Salters' Hall

Salters' Hall
   On the west side of St. Swithin's Lane at No.10, south of New Court (P.O. Directory). In Walbrook Ward. The Hall of the Salters' Company.
   First mention: O. and M. 1677.
   In Leake's map, 1666, it is shown on the east side of Walbrook, a little north of its junction with Cannon Street. The original hall was in Bread Street and was in course of erection on land belonging to Thomas Beaumond, salter in 1457 at the time of his death, and called " Saltershalle." His will also mentions 6 houses newly erected in the parish of All Hallows (Ct. H.W. II. 534).
   This Hall on the east side of Bread Street was burnt 1539. New Hall with 6 almshouses erected 1559. In 1641 the Salters' Company purchased Oxford House with the garden and the advowson of St. Swithin's Church. The gardens were for a long period one of the sights of the City (L. and M. Arch. Soc. Trans. I. ii. p.195).
   Almshouses removed to Watford in I 863.
   Present Hall erected 1823-7. H. Carr, architect. Salters' Hall Chapel adjoined the Hall and was used as a chapel by the Presbyterians and other religious bodies until it was removed for the erection of the present Hall.
   The Hall, Garden, etc., occupies part of the site of the messuage known as Oxford Place (q.v.), the Prior of Tortington's Inn.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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