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Abraham Goodwin of St Bride

Abraham Goodwin




St Bride

Researched by Henrietta Clarke

Abraham Goodwin was baptised in December 1669 at St Dunstan in the West. He was a plumber by trade, like his father Burhill (sometimes Buyill or Burrell).

Abraham was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1691-2 and took livery in 1706. He was employed as a plumber in the rebuilding of St Bride’s and was paid £25:17:71 for a delivery of lead for cramps on 17 May 1704.

In the same year Abraham was elected to do the plumbers work for Bridewell Royal Hospital which was located on the banks of the Fleet River, not far from St Bride’s.

Bridewell Hospital was established in 1553 to punish the disorderly poor and house homeless children in the City of London. Abraham was elected by the Court of Governors because “he [was] doing the same as well and as cheap as any other”.

He married Martha Grice from Sunbury in Middlesex in January 1699 in St Bride’s and was buried there in July 1743.

Burhill Goodwin (d. 1706/7)

His father, Burhill Goodwin, married to Hdnefret, supplied lead for St Bride’s in March 1673/4 for water tables, part of a gutter, and for flashes on the South side aisle of the Church. He died in about 1706/7 and is also buried at St Bride’s.


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