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were the subject of an information filed in 1832 against
the Company, since the report of the Commissioners of
Inquiry. In this, suit a decree of the 1st July 1833 was
made by Sir John Leach, Master of the Bolls, by which it
was declared that the lands, tenements, and heredita-
ments stated in the defbndants' answer, excepting those
relating to the inquiry therein-after directed, were to be
considered as the hereditaments given and devised by the
deed of feofiEment and will of Sir Martin Bowes, Knight,
and W^illiam Southwood respectively, and were held upon
and subject to the charitable trusts and purposes of the
said deed and wills. And his honour did order and decree
the same acccordingly. And it referred to the Master to
whom the decree in the cause " Attorney General v. Gold-
miths' Charity " made on the 26th day of June 1833 in the
Charity of Thomas Atte Hay was referred, to inquire what
lands and hereditaments had been possessed by and were
then held by the defendants under the will and codicil of
Roger Mundie, and his honour did declare that the stocks
or funds purchased with the premiums received bv the
Company on leases of the said premises, as stated by the
defendants' answer, belonged to the charity entitled to the
hereditaments for which the premises were given. And it



* Thomas Atte Hay's Charity.

By an order of the Board of 16th July 1880, the
trustees were authorised to grant a lease of part of
Anderton's Hotel, comprising the sites of Nos. 164 and 165,
Fleet Street, for 80 years from Lady-day 1878 at a pepper-
corn rent for the first year, and the annual rent of 1,031/.
12r. 6</. during the remainder of the term, and also the
annual sum of 18/. 78. 6d. in respect of redeem«»d land
tax.



t Peter Blundell's Charity.

This charity is now administered by the trustees of the
prison charities acting under the provisions of a scheme
approved by an order of the High Court of Justice (Chan-
cery Division) dated 8th December 1876.

By aa order of the Board of 30th April 1878, the above-
mentioned yearly pa3rment of 2/. was redeemed by the
transfer into the name of the Official Trustees of Charitable
Funds of the sum of 661. 138. 4c/, Consolidated 3/. per
cent, annuities.

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was ordered that the said Master shotdd inquire of what
such stocks or funds consisted, and that it be referred to
the said Master to take an account of the rents and profits
of such lands, tenements, and hereditaments since the time
of the filing the information received by the defendants, or
by any person by their order or for their use. And it was
ordered that the said Master should inquire whether such
rents and profits had been substantively applied by the
defendants in and for the purposes justified by the said
deed and wills and codicil respectively. And the said
Master was to be at liberty to state circumstances specially
with regard to the last-mentioned inquiry. And it was
ordered that it be referred to the said Master to settle and
approve of a scheme for the application of the said rents
and profits and the future rents and profits, having regard
to the said deed and wills and codicil respectively, and to
the other trusts of other charitable estates and property
vested in the defendants for the use of the poor of the
Goldsmiths* Ck)mpany.

The cause was referred to Master Wingfield, who on the
23rd February 1835 made his general report as follows : —

After reciting the deed of feofEment of 1560, and the
will of 1562, he found that the said Sir Martin Bowes,
being seized of other freehold estates which he was minded
and desirous to bestow upon the charitable purposes in the
pleadings and decree of tnis cause mentioned, made assur*
ance thereof unto the several persons whose wills were
therein-after set forth to the intent that they might devise
the same in manner therein-after mentionea, and accord-
ingly Willi&m Southwood, by his will bearing date the 23rd
of October 1557 (he being a grantee of the messuages and
tenements conveyed to him by the said Sir Martin Bowes)
after reciting a deed of conveyance from the said Sir
Martin Bowes to him to the effect therein mentioned, gave
to the wardens and commonalty of the Mystery of Gold-
smiths all those messuages, lands, and tenements which
had been conveyed to him by said Sir Martin Bowes,
situate in Scalding Alley, in the parish of St. Mildred, in
the Poultry, London, of the yearly rent of 16/. 13«. 6rf.,
and also several rents and quit rents growing out of
certain tenements with their appurtenances in Matthew's
Alley, in West Street, in the parish of St. Matthew, in
Friday Street, London, amounting to the yearlv rent of
U. \3s, 2d, To the intent that the said wardens and
commonalty should make certain payments amounting to
the annual sum of 15Z. or thereabouts ; and he declared
that the surplus of the rents and profits of the said
premises should remain and go yearly to the said wardens
and conunonaltv towards the reparation of the said alms-
houses at Woolwich, and the relief and maintenance of
the almsmen and poor of the said Company perpetually ;
and he found that Roger Mundie, another grantee, in
trust for the said Sir Martin Bowes, b^ his will dated 12th
August 1562, after reciting that the said Sir Martin Bowes
by his will granted and confirmed to him, the said Roger
Mundie and his heirs for ever, all that great messuajg^ or
tenement, with all stables, courts, gardens, and heredita-
ments thereto belonging situate in the parish of St.
Botolph Without Bishopsgate, in London, and also
22 gardens and a small tenement or garden which are
therein particularly described, all situate in the same
parish, and reciting that the said messuage, gardens, and
premises were at the time of the said grant and will of the
yearly value of 13/. 16*. Sd,; and further reciting that the
intent and meaning of the said Sir Matthew Bowes was
that he, the said Roger Mundie, should by his will give
the said hereditaments with the appiirtenances therein
mentioned to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Art or
Mystery of Goldsmiths and to their successors for ever,
for the Durpose and to the intent in the said will men*
tioned, he the said Roger Mundie minding only to perform
the mind, will, and intent of Uie said Sir Martin Bowes,
Knight, Did give, will, and bequeath unto the wardens and
conunonaltv of Goldsmiths and their successors for ever
all the said great messuage and hereditaments therein-
before described ; and after reciting that the ward of
Langboiume, London, in which Sir Martin Bowes then
inhaoited, was charged for every fifteenth granted by Act
of Parliament to the King the sum of 20/. 10«., wMch
was a ^eat burden to the poor within the said ward, for
the rehef and ease of the said ward, and the inhabitants
thereof from the payment of the said fifteenth the will
mind, and intent of the said Sir Martin Bowes, and of the
said Roger Mundie was that whensoever eveiy fifteenth,
after the decease of the said Sir Martin Bowes, should
be granted by Act of Parliament to the King, the said
wardens and commonalty should discharge the mhabitants
of the said ward of Langboume from the payment of the
said sum of 20/. 10*. for every fifteenth. And farther, that
one moiety of all the rents, revenues, issues, and profits of
the said premises, with the appurtenances, that should



remain over and above that should folly discharge the
said fifteenth to be paid to the said ward in form therein-
above expressed, should be distributed among the poor
people of the said Company of Goldsmiths, and the other
moiety should renuun to said wardens and commonalty
towards the ms^tenance of the house of Goldsmiths' Hidl
and the charge of the same. And the Master found that
by a codicil to his will, dated 10th October 1562, the said
Roger Mundie after reciting a deed of feofeient from Sir
Martin Bowes to him, dated 10th October in the same year,
gave and devised to said Company all those two messuages
or tenements therein divided into three with all and singidar
their appurtenances situate in the said parish of Saint
Botolph, therein particularly described, for the sevend uses
and mtents in his said will declared of ot concerning the
other lands and tenements therdn contained. And he found
that by the answer of the defendants to the information
filed in this cause, and also by their examination to the
interrogatories first exhibited before him on behfdf of the
relators, it appeared that the lands, messuages, tenements,
and hereditaments constituting the^ charity estate of the
said Roger Mundie, the testator in the pleadings and
decree mentioned, and held by the defendants under the
said teetator's will and codicil, consist of two houses with
their appurtenances situate in Primrose Court, and 34
houses wil^ their appurtenances in Primrose Street, in the
parish of St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate, and that other
than and besides the said premises last mentioned, the said
defendants were not nor nad been seized or possessed of
any lands, messuages, tenements, or hereditaments under,
upon, and subject to the trusts of the said will and codicil
01 the said Roger Mundie. And he foimd by the answer
of the said defendants to the said information, and also by
their examination to certain other interrogatories exhibited
before him on behalf of the said relators, and the schedule
annexed thereto, it appeared that the lands, messuages, or
tenements and hereditaments so declared by the said
decree as aforesaid to be held by the said defendants under
and subject to the said trusts of the said \rill of the said
testator. Sir Martin Bowes, yield a clear jearly income of
258/. 15s. 6d. applicable to the said charitable trusts and
purposes of the said Sir Martin Bowes' will^ accivding to
the scheme to be settled and approved in pursuance of the
said decree in that behalf, and that the lands, messuages,
or tenements and hereditaments so declared by the said
decree as aforesaid to be held bv the said defendants under
and subject to the trusts of the said will of the said
testator, William Southwood, yield a clear yearly income
of 475/. 7s, or thereabouts applicable to the charitable
trusts of the said will of the said testator, William
Southwood, according to the scheme to be settled and
approved in pursuance of the decree in that behalf, and
that the lands, messuages, or tenements and hereditaments
so appearing by the answer and by the examination of the
defendants to constitute the charity estate of the said
testator, Roger Mundie, as aforesaid, yield a clear yearly
income of 752/. 4$. 6d, or thereabouts applicable to the said
charitable trusts of the said will and codicil of the said tes-
tator, Roger Mundie, according to the scheme to be settled
and approved in pursuance of the decree in that behalf.
But he certified that inasmuch as it appeared from the answer
of the defendants to the said information, that the said
defendants had made no other specific application of the
residue of the said rents and profits, after making the
specific payments directed by the said deed, wills, and
codicil respectively as aforesaid, than the payment of a
small annual sum to the poor of their Company in respect
of the said charity estates of each of the afwesaid donors,
but had been in the habit of putting together the funds of
the several charity estates (the income c^ which was vested
in them), to or for the use of the poor of their Company,
and paying and administering from such common fund sdl
such charities, he was of opinion that he could not report
that the rents and profits of the several charity estates of
the said testators. Sir Martin Bowes, William Southwood,
and Roger Mundie respectively had been applied to or for
purposes justified by the sidd deed, wills, and codicil of the
said testators respectively, without taking an account, not
only of the rents and profiits of these particiHar charity estates,
but also of all other estates, funds, and property vested in the
said defendants to or for the use of the poor of their Com-
pany, and therefore he allowed certain interrogatories to be
exhibited before him for the examination of the said defen-
dants with a view to ascertain what was the annual income
of the several charity estates, funds, and properties so vested
in them for such uses and purposes. And ne found by the
examination of the defendants to such last-mentioned in-
terrogatories, and by the schedule to such examination,
which was brought m on the 22nd dav of May 1834,
that the annuiJ income of the several estates, funds,
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use of the poor of their Company was about 3,791/. 9*. Td,
And he found by the answer of the said defendants and
the account therein set forth that the expenditure of the
said defendants in charities to the poor of their Company
amounted to about 5,000/. per annum. And he further
found ^m the answer of the said defendants to the said
information and from their examination to the hiterroga-
tories so exhibited before him as aforesaid, that two several
sums of 420/. and 300/. had been received by them or their
predecessors in the years 1817 and 1818 respectively as
considerations on the granting of two leases of two houses
in St. Mildred's Court, part of the charity estate of the
said testator William Southwood and another, of a house
in Primrose Street, part of the charity estate of the said
Roger Mundie, and that the sums of 553/. 12«. 3d. Bank
three per cent annuities, and 3/6/. bs. 3rf. Hank three per
cent, annuities had been purchased with the said sums of
money respectively so received as aforesaid, and that the
said purchases were made in the names of the said defen-
dants, and that such sums then stood invested in their
names. And he found from the examination of the said
defendants to the interrogatories so last exhibited as
aforesaid, that the said defendants had, since the said
decree, changed their mode of keeping their account, and
that in the accounts now kept by the said defendants,
the funds and incomes of eacn and every of the estates
and properties vested in the said defendants either wholly
or in part for charitable purposes, were sej)arately credited
in an account opened to each and every of their benefactors,
each and every of which said accounts was debited with the
payments which the said defendants are bound to make in
piursuance of the trufcts reposed in them for or in respect of
the same, and which accounts commenced from Lady-day
1833. And it appeared to him that the accounts opened to
the above-named testator Sir Martin Bowes contained on
the credit side the annual rents arising out of the mes-
suages and hereditaments so declared by the said decree as
aforesaid, to be the messuages and hereditaments so de>
Glared by the said decree as aforesaid to be the messuages
and tenements devised by his will amounting at that period
to the sum of 258/. 13«. 6c/. as aforesaid, and on the debit
side the following items : "To five Woolwich almswomen
at 13/. each per annum, 65/." " Coals and candles, 16/."
" Donation on visitation, 2/. 125. 6(/." "Taxes, &c., 5/."
" Sundries on visitation to the clergyman, &c., 3/. la. 4(/."
" Repairs of houses, 29/. 8«. Gd." " St. Mary Wolnoth's
parish, 3/.'* ** Clerk, beadle, and almsmen, 1/." " Gold-
smiths' Hall for repairs, ^U, 15«. Id:' "To the 10
•* widows at Acton, in aid of the pension of 15/. each,
"allowed them as almspeople, 66/. 15*. 7rf.=258/. 13*. 6rf."
And it further appeared to him that the account^pened to
the above-named testator William Southwood contained on
the credit side the annual rents of the messuages and
tenements so declared by the said decree as aforesaid to be
the messuages and tenements devised by the will of the
said testator William Southwood and the interest of the
said sum of 553/. 12*. 'M. Bank 3/. per cent, annuities,
amounting in the whole to the annual sum of 491/. 19*. Orf.,
and on the debit side the following items : " To the Minister
" of St. Mary's Wolnoth on sermon, 4/. 3*. Orf. Poor of
" the parish 12/. 19*. 8rf. Parish of North Crav in Kent
" 12/. 10*. Od, Twenty-one almsmen of the first class
"at 11 /. 2*. Od. each for one year, to
" 227/. 6*. 6f/. Eighteen of the senior widows of the
" second class at 10/. each, 180/. Four senior widows of the
" first class at 12/. each,- 48/. Balance to Christmas dona-
" tions 6/. 19*. KW." And it further appeared to him that
the account opened to the above-named testator Roger
Mundie, contained on the credit side the annual rents
of the messuages and hereditaments so appearing by the
said answer and by the said examination as aforesaid, to be
the hereditaments devised by his will and codicil, together
with the interest of the said sum of 376/. 5*. M. Bank 3/.
per cent, annuities, amounting in the whole to the annual
sum of 763/. 10*. 3c/., and on the debit side the following
items. "Moiety to the maintenance of the Hall and
** charges of the same, 381/. 15*. Id. To thirty-one widows
" of the first class at 12/. each for one year to
*• 372/. Balance 9/. 15*. 2c/. to be appropriated to the
" Christmas donations." And he certified tnat the payments
mentioned in the account opened to the said testator Sir
Martin Bowes, to the Woolwich almswomen was an
application of that part of the income of his charity estate,
which was justified by his will, lliat the Acton alms-
women amongst whom one half of the residue of the
income of the said charity estate had been appropriated as
in the said account mentioned, are ten poor widows of
Freemen of the Goldsmiths' Company of the age of 60
years and upwards, residing in the Company's almshouses
at Acton, who receive as a settled pension the sum of
22/. 3*. 3c/. per annum, and that half of the residue so
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appropriated as in the said account mentioned to the
repairs or Goldsmiths' Hall, was so given by the said will of
the said Sir Martin Bowes, and he certified that the pay- '
ments mentioned in the account so opened to the said
William Southwood to the minister and poor of Saint
Mary Woolnoth and to the parish of North Cray in Kent,
were an application of that part of the income of his
charity estate which was so applied justified by his said
will, and 'that the senior widows of the first-class amongst
whom part of the residue had been appropriated, were
poor widows of Freemen of the Goldsmitns' Company of
the age of ^ years and upwards, who received the sum of
14/. per annum each, as a settled pension, and the senior
widows of the second-class amongst whom the remainder
of the residue had been appropriated were poor widows of
freemen of the Goldsmiths' Company of the age of 60 and
upwards, who received the sum of 1 1/. per annum each, as
a settled pension. And he certified that 30 were widows
of the first-class to whom half the income of the charity
estate of the said testator Roger Mundie had been appro-
priated as aforesaid were poor widows of freemen of the
Goldsmith's Comjiany of the age of 60 and upwards, who
received 12/. per annum each, as a settled pension, and
that the appropriation of the other half of the income of
the said estate of the said Roger Mundie to the mainten-
ance of Goldsmiths' Hall, and the charges of the same
was a purpose directed by the said Roger Mundie's
will, and ne certified that upon consideration of the
severai matters aforesaid, he found that the rents and
profits of the said charity estates of the said Sir Martin
Bowes and of the said William Southwood, and of the
said Roger Mundie, since the filing of the said infor-
mation had been substantively applied to or for purposes
justified by the said deed and wills and codicd of the
said testators respectively. And he further certified
that he approved of the application of the said rents and
profits as stated in the said accounts respectively as a proper
scheme for the application of the future rents and profits
respectively, having regard to the said deed and wills and
coaicil respectivety, and to the other trusts of other
charitable estates and property vested in the defendants
for the use of the poor of the Goldsmiths' Company. And
he was of opinion that the separate accounts so opened to
the said testators respectively should be continued, and
that when and as any vacancy should occur among the
objects of the said chiarities public notice of such vacancy
should forthwith be affixed at the Hall of the said Company,
and that a subsequent notice should always be given of
the person selected to fill up such vacancy immediately
after such selection. . And as to that part of the decree
whereby it was referred to him to tax the costs of the re-
lators to the date of the said decree, as between solicitor
and client, he certified that he had considered and taxed
the Faid costs as approved by bis Report, dated the 31st
day of July 1833.

The almshouses at Woolwich consist of five houses,
which were rebuilt about a century a^^o, and remain as
stated, in the Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry.
They have a court in front and a garden behind.

In the year ending Lady-day 1862, a sum of 104/. U. 4d,
was spent on their repair out of the income of Bowes'
Charity. They are occupied by the widows of parishioners
who have heen ratepayers of Woolwich selected by the
Company.

The estj'e devised by Sir M. Bowes consists of a part of
the house. No. 67, Lombard Street (the banking house of
Glyn & Co.) extending firom the outside of the adjoining
house, No. 66, 39 feet 6 inches in front, and 41 feet on the
back, with a depth of Q^ feet, the remaining portion of the
house being the property of Messrs. Glyn, and the whole
of No. 67 having been built by them. The charity
premises are let to Messrs. Glyn & Co. upon a building
lease for 81 years from Udy-day 1828, at a rent of 192/. 18*.
a year.

The income of Bowes' Charity is applied in the support
of the Woolwich almshouses and pensions.
The five AVoolwich almswomen now receive —



13/. a year each - - - -

The coals and candles (average) -
The water rate . . - -

The wardens give them U. each on the day
of the visitations . - -

To the clergyman U. 1*., and officers of
the church : organist 10*. 6c/. clerk 5*.,
sexton 2*. 6(2 , beadle 1*., and poor of
Woolwich 8*., wardens of the Com-
pany 13*. 4c/. -
The surgeons attending the almshouses -
Insurance of the almshouses
Quit rent - - -



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In the year 1861-62 the residue was ex-
haiisted by the repairs of the almshouses
which would otherwise have been divided
between the poor of the Company and
their general fiinds for the repair of the
Hall, &c. - . - - 104



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212 8 8



The gift uf 31. to the poor of the parish of St. Mary
Woolnooth in coal is more than met by the additional gift
of lOZ. to the poor of that parish mentioned in the dis-
biursemeiit of South wood's Charity.

Mundie's Charity.

Roger Mundie, by will of the 12th August 1562, gave
to the wardens a great messuage, &c. in St. Botolph
Bishopsgate, of the yearly rent of 13/. I6s. Sd. for dis-
charging the inhabitants of Langboum Ward from the
payment of fifteenths. And of the residue, one moiety
should be distributed amongst the poor of the Company,
and the other moiety towards the maintenance of the
Company's Hall.

This propertv was one of the subjects of the information
mentioned in the report on Sir M. Bowes' Charity.

The property consists of Primrose Street and Primrose
Court, as mentioned in the Master's report. It is now let
as follows : —

Roger Mundib's Estate, Primrose Street, Bishopsgate.



No.



Tenants.



Terras of Leases.



2aad6

4
5
6
7

8

9
10
11

12 and 13

14
15 and 16

17
18 and 19

20

21

22
2Sand24

25

26

27

28

29

30

81

32

33

34



Briggs and Garford 21 years from Christmas
1862.

Gowar, Frederick - 21 years from Midsum-
mer 1847.

Peters, William - 21 years from Lady-day
1848.

Gtowar, Frederick - 21 years from Midsum-
mer 18*8.

Murphy, Daniel - 21 years from Christmas
1852.

Smith, Mrs. . - Ditto

Phillips, Vincent - Ditto

Ball. Mrs. - - Ditto

Sanders, Henry - 21 years from Midsum-
mer 1859.

Stewart, Mrs. - 21 years from Christmas
1852.

Draysey, John - 21 years from Lady-day



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