Eminentcloathiers of this county.
[In this chapter there is a long “Digression of Cloathiers of other Counties,” full of curious matter, which is here necessarily omitted. - J. B.]
.. . Sutton of Salisbury, was an eminent cloathier: what is become of his family I know not.
[John] Hall, I doe believe, was a merchant of the
staple, at Salisbury, where he had many houses.
His dwelling house, now a taverne (1669), was on the
Ditch, where in the glasse windowes are many scutchions
of his armes yet remaining, and severall merchant markes.
Quaere, if there are not also wooll-sacks in the pannells
of glass? [Of this house and family the reader will
find many interesting particulars in a volume by my
friend the Rev. Edward Duke, of Lake House, near Amesbury.
Its title will explain the work, viz. “Prolusiones
Historicæ; or, Essays Illustrative of the Halle of
John Halle, citizen and merchant of Salisbury in the
reigns of Henry vi. and Edward iv.; with
Notes illustrative and explanatory. By the Rev.
Edward Duke, M.A., F.S.A., and L.S. in two vols. 8vo.
1837.” (Only one volume has been published.)
— J. B.]
The ancestor of Sir William Webb of Odstock, near Salisbury, was a merchant of the staple in Salisbury. As Grevill and Wenman bought all the Coteswold wooll, so did Hall and Webb the wooll of Salisbury plaines; but these families are Roman Catholiques.
The ancestor of Mr. Long, of Rood Ashton, was a very great cloathier. He built great part of that handsome church, as appeares by the inscription there, between 1480 and 1500.
[William] Stump was a wealthy cloathier at Malmesbury,
tempore Henrici viii. His father was the
parish clarke of North Nibley, in Gloucestershire,
and was a weaver, and at last grew up to be a cloathier.
This cloathier at Malmesbury, at the dissolution of
the abbeys, bought a great deale of the abbey lands
thereabout. When King Henry 8th hunted in Bradon
Forest, he gave his majesty and the court a great
entertainment at his house (the abbey). The King
told him he was afraid he had undone himself; he replied
that his own servants should only want their supper
for it. [See this anecdote also in Fuller’s
Worthies, Wiltshire. — J. B.] Leland sayes that
when he was there the dortures and other great roomes
were filled with weavers’ loomes. [The following
is the passage referred to (Leland’s Itinerary,
vol. ii. p. 27.) “The hole logginges of th’
abbay be now longging to one Stumpe, an exceeding
rich clothiar, that boute them of the king. This
Stumpe was the chef causer and contributor to have
th’ abbay chirch made a paroch chirch.
At this present tyme every corner of the vaste houses
of office that belongid to th’ abbay be full
of lumbes to weeve cloth yn, and this Stumpe entendith
to make a strete or 2 for cloathiers in the back vacant
ground of the abbay that is withyn the town waulles.
There be made now every yere in the town a 3,000 clothes.”
See “Memorials of the Family of Stumpe”,
by Mr. J. G. Nichols, in “Collectanea Topographica
et Genealogica”, vol. vii. — J. B.]