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Peter Burowgh*, M. A. was collated the 9th of May, 1538, by Archbishop Cranmer, of his own right; and the same day, the Archbishop issued a decree to John Cocke L. L. D. his Vicar-general, and Official Principal, to assign a pension of £12 a year, for life to Rowland Philips, the late Vicar, on account of his great age; such pension to be paid out of the profits of the Vicaraget.
John Gybbes, s. T. B. was the next Vicar, being collated by Archbishop Cranmer, the 12th of April, 1542. He enjoyed it about eight years, was deprived for refusing to pay bis tenths to the King, and was succeeded by
David Kemp, presb. who was collated by the same Archbishop, the 31st of May, 1550. He resigned this Vicarage, and was succeeded by
William Cooke, cl. who was collated by the same Archbishop, the 13th of September, 1553. Upon his death.
Rowland Philips was once preaching at St. Paul's against the art of Printing, at that time, lately introduced into England, and in the course of his sermon, uttered this sentence; "We, (meaning the Roman Catholics) must root out printing, or printing will root out us."---Fox, Martyrol. vi. 804.
* The memorandum in the Archbishop's Register is as follows: 1538. 9. Maii. Apud Lambeth dnus contulit Petro Burowgh, A. M. vic' ppat' eccl' poch' de Croydon per resignat Mag' Rowlandi Phillipe vacant,' et ad suam collacionem pleno jure spectant. fol. 364. c. The right of presentation reverted to the See of Canterbury, when the Convent at Bermondsey was dissolved.
Decretum Joh' Cocke, L. L. D. Rev. in Christo patris Tho' Arch' Cant' vicar' in spiritualibus generalis et officialis principalis; super assignatione pensionis XII. librarum sterlingarum durante vita Mag' Rowland Philippe ult' vicar' de Croydon, e proficuis dei vicarii exeuntis.--Reg Cranmer, fol, 364. c.
Richard Finch, cl. was collated by Archbishop Parker the 23d. of April 1560. Upon his decease,
Samuel Finch, cl. was collated by Archbishop Grindal the 26th. May 1581. The next Incumbent to be found is
Samuel Finch, presb. on the presentation of the King by lapse. He was admitted on the 28th, of February 1603. Upon his death,
Henry Rigge, cl. M. A. was collated by Archbishop Abbot the 20th. of September, 1619, who resigned, and was succeeded by
Samuel Bernard, cl. s. T. B. who was collated by the same Archbishop on the 10th. of August, 1624. How long he held this Vicarage does not appear; but during the great rebellion after the death of King Charles I. the sum of Fifty Pounds a year was allowed to Sir William Brereton (who had become possessed of the Archiepiscopal Palace at Croydon), for the use of such minister as he should provide to serve the cure of the Church; one Jonathan Westwood was appointed for that purpose, and received every year the above mentioned sum, from the 31st of May 1654, to the 9th of June 1657. In a book in the M. S. Library at Lambeth, marked " Au. D. No. 4. II." p 339. is the following memorandum: "In pursuance of the several orders of the committee for reformation of the Universities, of the 15 Jan. 1650, and 28 Jan. 1651, as also an especial order of the said committee, it is ordered that Mr. Lawrens Steele, treasurer, doe from time to time continue and pay to Sir William Brereton, the sum of 50%. for the use of such ministers as have been, and shall be by him provided, to serve the cure of the church of Croydon, in the county of Surrey, the same to be continued till further orders of the said Trustees, and to be accompted from the last receipt, any order to the contrary notwithstanding.
"John Thorowgood, William Saynner, William Steele, Richard Younge, John Pococke."
In that book there are several other notices upon the same subject. The next Vicar we find is
William Clewer, s. T. P. whose name occurs in the Register of Archbishop Sancroft, 1684. He was tried, and convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing a silver cup; for which offence he was burned on the hand. The case is detailed in the second volume of Smith's Lives of Highwaymen. In the year 1673, was printed, a "Case of the Inhabitants of Croydon, in Surrey, concerning the great oppressions they lie under, by reason of the unparallelled extortions, and violent, illegal, and unwarrantable prosecutions of Doctor Clewer, Vicar of the said Parish. What the particulars of this case are, wę know not; but we fear from the character of the Vicar, that the merits of it were against him. The decrees of the Court of Exchequer, and the Court of Serjeant's Inn, may be consulted by those who are curious upon the subject. See 304. This Vicar was deprived in 1684, and succeeded by Henry Hughes, cl. M. A. who was collated by Archbishop Sancroft the 26th of June, 1684.
John Cesar, cl. M. A. became Vicar, upon the resignation of Henry Hughes, the 18th of January, 1688. Upon his death succeeded
Andrew Trebeck, B. D. who was collated by Archbishop Wake, the 28th of April 1720. Upon his resignation,
Natbaniel Collier, M. A. was collated by the same Archbishop the 29th of November, 1727. He held it till his death which happened in December, 1754, and was succeeded by
John Vade, M. A. who was collated by Archbishop Herring, in January 1755. He died the 9th of June, 1765, and was succeeded by
East Apthorp, D. D. collated by Archbishop Secker, in June 1765. Doctor Apthorp wrote a work, entitled, "Letters on the prevalence of Christianity." He died on the 17th of April 1816, at Cambridge, where he had been formerly Fellow of Jesus College. He had resigned the Vicarage of Croydon, and was succeeded by
John Ireland, D. D. Upon the death of the Reverend very Doctor Vincent, Dean of Westminster, which occurred in the
month of December, 1815, Dr. Ireland was appointed to be his successor, and resigned this Vicarage. To him succeeded
The Rev, J. C. Lockwood, the present Vicar.
Incumbents of St. Mary's Chauntry.
John Parke, capellanus, is the first name we find; it occurs in the Register of Archbishop Arundel, in the year 1402. Upon his resignation, succeeded
Clement Ecclestone, capellanus, the 7th of August, 1402, on the presentation of twelve of the principal inhabitants of Croydon; he exchanged this chauntry for the Rectory of Depeden, in the Diocese of Winchester, with
Stephen Alchon, who was admitted on the presentation of the same patrons, the 19th of September, 1409. He resigned it, and then succeeded
Robert Peterburgh, cappellanus, who was admitted on the 27th of February, 1420. Upon his death,
Thomas Barfote, capellanus, presented by the same Patrons, was admitted on the 3d of March, 1430. Upon his death, succeeded
William Kynge, capellanus, who was presented in the same form, and admitted on the 5th of March, 1458. Upon his decease
Thomas Thomlynson, capellanus, was presented, and admitted on the 12th of June, 1476. He resigned it, and the next incumbent was
John Knowdyson, capellanus, who was admitted on the 17th of October, 1499.
Edward Jenyns was the next incumbent, and resigned the Chauntry.
Andrew Corpbell, capellanus, succeeded, and was presented on the 23d of October, 1505. After his death came John Comporte, capellanus, who was presented on the 4th
of September, 1538. At the dissolution of this Chauntry in the first year of King Edward VI. he had a pension granted to him for life, of £6 13 4.
Incumbents of the Chauntry of St. Nicholas.
Robert Smyth, capellanus is the first we find. He was collated to this Chauntry by Archbishop Stafford, on the 30th of June, 1450. To him succeeded
John Gosse, capellanus, 1450. He exchanged this Chauntry for the Rectory of Grendone in the Diocese of Lincoln, with
John Meyskin, who was admitted on the 7th of November, 1454, upon a presentation from the Honourable Richard Weldon, Esq. Patron and Founder, in right and title of Elizabeth his wife. To him succeeded
William Walton, in the year 1472. Upon his death,
William Spynke, capellanus, was admitted on the 17th of January 1472, on the presentation of Richard Weldon Esq. who upon an inquisition, was found to be true Patron of the Chauntry. He resigned it, and was succeeded by
Nicholas Brooke, who was admitted on 13th of August, 1474, on the presentation of Richard Weldon Esq. He resigned, and was succeeded by
Robert Dady, presb. who being presented by the same Patron, was admitted on the 16th of March, 1479. Upon his death, came
Robert Hollere, who, upon the presentation of Elizabeth Weldon, widow, was admitted on the 9th of February, 1487, and upon his death succeeded
Thomas Greene, capellanus, who was admitted on the 10th of October, 1591. He resigned it, and next came
John Maynell, capellanus, who, on the presentation of Robert Weldon, was admitted on the 17th of June, 1499. To him succeeded