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But who is this?—O, my daughter Cis ;
On pain o' your life: she's an honest cook's wife,
Next in the trace, comes Gambol in place;
My son Hercules, tane, out of Distaff-lane,
Now Post and Pair, old Christmas's heir,
Next in a trice, with his box and his dice,
Brings Mumming in; and the knave will win,
But New-year's gift of himself makes shift,
With orange on head, and his gingerbread,
This, I you tell, is our jolly Wassel,
And for Twelfth-night more meet too : She works by the ell, and her name is Nell, And she dwells in Threadneedle-street too.
+ Scalding-alley, Stow says, was so called, as " nearest to the most ancient denomination thereof, which was 'Scalding House,' alias' Scalding-wike,' and Scalding-lane, as appeareth by good records extant, of two hundred years continuance." Ibid. p. 470. It was near the present Mansion House. Peneriteh-street was a short avenue, connecting Bucklersbury with St. Swithin's Lane..
Then Offering, he, with his dish and his tree,
Last, Baby cake, that an end doth make
CLOTHWORKERS' COMPANY, AND HALL.
THE Clothworker's Company, though a very ancient Guild, was not incorporated till the year 1482, when Edward the IVth granted the members his letters patent, by the style of "The Fraternity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Sheermen of London;" but this appellation was changed on their re-incorporation by Queen Elizabeth, to that of "The Master, Wardens, and Commonalty, of Freemen of the Art and Mystery of Clothworkers of the City of London." Elizabeth's Charter was confirmed by Charles the First, in the year 1634. This Company is governed by a Master, four Wardens, and a Court of about forty Assistants. Its Members possess considerable estates, both in their own right, and in trust for charitable purposes, their annual expenditure for which is stated at about £1,500.
CLOTHWORKERS' HALL is a small building, principally of red brick, on the east side of Mincing Lane, Fenchurch Street; the front is ornamented with four fluted columns, crowned with Corinthian capitals, of stone, and supporting a frieze and cornice. The Hall
is a lofty apartment, wainscotted to the ceiling, which is richly stuccoed with compartments of fret-work, and other ornaments. The arms of England, of the City, and Company, and of various Masters and benefactors, are exhibited in large compartments, of richly-coloured glass, in the windows. The screen is of oak, with four pilasters of the Corinthian order, supporting an entablature, and compass pediment. At the upper end of the Hall are carved statues, as large as life, of James the First, and Charles the First, in their royal robes.*
DECAPITATION OF LADY JANE GREY.
THE misfortunes and early fate of this accomplished lady, whose enforced assumption of a few days' sovereignty was expiated upon a scaffold, still excites a commiserating sigh from the feeling heart. She was beheaded on the green within the Tower, on the 12th of February, 1554. Her Christian resignation and heroism, in the last moments of life, have been often alluded to by historians; and that their eulogiums are not overcharged, will be seen by the following extracts. In Howes' "Chronicle," is this passage:
This Lady being nothing at all abashed, neither with feare of her owne death, which then approached, neither
The Clothworkers' arms are, sable, a chevron, ermine, be tween two habicks, in chief, and a thistle in base, proper: crest, a ram, passant; supporters, griffins, spotted sable: motto, "My trust is in God alone." The arms were granted by Thomas Benoilt, Clarencieux, in 1530; the crest and supporters by Robert Cooke, Clarencieux, in 1587.