Downegate, or Dowgate Ward, on the street of the same name, stood Skinners' Hall, called Copped Hall, which was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666.
It was in this locality, in the south wall of St. Swithin's Church, that the London Stone was preserved for centuries.
A letter which Cradock wrote Endicott, in 1628, states it was written from his house in St. Swithin's Lane, near London Stone.
Stowe states, in 1598, This lane is replenished on both the sides with fair built houses.
In 1624, Matthew Cradock appears as one of the signers of a supplication of a generalty of the adventurers trading to the East Indies.
(E. I. papers, E. I. papers, p. 491,)
In 1628, he is named as one of the eight chief new adventurers to Persia and East Indies, and holding £ 2,000 of stock; and he served on committees of the company for several years.
In 1628, he, with Winthrop, Johnson, Dudley, Goffe, and Saltonstall, had joined with several from Dorset and Devon in the planting of that par