St. Augustine Papey
St Augustine Papey was a church on the south side of the city wall and opposite the north end of St. Mary Axe Street. The church dated from the twelfth century and in 1442 a fraternity of brothers was installed (Harben). The church and brotherhood were suppressed during the Reformation and Stow tells us the church was pulled down and houses built on the site (Stow).
Stow calls the church
a proper [i.e. appropriate or suitable for the task] house(Stow). Stow is, however, mistaken about the origin of the church’s name. He states it was named after the fraternity of poor brothers, or Papey. But the church was known as
Sci augustini pappeyin 1244, two hundred years before the fraternity’s installation (Harben). Modern scholars have suggested that
Papeywould have been a reference to San Pietro in Pavia (Papia), where the relics of St. Augustine were kept (Harben).
St. Augustine Papey is featured on the Agas map and bears the label
Papye.The church and its lands are clearly visible.
- Harben, Henry. A Dictionary of London. London: Henry Jenkins, 1918. British History Online. Reprint. Open.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. Ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. Reprint. British History Online. Subscription. [Kingsford edition, courtesy of The Centre for Metropolitan History. Articles written 2011 or later cite from this searchable transcription. In the in-text parenthetical reference (Stow; BHO), click on BHO to go directly to the page containing the quotation or source.]
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