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[A Plan of the Property in St. Pauls' Church Yard showing the boundary between the land owned by the Bishop of London and the Mercers' Company]

[A Plan of the Property in St. Pauls' Church Yard showing the boundary between the land owned by the Bishop of London and the Mercers' Company]

Draughtsman: Baker, J.

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: Maps.Crace IX

Item number: 111

Length: 356

Width: 508

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: No scale given

This is a 1785 manuscript copy of a plan made in 1754. The line AB separates the land belonging to the Bishop of London and that of the Mercers' Company. The Mercers' were a City livery company that dealt in textiles. John Colet, the Dean of St Paul's, was also a freemason of the company. The livery companies were guilds of tradesmen that banded together to promote their interests. As these companies were intimately linked with trade they were capable of amassing great wealth. They often put this to charitable use. St Paul's school is an example of this benevolence. Located within the churchyard, 153 children received a free education here.

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