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 were received later, but the one under which the company now acts is that of December 2, 1606.
In 1327, the freemen of the craft were limited in their abode to Walbrook, Cornhill, and Bridge Row, which might be designated as the locality of Cannon street near the Mansion House
In 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
, in 1628, states it was written from his house in St. Swithin's Lane, near London Stone.
states, in 1598, ‘This lane is replenished on both the sides with fair built houses.’
In 1624, Matthew Cradock
appears as one of the