Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 550—January, 1698.
Order concerning the settlement of Ralph Scott and Richard Scott, children of Ralph Scott, a brewer's servant. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and St. Olave's, Southwark (p. 29)
Order for reducing the assessment for poor rate made upon John Spurrell, of the hamlet of Ratcliffe, in the parish of Stepney, mariner, made upon his petition. He shows that he had been a slave at Algiers for 10 years, and that his friends, seven years since, raised £400 for his redemption, which he has not yet been able to repay, having scarcely sufficient to maintain himself and his family; he inhabits a house in Stepney Causeway of £6 a year, and complains that he is over-rated (p. 31)
Order concerning the settlement of Theodocia Mitchell, single woman, who lived some time in the service of Lady Browne in St. James' Street as a hired servant. The dispute is between the parishes of St. James', Westminster, and St. Clement Danes (p. 32)
Order to admit John Perin, mariner, of the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, to a pension of £3 per annum, upon proof that in 1691 he lost the use of his left leg on His Majesty's ship the "Royal Oak," that he has a wife and two children to maintain, and that he receives no pension from the "Chest of Chattam" (p. 37)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Cook, late wife of John Cook, deceased, and her four children, Katherine, Jane, William, and James. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel, and St. Giles, Cripplegate (p. 38)
Order concerning the settlement of Thomas Ingersole, Sarah, his wife, and one child. The dispute is between the hamlet of Mile End, in the parish of Stepney, and the hamlet of Bethnall Green, in the same parish (p. 39)
Order for certain scavengers of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, to pay to John White, late raker of the said parish, certain sums of money expended by him. (Schedule of names of scavengers with sums to be paid.) (p. 43)
Order in a dispute between the town of Hoddesdon and the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, concerning the settlement of Joane Styles, and her female bastard. The woman is to be maintained at Saffron Hill, the child at Hoddesdon (p. 45)
Order for Thomas Scott, a poor, lame, impotent child, to be placed with Joanna Brandon, of Axe Court, next door to the sugar baker's, in the parish of St. Peter's, Cornhill, and the said Joanna Brandon to be paid 5/- a week for the maintenance of the said Scott (p. 46)
Sessions Book 551—February, 1698.
The Grand Jury present to the Court that there is "an unlawful assembly, called the Redoubt, after the Venetian manner, kept at Exeter Change in the Strand, and carried on by persons unknown, who by printed tickets give notice of games that are not lawful, and tend very much to encourage all manner of vice and debauchery, and that the persons who frequent the same go masked and disguised." The Court orders the high constables of the Westminster and Holborn Divisions, with all the petty constables, to meet at Exeter Exchange on the Thursday following at 4 o'clock "in the forenoon." and to remain there till 12 o'clock at night, and also at other appointed times, to preserve the peace, to disperse the assembly, and to arrest the managers. The order to be affixed to the gate of the Exchange, and the high constables to report to the Court on Friday (p. 35)
Order to the high constables and petty constables in the several divisions of the county to give notice to all victuallers, innholders, coffee sellers, vintners, brandy sellers, &c., to forbear entertaining company on the Lord's Day, excepting those persons allowed by law: butchers, poulterers, fruiterers, barbers, and other persons are not to expose any of their goods on Sunday next, or on any Sunday following (p. 37)
Entry of the King's Proclamation for suppressing profane swearing and immorality, and order to all high constables, &c., to be diligent in searching for offenders, particularly on the Lord's Day, &c. (p. 38)
Rough memoranda. These include a note that —— Drill, a priest, married Thomas Fray and Ann Sanger at Tilbury; and that Mr. Harcourt expended at the Fountain Tavern on the Justices that attended the suppressing of the Redoubt at Exeter Exchange 25/- (sic). On a small loose piece of paper is the bill itself, headed "Fountain Tavern": bread and beer, 1/3; wine, 16/4; "beif griskins," 3/-; pickles, 1/-; "chease," 4d.; coachman, 1/-; fire, 1/6; "drawer," r/-; total, £1 5s. 5d.
Sessions Book 552—May, 1698.
Order as to the settlement of Mary Hins, spinster. In October, 1696, the said Mary was servant to Mr. Cooke, of St. John's Parish, Hackney, farmer, where she lived six months, after which she entered the service of Mr. Payne, of the said parish, farmer, also for the space of six months (p. 42)
Order as to the settlement of John and Sarah, two young children of Thomas Borer, lately deceased. Their mother, Sarah, is lately married to Thomas Thompson, of Lambeth Street, St. Mary's Parish, Whitechapel. (ibid.)
Order for Robert Williams, of Ealing Parish, mariner, to receive a pension from the fund for maimed soldiers. The said Robert, about 25 years ago, lost his left arm while serving King Charles II on the ship "Gloucester" (p. 49)
A like order for William Bagshaw, junior, of Chiswick Parish, mariner. The said Bagshaw, on the 28th of April, 1689, lost his right arm in His Majesty's service, "in the river of Londonderry, in Ireland, in the ship called the 'Bonadventure'" (ibid.)
Thomas Starkey, of the liberty of Saffron Hill, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, discharged from serving as overseer of the poor in the said liberty, on account of his age and infirmity (p. 50)
Certificate concerning Jonathan Netheway, of St. Leonard's Parish, Shoreditch, gentleman, who was chosen, last Easter, to serve as overseer, and who produced a writ of privilege, showing that he, Jonathan, was an attorney of the Court of Common Pleas, and praying that he might be discharged from serving the said office, whereupon the said writ was allowed. The said Jonathan showed that he served as a clerk to Mr. George Jewce, an attorney, for four years, and to Mr. Thomas Percivall, an attorney, for three years, and that he was sworn an attorney about 18 years ago. Several witnesses declare that the said Jonathan has discontinued his profession, and pray the Court to state the truth of the matter "to your lordship" that you may give such directions "touching the said writ of priviledge as to your lordship shall be thought meet" (p. 51)
Order as to the settlement of Mary Street, a young woman, who lived with her brother, George Street, "stage coachman for Marleburrough for about seven years, who lived at the Dolphin, near the Bell Inn, in the Strand." The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary-le-Savoy and St. Martin-inthe-Fields (p. 53)
Order for the discharge of Elias Turner, of St. Leonard's Parish, Shoreditch, gentleman, from serving the office of overseer of the poor in the said parish. The said Turner showed that his affairs required his speedy departure into parts beyond the seas (p. 54)
Proceedings upon the petition of Edward Elderton, of St. Mary Matfellon, which shows that the petitioner holds two farms, part lying . . . in the hamlet of Mile End Old Town, Stepney, and part in the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, and that he is assessed beyond the value of the said lands, and prays that "a view and admeasurement" may be made. Order of reference concerning the same (p. 55)
Order as to the settlement of Mary Fenner, who, about three years ago, lived for about 13 months as the servant of John Casselton, at Prittlewell, and also for a year with John Dazely, of the same place. Further proof shows that the said Mary lived as servant to Richard Drake, of the hamlet of Poplar and Blackwall, for one year, from Christmas 1698 (sic), ending at Christmas last past (p. 57)
Whereas by an Act of 8 and 9 William III, entitled "An Act for paving and regulating the Haymarket, in the parishes of St. Martin's-in-theFields and St. James', within the liberty of Westminster, and for collecting and securing the duties and sums of money thereby granted to the uses, intents, and purposes therein limited and expressed," it is referred to certain Justices to view the said Haymarket, and to order the placing and settling of boundary stones or posts, for the better ascertaining the bounds of the said market place, and to give directions as occasion shall require for repairing the pavement in the said market. Order as to the collection of the duties and profits in and by the said Act granted (p. 65)
Order for the discharge of Ralph Morten, apprenticed to James Hassenius, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, watchmaker. The said apprentice was previously bound to William Speakman, of the city of London, clockmaker. (p. 67)
Sessions Book 553—June, 1698.
Complaint made of irregularities frequently practised by constables, headboroughs, beadles, and watchmen by keeping persons whom they had arrested in the watch-houses, round houses, and spunging-houses, extorting money from them for lodging, &c. The Court orders the prosecution of offenders at the charge of the county, and directs the Clerk of the Peace to have the order printed and circulated (p. 31)
The Justices appointed to view the repairs to the New Prison done by Captain Weeks report that the work has been measured and valued by two competent workmen, and that the total cost was £431 12s. 7d. They recommend that £77 12s. 7d. be deducted, as some of the bills are overcharged, and they consider "the painting and fitting up of the garden there unnecessary," so that Captain Weeks had laid out on necessary repairs £360; but as Captain Weeks had agreed, when he was appointed keeper, to lay out £300 in repairs during his first three years, there was due to him £60. The Court orders the payment of the money to Captain Weeks. Appended is a list of the bills and their several amounts (p. 32)
Sessions Book 554—July, 1698.
Certificate of certain Justices (named) that they have viewed a certain new street called Denmark Street, in Wapping, in the parish of Stepney, lying between Ratcliffe Highway and a certain place called the Back Lane, and find that a part of the said street has lately been paved, but the pavement is much out of repair, and the other part of the street which has not lately been paved is a nuisance and almost impassable to passengers ; they therefore adjudge the whole street fit to be paved with stone on both sides, and all the inhabitants and householders in every house, in or adjoining to the said new street called Denmark Street, are hereby required, before the 1st of September next, to pave with stone all the ground in front of their dwelling-house, extending to the middle of the street (p. 34)
Order for comfirming a report on behalf of Edward Elderton. (Vide Sessions Book No. 552, p. 55.) It is found that the said Elderton is much over-rated for a farm called Mountfield, in the hamlet of Mile End Old Town, and also for a windmill, which is not in his possession, but in the occupation of another person, and for his estate called Red Lion Farm (p. 40)
Order concerning the settlement of Dorothy Eyres, alias Edwards, alias Chipp, wife of Edward Chipp, lately living at the sign of the "Maremaid," in the parish of Chelsea. The dispute is between the parishes of Chelsea and St. Mary's, Westminster (p. 41)
Order concerning the settlement of Susanna Haines, single woman, who was lately, "with the small-pox upon her," removed from the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, to the parish of St. Clement Danes (ibid.)
Order of reference upon the petition of Abraham New, late overseer of the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, wherein he alleges that during the last year of his office he was much indisposed in health, that the other overseers of the parish collected several sums of money, but refuse to reimburse the money expended by him (p. 43)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Hurst, the lunatic wife of John Hurst, who has left her and gone to New England. The dispute is between the parishes of Stepney and St. Giles' without, Cripplegate (p. 45)
Order concerning the settlement of Thomas Cox, an infant, son of Thomas Cox, deceased, who was an apprentice to one Mr. Beitoman, sailmaker, in the city of Bristol. The dispute is between the parish of St. Stephen, in the city of Bristol, and the parish of St. Paul, Shadwell (p. 46)
Upon information that divers vagrant and ill-disposed persons, under colour of licenses pretended to be granted to them, do set up and maintain public lotteries and other unlawful games in the public streets, contrary to law, it is ordered that the high constables shall use their utmost endeavours to suppress such lotteries, and to dispose of such unlawful meetings and assemblies occasioned thereby, and to take all persons keeping or using such lotteries before the Justices of the Peace, and to find sureties for their appearance at the next Sessions (p. 49)
Order for Mr. Wainwright to examine and certify which of the treasurers of the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and Hospitals of the several hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, Gore, Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth are in arrears, and to collect such money as is in arrears and remaining in the hands of the said treasurers, and pay the same to Simon Harcourt, esquire, Clerk of the Peace (p. 50)
Order for confirming Mr. Terrett's accounts, of the moneys received for paving the Haymarket, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. The sum of £106 10s. 9d. has been received for the toll of hay and straw brought into the said market. The account of Isaac Terrett is annexed. [Vide Sessions Book 552, p. 65] (ibid.)
Sessions Book 555—September, 1698.
Order directing the high constables to issue their precepts to the petty constables and headboroughs of the various parishes in the county to return the lists of freeholders in the county at the next Quarter Sessions held in Westminster Hall (ibid.)
Upon a complaint made by Captain John Ely and George Staples, surveyors of the hamlet of Ratcliffe. that by order of the inhabitants they had expended £14 8s. 3d. in removing a public pair of stairs leading from Ratcliffe Cross to the Thames, which had been indicted as a nuisance for being out of repair, and that the present churchwardens have not obeyed an order of the Court for the repayment of the money, the Court orders the churchwardens, &c., to pay it forthwith (p. 41)
Order for Thomas Rideout, late constable of St. Mary, Islington, to deliver up to Francis Green, the lawful owner, a large silver cup with a cover, two silver porringers, a small silver cup, six silver spoons, and one gold ring, which he had seized on the persons of George and William Mayne, since attainted for felony and burglary in the county of Essex (p. 42)
Order that Mary Foster, convicted of cheating, be fined 3/4, and be stripped naked from her middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart's tail, until her body be bloody, from Kingsgate in Holborn to the Church of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. She is remanded to Newgate (fn. 1) till she pay her fine and undergo her punishment; she is then to be delivered, paying her fees, 17/6 (p. 55)
Sessions Book 556—October, 1698.
Order for confirming an order adjudging Albert Albertson, of St. John's Parish, Wapping, victualler, to be the father of Mary Spence's child, Albert. Jonathan Spence, mariner, husband of the said Mary, was employed in his Majesty's service on the "Pembroke" at Cadiz when the said child was born. (p. 32)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of Lambeth, Surrey, and St. Mary's, Islington, for adjourning the appeal as to the settlement of Elizabeth Bradley, otherwise Beeford [Bedford], until the next Sessions (p. 34)
Order for the dismissal of Richard Eyres, beadle of Whitecross Street Liberty, in the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate. It being proved that the said Eyres keeps a public alehouse, in contempt of this Court, and that he has neglected his duty and otherwise misbehaved himself (p. 36)
Order as to the settlement of Jane, widow of James Fell, deceased, and her three children, John, Mary, and James Fell. The said James was a servant for several years at the "Bear and Ragged Staff," in Smithfield, St. Sepulchre's Parish, about 13 or 14 years ago (p. 42)
Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Bartholomew, Exchange, and St. Clement Danes, as to the settlement of Mary Wild, who about 10 years since was servant to William Smyth, of Throgmorton Street, barber (p. 44)
Proceedings upon the appeal of Dr. Charles Goodall, a resident in the Charterhouse, against an assessment charged upon the "mansion house, called the Charterhouse." The assessment is discharged, the Doctor's apartment being adjudged part of the "mansion house called the Charterhouse," which is already assessed, and belonging to him as physician there.
Sessions Book 557—December, 1698.
The Court being informed "of some misbehaviour committed by the present governor of the House of Correction" at Clerkenwell, in relation to his small allowance of victuals to the prisoners in his custody, "by reason whereof two of them have been lately starved to death, and others detained prisoners for his fees after they were discharged by this Court without fees," seven Justices are appointed to inquire what allowances have been made by former governors of the said House to prisoners in their custody, what the present governor has allowed to his prisoners, and in what condition those prisoners now are, &c. They are to report on Thursday next (p. 35)
Report on the state of the prisoners in Bridewell. On December 7th there were 23 prisoners. Richard Bulke, discharged by the Court October 10th, was detained till November 4th, and John Wakefield, discharged on the same day, was kept till November 5th. The Justices state that when Captain Jones was keeper, the prisoners had flesh on Mondays and Thursdays, about a pennyworth of bread a day, and also meal pottage, water gruel, or pease pottage every day; the same was allowed in Mr. Parrott's days, and was begun by Captain Moult, the present governor, but for four months he only gave flesh on Sundays, but "of late" gave the same allowance as formerly (ibid.)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of Whitechapel, to make a rate to reimburse the late churchwardens and overseers the sums of £22 11s. 5d. and £110 12s. respectively, on the report of the Justices appointed at the last Court. [Vide Sessions Book 556, p. 39] (p. 39)
Order for James Dormer, vintner, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, to maintain and provide for Matthias Carter, the late apprentice to George Fox, deceased. Fox, a vintner, died possessed of an estate of above £1,000; his widow married Dormer, and the apprentice, Carter, was left destitute and became a charge to the parish (p. 42)
Several inhabitants of that part of the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, in the liberty of St. Mary's, Islington, complain that though they contribute towards the watch, it is stationed so far away at the upper end of St. John's Street as to be of no benefit to them. They petition to be discharged from contributing to the Clerkenwell watch, and ask leave to employ and pay one or more watchmen of Islington. Order granted accordingly (p. 44)
The Court is informed "that a school for the educating of young women in the Popish religion in the nature of a nunnery," is kept in the house of Mrs. Beddingfield, in Hammersmith, "and that divers Popish priests are sheltered in and near Hammersmith." Ordered that the high constable of Kensington Division do make search in Mrs. Beddingfield's house, &c., and apprehend all such women as they find, and such persons as they suspect are Popish priests, and bring them before one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State (ibid.)
Upon information given that many Popish priests have lately come into the kingdom "and are very busy in exercising their functions which may tend to great inconvenience to the public affairs," the Court directs that on the arrest of any Popish priest he is to be sent in the custody of a constable to one of the Secretaries of State for examination (p. 48)