London, England

1574 – Elianora PRYOR, wife of Anthony PRYOR, from the dominion of Philip, King of Spain. 5 Jan 1575 – Pat., 17 Eliz., p. 4, m. 3 (Letters of Denization and Acts of Naturalization for Aliens in England, 1509-1603, William Page, Huguenot Society of London, 1893 – Aliens). Ellini Pryor buried 3 Mar 1574 at St Nicholas Acons in London, wife of Anthony PRYOR (parish register)

1740 Christening
– Baptism of Richard PRIOR son of Richard PRIOR and wife Hannah on 17 Oct 1740

1751 – Last Thursday Evening about seven o’clock, a Coach and Four, in which were a Mr. Prior, a Tanner in Long Lane, Southwark, and his wife, and a young Gentleman and his Bride, who had been at Eltham to be married that Day, was on their Return to Town attached on Blackheath by a single Highwayman, who presented a Pistol into the Coach, demanding their Money and Watches, on which Mr. Prior and the Bridegroom put their Watches into his Hat, three Guineas and some Silver, with which he rode off, without making any Demands of the Ladies.
The Derby Mercury, 29th March 1751

1760 Marriage – Robert Rix of Bunhill Row to Miss Nancy Pryor of Spitalfields (The Public Advertiser on 3 Oct 1760)

1765 Death – “On Thursday last died of the Small Pox, Miss PRIOR, Daughter of Mr. PRIOR, an eminent Turner near Hungerford Market in the Strand.” (The Public Advertiser, 28 Oct 1765)

1765 Resident in Bloomsbury, London
– “Early on Saturday Morning last the Compting House of Mr. PRIOR, an eminent Master Builder, in Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury, who is principally concerned in rebuilding the said Street, was broke open by some Villains, who stole from thence in Cash and Notes to the Amount of 70l.” (The Public Advertiser, London, 29 July 1765)

1765 Death – On Monday Jacob Prior, one of the oldest Pilots on the River, was found hanging in a Garret at his House in Black-lion court, Ratcliff Highway. He had been observed to be disordered in his senses for some Months past, and was lately discharged out of Prison, where he had been confined near a Twelvemonth for debt.
The Public Advertiser, 27 February 1765

1766 News ArticleMr. PRIOR an emminent turner opposite Hungerford Market in Strand, detected a fellow with his hand in his pocket at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane, on which he seized him, when some of he gang came up and knocked Mr. PRIOR down and beat him so terribly, that he narrowly escaped being killed. One of the gang is known by the name of the Fighting Jew. (The Public Advertiser, 25 Jun 1766. A turner is a wood worker. Hungerford Market was near Charing Cross.)

1790 Advertisement – Cloth, furnishings sold by W. PRYOR at 96 New Bond Street (the Times, 12 May 1790)

1798 Notice – St. Clement Danes, a charity drive, church wardens William Bird and Richard PRIOR. (The Times, London, 16 Feb. 1798. St. Clement Danes is located in The Strand in London.)

1802 Marriage – Thomas Marlborough PRYOR, esq. to Miss Hannah Hoare, daughter of Samuel Hoare of Hampstead Heath (Jackson’s Oxford Journal, Dec 4, 1802. Thomas Marlborough Pryor was the son of John and Martha Pryor in Baldock, Hertfordshire. His birth and death are recorded in Quaker records.)

1803 – 1817Thomas Marlborough Pryor in found in London Metropolitan Archives: City of London. Thomas and Robert Pryor of Shoreditch were brewers at the Bell Brewhouse which they insured via the Sun Fire company (

January 1812 – Thieves attempted to rob the shop of Richard PRYOR in Southwark, London. His female servant’s deposition stated a Mr. Seight was a lodger. Pryor had sat down to dinner with the husband of his housekeeper Sarah Wilkins. (The Gentleman’s Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, Volume 82, Part 1, published 1812)

1812 Murder – Williamson’s murder. Thomas Pryor, a lame man, was apprehended on suspicion of having been concerned in that atrocious transaction. The Prisoner is known to have Lodge at Williamson’s on the Wednesday night before the murder was committed, and 410 nights before. He was seen passing over London Bridge at an early hour on the morning afterwards. He was traced to have slept at a house and Noah’s Ark Court, Stonegate, one night, he was put into a room in which two other young men, named Harris and Colton, slept, which he left unperceived buy them before Daybreak, and on waking they found their pockets emptied on what money they contained. He is detained on suspicion of this robbery, as well as on suspicion of being concerned in the murders. Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle, February 3rd 1812

1814 Residence – Notice of Free Hold estate sale of 7 Bell Street, Paddington, Mr. PRIOR tenant at will. (The Times, 1 Mar 1814)

1818 DeathWilliam Thomas Prior age 8, the only son of William PRIOR, esq., brewery, Islington. (The Times, London, 20 Oct. 1818)

1818 Marriage Samuel Prior Esq. of Blackheath to Harriet, third daughter of timothy Stansfield, Esq of Field House, New Cross.
Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 17th January, 1818

1821 Death – Thomas Marlborough PRYOR, 44 of Hampstead. (The Annual Monitor (Quaker) and in Jackson’s Oxford Journal, March 10, 1821. See 1802 marriage)

1822Isaac Prior and Thomas Adams were idicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Cockerton, at Sutton, on the night of October, and stealing a fowling-piece, a large quantity of pork, some cheese and other food; and William Prior was indicted for receiving the fowing-piece, knowing it to have been stolen (the article states that the stolen goods were found in the thatch of William’s roof)
The Morning Chronicle 13th December 1822

1826 Workplace – A notice placed for the Spitalfields Soup Society, submitt subscriptions to William S. PRYOR, 23 Broad Street and 26 Steward Street, Spitalfields. (The Times, London, 24 Mar 1826. This appears to be a charitable organization to feed the poor)

1826 Baptism – Eleanor PRIOR daughter of Edward PRIOR and Sarah Mann Prior at All Hallows Church. (The family is on the 1841 Census in St. Luke’s parish, Finsbury, Middlesex)

1835 “Repairs of Blackfriars Bridge” – “Yesterday the Blackfriars-bridge Committee accompanied by several fo the aldermen, deputies aof the ward, and high officers of the corporation, proceeded from the Guildhall to the bridge, for the purpose of laying the first stone of the repairs… Soon after 12o’clock the ceremony was commended in the coffer-dam, which had been properly fitted up for the purpose, and Mr. Jonathan PRIOR, the chairman of the committee, assisted by mr. Walker, the engineer, proceeded to go through the ncessary details.” (The Times, London, 15 Jan 1835)

1844 A Paving Debate – A court of Sewers and Paving for the city of London was held at Guildhall. The debate was over stone vs. wood paving. Mr. Jonathan PRIOR was for wood paving. (The Times London, 16 May 1844)

1850 Bankruptcy – A silversmith, John William PRIOR of 67 Newington-Causeway.

1854 DeathMartin Pryor died on 13 Jan 1854. He lived at 36 Upper Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, London. He was 85 years old (The Times, London, 17 Jan 1854)

1857 Coal BusinessEdward PRIOR and Alfred PRIOR, bringing coal to London by the Great Northern Railway. Their offices were at 23 Platt Terrace, Kings Cross. (This may be the same Alfred Prior who declared bankruptcy in 1859 – see Nothinghamshire. The Times, London, 3 Dec 1857)