Drapers' Almshouses

Drapers' Almshouses
   1) On the west side of Cooper's Row (Elmes, 1831).
   Founded by Sir John Milborne, Draper, who was Mayor in 1521 (S. 150), and by him entrusted to the Drapers' Company.
   The date over the gate towards the street is 1535 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 78).
   Stow says they adjoined the east end of the conventual church of the Friars of the Holy Cross (S. 150), and Strype gives the dimensions (ib.).
   Shown on Rocque's map, 1746, as "Milborne's Almshouses."
   Removed to Tottenham about 1862, and the site in Cooper's Row now occupied by warehouses (Povah, p. 292).
   An interesting account of the almshouses is given in Trans. L. and M. Arch. Soc. III. 138.
   2) On the north side of Beech Lane, towards White Cross Street, in Cripplegate Ward Without (S. 304).
   Lately built by the Drapers for 8 poor widows of their own Company by the gift of the Lady Askew, widow of Sir Christopher Askew, Draper and Mayor, 1533 (ib.).
   Occupied nearly the whole of the north side of the Lane (Lockie, 1816).
   Taken down 1862, and new ones erected at Tottenham.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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