Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 567—January, 1700.
Order concerning the settlement of Daniel Judson, Anne, his wife, and their four children, John, Elizabeth, Daniel, and Robert. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and St. Anne's, Westminster. (p. 20)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary Hutley, an infant, daughter of Samuel Hutley, a soldier, who with his wife, Mary, the mother of the said infant, has run away to places unknown. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Anne's, Westminster, and St. Martin's-in-the-Fields (p. 21)
The inhabitants of the parishes of St. Anne, Westminster, and St. Marylebone, are ordered to pave such parts of the highway leading from St. Giles' Pound to Tyburn as lie within their respective parishes. [Vide Sessions Book 562, p. 38] (p. 23)
Order for raising £230 for repairing the highways of St. Martin's-in-theFields, and out of the money so raised the churchwardens are to maintain and amend with paviours' work 1,205 yards of the highways, viz., before the old churchyard in St. Martin's Lane, 250 yards; in Church Lane, 326 yards; in and belonging to the new churchyard, 69 yards; at the watch-house at the upper end of Hedge Lane, 444 yards; and at the Almshouses in the parish of St. Anne, 116 yards. With mason's work, 3,246 feet of the said highways, viz., 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 schoolhouse 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 towards the middle door at the west end of the church, 935 feet; the stone steps descending 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. 26)
Order for raising £120 for the repair of the highways in the parish of St. James', Westminster, and out of the money so raised the surveyors are to repair the highways and pavements leading from Piccadilly to "High" Park Corner over against the Church and the Churchyard of the said parish, containing from east to west on and adjoining to the north side of the said churchyard, in length 47 feet, and in breadth 32 feet, and in Jermyn Street from the west to the east corner of the churchyard wall, 159 feet, and in breadth so far, 20 feet, and further eastward along the south front of the church to the channel running at the east end of the said church 100 feet, and in breadth from the wall of the church to the denter or middle of the street there 31 feet, and again from without the pale at the east end and south-east corner of the said church, up northwards to the rector's house, 99 feet in length, and 6 feet in breadth (p. 28)
Sessions Book 568—January, 1700.
Order to John Reader and William Tutchfield [Titchfield], scavengers of the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, to pay Joseph Taylor and John Foster, late scavengers, certain money due to them (p. 31)
Order to remove the watch-house placed near the King's Gate in Grays Inn Lane, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, upon the petition of the inhabitants of the said Lane, that it stands very inconveniently and is of no use or safety to them. The said inhabitants are to erect the watch-house in any other place in or near the lane, as shall be thought fit and safe (ibid.)
Order for discharging a former order adjudging Robert Moorin, of the Strand, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, goldsmith, to be the father of the female bastard child of Elizabeth Neale, widow (p. 33)
Order concerning the settlement of Ann Vanderslyes, single woman, lately apprenticed to Frederick Hansen Cable, shoemaker, of the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary, Whitechapel, and St. Katherine's, near the Tower (p. 38)
Order to discharge a former assessment made for the poor-rate of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and the overseers to raise weekly by taxation on every inhabitant a sufficient sum of money for the necessary relief of the poor for the remainder of the present year (p. 39)
Sessions Book 569—February, 1700.
Order for the high constable of the Tower division to suppress a riotous and unlawful assembly, "held and kept in the public highway and streets in and about a place called Rosemary Lane," in the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel, "for the buying and selling of old goods, wearing apparel, and other things, greatly suspected to be stolen" (p. 27)
Mary, the wife of James Sellenger, is charged with living in adultery with Francis Nicholls, esquire. She is committed to the House of Correction for one month with hard labour, without bail, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 1/- (ibid.)
Certificate, dated 9 February, 1700, of the apprehension and commitment to Newgate of Mary Hawkins, otherwise Williams, otherwise Holding, formerly of St. Anne's parish, in the liberty of Westminster, spinster (p. 58)
Sessions Book 570—April, 1700.
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the parishes of St. Martin's-in-theFields and St. James', Westminster, to pay between them £16 18s. 10d. to John Tucker, late constable of Hyde Park Ward, due to him for passing vagrants, &c. (p. 17)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of St. Anne's, Westminster, to make a rate for the repair of the highways at a cost of £80. The surveyors are to pave "in rough paving" 880 yards in the parish as follows:—871 yards at the east and west end of St. Anne's Church, and 9 yards on the north of the church (p. 20)
Sessions Book 571—April, 1700.
Order for putting into execution the provisions of the Act for Paving and Regulating the Haymarket. Certain Justices are appointed to survey the market and order the placing of boundary stones and posts, and to give orders from time to time for repairing the pavement. John Tully, of St. James's, is appointed treasurer in the place of Isaac Territt, the late treasurer: John Carvill is continued as collector, at a salary of £20 per annum, "if he shall so long time well behave himself." A committee of Justices is appointed to meet at St. Martin's Vestry on 18 April, to take the accounts of the late treasurer. [Vide Sessions Book 560, p. 79] (p. 36)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate, to make a rate to pay £30, due to Richard Bennett, William Bradley, John Fox, and Robert Jeves [Greeves], late surveyors. [Vide Sessions Book 565, p. 36] (p. 40)
The inhabitants of the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, pray for relief by the taxation of other neighbouring parishes, as their own parish is in a great measure depopulated of good and substantial inhabitants, and abounds with a multitude of indigent people. They state that they owe their late churchwarden £600 for the relief of the poor. The Court refers the matter to the Justices living in the Tower Division, instructing them to see what the charge for the relief of the poor has been for seven years, what the present rents of the parish lands are, &c., and to report at the next Quarter Sessions (p. 41)
Order concerning the settlement of Robert Morrell, his wife, Mary, and child at Aylesbury, and Robert, Mary, Frances, and Ann Tewley, the children of Mary Morrell by a former marriage, at Uxbridge (p. 42)
Order appointing John Webber treasurer for the maimed soldiers for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, in the place of Daniel Niccoll, and a committee of Justices to audit the accounts (p. 47)
Similar order appointing John Hull [Hill], of Whitton, Isleworth, treasurer for the maimed soldiers for the hundreds of Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth, in the place of John Hampton. Auditors appointed (ibid.)
Sessions Book 572—May, 1700.
Order that the Clerk of the Peace deliver up to the churchwardens and others, inhabitants in the hamlet of Stratford-le-Bow, Stepney Parish, the book of accounts relating to the said hamlet, and belonging to the churchwardens and vestry there. William Vanlute, a former churchwarden, is charged with tampering with the said accounts (ibid.)
Order that John Gumbly, Henry Tuttle, and Robert Moore, of St. Clement Danes' parish, be discharged from serving as overseers of the poor in the said parish. Appointment of four others (named) (p. 30)
Order for the distribution of moneys, forfeited for the burial of Jews "in linen or any other thing whatsoever that was made of any material but sheeps' wool only," in Mile End Hamlet, amongst all the hamlets in Stepney Parish. (p. 32)
Sessions Book 573—June, 1700.
Order for the assessment of the poor rate in the parish of St. Margaret's, Westminster, to be made according to the ancient usage and custom, and not by a pound rate, as ordered now by the churchwardens of the parish (p. 21)
Sessions Book 574—July, 1700.
Certificate of certain Justices [named] that they have viewed a certain street, one part thereof lying to the west called Earl's Place, and the other part called Compton Street, lying in Wood's Close, in the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, leading from St. John Street in the said parish to Mount Mill in the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, and they have adjudged the same fit to be paved, from the dwelling-house of George Dawes, baker, in Earl's Place to the dwelling-house of Thomas Wallis, a paviour, on the north side, together with the ground belonging to the dwelling-house of Phillip Freshwater at the east end of the north side of the street called Compton Street, and from the dwelling-house of Robert Bend, victualler, on the south side of the said new street called Earl's Place and Compton Street. Ordered accordingly (p. 32)
Order concerning the settlement of William Watkins, lately an apprentice with Ann Hoone, waterman's widow, of Lambeth, in the county of Surrey. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret's, Westminster, and Lambeth. (p. 36)
Appeal of Christopher Clitherow, esquire, and —— Partridge, widow, of New Brentford, complaining that they are assessed too highly. The matter is referred to a Committee of Justices to report upon it (ibid.)
Petition of the inhabitants of the hamlet of Church End and Hoxton, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, praying that Thomas Leach, whom, according to ancient custom, they have themselves chosen as beadle for the said hamlet, may continue in the same office, the present constable wishing to remove the said beadle. It is ordered that Thomas Leach continue in the said office of beadle (p. 38)
Order for the overseers of the parish of St. John, Wapping, to pay the churchwarden of the said parish 20/- a month towards the maintenance of Joanna Mitchell, a lunatic now in the hospital of "Bethlem" (p. 41)
Order for certain Justices for the hundred of Ossulton to call the petty constables in the respective divisions to give an account of money they have collected on account of two robberies lately committed in the said hundred (p. 42)
Order for an assessment to raise money for passing vagrants in the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore. When the constables are obliged to make use of a cart for the removing of vagrants, the owner of such cart and horse is to be allowed 3d. a mile; and when they are obliged to hire a horse for the said purpose, the owner of such horse to be allowed 1/6 a day, or 1/- for half a day (p. 43)
Sessions Book 575—August, 1700.
Order discharging Faith Taylor, daughter of Charles Taylor, of the city of Westminster, clerk, from her indentures of apprenticehood with Ann Cholmely, seamstress and hairdresser, because that Faith Taylor hath often embezzled money and other things, and is very idle, disorderly, and pilfering. (p. 41)
Order discharging Joseph Sandford, son of Joseph Sandford, citizen and barber surgeon, of London, from his indentures of apprenticehood with Gabriel Briscoe, brother of the Company of Barber Surgeons, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, the said Briscoe having gone beyond the seas (p. 42)
On the petition of William Walker, late scavenger of the Spur Alley Ward, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, that the former order of the Court to the churchwardens, &c., to reimburse him had been neglected by them, the Court orders the payment of the £17 5s. 6d. due to him. [Vide Sessions Book 569, p. 25] (p. 43)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Heston to make a rate to reimburse George Butler and James Redworth, the late surveyors, £40 0s. 11d. due to them. Butler and Redworth point out that they are poor men, having families to maintain, and are in want of their money. (p. 44)
The Court complains that churchwardens, &c., are very remiss in putting into execution the laws respecting profanation of the Lord's Day, &c., and orders the officers concerned to take care for the future to put them in execution. Attention is called to idle persons who "go about in the footpath sand public streets . . . with wheelbarrows, wherein they carry oranges, apples, nuts, and other wares, and expose them to sale, and carry and use dice to encourage passengers and others to play for such their goods, and other unlawful games." Further attention is called to disorderly persons, both men and women, who wander about singing and publishing obscene ballads and other licentious books and pamphlets, drawing crowds of people, which are of the occasion of picking of pockets, affrays and riots; disturbing the peace and corrupting of youth. Order is made for the constables to arrest such persons and carry them before a Justice, that they may be punished according to law (p. 46)
Mary Hutton, servant to Mrs. Leigh, for being idle and disorderly, deserting her mistress, and inveigling one of her mistress's daughters to go away with her, is committed to the House of Correction till next Quarter Sessions (p. 47)
Several differences and controversies in which there are cross indictments are referred to two of the Justices for settlement, to avoid further litigation. The parties concerned are William Furnall and Mary, his wife, against Lettice, wife of James Roades, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Stephen Brabone, joiner, of Turnstile Alley, Drury Lane, John Harbridge, Robert Sheriff, and Henry Greenaway, shoemaker, all of the same, William Creed, Robert Bates, porter, of Long Acre, Thomas Doggett, of Drury Lane, near Queen Street, cordwainer, William Dennis, gentleman, of St. Martin's, Richard Ellis, porter, of Parker's Lane, St. Giles', and William Price, yeoman, of St. Thomas's Street, St. Giles'. These were said to have broken into the house of Furnall, to have assaulted Mary Furnall, and taken away one drugget coat, value 20/-, a drugget waistcoat, worth 10/-, and "one pair of hair shagg breeches," worth 15/-, the property of Thomas Righting. In their turn they charge Mary Furnall with being a common disturber of her neighbours, &c. (p. 48)
Complaints having been made that the watches in the suburbs are set too late at night and discharged too early in the morning, and that several carpenters, bricklayers, and other workmen using ladders in the daytime eave them carelessly in the streets, so that divers burglaries, &c., have been committed, the Court orders the watches to be kept from sunset to sunrise and the ladders to be locked up (p. 49)
Order to the churchwardens, &c., of Isleworth, to allow to Phyllis Chamblett, wife of Richard Chamblett, gentleman, the sum of 6/- weekly for the relief and maintenance of the said Phyllis and her child (p. 51)
Sessions Book 576—October, 1700.
Order for the churchwardens of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and St. James', Westminster, to reimburse Henry Tawny, late constable of the Upper Ward of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, money expended by him in passing vagrants (p. 24)
Sessions Book 577—October, 1700.
Richard Isabell, of St. Andrew's, Holborn-above-Bars, grocer, is ordered at his own cost, on or before the 5th of November next, to "set up and make good the stocks and whipping post at Holborn," in the said parish where the same lately stood, the said Isabell having had them removed without permission of the Court (ibid.)
John Wiggins, otherwise Higgins, otherwise Layton, convicted upon two indictments for a notorious conspiracy and misdemeanour, is fined £5 upon each indictment, and ordered to be "stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart's tail from Temple Bar to Charing Cross," until his body be bloody. He is to find sufficient sureties for one year, and is committed to Newgate until he pay the fines, undergo the punishment, and find such sureties, then to be delivered, paying his fees (ibid.)
Upon proof that Robert Miller, who keeps a public victualling house in Church Lane, Stepney Parish, is "a common receiver and entertainer of felons," it is ordered that the said Miller's license be suppressed (ibid.)
Order as to the settlement of Mary, wife of Robert Gare, and their three children, John, Thomas, and Edward. The dispute is between the parish of St. John's, Wapping, and the liberty of Norton Folgate (ibid.)
Order that Thomas Leach do continue in the office of beadle of Church End and Hoxton, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch. Order as to the watch-money [vide Sessions Book, No. 574, p. 38] (p. 45)
Order for the churchwardens and overseers of poor of Isleworth Parish to pay Phyllis, wife of Richard Chamblett, of the said parish, gentleman, 10/-weekly towards her maintenance and that of her child. [Vide Sessions Book 475, p. 51.] The said Richard has turned his wife out of doors and is living with one Gertrude Hogg, by whom he has three children (p. 51)
Order as to the settlement of Susanna, widow of Joseph Clithall, John, her son, and Mary Lansbury, her apprentice. At the time the said John was born Susanna kept a victualling house by Fleet Ditch, in the parish of St. Bride's (p. 52)
"A place of meeting of a congregation of dissenters, scrupling the baptising of infants, is certified to be held in the house of John Savage, in Whitecross Alley, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, in this county, and is registered here in Court according to the statute in that case made." Dated 14 October, 1700 (p. 66)
Sessions Book 578—December, 1700.
Order for Susanna Kilworth, convicted for setting fire to and burning an inhabited house in the parish of Edmonton, to be stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart-tail from the sign of the "Blue Bell," in Edmonton, to the common watering-place in the said parish. She is remanded to Newgate Gaol till she pay a fine of 3/4 and her fees of 17/6. (p. 39)
Order for Philip Gough and Thomas West, convicted for a notorious conspiracy and misdemeanour, to be stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart-tail from the Bars in White Cross Street to Old Street. They are to find sufficient sureties for their good behaviour for one year, and to pay a fine of £5; and are committed to Newgate till they undergo the said punishment, and pay their fine and fees, 17/6 (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Anne, wife of John Dennis. The said John lived for several years as hired servant with Mr. King, of the hamlet of Hammersmith. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and Hammersmith (p. 41)
Order to deprive John Hoy, a soldier, of a license, obtained by fraud, to keep a victualling house and to sell beer in Lukener's Lane, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, upon proof that the said house for which the license is granted is not kept by Hoy, but by Eleanor Holding, a widow, who is "notoriously known" to be a receiver of stolen goods (p. 42)