Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 558—January, 1699.
Copy of a petition from the Justices and the Grand Jury to Parliament, praying that order may be taken to prevent the distilling of spirits from corn, representing that the poor in the county are suffering much from the scarcity of corn (p. 31)
Order discharging James Aslett from serving as surveyor of the highways for St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, as he is not qualified to serve, being very poor, with nothing but his day's labour by which to maintain himself. Another surveyor to be elected (p. 35)
Order for a rate for reimbursing Edmund Lidgold, late a churchwarden of Shoreditch, £452 17s. 10d. due to him. The order sets out that the churchwardens, &c., are to raise it weekly or otherwise by taxation of every inhabitant, parson, vicar, and other persons (p. 45)
Complaint of Sir Christopher Wren, knight, Mr. Henry Symonds, Mr. Jasper English, Mr. Vanstaden, residing within the verge of His Majesty's Palace of Hampton Court, and also of Mr. Matthew Bancks, Mr. John Oliver, Mr. William Tolman, Mr. Bovatt, Sergeant Snapes, and Mr. Cooper that they have been assessed for rates and duties upon houses for making good the deficiency of the clipped money. The Court adjudged the habitations and apartments of the complainants to be within and part of the Palace of Hampton Court, and discharged the assessment in each case. (p. 47)
Sessions Book 559—February, 1699.
Order concerning the settlement of William Froggett, an infant, son of Richard Froggett (by Eleanor, his wife, lately deceased). The dispute is between the parishes of St. Andrew's, Holborn, and St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. (p. 37)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary Broadway, aged nine years, daughter of Benjamin Broadway, a ropemaker, and Hannah, his wife, now the wife of Richard Sex, a private soldier. The dispute is between the parishes of Hanwell and Rotherhithe (p. 39)
Order concerning the settlement of Jane Baker, wife of Richard Baker, and their two children, Richard and Elizabeth. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and St. Clement's, near the city of Oxford (p. 42)
Order for collecting money for discharging a judgment obtained by Thomas Dance against the inhabitants of the hundred of Ossulton for a robbery committed upon him. [Schedule of the divisions assessed and the amounts is added] (ibid.)
Sessions Book 560—April, 1699.
Adjournment of the appeal as to the settlement of Constance, wife of Benjamin Oakley, a foot soldier (now out of town), and her daughter, Charity. The dispute is between the parishes of St. James', Westminster, and St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel (p. 42)
Order of reference to two Justices to determine a difference between James Morrell, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, victualler, Robert Evans and John Wye of the same, yeomen, and Elizabeth Syrett, of the same parish, touching a supposed riot and trespass (p. 47)
Order of reference as to the setting out a piece of the New Prison garden for the use of the house built by Captain Jones, and as to making a new doorway into the garden in Mr. Rolfe's possession. [Confirmed May, 1699.] (p. 53)
Order that the trial of Ann Phillips, indicted for an assault upon Elizabeth, wife of Richard Cotterell, be adjourned until the next Sessions, when Jane Emerton, widow, the said Elizabeth, and Eleanor Bell, are to appear and plead to the cross indictment preferred against them by the said Ann (p. 54)
Order as to the settlement of Edward Persfield, the widow Stanley, and her two children. The said Persfield served James Gardiner, of Feltham, farmer, as servant for three years. The dispute is between the parishes of Feltham and Twickenham (p. 56)
Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Hurdis, surveyor of the highways for Highgate, Hornsey Parish, which shows that "the Great road from Hornsey Lane end, and so direct through the Gate to the end of the said parish, that leads to Barnet" is very much out of repair, that it will require a considerable outlay, and prays a rate may be assessed to defray the charge thereof. Ordered accordingly (p. 58)
Order as to the settlement of David Staines and Margaret, his wife, and their two children, John and Sarah. It appears that the said Margaret, about a year before the death of King Charles II, married the said David, who then lived with his brother, John Staines, in Liquor Pond Street, Holborn-aboveBars, looking-glass polisher, and that about four years ago the said David served as a foot soldier in Flanders (p. 59)
Order as to the settlement of Hannah, wife of Richard Sex, a soldier in His Majesty's Foot Guards, and Hannah and Mary, their two children. The said Richard lived for over a year as servant to John Messenger, of Hanwell Parish (p. 61)
Order as to the settlement of Donald Seagood and his family. The said Donald was servant to Madam Wolleston, of Sutton, Kingston Parish, for a quarter of a year until his marriage, which took place about two years and a-half ago (p. 62)
Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth Bryan, and John, her son. John Bryan, husband of the said Elizabeth, was a "housekeeper" in Red Lion Street, St. Mary's Parish, Whitechapel, for five years (p. 63)
Roger Gribble, convicted for being a notorious cheat, is fined 13/4, and ordered "to be stripped naked from the middle upwards, and openly whipped at a cart's tail until his body be bloody" (at such time as the Sheriff shall speedily appoint), from Holborn Bars to St. Giles' Pound. He is committed to Newgate until he pay his fine and undergo his punishment, then to be delivered, paying his fees, 17/6 (p. 68)
Information received from Colonel John Perey, J.P., of his having entered a disorderly house in Weld Close, near the Tower, where he found nearly 100 men and women, "thieves and pickpockets, several whereof were burnt in the hand." The said Colonel committed 19 persons to prison. Lord Lucas has since said he would complain to His Majesty in Council against the said Perey for so doing. It is the opinion of this Court that the Colonel did his duty, for which thanks are due to him (p. 69)
Order as to the settlement of Elizabeth, the pretended wife of John Gun, now in His Majesty's service. The said John was supposed to have been at one time apprenticed to Mr. Wood, in the parish of St. Edmund the King, Lombard Street, tailor, but on further proof it appears that the said Elizabeth is the wife of — Empson, and that Wood, the tailor, is a fictitious person. (p. 70)
Order that all constables do apprehend persons "driving and carrying wheelbarrows" containing oysters, oranges, apples, nuts, and other wares exposed for sale, and which carry dice to encourage persons to play for such goods, to the obstruction of pedestrians (p. 72)
Order that the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields pay Robert Roden for the expense he has been at, during the space of four months and three weeks, for the maintenance of William Rigby, a lunatic (p. 76)
Order for the appointment of officers to view and inspect the market called the Haymarket; the said officers are to order the placing of boundary stones, for the better ascertaining the limits of the said market-place. Isaac Terrett, of St. James's Parish, Westminster, gentleman, is appointed treasurer of the money collected for the duties granted and profits arising from the said market. John Carvill, of the same parish, is appointed collector. Certain Justices are to examine the accounts (p. 79)
Petition of the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, showing that some years since Jane Smith took to nurse two poor children belonging to the said hamlet, and that she, being in debt, left the neighbourhood, taking the said children with her, and that she refuses to allow the petitioners to see them; she also refuses to allow the children to wear the badge. The petitioners pray that the said children may be taken away from the said Jane. It is ordered that the petitioners pay the said Jane 20/- for the maintenance of the children, who are to be taken from her (p. 89)
Sessions Book 561—May, 1699.
Order concerning the settlement of James Durham and his four children, Elizabeth, Anthony, John, and William. The dispute is between the parishes of St. James', Westminster, and St. Martin's-in the-Fields (p. 30)
Order to reimburse Rose Blastock, of the parish of Hornsey, widow of Richard Blastock, late churchwarden of the said parish, moneys expended by the said Richard; Hannah King, widow of John King, late churchwarden, has paid £6, but refuses to pay more (p. 32)
Order for Bridget Taylor, convicted for being "notoriously bad," to be put upon the pillory in Katherine Street, near Eagle Court, in the parish of St. Mary-le-Savoy, and to stand for one hour, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the forenoon, with a paper on her breast expressing her offence, and to remain in New Prison till she undergo her punishment and pay her fees. (p. 33)
Order touching the settlement of Constance Oakley, wife of Benjamin Oakley, a foot soldier, and Charity, daughter of the said Constance by her former marriage with one Walter Morris. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel, and St. James', Westminster. [Vide Sessions Book 560, p. 42] (p. 35)
Sessions Book 562—July, 1699.
Order to the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of St. James', Westminster, to pay to the nurses (whose names are given) of that parish the arrears due to them for the parish children. There are 45 names set out, and the total amount due is £35 9s. 6d. in sums varying from 2/6 to £2 (p. 35)
Order for Edmund Hall, overseer of St. James', Westminster, to return to Mrs. Jane Northgood and Mrs. Margaret Tressilian £10 in money and a velvet scarf, unjustly exacted by him as security to the parish respecting a child, since dead, whom he unjustly alleged to be a bastard (p. 36)
Order for repairing the common road leading from the common pound in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields to Tyburn "which is very defective and out of repair and almost impassable for travellers." The various parishes of St. James', St. Anne's, St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and St. Mary-le-bone are to send sufficient teams and labourers, and the surveyors are to provide a sufficient quantity of gravel (ibid.)
Elizabeth Taylor represents to the Court that her daughter, Elizabeth Hurst, wife of John Hurst, anchorsmith, late of Limehouse, has been distracted in mind and very outrageous; that the churchwardens, &c., of Limehouse have permitted her to go about the streets day and night, so that the petitioner had taken her into her own home, but she is very unruly and bites and wounds, and threatens to fire the house. The petitioner prays that the churchwardens may be ordered to place her in Bethlehem Hospital. Order made accordingly. (p. 46)
The Justices appointed at the last Sessions to view the new street leading from Castle Street to the Mews Gate and Duke's Court in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields between the churchyard and the King's Mews, report that it should be paved with stone on both sides. Order made for the work to be completed by the next Quarter Sessions (p. 47)
Two of the Justices, who had been appointed for the purpose, report that they have viewed a piece of ground on the north side of Kensington Square, before the garden of Henry Lobb, and recommend that the space should be paved with stone from the freestone pavement to the rails; further, that they have viewed a new street leading from the gate of Colonel Taylor at the east end of the square to the south corner of a house occupied by Henry Rooke, which they recommend should be paved on both sides of the street. Order made for the work to be completed by 1 September (ibid.)
On the complaint of several inhabitants of Stratford-le-Bow and Old Ford, in the parish of Stepney, that the pound rate made by the churchwardens is "an unusual way," and very unequal to the inhabitants of the hamlet, as "many persons of very great personal estate have and do take houses and inhabit" in the place, who hold no lands, the Court orders a new taxation of every inhabitant (p. 61)
Sessions Book 563—September, 1699.
Order to reimburse Adam Purton and Robert Jordan, late constables of the parish of Edmonton, money expended by them in relieving the sick poor and conveying vagabonds to the House of Correction (p. 45)
Order to discharge George Weller from receiving and entertaining Frances Hogg, a poor child of the parish of St. John, Wapping, who was bound an apprentice to the said George Weller by the officers of the said parish. It is proved that the said Frances is a notorious, idle, disorderly, and incorrigible girl, who kept company with soldiers, that she ran away, taking all her clothes, and is now in custody in Bridewell (p. 51)
Order to discharge Henry Cook from his apprenticeship to John Clansey of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden, periwig-maker, upon proof that the said Clansey did not instruct him in the said art, and has now gone to France, he being of the Romish religion (p. 54)
Order to commit Thomas Brookes to Newgate for contempt of Court for obstinately refusing to bring into Court one sable tippet, value £5, one silk "mantua gowne" embroidered in silver and gold and set with silver fringe, value £15, and one fine scarlet cloth petticoat covered with silver and gold lace, value £5, which he has unlawfully extorted from Robert Tooth and Mary, his wife (p. 56)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth and William Allen, children of Richard Allen, who has run away and left his said two children. The said Richard Allen was in 1687 apprenticed to John Smith, tallow chandler, who lived in a place called Cuckhold Row, near "the Roebuck" in the hamlet of Spittlefields. The dispute is between the hamlets of Spittlefields and Bethnal Green, in the parish of Stepney (p. 57)
Sessions Book 564—October, 1699.
Order for the churchwardens of the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and St. James', Westminster, to pay James Blaythorne, late constable of the Upper Ward of the parish of St. Martin's, money expended by him in passing vagrants and cripples (p. 20)
Sessions Book 565—October, 1699.
Adjournment of the appeal as to the settlement of Elizabeth, relict of Peter Perry, and three children, Mary, Henry, and Francis. The said Peter served as apprentice to Noah Turner, of the parish of St. Mary Ratcliff, Bristol, silk-weaver, in 1677 (p. 33)
Order for the churchwardens and overseers of St. Sepulchre's Parish to pay John Chapman (upon the petition of Judith Chapman, widow, since deceased, executrix of J ohn Chapman, the now petitioner's late father), certain moneys expended by the late John Chapman, while serving as churchwarden of the said parish. [Vide Sessions Book 562, p. 36] (p. 34)
Order for the churchwardens of St. Giles' Parish, Cripplegate, to pay Richard Bennet, William Bradley, Robert Greeves, and John Fox, surveyors of the highways in the said parish, certain moneys disbursed by them in the repair of the said highways (p. 36)
Order for the reimbursement of Richard Clarke, and Ann, widow of George Bunn, deceased, former overseers of the poor in the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn (p. 43)
Thomas Webb, convicted for being a common barrator, is fined 13/4, and ordered to be put in and upon the pillory on two occasions, as the sheriff of this county shall appoint; once on a market day at New Brentford, and another day at Twickenham, for one hour, between 9 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon. He is to find sureties for 12 months, and is committed to Newgate until he pay the said fine, undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying his fees, 17/6 (p. 48)
Richard Barnes, of St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn Liberty-above-Bars, yeoman, having turned his wife, Mary, out of doors, is ordered to pay 2/6 weekly to the overseers of the poor of the said parish, for the maintenance of the said Mary (ibid.)
Order that the petty constables and headboroughs in every parish, hamlet, &c., in and near the suburbs of the city of London, do set strict watches, which are to be kept from sunset to sunrise until Lady Day next (p. 49)
Order as to the settlement of Benjamin Ruth, Elizabeth, his wife, and Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Sarah, their children. The said Ruth was apprenticed to William Smyth, in Bridewell Precinct, hemp-dresser (p. 51)
Sessions Book 566—December, 1699.
Complaint of the overseers and other inhabitants of St. Clement Danes, that John Dorrill, the present churchwarden, assumes to himself the sole power of receiving all fines and forfeitures, and particularly an annuity of £8, out of some ground rents at Addle Hill, London, given for the use of the poor, and has taken the annuity from the rent-roll book of the parish; and further, that other sums are misapplied. This state of affairs is chiefly occasioned by a body of pretended vestrymen, who by a pretended right of auditing the parish accounts allow extravagant expenses "in needless and too frequent treats and formalityes," whereof they themselves are the partakers. The clerk of this vestry, John Mainwaring, having lately died, the churchwarden and the vestrymen proceeded secretly to elect another clerk, and the petitioners, hearing of the matter, attended and protested against such electing; nevertheless, at another secret meeting, the vestry a few days later elected Isaac Harper clerk. They pray the Court to interpose. The Court appoints a committee of the Justices to enquire into the matters complained of: report to be made at the next Quarter Sessions (p. 41)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the hamlet of Ratcliffe to pay Jane Smith, widow, the arrears of seven months' nursing of Katherine and Mary Thomas, two poor children, on condition that the children shall not be again chargeable to the parish. [Vide Sessions Book 560, p. 89] (ibid.)
Order for Charity Parrott, convicted of conspiracy and false accusation of Thomas Davis, to be stripped naked from her middle upwards and whipped at a cart's tail from one end of Jermyn Street to the other; to be fined 13s. 4d., and to find surety for her good behaviour for one year. (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary May, in the parish of St. James, Westminster. It had been alleged that she and her husband had been hired servants "to my Lady Allington" at Hammersmith (p. 52)
Indenture of apprenticehood of Thomas Post, son of the late Robert Post, victualler, of Maidstone, Kent, to Richard Gansford, of the parish ot St. Paul, Shadwell, carpenter, 25 May, 1697, for seven years (p. 69)