Gift)
one year's insurance to Midsummer
Balance brought down
79 5 6
4.-An ACCOUNT of all MONIES owing to or from the Charity, so far as conveniently may be stated, at the close of the Year ending on the
Monies owing to the Charity, and from what Persons, and on what Accounts.
Outstanding Debts or Liabilities of the Charity, and to what Persons, and on what Accounts.
18 TO THE CHARITY COMMISSIONERS FOR
REPORT OF MR. SIMONS. The accounts having been supplied, there does not appear to be any present intervention of the Board required in this Charity.
ENGLAND AND WALES. In pursuance of an order of the Board on the 15th December 1862, I inquired into the present circumstances of the endowed Charities under the management of the Blacksmiths' Company in the City of London, and have to report as follows :
THE BLACKSMITHS' COMPANY.
Edward Prestyn, by deed of gift dated 3rd June 1557, granted and confirmed to 21 persons therein named, citizens, blacksmiths, and spurriers of London, a messuage or tenement with the appurtenances, called the and Hope, situate in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, London, and also a shop with appurtenances situate in the parish of St. Sepulchre, to hold to them, their heirs, and assigns, to the use of the Society of the Art and Mystery of Blacksmiths, London, and their successors for ever upon condition that they should, after the death of the said Edward Prestyn, yearly dispose out of the rents of the said premises in charity, among the poor artists of the society of blacksmiths and spurriers in London, at the discretion of the keepers or wardens for the time being, the sum of four shillings lawful money.
The premises now consist of a house called the George !nn, Old Bailey, and three houses in Fleet Lane erected on the sites of the before-mentioned public-house and shop.
The George Inn is let on lease for a term of 61 years from 1824 to Carman at the yearly rent of 1001.
The three houses in Fleet Lane are let to Alderman W. Lawrence at a lease for 61 years from 1828 at the yearly rental of 367.
The Blacksmiths' Company, out of the rents of the estate, distribute 501, 8s. annually amongst 24 poor freemen of the Company or their widows by arterly payments of 10s. 6d. to each.
This is the only endowed Charity under the management of the Company. All which I submit to the Board.
Inspector of Charities. Dated 14th January 1863.
Dunn, Joseph Goulding, 7, Brunswick Crescent, Cold
harbour Lane, Camberwell. Denham, Benjamin Edward, 38, Seckford Street, Clerken
well. Davison, Robert, 4, Grosvenor Road, Highbury New
Park. Davis, Nathaniel, Eastern Counties Railway Station,
Shoreditch, Dibbs, Solomon John, The “Queen Victoria,” Blue
Anchor Road, Bermondsey. Dunn, Samuel, 2, Nicholas Passage, Nicholas Lane,
Lombard Street. Ferguson, Charles Wood, 7, Cambridge Terrace, Broke
Road, Haggerston. Finlay, John, 37, Rye Lane, Peckham. Fraser, Alexander, Truman's Brewery, Brick Lane, Spital
fields. Farmer, Richard, 92, Saint John Street, Clerkenwell. Gunn, Samuel, Featherstone Street, City Road. Gunn, Thomas, Featherstone Street, City Road. Gilbert, Henry, 105, Edgware Road, Paddington. Gard, Edward, 22, Richmond Crescent, Richmond Road,
Islington. Harlow, William, 8, Coburg Street, Rotherhithe. Harris, Richard Bythewood, 31, Earl Street, Finsbury
Market. Huntley, William Robert, Brewhouse Lane, Greenwich. Huntley, Robert, 12, East Road, City Road. Huntley, Thomas Richard, 15, Clarence Street, Greenwich. Huntley, Charles, 13, Clarence Street, Greenwich. Hadley, Nathaniel Layton, 5, Bath Terrace, Peckham. Hartley, John Galley, 22, Craven Street, Strand. Lawrence, Charles, 27, Trinity Square, Tower Hill. London, James George, Golden Lane, Cripplegate. Moorman, Josiah, Portland Place, Clapham Road. Morgan, Joseph Walker, 22, White Lion Street, Spital
fields. Medwin, Thomas, 2, Wellington Road, Coldharbour Lane,
Camberwell. Martin, George William, 1, Brunton Place Commercial
Road, East. Nicoll, John George, Vine Cottage, Stratford Green. Ogilby, William Law, Sussex Place, Regent's Park. Outhwaite, Lesley Alexander, 22, Richmond Crescent,
Richmond Road, Islington. Paine, John, Stockwell Place, Clapham Road. Paice, John, 6, Claremont Place, Rotherhithe. Ravenhill, Charles, 1, Castle Terrace, Brixton Road. Reeves, James, Leyton, Essex. Reeves, Henry, 1, Woburn Square. Riley, Edward, 30, John Street, St. George's East. Rider, Benjamin, 8, Peckham Grove, Camberwell. Reed, John, 2, Sampson's Gardens, Great Hermitage
Street, Wapping: Robertson, Captain William, 6, Boxworth Grove, Barns
bury. Scamell, George, 6, Highbury New Park. Tarr, Jacob, Thanet Cottage, Swan Lane, Rotherhithe. Turner, Benjamin Smith, 46, Myddleton Street, Clerken
well. Williams, William, Cannon Street. Watt, John, Alvah Villa, Wickbam Terrace, Lewisham
Joseph Goulding DUNN,
A List of such of the FREEMEN of London as are
LIVERYMEN of the WoRSHIPFUL COMPANY of BLACKSMITHS, entitled to vote in the ELECTION of MEMBERS for the City of LONDON.
1862. Allen, Thomas, 17, Little Trinity Lane, Thames Street. Abbiss, James, Alderman, 61, Gracechurch Street. Billingsley, Richard, 9, Thomas's Place, Pell Street,
St. George's East. Bent, James, Beech Street, Barbican. Billingsley, James, 49, Upper Cornwall Street, St.
George's East. Cockman, William, 17, James's Villas, Queen's Road,
Dalston. Clifford, Allen William, 69, Fair Street, Horselydown,
Southwark. Carter, William, Martlett Court, Bow Street, Covent
Garden. Clifford, Richard, 69, Fair Street, Horselydown, South
wark. Cunningham, Daniel, 5, Copthall Court. Davis, John, 1, Grove Terrace, Brooksby Walk, Homer
STATEMENT of the Accounts of the CHARITY called “ PRESTYNS," of which THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY of BLACKSMITHS, London, are Trustees, viz., TAE WARDENS and CoUKT OF ASSISTANTS for the time
being of THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY BLACKSMITHS for the Year ending on the 31st day of December 1879. 1.-GROSS INCOME arising or due from the ENDOWMENTS for the Year ending on the 31st day of December 1879.
£ $. d.
Balance (if any) in favour of the Charity at the commencement of the account
Further receipts, viz. :
4.–An ACCOUNT of all MONIES owing to the Charity, and on what Account, at the close of the Year ended on the
4.-An ACCOUNT of all MONIES owing from the Charity, and to what Persons and on what Account, at the close of the year ended on the
To amount received
I, William B. Garrett, Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, do certify that the foregoing statements are correct.
Dated this 2nd day of September 1880
WILLIAM B. GARRETT, Clerk.
REPORT OF MR. SIMONS. TO THE CHARITY COMMISSIONERS FOR The members of the court (13 in number) are stated to ENGLAND AND WALES.
take great interest in the election of these scholars and
personally to inquire into the cases of the applicants. In pursuance of the order of the Board on the 20th of
The gift of cloth and money directed to be given to six December 1860, I held an inquiry into the state of the poor men or widows of the Company is now altered, the endowed Charity under the management of the Bowyers' cloth has not been given within the memory of any of the Company in the City of London, and have to report as Court, and the number of Bowyers is only 34, and it is follows:
stated that there are not six poor eligible persons among
them, therefore the application of this portion of the JAMES Wood's CHARITY.
bequest is now by way of annuity. There is but one Charity under the management of this
£ chartered Company which arises under the will of “ James To 1 poor person of the Company 12 per annum. Wood,* dated 1st August 1625, whereby he devised his To 1
16 do. manor or lordship of Islay Walton, in the county of Το 1 do. do.
20 do. Leicester with certain messuages, lands, and tenements lying within the said Islay Walton, Kegworth, and
£48 Osgathorp, in the county of Leicester, unto the master, wardens, court of assistants, and commonalty of the Each new master on his elevation to the chair receives Company of Bowyers and their successors for ever. Jn five guineas from the funds of the Company to be expended trust, that the said master and wardens should yearly, out in charity at his discretion. of the rents and profits of the said premises, pay and bestow The sermon on what is called Master's Day is regularly upon three scholars within the University of Oxford, and preached at St. Nicholas Cole Abbey church (Old Fish upon two more scholars within the University of Cambridge, Street, City). The court attend, and the following payfreemen's sons of the Company of Bowyers, if there should ments are made :be any such, and if not, upon five other poor scholars who
£ have come from Christchurch School in London, or such To the rector for sermon
2 2 0 others as the said master and wardens should think most
1 1 0 fit towards their maintenance at the University, the yearly
1 10 0 sum of 61. each.
poor of the parish
1 0 0 These exhibitions to be held for seven years if the
parish clerk and beadle
0 10 0 scholars continue so long at the University. And upon
2 0 0 further trust that they should give and bestow upon six
0 10 6 poor men or widows free of the Company at Michaelmas
0 10 6 yearly, one year to each of the said persons three yards of
0 7 6 broad cloth, of the value of 10s. the yard, to make a gown,
sexton and pew-opener
0 5 0 and another year to each of them 30s. in money, and so on
0 10 0 from year to year for ever. And the said master, wardens,
clerk of the Company
2 2 0 and livery should every second year, upon the day when they swear their master and wardens, repair to the parish
£12 8 6 church of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey to hear a sermon and then to give the parson 20s. for his sermon, and to the One of the annuitants, a yeoman of the Bowyers' clerk and sexton 1s. 6d. each, to the churchwardens for the
Company, receives, in addition to his pension, the 20s. use of the poor of the said parish 10s., to the beadle of the
per annum directed by the will. Company 2s., and unto the poor people they shall meet
The payment of 20s. per annum for the poor of Islay coming and going 15s. in twopences, and shall also, upon Walton is regularly made, the Bowyers' Company have quarter day to be holden for the said Company, give unto also for the benefit of Islay Walton converted some cottage the yeomanry of the Company 5s. to be spent at their
property into a school, and give the mistress 101. a
year discretion, and should also bestow every half year for ever towards her salary, the children's pence making up the upon the poor of the town of Islay Walton, 10s. to be
remainder. distributed at the discretion of the churchwardens; and The estate is represented to be in excellent repair, and the further that the master, wardens, and commonalty of the
surplus rent, after the before-mentioned payments, is carried said Company and their successors should receive and keep
to the general account of the Company. the residue of the rents, issues, and profits of the said manor,
Endeavouring to ascertain the acreage of the lands lordship, and other the premises, towards purchasing a
bequeathed to the Company by James Wood, I was hall, and to be otherwise employed, at their discretion, for
informed that it is unknown; the received tradition is, that the use of the poor and good of the Company.
all the docum nts of the Company were destroyed at the The testator gave also to the Company 1001. to be lent
Fire of London, and a similar event occurred at the hall of out to four discreet young men of the Company, by even the Company in Noble Street, City, and it is supposed that portions at 3 per cent. interest, for two years; the interest
other property had belonged to the Company, but that all to be distributed by the master and wardens amongst the evidences had been thus lost. The Company have no hall poorest freemen of the Company at their discretion. It is not known what became of this 1001., neither is
It was represented that the property given by the there any trace of it ever having been lent as directed.
testator was not supposed to be very greatly increased in The Bowyers' Company greatly increased the number of
value, but the increased rental has been from the extensive exhibitioners and the allowance paid to them ; there
appear purchases of adjoining land, and the outlay of 2,5001. in to have been five exhibitioners at each University for more
building, draining, &c. than 25 years, with the uniform payment of 101. to each,
As lately as 1824 the Company purchased 87a. Or. 27p. until 1847–8 when in consequence of a heavy loss occasioned and added it to this estate. The present total acreage is by a law suit with the tenant of the farms (which 389a. 3r. Op., which is let on lease for 14 years from Lady necessitated a mortgage of the property for 1,3501.), the Day 1359 to Mr. Edward Barnett, jun. at the yearly rental costs amounting to nearly 3,0001., the court of assistants of 5141. 15s. 4d. determined that until the mortgage is paid off, the number The master and court expressed their intention of again of exhibitions shall revert to that specified in the will,
augmenting the number of exhibitions to 10 immediately There are in fact at the time of this inquiry but four the before-named mortgage is liquidated, and increasing exhibitioners, viz., Cooke and Freeman at Cambridge, and that number as their funds permitted, for the results had Hughton and Hill at Oxford; Shippard having just left been satisfactory. the latter University, another will be elected in January.
All which I submit to the Board. Neither of the men at this time at college are Bowyers' sons, and only one (Houghton) from Christchurch School.
Inspector of Charities. * Not John Wood as reported.
January 27, 1861.
A distribution of the then revenues approved by Alice Owen :
Dame Alice Owen, by indenture of the 22nd November 1609, reciting a license from the Crown to purchase lands in Islington and Clerkenwell, and to build houses thereon for poor widows, and reciting that she had purchased the Ermitage fields and had built a hospital thereon, conveyed the same and other hereditaments of 401. a year to the Brewers' Company for the relief and maintenance of 10 poor old widows of the parishes aforesaid, to be held by the said Company in trust for the said Charity for ever.
And by other indentures of the same year a rentcharge of 251. issuing out of the Charterhouse Closes in Islington and St. Andrew's, Holborn, was conveyed to the Company in support of the almshouses. And Lady Owen on the 20th September 1613 made certain rules and orders for the good government of a free school, which she had built in the Clerkenwell, and the said almshouses at Islington, wbereby she directed that the schoolmaster should have his habitation free, the chapel, schoolhouse and garden, and should be paid 51. quarterly by herself during her life, and after her death by the Company. And that the master should teach grammar, writing, &c., and that there should be 30 children in the school--24 of Islington and 6 of Clerkenwell.
And by her will of the 10th June 1613 she directed her executors to set apart a competent portion of her estate to purchase a piece of ground of 201. a year for the maintenance of the schoolmaster of her said school. And on her death-bed she directed her executors to provide a further sum of 21. a year for the repairs of the said school and almshouses, and in pursuance Sir Thomas Rich, her executor, purchased a farm at Orsett, Essex, containing 41 acres of the yearly value of 221., and conveyed ihe same by deed of the 20th August 1623 to the Company. There was annexed to the rules and orders, framed by the Foundress, a schedule containing the then yearly revenues of the free school and almshouses, provided by the Foundress, unto the Company for the perpetual "maintenance of the school and almshouses,
£ s. d. Imprimis. The yearly rent of Ermitage Fields
25 0 0 The rentcharge on the Charterhouse Closes
25 0 0 The yearly rent of the property under her will
By an order of the Master of the Rolls of the 3rd June 1829, on the petition of the Company of Y. Charrington and John Martineau, it was ordered that the Master, to whom the said matter stood referred, in approving of a scheme for the application of the rents to become due in respect of the estates, situate respectively in Islington and Clerkenwell and Orsett aforesaid, and for the government of the said school and almshouses in case he should find that the rents of the said estates applicable to either of the Charities were more than sufficient for the purposes of the said Charities to which such rents were applicable, should be at liberty to settle a scheme for a sufficient application of so much of the rents to accrue in respect of the said estates as he should be of opinion were not likely to be required for the support of the said Charities to which such rents were applicable, and after the said Master should have made his report, such further order should be made as should be just.
And the said Master, by his report of the 17th March 1830, found that the rents of the said estates at Islington and Clerkenwell had increased to 9001. per annum and were capable of a further increase, and that the rents of the estate at Orsett amounted to only 501. a year, and were not capable of much further increase, and that the rents at Islington and Clerkenwell, which were solely applicable to the support of the said almshouses, were much more than sufficient for the purposes of the said Charity, while the rents of the Orsett Estate, applicable to the support of the said grammar school, were greatly inadequate for the purposes of that Charity. And that the school was of great advantage, and it was desirable that it should be maintained. And it appeared from the schedules annexed to the rules and orders ordained by the said
22 0 0
£72 0 0