Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 602—January, 1703.
Order to discharge Alington Pole, prisoner in the Gatehouse Prison, for debt, at the suit of Robert Lulman and William Bailey, upon proof that he had been in prison six months, that his debt only amounted to £20, that he was under 40 years of age, and had lately enlisted in Her Majesty's second troop of horse grenadiers under Captain Dent (pp. 14–16)
Like order for William Finch, debtor at the suit of William Knype, gentleman. The said William Finch has lately enlisted under Colonel Ray, in Lord Romney's regiment, being the first regiment of foot guards (p. 17)
Order for an assessment to be made to repair the highways of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, which are to be repaired with gravel and not paved, by Robert Mead for the sum of £150. Out of the residue of the money to be raised, the churchwardens shall cause to be repaired with paviour's work 250 yards before the old churchyard in St. Martin's Lane, 326 yards in Church Lane, 69 yards in the new churchyard, 444 yards at the Watch-house at the upper end of Hedge Lane, 116 yards at the Almshouse in the parish of St. Anne; and with mason's work in Church Lane, broad stone paving 785 feet; at the two doors of the east end of the church 190 feet; the pavement in the old churchyard leading from the Schoolhouses 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 of 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, &c. (pp. 19–21)
Sessions Book 603—March, 1703.
Order confirming an order adjudging William Buxton, of Charles Street, St. James', baker, to be the father of Mary Holman's male child. The said child was born in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields (ibid.)
Sessions Book 604—April, 1703.
William Gulston [Gunson ?] appointed treasurer of the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and Hospitals within the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore; and Thomas Ponting for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Ramsey, widow of George Ramsey, and her three children, Elizabeth, Ephraim, and Jane. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Ippolites, in the county of Hertford, and Friern Barnet, in the county of Middlesex (p. 25)
Order concerning the settlement of Catherine Cartwright, widow, and her two sons, Charles and Thomas. The dispute is between the parishes of West Clandon, in the county of Surrey, and St. James', Clerkenwell (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Thomas Turner, Mary, his wife, and Thomas, Mary, James, Susan, and Elizabeth, their children. The dispute is between the parishes of Witham, in the county of Essex, and St. Sepulchre, in this county (p. 28)
Upon the petition of several of the inhabitants of Blue Anchor Alley, in the liberty of Grubb Street, in the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, it is ordered that they be allowed to employ and pay a labourer to cleanse the said alley, and to carry away the dirt and soil, they paying him for the same; such payment to be over and above their contribution to the scavenger's rate there (p. 29)
Order for confirming an order adjudging Anthony Stokes, corn chandler, living near the postern gate by "Morefeild," London, to be the father of the bastard child of Amy Goodey, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. (p. 30)
Order for Thomas Braint to continue in the office of overseer for Hendon, upon proof that he is not so old and infirm as he alleges, and that he has a son, who lives with him, to help him in his work (p. 32)
Order for certain Justices to view the market called the Haymarket, to order the placing and setting of boundary stones for the better ascertaining the limits and bounds of the said market, and to enquire whether the said Haymarket cannot be paved for less charge than in time past. John Tully, esquire, is appointed treasurer, and Edward Lawrence, collector of the moneys received from the said market, and Mr. TuIIy's accounts for the past year are set out (p. 35)
Order for certain Justices to view the bridge and way at and near Hockley Hole, and to decide whether the inhabitants of St. Andrew's, Holborn-aboveBars, or the inhabitants of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, are to pay for the repairing of the said bridge (p. 37)
Order for Richard Skitsley, of Kirby Street, Hatton Garden, to pay 12d. weekly towards the maintenance of his grandchild, Mary Skitsley. It is proved that Robert Skitsley, of the parish of St. Ann, Westminster, son of the said Richard Skitsley, has sold all his goods and run away, leaving his wife, Mary, and an infant, Mary, totally unprovided for (p. 45)
William Gunson, gentleman, appointed treasurer for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals for the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore. Thomas Ponting, gentleman, appointed to the like office for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth (ibid.)
Order for the high constables of the Westminster, Holborn, and Finsbury Divisions, in the hundred of Ossulton, to punctually observe and obey Her Majesty's order (copy annexed) of 2 April, for the quartering of Her Majesty's Foot Guards and the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards in the several parishes mentioned in the said order, and further to provide sufficient quarters and lodging for all soldiers "as shall come to the said high constables for quarters in their march or otherwise." Also to return to this Court in writing a list of the Christian and surnames of all innholders, victuallers, retailers of brandy, and other distilled liquors, keepers of livery stables, and all other persons liable by law to quarter soldiers, together with the streets and places where such persons reside [vide Queen's order entered below] (p. 47)
The Queen's order concerning the Foot Guards:—"Our will and
pleasure is that the several companies of our First Regiment of Foot Guards
be disposed of in the quarters following, viz., in the parish of St. Margaret's,
Westminster, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, St. James' and Covent Garden. And
our Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards, two companies in St. Anne's,
Westminster, two companies in St. Clement Danes and St. Mary, Savoy,
eight companies in St. Giles'-in-the-Fields and St. Andrew, Holborn, and
two companies in St. Sepulchre's Without and Clerkenwell, where they are
to remain until further order. And the officers are to take care that the soldiers
behave themselves civilly and duly pay their landlords; and all magistrates,
Justices of the Peace, constables, and other our officers whom it may concern,
are hereby required to be assisting unto them in providing quarters, impressing
carriages, and otherwise as there shall be occasion. Given at our Court at
St. James' this 2nd day of April, 1703, in the second year of our reign
By Her Majesty's command,
To Henry, Earl of Romney, Colonel of the First Regiment of Foot Guards; and to John, Lord Cutts, Lieut.-General of the Forces, and Colonel of the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards, or to the officers-in-chief with the said regiments." (p. 52)
Order for certain Justices to enquire into and report upon the rules and methods for assessing and rating the prices of all land carriage of goods to be brought into the several inns in this county for the present year (p. 54)
Thomas Carney, convicted of unlawfully entering the house of the Right Honourable George, Earl of Huntingdon, and assaulting Elizabeth Whiteing, spinster, is fined 40 marks, and sentenced to hard labour in the House of Correction for one year. He is also sentenced to the same punishment for riot and assault (p. 56)
Order concerning rates for maintaining and passing vagrants. Sixpence for maintaining a vagrant 24 hours; 6d. for conveying vagrants a mile by cart or horse and carriage; and for conveying vagrants by foot less than 6d. per mile according to the discretion of the Justices of the Peace (p. 66)
Sessions Book 605—May, 1703.
Order on the petition of several of the inhabitants of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents. The petition shows that Richard Tanner and Gervaise Fielder, together with John Longland the churchwarden, were appointed overseers of the poor, but that they refuse to serve, and prays relief from the inconveniences which consequently arise. It appearing that they stand indicted for contempt, it is ordered that others be nominated to serve as overseers for this year (p. 26)
Dismissal of the complaint of Mary, widow of Thomas Jerome, bricklayer, of Hornsey Parish, against John Walbank, formerly of Finchley Parish, journeyman bricklayer, who has removed to Hornsey, and has obtained a license to sell beer and ale, to the great damage of the petitioner, who has had a license to sell drink in that parish for 15 years (p. 28)
Order for a rate to be made in the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, for reimbursing William Lovett, former surveyor of the highways in the said liberty, the money expended by him (p. 29)
Order for a committee to take the affidavits of all persons concerned as to their loss sustained and the damage done by the late great fire in St. John's Parish, Wapping, and to report upon the same at the next Sessions (p. 33)
Sessions Book 606—July, 1703.
Order to Samuel Browne, high bailiff of Westminster, and to the various petty constables, to make out, for each parish, a list of freeholders, &c., liable for service on juries, to be sent in by the first day of the next Sessions (p. 19)
Order on the petition of William Hartley, a common soldier in Colonel Montague's Foot Guards, under the command of the Earl of Romney. Sets forth that he was billeted by a constable on Mr. Morson, or Mawson, "at the sign of the King's Head, Albemarle Street, Pickadilly," a common ale house, but was refused entertainment. Mawson did not appear, and as it was late in the evening of the last day of the Sessions, Mr. Sargent Bonythorn, the Chairman, put to the Justices the question of suppressing the license. Two of the Justices—Joseph Offley and Thomas Crosse—dissented from the motion and requested that their opinion against the suppression might be recorded, but four being in favour of suppressing the license, order was made accordingly. (p. 23)
Sessions Book 607—July, 1703.
Whereas on the 13th of January last it was ordered that a certain road or way from the east corner of the pound in the parish of St. Giles'-in-theFields, leading, through the respective parishes of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, St. Mary le Bone, and St. Pancras; towards Tottenham Court, so far as there are houses built and adjoining on both sides of the way, should be paved with stone on both sides of the way; and whereas on the 5th of April last, the time for paving the said way was enlarged until the 24th of August: now, upon the information that the work is not yet begun, it is ordered that the surveyors and some of the inhabitants of the said parishes shall attend on the 15th instant, and show cause why the said road should not be sufficiently paved with stone. (p. 31)
Order for Thomas Hearne, Paul Griffin, and four others (named), former constables of St. Ann's Parish, within the liberty of Westminster, to attend the Court on the 15th instant, to show cause why they have not collected the full sums rated and charged in their several parishes for passing vagrants (p. 32)
Order for the inspection of the accounts of John Longland, churchwarden, and Richard Atkins and Anthony Goodwin, overseers of the poor, for the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, in St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn (ibid.)
Order for the discharge of Martha Witham, daughter of Sarah, wife of Thomas Cowlidge, of Colchester, in the county of Essex, apprenticed to Mary Branch, of the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, spinster, "to learn the art of good housewifery" (p. 38)
Order for Ann Marlton, of St. Mary's Parish, Whitechapel, widow, to be excused from paying towards the relief of the poor of the said parish for this year. The said Ann's husband was a mariner, and died in the wars 20 years previous (ibid.)
Order as to the settlement of Richard Cole, Martha, his wife, and Richard and Mary, their children. The dispute is between the parishes of Allhallows, Steyning, and the liberty of Norton Folgate (p. 39)
Sessions Book 608—September, 1703.
Order to the constables, &c., in the various parishes concerning the setting of the watch too late and withdrawing it too early in the morning; also concerning ladders being left unsecured by carpenters and builders. (p. 41)
Order discharging Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Davis, [apprenticed] to Jeremiah Gasnett, watchmaker, of Holloway, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington, from her apprenticehood, on the ground that he had misused her, &c. (p. 44)
Ordered that certain of the Justices are to go to the gaol at Newgate to inquire what grievances the prisoners there have by the connivance of the keeper and under-keeper, and to further inquire into the payment of garnish money, and to report at the next Sessions (p. 45)
Sessions Book 609—October, 1703.
Sessions Book 610—October, 1703.
A complaint from some of the officers of the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, that, contrary to the custom of the parish, the constable, William Steed, had chosen John Ives to be one of the headboroughs for the remainder of the year, in the place of Benjamin Thatcher who had left the liberty. The Court however dismissed the complaint, and confirmed the appointment of John Ives (p. 29)
Order discharging Alexander Battle, of Shepperton, from holding the office of constable there any longer. He had served for over two years, and no court leet had been held at which a new constable could be appointed. The Court appoints Edward Hale to the office (p. 32)
Andrew Piries, of the hamlet of Ratcliffe, complains to the Court that he is over-rated by 20/- to the relief of the poor for the dwelling-house, glasshouse, and premises which he rents. The Court orders the abatement of this 20/- (ibid.)
Order for a pension of 40/- yearly from the maimed soldiers' and sailors' fund, to be granted to John Andrews, who was boatswain of the "Holmes" fireship in 1678 and 1679; in a fight with "an Algerine man-of-war, [he] had his right arm broke and sprung and strained his back" (p. 43)
Order for certain of the Justices to view and inspect the defects in the House of Correction at Clerkenwell, and to report at the next Sessions what repairs are necessary, and give an estimate of the cost (p. 44)
Order confirming the report of the Justices who had been appointed to inspect the accounts of Robert Horton and Richard Craine, overseers of the parish of St. Clement Danes for the year 1701. Richard Craine is to pay to the present overseers £25 2s. 7¼d., and they are to pay £12 0s. 5¼d. to Robert Horton (ibid.)
Report of certain Justices who had been appointed to examine the petition of George Hughes, late churchwarden of St. Anne's, Westminster, to be reimbursed the money he had paid to the high constable of Westminster, on account of passing vagrants, &c.; the Court confirms the report, and states that all the late constables ought to be indicted for contempt and neglect; the present constables are to collect the moneys as yet unpaid. Particulars follow, respecting what had been collected from each ward. (pp. 46–49)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the parish of Twickenham, at the cost of the parish, and with the consent of Charles, Duke of Somerset, and Elizabeth, his Duchess, the lord and lady of the manor of Isleworth Syon, to build fit and convenient dwelling houses for the use of the impotent poor of the parish, upon a piece of waste or common ground containing about an acre, called the Lower Common, abutting eastwards upon the ground of —— Stanley, widow, westwards upon the common, southwards upon a road or cartway leading to the gravel pits, and northwards upon a field called Old Field, "a road or cartway lying between" (pp. 51, 52)
Sessions Book 611—December, 1703.
Order for George London, gardener, to pay Alexander Henry and William Saunders, labourers, the money he owes them for work done by them in the gardens of his late Majesty, King William III, at Hampton Court. (p. 45)