On This Day in Trinity House History – 18 June


Samuel Pepys has a good night with the Elder Brethren

Samuel Pepys’ diary:

“By barge to Stepney with my Lord (Sandwich), where at Trinity House we had great entertainment; with my Lord there went Sir W Pen, Sir H Wright, Hetley, Creed, Pierce Hill, I and other servants.”



The Elder Brethren attend to the discord among the almspeople at Deptford

Trinity House Court Minute:

“The Elder Brethren then present were desired by the Master that everyone of them would betwixt this and Saturday next consider what was requisite to add to the By lawes of the Corporacon, The Master Wardens and Brethren having been informed that there is not that love and good agreement amongst theire Almswomen at Deptford as ought to bee.

And the reason to be in regard five of the said Almespeople have but five shillings per month and the other seaven hath ten shillings per month wch. hath caused animosities and undervalluing one another.

To prevent wch. and that they may live as they ought to doe in love and peace, It is thought fit and ordered, That those five new Almeswomen who recd, formerly five shillings a Month shall for the future tyme receive ten shillings a Month as the other seaven doe, and soe in all gifts and payments according to custome or otherwise, there be an equall proporcon amongst them,

Ordered, That they have notice thereof and be admonished to live together in love and peace as is meett they should least the offenders doe incurre the displeasure of this House.”

Trinity House almshouses at Deptford

Trinity House almshouses at Deptford



On This Day in Trinity House History – 15 June


An Act of Parliament, the surveying of ships, income for London’s poor, work at the Ballast office and rent collecting in Southwark

Trinity House Court Minute:

“Ordered, That ColI. Thomas Middleton, Capt. John Limbery, Capt. Brian Harrison and Capt. Thos White doe take Mr. Ward with them to Serjeant Maynard to advise with him for the procuring of an Act of Parliament for the confirming of the purchase the Corporacon had taken from Mr. Christopher Merrick.

Ordered, That Captain Daniel Gates, Captain Tho. Harman, Captain William Haddock & Captain James Talbott doe take care of the surveying of all ships as well English as Strangers and to present every Saturday to the Wardens as well the Burthen as the number of the said ships that shall come into the said River of Thames.

Ordered, That Capt. Edmund Grove and Capt. John Proud doe take the care of delivering out the Junck to poor people, and also to receive the Oakum from them paying them for their labour And further to sell the said Oakum when occasion presents, and to take a young man to assist them.

Ordered, That the foure Wardens and their Deputies together wth. Sir William Batten and Captain Brian Harrison doe take the care of the Ballasting business and Refunders, and that they shall take advise and Counsell therein as they shall thinke fit and necefsary wch. charge is to be allowed by the Corporacon.

Capt. Thos. White was desired to goe along wth. the Clerke to receive the Rents of the Corporacon in Southwarke, and to observe what repairs are needfull.”

Plenty of work for the Elder Brethren of Trinity House to be getting on with, then.

The purchase from Christopher Merrick referred to in the first order is the land at Southwark that the Corporation’s Newington Estate would be later built on; the rents paid by the tenants of that estate would be a great benefit to the Corporation’s charitable works from that time to the present day. Today, the area has been refurbished and is now known as Trinity Village, a leafy, tranquil residential enclave in an historical conservation area a stone’s throw from the vibrant and increasingly fashionable London SE1.

The manual processing of “junck” (junk) for oakum refers to the old practice of untwisting lengths of used ship’s rope (junk) to salvage reusable materials.

On This Day in Trinity House History – 2 June


Almswoman Ms. Barman is asked to cease her ‘irregular’ behaviour

Trinity House Board Minute:

“Complaints being made to the Board by the Deputy Master and other brethren who have lately visited our Almshouses at Deptford, that Anne Barman, one of our almswomen there is addicted to drinking and behaves Irregularly, and she having been ordered to attend the board thereon, she attended accordingly, and being severely reprimanded for the same with threats of dismission in case of farther misbehaviour, four shillings a month was ordered to be stopped from her pay till farther orders and her better behaviour.”

Trinity House almshouses at Deptford

Trinity House almshouses at Deptford