Named after the inquest juries that met in them “to enquire into matters of parish or ward concern” (L&M). One such was St Sepulchre-without-Newgate.
A description of the career of the Quest House at St Giles, Cripplegate
The parish church of St. Sepulchre's was known as St. Sepulchre's in the Bailey. The Quest House was rebuilt by Dr. William Bell, vicar from 1662 to 1683. Strype writes of this: "A new house, free to Dr. Bell's successors, with a yard thereto. The use of a parlour, kitchen, and washhouse under the Quest-house that belonged to the parish for the said Bell's time, he being at the trouble to build it, and brought £200 towards it; the use thereof reserved to the parish on public occasions of quest or burials."
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.