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for which reason I must have recourse to the best historians for the remaining account of this house.
“ The following Bishops were consecrated in the Chapel at Croydon, viz.
and Ladies of high rank. At the more remote tables were seated the Mayor of Canterbury, with the Elders of the city, and Ladies and Gentlemen of the county of Kent. And all those were waited upon during the whole entertainment, by the domestic servants of the Archbishop.
In the mean time, when many spectators had entered, and had almost filled up the middle space of the Hall, the Queen desired that they might be removed, and that they should retire to the sides of the Hall, that she might behold the full length of it, and the guests seated at all the tables. When the banquet was over, and all the company had risen as the tables were removed, the Queen held a private conversation at the long table, with Retius, the Envoy, and the Sieur Motus, the French Embassador, whilst in the interim, the Nobles danced to instruments of music; and a short time after, the Queen ascended by a private passage into the Archbishop's, gallery ; there with the above-named Envoy she continued her conference till near night; she then sent for the Archbishop, and expressed to him the pleasure she had received, and her acknowledgment of the respect shewn her in the Entertainment of that day; and having taken leave, she returned in her coach to her palace.
De Antiquitate Britannicæ Ecclesiæ, Edit.
Drake, pp. 553, 551, 555,
August 2, 1579. This Archbishop being
“ September, 18, 1580. He being assisted as
before, consecrated John Watson D. D. Bishop of Winchester, and William Overton, Bishop of Litchfield and Coventryt.
“ September 3, 1581. With the same assistants
he consecrated John Bullingham, D. D. Bishop of Glocester I.
(1583) Archbishop Whitgift had a great affection for this town, and resided very much in this house, which in his Register is first called Palatium, on the 9th July, 1599, in the act of the dedication of the Chapel of his noble Hospital.
“ (1604) I have found no acts of Archbishop Bancroft dated from Croydon.
Strype's Life of Grindal, p. 241,
+ Ibid. 242,
“ (1610) Archbishop Abbott resided a good deal in this Palace. In the year 1617, this Archbishop being at Croydon the day the book of Sports was ordered to be read in the churches, he flatly forbade it to be read there, which King James was pleased to wink at, notwithstanding the daily endeavours that were used to irritate the King against him*.
Complete History of England, vol. ii. p. 709. Strype's Life of Grindal,
Archbishop Abbot was the son of a weaver, and was born at Guildford, in Surrey. He was sent to the grammar-school there, and from thence to Baliol college Oxford, where he became a Fellow. He was asterwards master of University college. In the year 1599, he became Dean of Winchester, and in the following year. was Vice-chancellor of Oxford. He was one of the divines employed in the present translation of the Bible. He was successively Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry, of London, and Archbishop of Canterbury. Upon some occasions he was a courageous opponent of the Court, of which the circumstance above mentioned, affords an instance. A melancholy accident occurred to him in the latter part of his life. When at the residence of Lord Loach, as he was amusing himself in the Park with a cross bow, he unfortunately, shot the keeper instead of the deer; a commission was in consequence appointed, to examine whether this event should disqualify him for exercising the functions of Primate ; the king, who was to determine the matter, decided in the negative. The Archbishop was so much afflicted by the sad occurrence, that during the remainder of his life he observed a monthly fast on Tuesday, the day on which it happened ; he
“ September 7, 1628, Leonard Mawe, D.D.
and Walter Curll, 9. D. were consecrated, the first, Bishop of Bath and Wells ; the other, Bishop of Rochester, in the Chapel at Croydon, by this Archbishop, assisted by Richard, Neile. Wenton ; John, Buckeridge, Ely; and Francis, White, Carlisle to
“ October 24, 1630, This Archbishop, assist.
ed by Richard, Neile, Winchester ; Theophilus, Field, St. David's ; Richard, Corbet, Oxford; and John, Bowle, Rochester ; consecrated William Peirse, b.v. Bishop
also allowed the Keeper's widow £ 20 per annum.
Heattended King James on his death-bed; and assisted at the coronation of Charles I. In 1627, he was commanded by the King to license an Assize Sermon, preached by Dr, Sibthorpe, which he refused to do; on account of some reprehensible matter which it contained. For this disobedience he was confined to his house near Canterbury, and his office was put into commission; he was, however, restored upon the meeting of Parliament, but never quite recovered the Royal favor. He was a strict Calvinist, and much inclined to favor the Puritans. He died at Croydon in 1033, and was buried in the church of the Holy Trinity at Guildford, where he endowed an Hospital.
His works are chiefly Polemical, except a Geographical Description of the World,
• Reg. Abbott, pars ii. fol. 156.
of Peterborough, in his Chapel at Croydone.
“ He was succeeded by
(1633) Archbishop Laud, who in 1634 appointed Sir Edmund Scott, Knight, and Samuel Bradford, B. D. his Commissaries to visit the Hospital of the Holy Trinity at Croydon, founded by Archbishop Whitgift t.
“ This Archbishop, Laud, did most certainly improve this Palace; his arms are to be seen in the North window of the guard-chamber, and also in the Chapel. In his trial pages 59 and 60, I find a long account of the painted glass windows in Lambeth Chapel : and this short one in that at Croydon, page 61, Browne, his joiner, being examined at the Lord's Bar against his will, confessed upon his oath, that in the Chapel at Croydon there was an old broken crusifix in the window, which he, by the Archbishop's direction, caused to be re.paired and made complete; which picture was there remaining very lately; for which worke
* Reg. Abbott, pars iij. fol. 23.
+ See page 93.