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Paper, pens, ink, &c. -
Gas, water, coal, &c. . - - -

Cleaning, porterage, &c. -
Special payments :

Lecturer on any special subject

Prize-day expenses, &c., &c. . - -

Unapplied surplus (less current balance) -
Balance in hand at close of the accounts -


£ s. d.


£ 5. d.


Repairs and Improvements Account for the year ending_


Balance at commencement of account
Dividends on £ Government Stock

Ordinary repairs -

Extraordinary repairs or improvements
Balance to next account

£ 5. rf.

6 Nov. 1874. By order of the said Board of this date the trustees were
authorised to purchase from Jones' Monmouth Charity,
in consideration of the transfer in the books of the Official
Trustees of Charitable Funds of the Sum of 3,43 H. 12». Sd,,
consols to such Charity by Aske's Hospital, four acres of
land at Hatcham, New Cross.

11 May 1875. gy ^ certificate of this date, made under the provisions
of clause 98 of the scheme, the said Board approved a
declaration of trust of scholarship intended to be founded
by John Curtis.

15 June 1875. By order of the said Board of this date the trustees were
authorised to apply the proceeds of the sale of 1 ,432/. 10«. 1 d.,
consols held by the Official Trustees, towards payment of
the cost of the erection of new school buildings at Hatcham
and Hoxton.

30 July 1876. By two orders of the said Board of this date the
governors were authorised (1 ) to expend 813/. and incidental
costs in improvements on Buttesland Farm, Ashford (Kent),
and to provide the same (subject to its replacement in
10 years out of income) by the realisation of a sufficient
portion of the sum of 5,954/. Ss. l\d., reduced 3/. per cent,
annuities, belonging to the foundation, and (2) to apply

the balance of the proceeds of such stock in further
expenditure on above school buildings.

By order of the said Board of this date the governors i« April i^«^
were authonsed to expend the sum of 267^. 10«. on new
buildinpfs on Singleton Farm, Great Chart, and to provide
the amount out of surplus income. (The lessee to pay
10/. per annum increased rent.)

By order of the said Board of this date the governors JOJnnelSTT.
were authorised to effect a compromise and adjustment of
the question between themselves and the trustees of
Dr. D. William's Charity with respect to the ownership of
property in Hoxton.

By order of the said Board of this date the governors i* ^^ ^^
were authorised to grant a building lease of property on
the north side of Fanshawe Street, Hoxton, to Mr. Henry
Doubleday for 81 years, at an annual rent of 50/.

By order of the said Board of this date the governors i Aug 1^
were authorised to effect oertain vaUwataontf of < existing
buildings belonging to the Haberdashers' Hoxton schools
at a cost of 1,495/., and approved expenses, ard to raise
the necessary amouht by a loan from the Haberdashers'
Company at 4 per cent, interest, to be repaid in eight years.

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The present endowment, therefore, consists of: —

£ s. d.

No. 99, St. John Street, Clerkenwell, let
to Samuel Hooker for 21 years, from
Michaelmas 1854 - - - 3? 10

No. 98, St. John Street, Clerkenwell, let to
Henry Thomas Wood, from Midsummer
1846 - - - - 45

8-2 10
The dividends on 58,580L 12s. lOd. 3 per
cent, consols standing in the name of
the Accountant-General in trust in the
cause of Mitchell v. Holloway - - 1,757 8 4

The descendants reside in various parts of
England and Wales, many being in the
Principality. They apob first for appren-
tice fees, and, secondly, for setting up ia
business, or for portions.

The trustees meet on ^ese occasions, yearly,
in May for distribution, when applications
are made in writing, on printed forms
(copies of which I append). Those who
live near the town attend the meeting, and
the cases being then considered, the sums
are awarded. —



£405 3

£1,839 18 4

In the year 1861-2 there were the following
applications and gifts : —

The tenants are bound to repair, and they insure the








The General Expenses,

The clerk of the Company as receiver

The surveyor of the premises in Clerkenwell

The disbursements on account of the charity
are : —

The sermon at the meeting house adjoining
the hall - -

The chapel is situated in Staining Lane,
on the property of the Company, and has
lately been rebuilt by them. It is let by
the Company to a Mr. Hobbs, the minister
of an Independent Congregation (who I
am informed is blind). There are sermons
in the chapel twice on Sundays. Two
sermons are preached on the half-yearly
days of meeting in January and July, when
the 12 members of the court of assistants,
who are trustees of the charity, and all the
pensioners under it attend. On that occa-
sion an extract from the deed of appoint-
ment is always read.

The clerk and sexton (who is the same
person) - - - - -

The 10 poor liverymen of the Company, aged
40 years and upwards. (Thev are con-
tinued for their lives on the hst) - - 100

The 10 poor freemen of the age of 50 and
upwaras. (They also are continued for
their lives) - - - - 50

The 10 inhabitahts (^we men and five women)
of St. Benet, Paul's Wharf. (The list is
fiUed up as vacancies occur on the certifi-
cate of the parish officers that they are not
receiving parochial relief. The vestry re-
commend two persons on every vacancy, of
whom the trustees select one. (5/. each) -
(The Company add a donation of IO5.
each, in addition to the endowment.)

The 10 inhabitants (five men and five women)
of Battersea, who are likewise recom-
mended by the vestry of that parish, who
select two names as vacancies occur,
21. 10«. 25

The ten inhabitants (five men and five women)
of St. Mary*s Overy, Southwark, recom-
mended in like manner by the vestry (each
2/. 10*.) 25

20 poor widows of freemen of the Company,
selected by the trustees (5/. each) - - 100

The sum of 35. ^d, each to the above 70
recipients of pensions, in lieu of the 12/.
appointed for the dinner - - - 12 5

The Company allow the beadles of the three
parishes (10«.) - - - - 1 10

For the putting out apprentices, helping to
set up in business or towards the marriage
of such or so many of the issue and
descendants of his brothers and sisters, and
in such proportions as the trustees should
think fit.

A pedigree of the relations of John Banks,
showing the descendants of the heirs of
testator, and his sisters Elizabeth Hopkins
and Ann Deane and Mary Mitchell.
Additions are made to the pedigree as
parties apply claiming to be descendants
and producing statutory declarations and
proper certificates.


John Ashman -

John Davis

Sarah Jane James

For Apprenticeship.

2 David P. Jones
Mary Osborne •

Thomas Price

Ann Rees

Martha, C.


Edward Charles

Charles James B.

Bfary Griffiths -

WlUiam Edward

, Board and
I lods:inff.
30 I Coachbuilder,
five years.

witnout board.

48 Dressmaker for

three years, with

board and


Chemist, three


60 Music Teacher,
three years.
Board and
38 Carpenter, four
years. Board
and lodging.
48 Dressmaker,
three years.
Board and
Paid Apprenticeship

For setting up in business.

Dress and bonnet








43 10 1







General shop-

Scale machine






(All these had grants as apprentices.)

Marriage Portion.

Maiy Frances Ashman - - - -

(who had been apprenticed)


35 35


The minister and deacons of the testator's
congregation near the "Three Cranes'*
(Jewry Street, Minories). An informa-
tion was instituted by the Attorney-
General at the relation of John Thomas
Halret v. Rev. Henry Heap, to establish
the right of certain persons to the annual
sum of 12/., and by a supplemental
information which was afterwards filed at
the relation of Thomas Palmer, and others,
against the Company, and under the two
informations a decree was made on further
directions, dated 20th December 1839,
whereby the relators in the said cause
were declared entitled as the minister and
the deacons of the congregation assembling
in Jewry Street Chapel, to the future
payments of the annuity as well as to the
arrears which had accrued pending the
proceedings, after deducting the Company's

(The annuity has ever since been paid to
the minister and deacons.)

The last receipt was signed —
Frederick Silver, minister "I
Francis Elliott and William > -

J. Terry, deacons J

The derk of the Company
To his assistant . . -

The beadle of the company
The under beadle or porter

The testator, by his will, gave certain annuities of 10/.
and 20/. per annum to his sisters and nephews and nieces,

3L 2


. 20

- 5

- 7

- 5



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named in his will, amounting in the whole to 130/. a year,
and to their respective children, and if any failure of issue
in one branch the annuity to be added to the other branch,
and the issue of the other families at the discretion of his
trustees, or the major part of them, and upon the discharge
of the debt and interest and charges on his estate m
Westminster, the said annuity should be doubled and
made 2601. a year.

The Commissioners of Inquiry (Vol. 10, p. 229) reported
that 157^. IO5. per annum of these annuities had been
purchased by the Company. I have not entered into the
question of this purchase, but it would appear that there
were difficulties in the way. If the estate was construed
as a charilT, no person would take more than a life
interest, and it would, perhaps, be difficult to construe it as
an estate tail. As a gift in perpetuity it would be void.
The general gift over being to the use of the Company,
the matter is probably not important, as in that case tne
Company would be alone benefited by the failure of the
preceding objects.

The annuities paid to the representatives of the persons
whose annuities have not been disposed of, are —

£ 5. d.
Mrs. Catharine Johnson, a daup^hter of
S. Ricketts, under a marriage settlement.

Mrs. Ricketts was daughter of Thomas
K. Atkinson, of , who was

the grandson of Josh. Rand, and which
Thomas Atkinson was in right of his wife
entitled to an annuity of 15/. per annum,
as representative of the Rand family, and
also to 2/. 15«. per annum, part of Hopkins'
Annuity, making together 17/. 15*. Mrs.
HoUoway died 14th January 17BB, and by
her will gave Miss Atkinson an annuity of
21/. IO5., which increased her annuity to
39/. 58. In 1791 Miss Atkinson married
Edward Rhodes, and in 1792 the annuities
were doubled making 78/. lOs, - - 78 10

David Jones, executor under the will of

Samuel Jones, another descendant - 12
William Price Do. - -300
Mary Price Do. - -300
William Herbert - - - 1 10
Mary Parry - - - - - 1 10
Mary Hughes - - - 1 10
Ann Hale 1 10

Barnes' Charity.

Thomas Barnes, by will of the 20th August 1663, gave
to the Company a house in Lombard Street to dispose of
the rent as follows : —

£112 10

The expenses of the trust : —

The dinner to the relations, or any allowance in respect
of it has been discontinued, the Company (as above
stated) having purchased many of the annuities.

£ 8. d.
The dinner to the trustees, for which 12/. is
provided, is now conunuted and forms a
part of the charge of the expenses of the
trust, as a guinea each to tne trustees on
each of the three attendances in the year.
Refreshments on such occasions, and two
dinners in 1861 - - - 84 9 4

The surplus of the income is paid over to the general
account of the Company. There was in 1861,
820/. 78. 7d.

Sir George Barnes' Charity.

Sur George Barnes, by his will of the 16th February
1567, gave to the Companv his interest in the lease of a
windmill in Finsbury for the poor of the Company in the
almshouses in Staining Lane. The property devised by
this will seems by the Report of the Commissioners of
Inquiry (Vol. 10, p. 190), to have been alienated so far
back as 1678. It was sold for a sum of 100/. and the
Company in respect of this sum pay annually 4/. to four
poor freemen of the Company. 'ITie Company hold more
than sufficient stock in their corporate name to pay this
and the other charges on their funds in respect of

In July at the quarterly court of the Company the
following charities, including this of Sir George Barnes,
are distributed :— Raynton's, White, French, Barnes, Thos.
Barnes, Aldersey, Monox, Goumey, Trotman, Bowcher,
Johnson, Hall, and Cleave. Four persons received 1/. each
on account of Barnes' Gift, in 1861. Occasionally the
gift is larger, but the rule is that no person receive more
than 21, 6s, at any quarterly distribution.

- 32
. 10

- 12

To four poor old freemen
To four poor old freemen's widows
To 12 poor old men or widows
and the residue for the Company.

The devised estate consists of the house. No. 60, Lom-
bard Street, let to Mr. Fisher, a stationer, for 21 years from
1862, at the rent of 130/. a jrear.

The Company pay pensions to four freemen f the
Companv of 8/. a year each, and 21. 10*. each to four poor
freemen s widows. The sum of 1/. is also given to each
of 12 poor freemen or freemen's widows at the July
distribution («ee Sir George Barnes' Charity).

The residue is carried to the account of the Company.

Barrett's Charity.

Martha Barrett, by her will dated between 1580 and
1690, gave to the Company 200/., to be lent to four younjr
men for four years, two of them to pay 3/. 6s. 8rf. for the
poor of Isleworth and Totteridge, and the other two to pay
6/. for a scholar at Magdalen College, Cambridge.

Of the capital fund there is no present trace ; but the
Company charge themselves with 3/. 6s. Srf. a year
nominally attributing \\\l2s.Sd., 3/. per cent, consols^
part of the stock belongmg to them, as representing the
capital of one sum of 100/. Two sums of 1/. 13?. 4d
yearly are paid, one to the churchwardens of Isleworthi
and the other to the churchwardens of Totteridge. ITie
exhibition to Magdalen College has not been paid for a
centuiy and a half.

Benskyn's Charity.

Ralph Benskyn, by will of the 14th September 1603
gave 60/. to the Company to be lent to a young man
pa^ng yearly 20*. to St. Martin Orgar parish. The 20/.
which formed the whole sum received by the Company in
respect of this legacy, is stated to have been lent out and
lost in 1662; but the Company pay 8». to the churdi-
wardens of the parish of St. Martin Orgar, and attribute
of theur 3/. per cent, consols a sum of 13/. 68. 8d. stock as
the capital.

Blundbll's Charity.

Peter Blundell, by will of the 9th June 1699, gave to
the Company 150/. to purchase lands, and thereout pay
AOs. for pool? prisoners in Newgate. The fund was
invested in the purchase of a house, now No. 8, Poultry,
which is let to Robert Burchall for 21 years from
Christmas 1851 at the rent of 110/. The Company pay
2/. a year to Mr. Temple, at the GuildhaU, for tSe
pnaoners. The residue is given to the Company.


Robert Boddinptan, by will of the 4th February I7OO,
gave to the Company 400/. to pay 20 poor people 20f. a
year apiece ; and

Edmund BouUer, in 1702, gave 100/., to be laid out
with the said 400/. The Company laid out, it appears, a
sum of 480/. 35. 6d. of these bequests in the purchase
of the ground rent of 20/. a year, upon the reversion of
an estate now Nos. 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96, Bishopsgate
Street, and four houses in Montague Court (which is
entered by a passage between Nos. 94 and 95), three of
which, Nos. 9, 10, and 11, are at the east end, and one at
the north side of the court. The ground rent is payable
dunng the continuance of a lease which was for 200 years,
and expires in 1897.

The Company have since 1831 ceased to allow the land
tax on the rent, and have received the clear sum of 20/.,
which aft«r aUowing 2/. 2*. as a salary to the surveyor is
distributed m Aprii, yearly, in sums of 17*. 6d. each to
20 poor of the Company, men and women. The April
gifts include these and Adams', Carpenter's, and Offley's
Chanties. The surveyor in his report on this estate made
m June 1862, states, "that the boundary marks in
" Bishopsgate Street are so placed as to define the extent
"of the property in the simplest manner possible." In
the Report of 1861 the surveyor says, "that No. 95
" requires some internal painting in consequence of the
" re^rection of the house in the rear, and the tenement
** on the left-hand side of Montague Court, and Nos, 10

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" and 11 in the south-east comer, require repair and
'' painting. Marks were ordered to be placed on the back
" walls of Nos. 92, 93, and .94, Bishopsgate Street."

Bond's Charity.

William 'Bo ad, hj will of the 3rd August 1671, gave to
the Company a rentcharge of 50i. a year, payable out of
messuages in Allhallowa, Bread Street, viz., 24/. to six
poor single aged freemen, and 26/. for the relief of the
poor of the Company in general.

\n ex oflficio information was filed by the Attorney-
General against the Company to obtain a declaration that
the surplus rents of a house in Bread Street in- possession
of the Company might be declared to belong to William
Bond's Charitv ; it appearing, as stated in the Reports of
the Commissioners of Inquiry (Vol. 10, p. 223), that the
Company had assumed possession of the premises in virtue
of their title to the rentcharge. The Court declared that
the surplus rents belonged to the Charity and the amount
was settled by the master, and a sum of 2,185/. \9s. 9d,,
3/. per cent, consols, was transferred by the Company to
the credit of the cause, Attorney-General v. Haberdashers'
Company, where the same now remains, the dividends
being payable to the clerk of the Company for the time
being under the order of the Court of 29th July 1829.

llie property and income of the Charity, therefore, now
consists of the following narticulars : —

£ s. d.

House, No. 52, Bread Street, let to Peter
Poland for 21 years from Midsummer
1851, at - . - - 200

Dividends on 2,186/. 195. 9c/., 3/. per cent,
consols, in Court - - - 65 11 8

265 11 8

The scheme settled and approved by the Court in the
suit for the administration of the Charity is as follows : —

That instead of the six poor single aged men free of the
said Company receiving the 4/. yearly apiece, as directed
by William Bond, they should yearly receive 10/. apiece,
at such times and by such proportions as the master,
wardens, and assistants should think fit, and that the
residue of the dividends of the said bank annuities, and
the rents and profits of the said estate after payment for
the insurance of the premises from fire, the surveyor's
annual charge, and any other incidental expenses re-
garding the management of the Charity or Charity
property, should be yearly laid out in purchasing good
warm woollen coats and cloaks and other articles of
wearing apparel or bedding, or fuel to be distributed by
the said master, wardens, and assistants among the poor
in general of the said Company, at such times ana by
such proportions as to the said Company should seem
expedient. But, nevertheless, the said master, wardens,
and assistants were to be at liberty in cases of emergency,
and where it should appear tnat a small pocuniar>'
assistance would bo usefully bestowed by any written
order or orders to make donations in money at their
discretion, such donation not at any one time to exceed

That in the distribution of the charities thereby directed
preference should in all cases be given to the most

deserving of such persons as had never received paroohial
relief, or had been the longest without hanng received
such relief, and in no case was any part of the said
Charity to be given to any that at the time should be in
the receipt of parochial relief or who should have been in
such receipt, and should for the purpose of enabling them-
selves to receive the benefit of the said charities colourably
or for a short time only have ceased to receive such
parochial relief.

That distinct accounts should be kept of the receipt
and expenditure on account of the said Charity, and such
accounts should be audited once a year, and when so
audited signed by the master and wardens.

That the estate and premises belonging to the said
Charity should be duly and properly managed, and let
to the best advantage at an annual rent under the
superintendence of the said Company and their officers.

The insurance of the premises is repaid by the tenant.

£ s. (/.
The annual charge of the surveyor is - 2 2

Charges of management (calculated at 5/.

per cent.) on the income (1861)

15 7 10

The Company under the scheme pay pensions of lOZ. a
year to six poor single men of the Company who generally
retain their pensions during their lives, unless their
circumstances materially change.

The Company have always confined the distribution of
the clothing to eight poor freemen and eight poor free-
men's widows, although their discretion as to the increase
of this distribution was unlimited, whilst they have dis-
posed of the whole of the residue in gifts of 20*. each to
the poor of the Company although their power as to this
distnbution in money appears to he intended by the Court
to be restricted. In the clothing gifts every man has a
complete suit of blue cloth, with underclothing and shoes.
Each woman has also a complete outfit of clothing. The
sum allowed for the men's clothing is about 5/., and about
3/. for the women. The men's clothing is obtained from
the tradesmen of the Company, and the materials of the
women's clothing are purchased and given to them with
25*. for making it up.

Both sets of recipients are required to appear annually
before the court in their new apparel. The same persons
generally continue to receive the clothing year by year.

After paying the pensions and the expenses of the
clothing, the balance has of late years considerably exceeded
100/. a year. The whole of this, except a small balance
kept in hand (in 1861 a balance of 21/. 135. '^d.) is given
away in sums of 1/. each to poor freemen or widows of
freemen of the Company, the numbers of the recipients
ranging from 1 10 and upwards. This distribution is made
at the December court with Buckland's and Paradine's
Gifts. In 1855 the number of recipients were increased
from 90 to 110. In 1857, in addition to the 110, a
further number of 110 gifts of 1/. was made, to dispose
of the balance. In 1859 the extra distribution beyond the
110 was 55. In 1860 the extra distribution was 10, and
in 1861, 25 additional gifts were made.*


Tiuii ranee,
repairs* fto

oi net in-

* William Bond's Charity.

By an order of the Board of Charity Commissioners,
dated the 30th June 1874, made upon the application of
the Haberdashers' Company, the following scheme was
established for the regulation of the Charity : —

Scheme for the Management and Regulation of the
above-mentioned Charity.

1. The master and four wardens of the Haberdashers'
Company shall continue to be the trustees of the Charity,
and shall administer the same and its endowments subject
to and in conformity with the provisions of this scheme.

2. The trustees shall from time to time cause the trust
premises to be insured against loss or damage by fire in
some insurance ofiice of established character, and shall
make such provision as may be requisite for the payment
of the charges for such insurance, and tor the repair of the
trust premises, and for all other necessary and proper
expenses of management.

3. The clear amount of the annual rents, profits, and
income of the Charity, after providing for the purposes
aforesaid, shall be applied by the trustees to the relief of

poor freemen or poor liverymen of the said Company or
their widows, either in occasional gifts or pensions not
exceeding bOl, in any one year to any one person, such
gifts and pensions to be paid to the recipients in such
proportions and subject to such rules and regulations as

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