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Archbishops Grindall, 1st August, 1583; Whitgift, 27th March, 1604; Abbot (who was interred at Guildford) 3d September, 1633; Sheldon, 16th November, 1677; Wake, 9th February, 1736; Potter, 27th October, 1747; Herring, 24th March, 1757.
There are to be seen also the following entries: Elizabeth, daughter of John Kynge, and Clemence (wyfe of Samuel Fynch, vicar, by the space of seven years) mother of five children at several births, of the age of 21 years; deceased the 17th day of Nov. and was buried the 18th A. D. 1589."
"Mem.-That whereas Samuel Fynche, vicar of Croydon, lycensed Clemence Kynge, the wife of John Kynge, brewer, to eate fleshe in the time of Lente, by reason of her sicknesse, which lycence beareth date the 29th of Feb. and further that she the said Clemence, doth as yet continue sicke, and hath not recovered her health; know ye therefore, that the said lycence continueth still in force, and for the more efficacie thereof, ys here registered according to the statute, in the presence Th. Mosar, churchwarden of the said parish of Croydon, the 7th of March, in the 38th year of the Queens Majs. most gracious reign, and for the registering thereof there is paid unto the curate 4d,”
"December 1607, the greatest frost began the 9th day of this month, it ended on Candlemas eve."
"Francis Tyrrell, citizen and merchant of London, was buried the 1st. of Sep. 1609, and his funeral kept at London the 13th of the same month. He gave £200 to the parishioners of Croydon, to build a new market house, and £40 to repair our church, and 40s. a year to our poor of Croydon, for 18 years, with manie other good and great legacies to the citie of London."
"Feb. 12, 1614-5, this was the day of the terrible snow, and the Sunday following a greater."
"A description of a monstrous birth, born of the body of Rose Easterman, wife of John Easterman, being a child with two heads, four arms, four legs, one body, one navel, and distinction of two male children, and was born the 27th of January 1721-2.
Public Buildings.-The Church.
IN our account of the public buildings of Croydon, we shall have to consider principally such as are of religious and charitable establishment; the church therefore, will be the first object of our attention.
It appears that there was a church at Croy-· don in the time of the Saxons; for the will of Bythric, and Elfroyth, made about the year 960, and printed in the Perambulation of Kent, is attested by Elffie the priest of Croydon. We learn from Domesday that here was a church in the days of Archbishop Lanfranc; it most probably stood where the church now stands; for if the present had been built upon any other than ground already consecrated, its consecration would have appeared in the Register of the Archbishop in whose time it was built; the rule of the Canon law being never to consecrate a church, unless the former one had been consumed by fire, or the church desecrated, or built upon unconsecrated ground. If a church happened to be polluted by any
accident, it was not reconsecrated, but reconciled. This happened to the church of Croydon, in the time of Archbishop Chichele in whose Register there is a commission dated Feb. 16, 1417, directed to the Bishop of Sorron, to reconcile the parish church and churchyard of Croydon, then lately polluted by an effusion of blood*.
In this church a vicarage† was very anciently founded, the original endowment of which we have not been able to discover, but an ancient instrument dated at Maidston, 2 id Jun, in the year 1348, in the time of Archbishop Stratford (whose register is lost) is preserved in that of Archbishop Courtney, and contains an ordination made by Archbishop Stratford of what tithes were then to belong to the rectors and
* 1417 16 Feb. Henricus &c. venerab fri no Joh Dei gra Epo Sorronen commissio ad reconciliand eccl pech de Croydon et cemeterui ejus pup sanguinis effusione pollutas. fol. 331. a.
†The present vicarage-house is conveniently situated in the church-yard, near the Archbishop's palace, and affords a substantial testimony of the munificence of Archbishop Wake, who, in the year 1730, built it at his own sole expense, to the amount of more than £700. This bountiful act was suggested by the Archbishop's Lady, who was buried at Lambeth in the year 1746, and afterwards removed to Croydon, and buried in the same grave with her husband in 1747.
vicars of Croydon respectively of this instrument we subjoin an abstract.
Archbishop Stratford having in his mere pastoral capacity, called before him "John de Torneford, and John de Horstede, perpetual vicar of Croydon, cites them to lay the ordination of the portion of the said vicarage, if they have any, on a certain day and place, before his Commissary appointed for that purpose; they appear and assert that they had no such ordination, and pray that he would settle the portion which each of them is to receive, according to the true annual value of the fruits, profits, and income of the said rectory. Accordingly, with the consent of the rector and vicar, regard being had to the income and the charges of the said church, it is decreed that the rector of the said church for the time being, shall have all the great tithes within the said parish, viz. those of corn, hay, falls of wood and timber, cut within the bounds of the parish, a live mortuaries due at funerals, and a moiety of the tithes of lambs, which are to be tithed per capita, and are due by custom or right within the said parish, and also a pension of eight marks to be paid in equal portions on the feast of St. Michael, Christmasday, Easter, and the Nativity of John the Baptist, by the vicar of the said church for