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  Commemorative Plaque dedicated to Henry Tooley
by Airpunk

Favorite thing: Henry Tooley (in Tudor times, males were always named Henry, Thomas or William ? but for some reason never Richard?) was another powerful businessman of Tudor Ipswich. He is best known for his almshouses in foundation street. These were built around 1561, ten years after his death, to give accomodation to the poor and helpless of the city. Several inscriptions dedicated to Tooley can be seen on the walls of the houses, but the largest and best know is the one facing the street with following text: ?In powerfull Silence lett great Toolie rest
Whose charitable Deeds bespeak him blest?.

It is not known how much Mr. Tooley had the benefit of the poor in mind rather than his own. One of the requirements for getting a place in the almhouses was to go to nearby St. Mary at the Quay twice a day and pray for the soul of Mr. Tooley. Missing one of the prayers for the third time was a reason to throw you and your family out of the houses. There are still requirements to enter the houses, such as having been an Ipswich resident for a certain time. The prayers for Mr. Tooley are not among them anymore?

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  • Written Jan 1, 2009
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