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De Tanto Viro
Pauca dicere non expedit, Multa non opus est;
Animam Piam et Cœlo Maturam
v Id. Novembris, MDCLXVII.
To the english reader we offer the following
The Ancient Family of the Sheldons
In the County of Stafford,
Educated at Oxford;
A learned Doctor in Divinity,
A discreet and faithful Warden of All Souls College,
A most Munificent Chancellor of the University,
Held in utmost esteem by the Blessed Martyr Charles I.
In the Year MDCLX, the great year of the Restoration,
Bishop of London;
In the year MDCLXII. chosen a Member of the Privy Council,
Equal to every Station, to every Title Superior.
little is not meet, to say much is useless;
At fourscore years,
He surrendered to GOD
His pious Spirit, mature for Heaven,
The reader will find in the appendix, a selection of the most remarkable epitaphs placed in the church, and church-yard.
Several Bishops have been consecrated in the church of Croydon, of whom we subjoin the following short list :
1534. April 19, Thomas Goodrick, D. D. Bishop of Ely*. 1534. April 19, John Capon, alias Salcot, L.L.D. late abbot of Hyde, Bishop of Bangor.
1541. Sept. 25, John Wakeman, the last abbot of Tewksbury, and the first Bishop of Glocester †. 1551. Augt. 30, John Scory, D. D. Bishop of Rochester +
* Archbishop Cranmer's Register, fol. 162. A.
Ibid. fol. 171. a.
Ibid. fol. 334. ▲.
1551. Augt. 30, Miles Coverdale, D. D. Bishop of Exeter. 1591. Augt, 29, Gervase Babyngton, D. D. Bishop of Landaff *.
In the appendix is inserted a list of the Rectors and Vicars, whose names we have been able to discover.
The Chauntry of St. Mary.
There were formerly two Chauntries in the church of Croydon; that of St. Mary, and that of St. Nicholas; of both which we give a short and separate account.
The first, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was founded before the year 1402, by Sir Reginald Cobham, sire de Sterresburgh; and it appears that the foundation was completed in his life time; for in his will, bearing date September 8, 1400, and proved at Canterbury before Archbishop Arundel, on the 8th July, 1403, no mention is made of it. The incumbent was to pray for the repose of the soul of the said Sir Reginald, of his wife Joan, and
* Strype's Life of Archbishop Whitgift, p. 382.
† See the names of incumbents in the appendix.
those of his children, and of all faithful christian people. The founder vested the presentation of his chauntry priest in twelve of the principal inhabitants of Croydon. -The particulars of the endowment of this chauntry are as follow:
The endowment of Lady Mary's Chauntry at Croydon, taken from the minutes, or bailiff's accounts of the colleges, chauntries, free chapels, &c. in the county of Surrey, in the third year of King Edward VI. remaining in the Augmentation Office at Westminster,
One tenement near the church-gate with its appurtenances, valued at
The mansion house of the Chauntry Priest, with its appurtenances
One tenement lying in Pickelake, with its appur
One tenement with its appurtenances in the occupation of John Curts
One ditto in the tenure of Richard Alford
Three cottages, with their appurtenances in the occupation of Thomas Thornetonne
One garden in the North part of the town of Croy-
. 0 6 8
£. s. d.
0 16 0 080
1 0 0
0 1 0
. 0 6 8
Carried forward £ 4 4 4
One tenement in the occupation of Thomas Par
One cottage between the tenement called le Crowne 0 2 0
the church of Croydon in le Bocherrowe Three tenements in le Bocherrowe
One tenement in the market in the occupation of
park, in the occupation of John Hatcher. 0 10 0
One acre of land lying near Addiscombe, late in
Four acres of land in a field called Brechefield, in
One garden lying in le Olde Town
Three acres of land lying together in Waddon Marshe, in the occupation of Robert Crostinge
One acre of land lying in Northstakefled, in the tenure of William Tomson
Two tenements in London, in the parish of St.
0 15 0.
0 2 0
0 1 0
0 1 Ꮕ
0 13 4
3 6 8
Carried forward £12 7 10