People Property and Charity

The Clothworkers' Company 1500-1688


John Rogers' Will, Book of Deeds and Wills, 1555John Rogers (d.c.1555), Citizen and Clothworker, bequeathed property at Bucklersbury (in the parish of St. Mary le Bow) and in Walbrook (in the parish of St. Mary Woolchurch) to the Company in his will, dated 5 March 1551.[1] He directed the Company to use the rental incomes for the continued upkeep of the property, and to distribute the remaining money to the poor of the Company.[2] The property seems to have comprised one tenement. The Company’s holdings at Bucklersbury were expanded by the 1603 bequest of Edward Pilsworth, who granted them one messuage or tenement in Bucklersbury.[3] This tenement, like other properties granted by Pilsworth in Candlewick Street and Bartholomew Lane, were to become part of the Company’s holdings on the death of his wife Margery. This appears to have happened in 1615.[4]

Little reference is made to the Bucklersbury properties in the Company Court Orders. The first reference to any property at Bucklersbury came in 1602, when the Company appointed unnamed nominees to ‘confer with Mr. Barrington, draper about the purchase of a house in Bucklesbury where Mr. Hodges dwells’.[5] The only other entry relating to the tenement came in a 1618 record regarding a survey, commissioned by the Company, of the lights at the house of William Walton of Bucklersbury.[6] The Company charged the surveyors with uncovering what, if any, impact the lights had on the property leased to Mrs. Warde at Walbrook.[7] The Company retained Rogers’ property at Bucklersbury until 1866, when it was sold with the neighbouring Company properties at Walbrook.[8] It is mosy likely that Pilsworth properties were also part of this sale.

Individual associated with this property

  • William Walton, Leaseholder, 9-9-1618. Document reference: CL/b/1/5/f. 265v

[1] The Clothworkers’ Company Archive (hereafter CCA), Books of Deeds and Wills, CL/A/4/4, Will of John Rogers, 5 March 1551.

[2] Ibid.

[3] TNA PROB 11/101, The will of Edward Pilsworth, 7 July 1603.

[4] CCA, Court Orders, CL/B/1/5, f. 203r, Nominees appointed to speak to Mrs. Pilsworth, 22 August 1613.

[5]CCA, Court Orders, CL/B/1/3, f. 218r, Company nominees to confer with Barrington about the purchase of property at Bucklersbury, 18 August 1602.

[6] CCA, Court Orders, CL/B/1/5, f. 265v, Survey at Bucklersbury, 9 September 1618.

[7] Ibid.

[8] A. Buchanan, ‘The Sources of the Wealth of The Clothworkers’ Company’, unpublished paper.