Seems Rev. Thomas Meriton was out of work in 1667:
It is not known why the church is called Cole Abbey, but Stow attributes this potentially to its exposed site, i.e. 'Cold Bay'; another explanation is that it is corruption of 'Cold Harbor' or a shelter for travelers. The pre-Fire church was ancient, the main body predating the tower and south aisle which were built in 1377 by a benefactor named Buckland who restored the building, extending it over adjacent property. The church contained monuments from early C14th and by the C16th the church was below the surrounding ground-level, which had been raised in the interim.
Other works were carried out to Cole Abbey in 1628 and 1630.
Patronage of Cole Abbey had belonged to the Dean and Chapter of St. Martin-le-Grand until Henry VII granted it to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster.
Cole Abbey devolved to the Crown upon the Dissolution whereupon it was assigned to various families, including that of Colonel Francis Hacker, who commanded the guard that led King Charles to the scaffold and who was later executed after the Restoration, when the Crown once again took possession of the church.
Cole Abbey was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
In 1677 a new and larger church by Wren was, according to Strype, the first to be completed after the Fire. At that time the parish joined with that of St. Nicholas Olave.
In 1874 further works were undertaken to St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, including an overthrow of the gateway to Queen Victoria Street with a statue of St. Nicholas, later moved to the Vestry. The corn-ship weathervane on the steeple was erected here when St. Michael Queenhithe was sold and demolished in 1875 …
For more, see
which includes a photo of the current Wren church
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.