grandfather of Matthew, the governor, is given as William, gent.
merchant of the Staple of Carmarthen, 1597, which is manifestly wrong.
In the will of Governor Cradock he gives to the poor of the parish of St. Peter-le-Poor in Broad Street, where I served my apprenticeship, £ 40 sterling.
The church of St. Peter-le-Poor is situated on the western side of Old Broad street, nearly opposite the south corner of where the Excise Office stood in the last century.
The church dates back to 1181, and is said to have received its name from the poor and mean inhabitants that anciently lived there, but in Cradock's time many people of wealth resided there.
It was in this locality that Governor Cradock passed several years of his youth, amongst the apprentices of the Skinners Company.
While the curriers had to do with the tanning of hides and skins for shoes, etc., the skinners had to do with skins valuable for their fur. Their first charter is dated March 1, 1327-8, and others wer