Bermondsey: Its Historic Memories and Associations

Bermondsey: Its Historic Memories and Associations

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It was first published in 1900, and has recently been republished by FamLoc.

Bermondsey, its Historic Memories and Associations, by Edward T. Clarke

This a republication of Edward T. Clarke’s 1900 original.
This book has much information on Bermondsey Abbey, Bermondsey House, Queen Elizabeth, and men of influence, but it must be said it has relatively little modern or social history. That said, it is a valuable introduction to the history of Bermondsey.
For most of its history Bermondsey lay in the county of Surrey. In 1889 it became part of the expanding County of London. In 1900, along with Rotherhithe and a small part of Deptford, it formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey. In 1965 the borough became part of the London Borough of Southwark, although the district of Bermondsey still exists.
There have been the inevitable changes to format and punctuation, especially regarding the many quotations, but the grammar and prose has been faithfully retained, other than changes to one or two typographical errors and the very few instances where clarity was required.

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Chapters and Contents of Bermondsey: Its Historic Memories and Associations:

Chapter I
Ancient Bermondsey – Remarkable events and famous residents – The Monastery – Power and dignity of the Priors and Abbots.

Chapter II
The Benedictines – Character of mediaeval monasticism – Bermond­sey in Domesday Book – Foundation of the Monastery – Arrival of the French monks – Petreius, the first Prior of Bermondsey.

Chapter III
The Cluniacs – Growing importance of the Monastery – Death of Robert of Mortain, Earl of Cornwall – Earl William – The “Rood of Grace” – Dream of Henry the First – The Earl of Mortain becomes a monk of Bermondsey.

Chapter IV
The early Norman Kings and Bermondsey – Bounty of King Stephen – Henry the Second – Prior Henry Swansey – King John – St. Thomas’s Hospital – The Monastic School.

Chapter V
Henry the Third – The Crusaders – Edward the First – Sequestration of the Priory by Edward the Second – Attack on the Alien Priories under Edward the Third – The King appoints the first English Prior – Richard the Second – Naturalization of the Priory, and erection into an Abbey.

Chapter VI
The Abbey of St. Saviour – Critical circumstances of the time – Thomas Thetford, third Abbot – His suit against the King – The Monastery under his sway – Avocations of the monks – The Abbey Church.

Chapter VII
Abbot John Bromleigh – Guardian of Katherine of Valois – Compila­tion of the “Annales de Bermundeseia”

Chapter VIII
Abbot John de Marlow – Officiates at the funeral of Edward the Fourth, and entertains Elizabeth Woodville – His “indenture” with Henry the Seventh – Robert Wharton or Parfew, last Abbot of Bermondsey – Becomes Bishop of St. Asaph, subse­quently of Hereford – Surrender and dissolution of the Monas­tery.

Chapter IX
The “New Men” of the Tudor regime – Sir Thomas Pope a type of these – His early success – Favour of Henry the Eighth and Sir Thomas More – Clerk of the Briefs in the Star Chamber – Clerk of the Crown – Warden of the Mint – Knighted, and made Privy Councillor – Treasurer of the Court of Augmentations – His share of the monastic spoils – He builds Bermondsey House, and founds Trinity College, Oxford – Guardian of the Princess Elizabeth at Hatfield House – His death.

Chapter X
The Ratcliffes, Earls of Sussex – Earl Henry protects the Princess Elizabeth – Earl Thomas – His devotion to Elizabeth – Appointed Viceroy of Ireland – His difficulties and contest with Shane O’Neill – The Earl urges the marriage of the Queen – Disputes with Leicester – Embassy to Vienna – Lord Sussex makes Ber­mondsey House his town residence – The Northern rebellion – Sussex invades Scotland – Visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ber­mondsey House – Death and character of the Earl.

Chapter XI
Growth of Bermondsey – Leather industry – The seventeenth century – A Cromwellian legend – Pepys – St. Mary Magdalen’s Church and the Rectors of Bermondsey – Jamaica Row Chapel and James Janeway – Townsend, Mason, Watson, and the Deaf and Dumb School – Bacon’s Free School – Bermondsey Spa – Curtis’s botanic garden – Joanna Southcott – Loyal Bermondsey Volun­teers – Mr. G. W. Phillips, the historian of Bermondsey, and Mr. Garland Phillips, the Missionary Martyr of Tierra del Fuego.

Chapter XII
Manufacturing Bermondsey – Eminent representatives of the leather trade – Churches, schools, and public institutions – The new Municipality – Importance of cultivating local history.

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