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•* by equal half-yearly payments. And that the said

• Minute of Court, 8th August 1828.



" Wardens and Assistants, or the major part of them,
" shall have power at their discretion to remove any
" pensioner, but every pensioner, unless so removed, shall
" continue in the number of pensioners for life. That the
'• remainder of the income of the said Charity not required
" for payment of the said annuities of the said pensioners
** shall h-jlf-yearly be distributed to such of the poor mem-
*' bers of the said Company, or of the widows of such
" members as the said Wardens and Assistants, or the m^or
" part of them, shall from time to time think most deserv-
** mg objects of the said Charity, in such sums as they shall
" think fit ; but in such distribution the said Wardens and
" Assistants shall have regard to the preference given by
** the said Sir Hugh Myddelton's will to such poor men of
" his name kindred or countrymen as aforesaid be carried
" into effect.'' And it was ordered that the Wardens and
Assistants of the Company of Goldsmilhs, or the major part
of them, should carnr such scheme into effect, and dis<
tribute and apply tne future income of the charitable
bequest accord ingly.

The dividends of the share amounted last year to the
sum of 866/.

The Company in pursuance of this order elect 10 men
pensioners and nine women pensioners, who receive 20/. a
year each. These pensioners form no part of any of the
classes before referred to, but are especially denonunated Sir
Hugh Myddelton's Pensioners. The Company also distri-
bute sums of 2/. 12». a year to all the men pensioners, averag-
ing about 110 in number. This distribution amounted in
the year ending Lady-day 1862, to the aggregate sum of
288/.' 12«.

The residue is carried to the fund applicable to the pay-
ment of the Women Pensioners of Class C*

Newman's Charity.

Gains Newman, about the year 1614, or his widow after
his death, made an offer to the Company for maintaining
two almsmen at Is. 4(1, a week each, and that she paid
them 140/. for that purpose. The sum of 6/. 18*. ?d. in
respect of this benefaction forms part of the 300/. a year,
which constitutes the aggregate of the stipend of the
Hackney almsmen.

Paine's Charity.

Robert Paine in his lifetime desired his wife t j pay after
his decease to the Company 300/., and pay —

£
'Vo the poor of the Company - - 5

To the poor of Marlborough - - 5

To the poor of the Tower precinct - 5

ITiere is no sum of 300/. invested to pro\nde for this
payment, but the sum of 5/. a year is carried to the men
pensioners, Class D. The Company pay to the church-
wardens of the parishes of St. Peter the Apostle, and
St. Mary the Virgin, in the town of Marboro*, an annual
sum of hi. The other 5/. is paid generally to the overseer
of the precinct of the Tower without St. Peter's Vincula, in
the lil)erty of the Towtr of Ltmdon.

Patteslie's Charity.

John Patteslie, by will of the 7th March 1450, gave to
the Company all his lands and tenements in St. Mildred,
Poultry, to pay fiY^ poor almsmen 1*. 2d. each weekly.
The property on which this rent is charged is erroneousrf
mentioned by the Commissioners of Inquiry (Vol. 8,
page 321) as not specifically existing, consists of a house
at the corner of St. Mildred's ("ourt (No. 1 from the
Poullry), agreed to be let to the Union Bank with other

i)roperty or the Goldsmiths' Company. 'ITie sum of
5/. 39. 4d, a year is paid to the account of the stipends of
the Barking almsmen.

Sir James Pembrrton's Charity.

Sir James Pemberton, by will of the 8th September
1613, gave to the poor of the Company 200/. to be dis-



*SiR Hugh Myddelton's Charity.

By an order of the Board of 28th November 1876,
directions were given by way of scheme that the Wardens
and Assistants of the said Company of Goldsmiths, or the
major part of them, should out of the poorer members of
the said Company, and the widows and unmarried or
widowed daughters of the poorer members of the said
Company, elect so many pensioners as the income of the
Charity would from time to time permit, to be called
" Sir Hugh Myddelton's Pensioners,'^ and that theur pen-



sions should be of such amounts as the said Wardens and
Assistants should from time to time think fit, but should in
no case exceed 40/ . ; and that in the administration of the
said Charity the Wardens and Assistants should have regard
to the preference given by the will of the founder to such
poor men of his name, kindred, and countrymen, as should
be free of the said Company, and that the said Wardens and
Assistants, or the major part of them, should have power at
their discretion to remove any pensioner, but that every
such pensioner unless so removed should continue in the
number of pensioners for life.



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tributed amongst them at the discretion of his executrix.
The Company charge themselves with the interest of 200/.
at 5/. per cent, amounting to 10/. a year, which is carried
to the account of the Acton almswomen.



Perchard's Charity.

Peter Perchard in his lifetime gave to the Company
250/. four per cent, stock, and by a codicil to his will of
the 3rd January 1B06 gave a further sum of 100/., which
was invested in the purchase of 166/. 6s. 6d. Consols, and
directed the Company to pay annually :—

£ s. d.
To 4 poor widows - - 4

To 5 other poor widows - - 4 19 8

To 6 Hackney almsmen - - 6

£ 8. rf.



The 250/. 4/. per cent, stock has been
converted into New 3/. per cent, stock, and
produces annually - - - - 7 10

The 166/. 65. 6d. SI, per cent. Consob - 4 19



12 9 8



The reduction of the 4/. per cent, stock having diminished
the income to the amount of 2/. a year, the Company make
up the payments from their own funds, adding 61, a year
to the Hackney almsmen's stipends, and to the widow
pensioners (Class C.) 8/. 19^. Sd,



Pbrryn's Charity.

John Perryn, by his will of the 18th December 1656, gave
aU his freehold messuages, lands, and hereditaments in
Acton to the Company upon trust to dispose of the rents
thereof as follows :

£
To the parish of Bromyard, Herefordshire, for a

weekly lecture - - - - - 26

To the parish clerk - - - - 1

To the Free Grammar School at Bromyard - 20

To the poor of that parish - - - 5

To the poor of the Company - - - 20

To Christ's Hospital 5/., and for an exhibition \ , ^

to Oxford or Cambridge 5/. - - -J

To the poor of St. Vedast Foster - - - 5

To the poor of East Acton - - - 10

To the poor of St. Sepulchre, London - - 5

And for a septennial sermon and dinner - - 3



the poor of the
scholars in the



of



And the remainder of the rents for
Company, and for exhibitions for
universities.

The Company, as stated by the Commissioners
Inquiry, acquired a considerable estate at Acton m
Middlesex under this devise, and in 1812 built 20 alms-
houses onjpart of that estate at an expense of about
12.000/. The Company charge the Charity interest at 41,
per cent, on 10,000/. part of this expenditure. The present
condition and rental of the Acton estate is as follows :—









£ 8,d,


TheManorHoiue


Walker, Mrs. -


21 years from Lady-

dj^yl852.
14 years from Michael-


200


Manor Farm,


Wright, Simeon


260 9 S


llSacree.




mas 1853.




Piyborgh Farm,


Winch and Wes-


21 years from Michael-


UO


lla. St. lOp.


^^' «,


mas 1844.




House -


Duncan, W. H.


661 years from Mid-


12 12




E.


summer 1821.




▲. B. p.








lATid 46 17


Touug, Thomas


14 years from Michael-
mas 1853.


188


Ditto 9 2 11


Hindley. Charles


Yearly -
Ditto -


46


IMtto 6 20


Anderson. B.W.


80


Ditto 4 12


North. Eev. J. -


Ditto-


21 10


Ditto 8 22


Acton, B. L -


61 years frt)m Michael-
mas 1846.


12


Ditto 4 11


Binney, Fred. -


Yearly -


20


• Golctemith's


Thompson,


62 years from Mid-
sdmmer 1829.


6 6


Arms."


Messrs.





The estates have been reduced in quantity of 10a. 2r. 14p.
under the following circumstances :—

A portioi: of this estate, in quantity Sa. 8r. 6p., was taken
in 1836 by the Great Western Uailway Company, for
which 1,8802. lit. Od. was paid, and in 1837 a small
additional plot of Oa. 2r. lOp. was also taken f Dr which
100/. was paid ; these sums, amounthig to 1,990/. 12«.0d.,
were laid out in the purchase of 2,008*. 12*. lOd. 31. per
cent. Reduced annuities .....

In 1838 a further portion, la. Or. 21 p. of land, was taken
by the Great Western Railway at the price of 600/.,
which was invested in the purchase of 528/. Us. 2d.
31. per cent. Consols in the name of the Accountant-
General of the Court of Chancery, to an account in-
tituled In re Great Western Railway and The Gold-
smiths' Company - .-..

In 1861 the North and Soutli-West Junction Railway
Company took 5a. Or. 18p. of land at the sum of 1,000/.,
which was laid out in the pimihase of 2,046/. 9s. Od.
SI. per cent. Consols, in the name of the Aocountant-
General, a sum which has subsequently been reduced
to 1,077/. U. Sd. SI. per cent. Stock by an order of tho
Court dated the 2Srd May 1866, under which 968/.18f.6«;.
Consols, producing 912/. cash, was invested in the en-
franchisement of such of the lands at Acton as were of
copyhold tonure - -' -

A fine received from Sir Moore Disney of 1,176/. in June
1851 as a portion of a consideration for a lease of the
Manor House (which has since expired) was invested
in 1,192/. 18f. 2</. 8/. per cent. Consols

From this income there is deducted the intorest of
the 10,000/. part of the 12,000/. exi)ended in the
building of almshouses, which at 41. per cent is
permanently charsed on the estato . . .



£ 8, d.



60 3 8



16 14 2



6 4



86 16 6



t 16 6



400



£688 16 6



The Company pay to the account of the ActoD alms-
people : —



The 10 almsmen .......

The 10 almswomen ......

The vestry clerk of the narish of Aoton, for the poor

The churchwardens of dt. Vedast . . . .

n » of St. Sepulchre ....

The Vicar of Bromyard : , £ $. d.

For the lecturers - - • - - 26

„ „ poor 6

n n parish clerk - • • -10

The master of the Grammar School at Bromyard -
Five exhibitioners at 80/. a year . . . .



B $. d.

65 16 2

66 16 6
10

6

6



82

20

150



£844 10 8



The Company support from their own funds a lar^e
number of exhibitioners, 17 of which are at Oxford and
17 at Cambridge. The only exhibitions charged to charity
estates are the above five, and two under Strdley's Charity
at 5/. a year each. The 34 are all of the same annual
amount ; they are distributed according to the rules
specified in the printed circular which I append.

In the year 1861-2 there was a sum of 2221, Is. Ad,
applied in builder's work and repairs on the Acton estate.
In 1860 the repairs amounted to 21. 13*. 3rf., and in 1859
to 52. Ms, Id.

The addition of the repairs on the estate of 223/. 1*. 4rf.
to the 344/. 10*. 8rf. the other disbursements on the
charily account in the same year (1861-2) left only a sum
of 21/. 3s. 6rf., which was carried to the account of the
casual poor to which account this balance is always p^aid.

The almsboubes are described bv the Commissioners
of Inquiry (Vol. 8, page 340) which description is still
applicable. The inmates are 10 men and 10 women (who
may be married couples). They are appointed from the
settled pension list, but are not (as tne Commissioners
state) always the oldest persons on that list.

The pensioners, both men and women, are all classed
as ordinary pensioners, and receive the pension to that
class on which they are placed. In addition to which
they have 22/. eacn annuallv, and 1/. each from Jane
Fountain's Gift, and another 1/. each in addition given by
the Company at the annual visitation. The 24/. thus paid
to them, especially as Acton almsmen or women, does not
vary in amount. The pension payable is dependent, as
above stated, on their class.

The establishment, other than the pensioners, consists
of a chaplain, medical attendant, ana gardener, who are
paid by the Company out of their proper funds. The
Company also pay in like manner for coals, candles, rates
and taxes, repairs, &c. The whole of these disbursements
not charged to the Charity, was in the year 1861-2,
761/. 19*. lOrf.*



* John Perryn's Charity.

By an order of the Board of 3rd May 1878, the trustees
were authorised to make an agreement with Mr. George
▲ 14546.



"Wright for the sale and working of the brick earth upon
and under two pieces of land at East Acton, containmg
39^ and 10 acres respectively, to a depth of six feet.
By another order of 8th July 18/9, the trustees were



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CITY OF LONDON LIVERY COMPANIES COMMISSION



Goldsmiths' Hall,
Sir, 186 .

In reply to your letter of the ,1 beg to

inform you that vacancies in the exhibitions in the gift of
the Goldsmiths' CJompany are only declared once m the
year, viz., at the end ot the month of Januarv, and if
application is made to me in the early part of February,
siting at which University the applicant is resident, the
necessary form of petition, and also a list of the members
of the Court of Assistants, in whom the election is vested,
will be furnished to you.

The petitions are required to be properly filled up, and
retiurned by some fixed day, about the middle of the month
of April ; after which time, and until the next vacancies
are declared, no application can be received.

A student who aesires to become a candidate for one of
these exhibitions mv^t have been in actual residence at his
college at least two terms before the time appointed for the
return of the petition, and his income arising from prefer*
ment at college or elsewhere must not amount to more
than 70/. a year, exclusive of the Goldsmiths* Exhibition,

The exhibitions are at the Universities of Oxford and
Cambridge, and are of the value of 30/. per annum each,
and can be enjoyed by the student until he tt^es his
degree, or has kept the required number of terms for so
doing.

I am, &c.
(Signed) Walter Prideaux,

To Clerk.

PiERSON*s Charity.

William Pierson, on the 13th May 1689, paid ta the
Company 50/. to pay 2/. to four freemen's widows, and
10*. to the wardens and clerk. The Company charged
themselves with interest at 5/. per cent., of which 21. forms
part of the payment to the Acton almspeople, and 10*.
goes to the account of the wardens and clerk.



Dame Mary Ramsay's Charity.

Dame Mary Ramsay, by her will of the 8th July 1600,
gave to the Goldsmiths' Company 200/. to be lent out at
5/. per cent., and distributed towards the relief of the poor.
The fund is not lent, but the Company charge themselves
with interest at 6/. per cent., carrying 10/. a year to the
account of the men pensioners, Class D.



Sir B. Read's Charity.

Sir Bartholomew Read, by his will of the I9th October
1505, gave to the Company a messuage in St. John
Zachary, and other tenements in London, to find and
sustain a virtuous priest cunning in grammar to perform
certain services in the parish church of Cromer, Norfolk,
and to keep in the said town a Free Grammar School,
teaching there gentlemen's sons and good men's children,
and especially poor men's children, the said priest to receive
10/. a year. And the testator appointed an obit at the
church of St. John Zachanr, and that 1/. 13*. 4d. should
be paid on that occasion. The Company hold a consider-
able estate in the situation indicatea. Of this estate, the
houses in Bread Street were taken for city improvements
in the year 1852, and a sum of 3,324/. 16*. 2d. 31. per cent.
Consols paid into the Court of Chancery to the account.
In re llie Goldsmiths' Company ex parte The Mayor and
Corporation of London ; and they pay annually a sum of
10/. a year to the master of a school at Cromer, who is not
in orders. In addition to this payment they contribute
from their own funds to the support of the school and the
school premises, which stand on the lands of this Company.
I append a copy of the last report from the master of the
state of the school.

The Company annuall;^ visit the church of St. John
Zachary, and make a distribution to the minister, organist,
clerk, &c., and charity school children, which varies in
amount from about ?/. and upwards.



authorisea to make a further agreement for the working
of the brick earth in certain parts of the land to a greater
depth than six feet.

The amount of the royalties received in respect of the
bricks for 1878, 1879, and 1880, were invested m the pur-
chase of 2,829/. 5s. 6d, Consols in the name of the Official
Trustees of Charitable Funds.

The Board have approved a building agreement of the
above-mentioned land for 90 years, from Lady-day 1879,
at the annual rent of 35/. an acre, the lessee covenanting
to expend not less than 800/. on each house, which, with
the garden and appurtenances, is not to occupy less than
a quarter of an acre of land. No leases have yet been
granted under this agreement.

By another order of 16th January 1880, the trustees
were authorised to grant a repairing lease of the house
known as **The Beeches," for 50 years, from Midsummer
1879, at the annual rent of 50/.

The Board have approved a building agreement of a

Eiece of land at Acton, containing la. 2r. lOp., and
aving a frontage of 465 feet to £ast Acton (now Church-
field) Road, for 99 years, from Lady-day 1879, at a
peppercorn rent for the first year, 39/. for the second year,
and the annual rent of 78/. during the remainder of the
term, the lessee covenanting to build not less than twelve
private dwelling-houses, and to expend not less than 600/.
on each such house.

Under this agreement the Board have by orders autho-
rised the grant of leases of the 12 houses.

The Board have approved two building agreements of a
piece of land at Acton, containing 4a. Or. 9p., and having
a frontage of 749 feet to Myrtle Road, for 99 years, from
Michaelmas 1879, at the total annual rent of 170/., the
lessee covenanting to build not less than 22 private
dwelling-houses, and to expend not less than 600/. on each
such house.

Under this agreement the Board have already, by orders,
authorised the grant of leases of 16 houses, numbered 1 to
16, Goldsmiths' Gardens.

The Board have approved a building agreement of a
piece of land situate m Perryn Road and Shaa Road,
Acton, containing 12a. 2r. 17p., for 99 years, from Lady-
day 1880, at the rent of a peppercorn for the first year,
73/. for the second year, 1477. for the third year, 220/. for
the fourth year, 294/. for the fifth year, 367/. for the sixth
year, and the annual rent of 44 U. during the remainder of
the term, the lessee covenanting to build not less than 87
private dwelling-houses and to expend not less than 600/.
on each such house.



Under this agreement, the Board have abready by orders,
authorised the grant of leases of 30 houses.

By another order of 1st November 1881, the trustees
were authorised to expend 2,550/. in constructing a road
from the Uxbridge Road to East Acton village.

Of this amount the sum of 1,737/. 7s. 4d. has already
been expended, which was provided partly by the appro-
priation of 883/. I65., being royalties received in respect
of bricks for 1881, and the remainder by the sale of
856/. \5s. Id. consols.

The Board have approved a building agreement of a
piece of land at Acton, containing 9a. 2r., and having a
frontage of 550 feet to the Uxbndge Road, for 99 years.
from Lady-day 1880, at the rent of a peppercorn for the
first year, 77/. for the second year, 154/. for the third year.
231/. for the fourth year, 308/. for the fifth year, and the
annual rent of 388/. during the remainder of the term,
the lessee covenanting to build not less than 46 private
dwelling-houses, 10 of which are to be of not less value
than 900/. each, and the remainder of not less value than
600/. each.

No leases have yet been granted under this agreement.

Under order of 21st July 1882, the sum of 1,402/. Con-
sols was transferred to the Goldsmiths' Company, as the
consideration for the release of the Charity estate at East
Acton from the annual payment of 42/. 2s. \0d, in respect
of land tax, which was redeemed by the Company in 1/99
out of their corporate property.

By order of 2 id January 1883, the trustees were autho-
rised to expend 1,200/. in the purchase of an additional
or improved ground rent of 60/. to be secured upon the
last 10 houses to be erected in Myrtle Road. The sum of
1,200/. is to be provided partly by the sale of the sum of
570/. 9s. \\d. Consols the residue of the said sum of
2,829/. 5*. 6</. Consols and partly out of the royalties to be
received for bricks, and is also to be replaced out of income
within 30 years.

The Board have approved a building agreement of a
piece of land at Acton, containing 12a. Ir. ^p., and having
frontages to Perryn Road and Friarsplace Lane, for 99 years,
from Midsummer 1882, at the rent of a peppercorn for the
first year, 67/. IO5. for the second year, 135/. for the third
yewr, 202/. 10*. for the fourth year, 270/. for the fifth year,
337/. 10». for the sixth year, and the anntwl -rent "trf 406/.
during the remainder of the term, the lessee covenanting to
erect not less than 82 private dwelling-houses, and to ex-
pend not less than 600/. on each such house.

No leases hara yet been granted under this agreement.



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Sir, Cromer, July 2nd, 1862.

The following is the half-yearly report of the state
of the Free School to Midsummer : —

Number of boys at Christmas 1861 - 78
lieft the school - - . - 12



Admitted
Present number



66
- 9



Of the 12 boys who have left six were from the
class and three nrom each of the other classes.



first



One of the boys left is dead, and one I expelled from
truanting and encouraging others to do so; the other 10
boys are gone to work. 'I'he boy who has been expelled is
brother to the one expelled last half-year. They have also
been both turned out of the Sunday school for the second
time as incorrigible.

In addition to the nine boys admitted I had taken in ^ve
or six more, all from the country ; but after a few weeks
they became so remiss in their attendance that I dismissed
them all.

The attendance during the half-year has been tolerably
good, but it now begins to be slack, as the usual summer
work is coming on, and it is of no use refusing them leave.

I made no holidays at Christmas.



Admissions.



• Five miles ftrom Cromer.



Boy's names.


Age.


Date of Admission.


Class.


Parents* Occupation.


llesidencc.






1861








Matthew Abb


12


January 1st


1


Innkeeper


Runton.


George Emery
Sandiord Simons -


14


»»


1


a " "


Sheringham.*


9


„ 16th -


1


Farmer - - -


Gresham.*


Robert Goodman -


8


Februuy 13th ■


2


Innkeeper


Cromer.


William Stimpson


7


»> •


3


Labourer




George Stimpson -


6


May 26th-


3


. ** " "


ff


Hilery Nockels -


6


w "


3


Fisherman




Robert Blyth


6


» ~


3


a " •


ft


John Abbs


7


»


3


Rat-catcher


Runton.


John Hall


7


>f " "


3


Labourer






Your obedient servant,

SiMBON Simons.



Robinson's Charity.

Ralph Robinson, by his will of the 17th January 1648,
gave 200/. to the Company to pay yearly —

£
To the poor of St. John Zachary parish - 2
To the Company's poor - - -2

The Company charge themselves with 41, a year, of
which 21. is paid to the churchwardens of St. John
Zacharr, and 2L to the account of the men pensioners.
Class D.

Sir E. Shaa's Charity.

Sir Edmund Shaa, by his wiU of the 20th March 1487,
directed his executors to convey to the said Company suffi-
cient property to pay 17^. a year to support the salary of a
priest cunning in grammar and able to teach it in Stopford-
cum-Chester (P) 10/., and the remaining ^l, he directed to
be applied to certain superstitious uses.

The foundation continues nearly on the footing at which
it stood at the time the Commissioners of Inquiry made
their report until the year 1832, when the Company having
acquired some adjoining land, at their own expense greatly
improved the school-house and buildings, and added largely
to the stipends of the masters, making the school free.
Further alterations forming the school into two divisions
were made about the year 1848. In 1859 the Company



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