Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Crosby Hall once home to Richard III

Sydney R Jones whilst walking and discoursing on "Beyond the walls, Lud Gate, and the Fleet Bridge, the ancient line of Fleet Street and the Strand contained more town houses of the clerics, and the nobility and the gentry".  ... between Fleet Street and Holborn were to be found the Inns of Chancery; Gray's Inn stood in rural surroundings; and the Bishops of Ely cultivated strawberries in their garden beside the beautiful fourteenth-century chapel at Ely Place, for did not Richard of Gloucester say:

"My Lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn, I saw good strawberries in your garden there."
Extract from Shakespeare's Richard III (page 65)

Then later on we have mention on Page 79 of Crosby Hall originally in Bishopsgate but removed to Chelsea in 1910:

"Enter two Murderers.
Gloucester: "But, soft! here come my executioners.
How now, my hardy stout resolved mates!
Are you now going to dispatch this deed?
When you have done, repair to Crosby Place."


Crosby Hall
 The Caption reads: "CROSBY HALL, BISHOPSGATE, 1908. The home of Sir John Crosby, Lord Mayor, Grocer, merchant, diplomat and ambassador, the man who rode north to welcome Edward IV at Ravenspur. Built in 1466, the Hall was lived in later by the Duke of Gloucester, afterwards Richard III, Sir Thomas More, Sir William Roper, Sir John Spencer, Mary Countess of Pembroke, and by ambassadors and servants of King's and Queen's. The drawing was made before the removal of the Hall to Chelsea in 1910. St Helen's Church, full of monuments of City worthies, shows in the background."   

Crosby Hall removed to Chelsea

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