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Henry Rouse of St Vedast

Henry Rouse




St Vedast

Researched by Nicky Scowen

Henry Rouse was born Edmond “Rosse” and baptised in St Katherine by the Tower. In 1645 he was apprenticed to the goldsmith Simon Urlyn and became a freeman in 1653.

Goldsmiths from 'Piazza Universale', by Tommaso Garzoni,1641, German Photo Library

Henry married Jane and had four children within four years who were all baptised in St Vedast’s. The family lived in Gutter Lane, which still exists today. Henry, who had several apprentices of his own, died of consumption (presumably tuberculosis) in 1676 and was buried in the vault of St Vedast’s.

His widow Jane was also a goldsmith with her own apprentices. She survived her husband by almost 30 years and when she died in 1703, she was buried with him in St Vedast’s.


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