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John Addey - Shipwright 1550-1606

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Master shipwright at HM Dockyard Deptford. He left 200 to the poor of Deptford which was invested in land on Church Street and provided an income to maintain schools. The Addey School was built here in 1821 and enlarged in 1862. It amalgamated with Dean Stanhope’s School and moved to New Cross Road in 1899.
Addey was buried in St Nicholas Church and there are plaques to him on the exterior north wall (see below).

The upper plaques reads:
Near this place rests the body of John Addey of this parish one of the King's master shipwrights who departed this world in assured hope of his ressurection the 16th April AD 1606 age 56. His tomb being demolished this stone was erected at the expense of the parish January 1788.

The lower plaques reads:

The above named
JOHN ADDEY
By his will gave to his executor
TWO HUNDRED POUNDS
To procure perpetual annuity towards the relief
of the poor people of Deptford
TO LAST FOREVER
Therewith was purchased
a piece of ground on the east side
of Church Street in this town
THE RENTS AND PROFITS
Arising therefrom and from the
buildings thereon
Exceed in this present year 1862
SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS
From this fund
Forty shillings each are annually given
To one hundred poor parishoners
of Deptford
And large schools for poor children
of the town are maintained
THIS TABLET
Was erceted by the trustees of the charity
To commemorate this good deed
Of a good man

In the lower corners shipwright' s tools are depicted. Above the inscription is a wooden ship.

The name and date of JOHN ADDEY is on a stone laying flat on the other side of the doorway.


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