Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 539—January, 1697.
An order to the churchwardens of St. James' to raise £120 to repave the highways from "Pickadilly to High Parke Corner," over against the church and churchyard, from east to west on the north side of the church, 47 feet in length and 32 feet in breadth; in Jermyn Street, from the west to the east corner of the churchyard wall, 159 feet in length and 20 feet in breadth; further eastward to the channel running at the east end of the church, 100 feet, and from the church wall to the denter stone, 31 feet; and from without the pale at the east end and south-east corner of the church northwards to the rector's house, 99 feet in length and 6 feet in breadth. (Reference to the order made 23 June, 1692) (p. 22)
Order for the churchwardens of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields to raise £230 for the repair of the highways, especially the highways and pavement before the old churchyard in St. Martin's Lane, 250 yards; in Church Lane, 326 yards; belonging to the new churchyard, 69 yards; at the watch-house at the upper end of Hedge Lane, 444 yards; at the almshouses in the parish of St. Anne, 116 yards. Mason's work is to be done in Church Lane, broad stone paving, 785 feet; at the two doors at the east end of the church, 190 feet; the pavement in the old churchyard leading from the school house to the north end of the rails at the steeple, and from thence towards St. Martin's Lane, 960 feet; the pavement along by the stone stumps on the west side of the old churchyard, and the pavement leading from thence to the middle door at the west end, 935 feet; the stone steps leading from the old churchyard into St. Martin's Lane, 270 feet; and the pavement and steps going up to the Lords' gallery on the south side of the church, 106 feet. (p. 23)
Sessions Book 540—January, 1697.
Order in a dispute between the parishes of Great Missenden, county Bucks, and St. Andrew's, Holborn, concerning the settlement of Anne Maseham, wife of Charles Maseham, a soldier, and her young child (p. 25)
Order for the churchwardens of the parish of St. James', Westminster, to pay Ann Cantwell, now a prisoner in the Marshalsea, the sum of 20/for the maintenance of herself and her child, and also the arrears of her pension of 4/- a week (p. 26)
Order for the discharge of Elizabeth Offley from her apprenticeship to Anne Morelli, of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, mantua-maker, upon proof that the said Anne Morelli was and is married to Alcibiades Morelli, and the indenture of apprenticeship is void, being for four years only (p. 28)
Order, revoking an order dated 7 December last, whereby Henry Lawley, esquire, treasurer of the moneys for repairing Chertsey and other bridges in the county, was directed to pay a certain sum of money to Simon Harcourt, esquire (p. 29)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Botolph Without, Aldgate, and St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, concerning the settlement of Susan Lewis, widow of Richard Lewis, and her three children (p. 30)
Order for Captain Abel Weeks, keeper of the New Prison at Clerkenwell, to pay to Richard Parrott, governor of the House of Correction, and Phœbe Rawbone, matron there, arrears of payments due to them (p. 33)
Order for John Hardreet, of the parish of St. Pancras, to be discharged from serving the office of surveyor of the highways of the said parish, upon proof that he was fined for the said office about two years ago. Richard Cooper nominated in his place (ibid.)
Order for certain Justices to inspect the leases and grants of the dwellinghouse and ground adjoining to New Prison, Clerkenwell, and to view the ground and premises, and to set out what part of the orchard and garden they find of right belongs to the dwelling-house (ibid.)
Order for William Robbins, convicted of trespass, to be whipped at a cart's tail, from Smithfield Bars to the pound at the upper end of John Street, and to pay a fine of 3/4, and to remain in Newgate Prison till he has paid the said fine, and the fees, 17/6 (p. 35)
Order for certain Justices to inquire as to the sums of money due to Mr. Tyton, expended by him in the prosecution of Richard Latchfield, in the Court of King's Bench. [Vide Sessions Book 537, p. 43] (p. 36)
Order in the case of Isaac Adams and the parish of Hornsey. The said Adams had lately come to reside there "with about sixty poor children," which children were the "inventory" of Sir Thomas Rowe, deceased; and the Court, fearing that such might become chargeable to the said parish, directs Adams to furnish a list of names of all the said children and of the parishes from which they came, and to give sufficient security to indemnify the parish of Hornsey from the charge of maintaining and providing for the said children, or for any others to be subsequently brought to Adams; their names and addresses are to be furnished by Adams to the parish of Hornsey within one month of their arrival. Power is also given to the parish to inspect, from time to time, Adams' house and its inmates (ibid.)
Order for Reginald Toogood, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, gentleman, who has a plentiful estate, to provide for his daughter —— Lindsey, wife of —— Lindsey, who has been deserted by her husband, and become chargeable to the said parish (ibid.)
Sessions Book 541—February, 1697.
Order that two of the Justices, James Cardrow and Henry Nelthorp, examine what rents are in arrear for houses or grounds held under the trustees of the county, and to "appoint a demand" thereof (p. 25)
Order that the Clerk of the Peace (Simon Harcourt) or the Crier (Hayford Wainwright) do pay to Paul Cowley £3 in part payment for carpenter's work in building presses for the records. The two Justices named in the last order are to inspect the bill, and report to the next Court. [Vide Sessions Book 532, p. 40] (ibid.)
Cross indictments having been preferred between Thomas Howcroft, glassgrinder, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and Percival Ludgate, yeoman, scavenger and other scavengers for assault, and Thomas Howcroft having been convicted, the parties agreed to refer the dispute to Thomas Stibbs, churchwarden of the parish, and Robert Moor, bookseller, of St. Clements. The Court orders John Morley, one of the Justices, to determine the matter in case of any further difference (ibid.)
Order that the warrant of distress against Dr. Charles Goodall and Mr. Thomas Walker, of the Charterhouse, for non-payment of poor rate in the parish of St. Sepulchre, stand over till the next Quarter Sessions; their appeal against the rate to be then heard (ibid.)
Order that Mr. John Rolfe is to keep possession of a small garden plot adjoining the New Prison at Clerkenwell, at such rent, &c., as Mr. Ryder, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Mundy, and Mr. Cardrow, or two of them shall think fit (p. 27)
Order suspending John Travers from being beadle of the hamlet of Ratcliffe, for extorting 14/- from John Neave under pretence of procuring for him an alehouse license. A new beadle to be appointed (ibid.)
Report of three of the Justices—Martin Ryder, Joseph Herbert, and James Mundy—on the lease granted 16 February, 1673–4, to Captain Thomas Jones, deceased, late keeper of the New Prison, of the dwelling-house and ground adjoining the prison. They say that the house erected by Jones was not granted him by the lease, but give no opinion as to how or to whom the orchard and garden should be disposed. [Vide Sessions Book 540, p. 34] (p. 29)
Sessions Book 542—April, 1697.
Order that a rate be made for the relief of the poor of the parish of St. Margaret, as in the year 1696. The churchwardens, &c., set forth that they have been obliged to take up, at interest, several hundred pounds, as the poor are "abundantly increased," and there is still owing above £1,600 (p. 19)
Sessions Book 543—April, 1697.
Memorandum of the appointment of treasurers for the maimed and wounded, for the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and Hospitals in the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton and Gore, Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth.
Complaint of the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Martin's-in-theFields, that 35 scavengers (named) had been duly elected on Easter Tuesday for the several divisions of the parish, but that they were obstructed in the execution of their duty by nine others (named), who claimed to have been elected scavengers on Easter Monday. The Court ordered that the election made on Easter Tuesday should stand (p. 38)
Order discharging Samuel Rowe from his apprenticehood with George Owen, mariner, formerly of Portsmouth, but now beyond the seas. The mother complained that her son had been enticed and "trepanned" by Owen, and that the indentures had been signed at a scrivener's near Hermitage Bridge, St. Catherine's, without her knowledge or consent (p. 40)
Order for William Friend to be discharged from being scavenger of the hamlet of Limehouse, on the ground that he is assessor and collector of the tax upon the Capitation Act. Edward Fortescue appointed (p. 41)
The appeal of the churchwardens, &c., of Wapping, against a Justices' order settling the three small children of John Brewman in their parish, is allowed by the Court, and order made to return the children to the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell (ibid.)
Order to the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Hornsey to make a rate for the repair of the high road leading from Hornsey Lane at Highgate, towards Finchley Common, and another high road leading from Kingsland to Newington Town (p. 45)
Order for Francis Davis to serve as constable in the parish of Hanworth, in the place of Ralph Wingfield, who represents to the Court that he has been constable for over a twelvemonth, and that there has been no court leet held for the election of another constable (p. 47)
The appeal of the churchwardens against a Justices' order passing Elizabeth Fulford and two children into the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell, allowed, and order made for the said persons to be returned to Hackney (ibid.)
The appeal of the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Dunstan's-inWest, against a Justices' order passing Alice Rudyard, a female infant, into their parish is allowed by the Court, and the removal of the said infant back to the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, is ordered (p. 49)
Order to certain Justices to take the account of Sir James Smith, as treasurer of the maimed soldiers and mariners for the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore for the year 1695. For so many guineas as Sir James received of Mr. Herbert at 25/- apiece, he is to be allowed for the same at the same rate in his account; and for twenty-two guineas and a half, which he received from the high constables he is to be allowed at the rate of 30/- each guinea. Sir James is to pay the balance to Alexander Pitfield, the present treasurer (p. 50)
Order on the appeal of Dr. Goodall and Mr. Walker against being rated for the relief of the poor of the parish of St. Sepulchre; they represented that they lived in Sutton's Hospital, alias the Charterhouse, and were officers of the same, and not liable for any rates for the relief of the poor. The Court now discharges the order for superseding the warrant of distress to enable the parties to settle the matter by "trial at law" (p. 53)
Certain Justices appointed to examine the accounts of Manassah Landor and Hugh Bishop, overseers for the liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster, in the Strand, for the year 1695, with authority to make any necessary orders for reimbursing Landor and Bishop the money due to them on those accounts. (ibid.)
The Court orders the payment of £3 1s. 8d., lost by the insolvency of William Hembrick, late high constable of the Tower Division, and collected by him on the rate for the repair of a part of Chertsey Bridge, and other bridges, to Henry Hawley, the treasurer of the bridge money (p. 54)
Order for Thomas Nixon, churchwarden, of Friern Barnet, to attend the next Court, and answer for his contempt in not paying 6s. 8d., assessed on his parish towards the damages recovered by Richard Norton against the hundred of Ossulton, for a robbery (p. 55)
Order for Benjamin Noble, gentleman, treasurer of the moneys for the relief of prisoners in the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and other hospitals for the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore, to pay the money he has received by rate to the Clerk of the Peace (Mr. Harcourt) (ibid.)
The petition of Henry Downes, about money claimed by him from the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. John's, Wapping, for the nursing of Henry Smith, a poor child, was discharged by the Court, on the ground that the child had been put out to nurse without the knowledge of the churchwardens, &c., of Wapping Parish (p. 63)
Sessions Book 544—May And June, 1697.
Order to the head constable and petty constables, &c., of the hundred of Gore to prevent the concourse of disorderly persons at Burrows Green, Hendon, in Whitsun week, assembling there under pretence of holding a fair (ibid.)
Order to two of the Justices—Colonel Pery and Mr. Withers—to examine the accounts of Samuel Cambray, John Field, and Andrew Haydon, late scavengers for the liberty of Whitecross Street, St. Giles, Cripplegate, who claim from the parish £6 which they could not collect by reason of the poverty and removal of the persons from whom the money is due; the Justices to take such action as they deem fitting (p. 36)
Copy of an order to the Justices of the Peace for the county from the Privy Council, Whitehall, dated June 17, 1697, demanding an account of what has been done concerning papists and disaffected persons, and the writers and printers of false and seditious news (p. 37)
On the petition of the overseers of the parish of Heston, the Court recommended that two of the Justices living in or near Heston should grant a warrant to levy a distress upon the goods of Dr. Nicholas Barbone, for the non-payment of £15 for the relief of the poor (p. 39)
Order of reference to Mr. Pitfield and Mr. Withers, two of the Justices, to examine who is the reputed father of a bastard child of Elizabeth Bates; and to take order for indemnifying the parish of Shoreditch, and the payment of Mary Bishop, for the maintenance of Elizabeth Bates and her child, (p. 40)
Order referring the accounts of John Cannon, William Brant, and Edward Bunker, constables, and Samuel Weedon and Rathnall Ranson headboroughs, all of Harrow Parish, to four of the Justices for settlement. (p. 46)
Sessions Book 545—July, 1697.
Proceedings upon the petition of the churchwardens and surveyors of the highways in St. Anne's Parish, within the liberty of Westminster, which shows that the repairs for the ensuing year cannot be sufficiently done at a lower charge than £80, and prays that an assessment be made to defray the charges of the same. Ordered accordingly. Full instructions concerning the levying and collecting of the said tax are given; 880 yards of the said highways and pavements are to be repaired, "with paviour's work, in rough paving," viz.: 871 yards at the east and west ends of the parish church of St. Anne's aforesaid, and 9 yards at the north side of the said church, (p. 21)
Sessions Book 546—July, 1697.
Order to the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Kensington to erect a watch-house and whipping-post in the most convenient place; at the rebuilding of the church, "and making the churchyard and passages thereto more large and convenient," the watch-house and whipping-post had been removed (p. 41)
Order to the churchwardens, &c., of St. Mary's, Islington, to make a rate to reimburse John Lawrence, yeoman, late constable for the liberty of St. John of Jerusalem, £6 11s. 2d. expended in passing cripples, &c., as he is "in debt and in danger of being arrested" (p. 42)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Mary, Islington, to make a rate for the repair of the highways, the surveyors, Morgan Bryan, William Bird, and William Grave, representing that they have used "near four thousand loads of gravel," and already expended £350, "and yet have at least one-third of their work to do" (p. 46)
The complaint of Robert Hopingstall, Edward Wenham, John Cook, Thomas Threstier, John Hansted, William Freind, Samuel Phillips, Giles Shute, William Crusse, Thomas Dollis, Robert Williston, Richard Gibbs, and John Scott, of Limehouse, in Stepney Parish, that they are over-rated, is referred to four of the Justices for settlement (p. 48)
The complaint of John Hill, William Parsons, Samuel Piffe, Thomas Smyth, William Mart, and Robert Pullin, of Ratcliffe, that the late churchwarden and a few of the inhabitants made a rate for the relief of the poor whereby they are over-rated, is referred to five of the Justices for settlement; report to be made to the next Court (p. 50)
Complaint from the parishioners of Hendon that though the licenses of Ann Clark, Daniel Mills, and Timothy Smyth had been suppressed, and that they had been convicted and punished, yet they continued to sell beer, &c., having since privately procured licenses from Justices living remote from the parish. The Court orders the suppression of these licenses (p. 51)
Henry Moult, gentleman, appointed governor of the House of Correction at Clerkenwell, in the place of Richard Parrott, deceased. He is to constantly reside there, and pay to the matron of the House of Correction £10 yearly, if the Court think a matron to be necessary, which sum he is to receive from the keeper of the New Prison (p. 52)
Order that Alice Parrott is to receive all the arrears of her late husband's salary of £50; Captain Weeks is to pay her £5 more, and Mr. Moult also £5 in discharge of moneys expended in repairs, &c.; she is further to receive the profits of the House of Correction to the 10th July (p. 53)
Order for the Justices of the Tower Division to examine the churchwardens, &c., of the several parishes in that division touching the non-payment of £20 7s. 4d. assessed on them for the relief of the maimed soldiers in 1695 (p. 56)
Sessions Book 547—August, 1697.
Order for the parishes of Stoke Newington and St. Katherine's, near the Tower, to contribute certain sums of money towards the damages and costs recovered against the inhabitants of the hundred of Ossulton for a robbery committed upon one Richard Norton within the said hundred. [Vide Sessions Book 543, p. 55] (p. 47)
Order for Elizabeth Moore, convicted for speaking seditious words, to be fined, 3s. 4d. and to be set upon the pillory in Bloomsbury Market for one hour, between the hours of nine and twelve in the forenoon, with a paper on her breast showing her offence, and to be committed to the New Prison until she undergo the punishment and pay the fees of 17s. 6d. (p. 48)
Sessions Book 548—October, 1697.
Proceedings upon a letter from George Clark, Secretary for War, to Commissary Crawford, relating to the quartering of horse guards, and several regiments of foot, coming from Flanders at the first opportunity, and which are to be accommodated in and about London, "in the usual quarters of the Guards." Ordered that all constables do make true lists of all inns, livery stables, &c., for this purpose (p. 37)
Proceedings upon the petition of the churchwardens and others, inhabitants in the parish of St. Clement Danes, which shows that the petitioners have been at the great expense "of near £15,000 in new building their parish church," and that they are nearly £4,000 in debt. They pray that an additional rate may be assessed for the relief of the poor, and it is ordered accordingly. (p. 39)
Order that Alice, widow of Richard Parrott, late governor of the House of Correction, do quit the dwelling-house belonging thereto . . . in 14 days; and it is further ordered that Mr. Alexander Pitfield do pay the said Alice £10 in satisfaction of the money expended by her late husband for the repair of the said House of Correction, &c. Captain Abel Weeks, keeper of the New Prison, and Captain Henry Moult, present governor of the House of Correction, are to pay the said Alice £5 apiece. [Vide Sessions Book 546, p. 53] (p. 41)
Cyprian Southwarke, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, to be continued as a pensioner on the fund for maimed soldiers, he having "served his late Majesty, King Charles the Second, and his royal father in their wars" (p. 45)
Order for the setting of able and sufficient watches within the several parishes, &c., in and near the suburbs of the city; the same are to be duly and constantly continued from sunset to sunrise (p. 47)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and St. Margaret's, Westminster, concerning the settlement of Charles Barnes, "with four children, Sarah and Elizabeth Robinson, and John and Thomas Barnes." The said Charles was servant to Nicholas Wroth, at the "Oxford Arms," St. Margaret's parish, Westminster, for two years (p. 51)
Order in a dispute between Richard Bennett, constable of Friern Barnet Parish, and John Williams and Henry Briggs, constables of Finchley, concerning the passing of cripples and vagrants through Finchley aforesaid (p. 54)
Order for William Kidgell, gentleman, high constable of the Tower division, to pay Alexander Pitfield, treasurer for the maimed soldiers in Ossulston Hundred, the money due upon the assessment in the said division, for that fund, for the year 1695 (p. 56)
Isaac Goring is convicted for persuading Thomas Brooks, apprenticed to Henry Linacre, to desert his master's service, and for encouraging the said Brooks to rob Jane Seale and others in the King's highway. He is fined 13s. 4d., and is ordered to be put in and upon the pillory in New Brentford market place, upon such market day as the sheriff shall speedily appoint for one hour "at the usual time of the day," with a paper over his head, showing his offence. He is remanded to the New Prison until he pay the fine and undergo the punishment, then to be delivered paying his fees, 17s. 6d. (p. 61)
Order for Alexander Pitfield to pay James Tyton 26/- "by him charged as received as clerk to Joseph Offley, late treasurer for the maimed soldiers, and upon the rate for the Trinity Minories, which money was not received by the said Mr. Tyton, and is still unpaid" (ibid.)
Whereas William Smith, of Twickenham parish, gentleman, stands indicted for obstructing a certain common highway leading from Twickenham to a certain common field, called the Northfield, in the said parish, and from thence to Hanworth; it is ordered that certain jurors (named) shall view the highway in question, and that a verdict shall be arrived at on the second day of the next Sessions (p. 62)
Order of reference concerning any complaint touching the Act of 7 and 8 William III, entitled "An Act for granting to his Majesty certain rates and duties upon houses for making good the deficiency of the clipped money." (p. 63)
Order for the attendance on December the 6th, of the high constables of Ossulston Hundred to show cause why the petty constables in their several divisions have neglected the order concerning the setting and placing of able and sufficient watches. [Vide Sessions Book 548, p. 47] (p. 63)
Upon the information that a fine of £360 was assessed upon the inhabitants of St. Mary's Parish, Islington, for not repairing the highways in the said parish, it is ordered that William Gunson, gentleman, one of the high constables of Ossulston Hundred, do without further delay levy the said sum upon the said inhabitants. [Vide Sessions Book 544, p. 43] (ibid.)
Sessions Book 549—December, 1697.
Order to deprive John Clayton, of Heston, of his license to keep an alehouse, upon proof that he allows persons to tipple in his house at unseasonable hours, and keeps a very disorderly alehouse (ibid.)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of South Mymms and St. Martin'sin-the-Fields, concerning the settlement of Alice Carlisle, wife of Cornelius Carlisle. It was proved that the said Cornelius Carlisle lived three years as hired servant to Sir Lionel Jenkins, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the Fields (p. 39)