Whittington College


Whittington College
   On the east side of College Hill. North of St. Michael's Paternoster Church (O. and M. 1677-Elmes, 1831).
   Letters patent dated 3 H. VI. granting licence for the foundation of the Whityngton College in St. Michael's Paternosterchirche and the adjacent almshouse (Cal. P.R. 1422-29, p.259, and 1429-36, p.214).
   A vacant plot west of the almshouse with an open parlour adjoining and all the way leading by the north wall of St. Michael's church into the king's highway of " la Riole" enclosed to form the outer precinct of the almshouse, or to be used as a graveyard (ib. 2,5 and Ct. H.W. II. 457).
   The messuage built for the master of the college was situated in the Vintry ward between the high altar of the church of St Michael east, the tenement of the Skinners, and of Thos. Knolles west, and from Richard Whityngton's inn north to the lane called Chirche lane south (Cal. P.R. H. VI. 1429-36, pp.215-16).
   There seems some confusion here, the high altar must surely have been to the west and the Skinners tenement to the east.
   The College was dedicated to St. Spirit and St. Mary for a Master, 4 fellow-masters, clerk, etc., and an almshouse or hospital for 13 poor men. Suppressed Ed. VI. The Almshouses remained and were supported by the Mercers' Company (S. 244).
   Ordinances of the College set out in Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 4.
   The almshouses were removed to Highgate in 1808 and Mercers' School erected on the site, c. 1832.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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