Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 635—January, 1706.
Order for Mr. Henry Whitchcott, of Finchley, to pay Richard Roome, of the same parish, £1 14s. 0d., the balance of an account due to him for digging gravel "for repair of the churchway at Finchley, called Neither Street," on the report of two of the Justices, appointed to deal with the dispute. (p. 41)
A pension of £3 per annum granted by the Court, out of the fund for maimed soldiers and sailors, to Thomas Tiddaman, of Poplar, mariner. He had been master of H.M.S. "Orford," and while on duty had lost the use of his right arm, and received several wounds in his head (p. 42)
A dispute between James Ball, butcher, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and Peter and Margaret Woodcombe, was referred to one of the Justices for settlement. Ball had been indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Woodcombe and threatening to kill her, and a cross-indictment charged Peter and Margaret with an assault made on him. Ball had lent the Woodcombes £4, and they had given him a pledge in goods and chattels of much greater value. They had repaid him £2 19s. 6d., and were ready to repay the rest on receiving the goods pledged. Ball pleaded that he had sold the goods, and yet had endeavoured to get the Woodcombes arrested for debt (p. 43)
Order concerning the settlement of Jane Harrison and her children, Alice and Sarah, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Anne, Westminster, and St. Giles (p. 46)
Order concerning the settlement of Katherine King and her children, Mary, Sarah, Margaret, and Katherine. The mother and Mary are sent to St. Anne's, Westminster, the children Sarah, Margaret, and Katherine to St. Martin's, Ludgate (p. 47)
A pension of £3 per annum granted by the Court, out of the fund for maimed soldiers and sailors, to John Allen, weaver, of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate. He had been pressed, and had served on board H.M.'s ships the "Royal Katherine" and the "Content." While serving on board the latter vessel he had lost the use of his right arm by the fall of "the garned block upon his left (sic) shoulder as he was hoisting the barge upon the boomes of the ship" (p. 48)
Order for the churchwardens, &c., of the hamlet of Limehouse, in the parish of Stepney, to pay £75 4s. 3d., due to William Weathe, late churchwarden of that hamlet, by the first day of the next Quarter Sessions. (p. 49)
Order for the overseers of the hamlet of Bow, in the parish of Stepney, to pay within a week £6 4s. 0d., money due to Anne Lowe for maintaining and clothing Elizabeth Smith, a poor girl belonging to the parish (p. 50)
The petition of Mary Baskerville to be released from her apprenticehood with Lydia Durrant, "semptress," of the parish of St. James', Westminster, was discharged, and the Court ordered her to return to her mistress. The petitioner stated that £30 had been paid on her behalf, and that two months ago, while she was "afflicted with a disease called the meazles, her mistress had turned her out of doors" Lydia Durrant was sempstress to Her Majesty, "and stated that in case of sickness her apprentices were by agreement removed to some other lodging, and that due care was taken for her safe removal." [Vide Sessions Book 637, p. 27] (p. 51)
Order for Coling Hunter, alias Collinghouse, within a fortnight, to remove two children from the parish of Hampstead, where he had put them to nurse, and to pay the churchwardens the cost of their maintenance there, since they had become chargeable to the parish (p. 52)
John Knapp, of the hamlet of Mile End, in the parish of St. Dunstan's, Stepney, about a year since let his house in Mile End New Town to William Radford for five years, keeping some few rooms as a lodging for himself. Radford was to pay all the rates, yet the churchwardens continue to apply to Knapp for the rates. The Court orders the land tax and the rates to be paid by Radford during the five years, and further directs the churchwardens, &c., to reimburse Knapp the money they have levied by distress of his goods. (p. 53)
Sessions Book 636—February, 1706.
Order as to the settlement of Isaac Long, Jane, his wife and their four children, Henry, Mary, Margaret, and Katherine. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Sepulchre and St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate (p. 37)
A letter from Sir Charles Hedges, knight, to [the Justices of the Peace?], dated Whitehall, 21 February, 1706, recommending to their consideration the advisability of placing women convicts, now in Newgate, in houses of correction, to be kept to hard labour, instead of submitting them to transportation. This had been done by the City of London (p. 38)
Representation to the Queen from the Justices in reply to the foregoing letter:—Upon consideration of the case as to the women convicts now in Newgate, they find that in 1663 the Clerkenwell Workhouse was built for the employment of the poor, and that great sums were raised lor its support by virtue of an Act for the relief of the poor of this kingdom; but that by subsequent reports it was proved that the poor could not maintain themselves by their work, and that the county, having no charities to assist (as the City had), all the moneys raised, it did not answer the end for which it was intended. By a subsequent Act for the better regulation of workhouses, it was enacted that no assessment should be laid on any parishes in Middlesex (except that of St. Margaret's, Westminster) for carrying on the said workhouses after the 29th of September, 1675, and the county being thereby prevented from raising money for that purpose, the said workhouse stood empty and became ruinous until it was let to Sir Thomas Rowe for £30 a year. That the House of Correction at Clerkenwell is incapable of receiving convicts, and from information received from the Governor it has been proved that no persons there can, "though with very hard labour," earn sufficient to maintain themselves (p. 39)
A letter from H. St. John to the Justices of the Peace, dated Whitehall, 26 December, 1705, enclosing a list (which follows) of the several regiments, and their commanders, under orders to recruit for Her Majesty's service abroad.
[Foot-note.]—"Letter and list delivered back to William Black, sergeant in Colonel Etheridge's Company in the First Regiment of Guards, commanded by the Duke of Marlborough, who said he came for it by order of Major-General Withers, lieut.-colonel of that regiment." (p. 52)
Memoranda as to the sign manual for raising recruits; the repair of Brentford Bridge; John Theodrick, master's mate of the "Royal Ann," committed to New Prison for contempt of court; and Thomas Jones, prisoner in the House of Correction (p. 62)
Sessions Book 637—April, 1706.
Richard Browne, esquire, is chosen treasurer for the maimed soldiers' and mariners' fund, within the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore; James Bertie, esquire, for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth; William Gunson is chosen and continued treasurer for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals for the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore; and Moses Bodicott for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth. (p. 4)
Order for confirming a report of certain Justices as to the placing and setting up of boundary stones, the repairing and mending of the pavement, &c., in the Haymarket. John Tully is continued treasurer, and Edward Lawrence, collector, of the profits arising out of the said market. [Tully's accounts follow.] (p. 28)
Order for Charles Wapshott, one of the officers of the Sheriff of Middlesex, to pay £10 for contempt of Court in not having released Nicholas Snow, in prison for debt, when he was discharged by the Justices; £5 of the said fine to be paid to Mary Snow, daughter of the said Nicholas (p. 47)
Whereas, on 20th of March last, John Whitehead, of the parish of Edmonton, labourer, and Baptist Woodroofe, of Edmonton, became bound for the appearance of Ann, wife of the said John Whitehead, to answer all things objected against her by Rachel, wife of Edward Lawrence, and the license granted to the said John Whitehead for keeping a victualling house was suppressed; now upon information that the said John Whitehead keeps an orderly house and is a person of good reputation, it is ordered that the former order for suppressing his license be discharged, and that all matters in difference between the parties be referred to certain Justices (p. 49)
Order concerning the settlement of Mary, Daniel, and John Holdernes, children of Daniel Holdernes and Elizabeth, his wife. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Margaret, Westminster, and Hurley, in the county of Berks. (p. 54)
Order confirming an order adjudging William Cole, of the parish of St. Botolph Without, Bishopsgate, to be the father of the child of Elizabeth Bullock, born in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch (p. 59)
Certificate, dated 3 March, 1705, of a house adjoining to the house of Thomas Goodwin, in Pinner, being appointed for a place of worship for protestants dissenting from the church of England, and pursuant to the late Act of Parliament (p. 80)
Sessions Book 638—May, 1706.
Order for the overseers of the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, to pay £7 4s. 0d. to Dr. Frederick Slayer, Whitlock Bullstrode, Richard Hinde, Robert Hinde, and Edmund Holmes, representing the "contributors to and managers of the Charity School" there, towards the maintenance and education in learning and housewifery of two poor female children belonging to the parish. On the payment of another 40/- Edmund Holmes undertakes to place out one of the children, Mary Chapman, and relieve the parish of any further cost on her account (p. 27)
Rebecca Stafford, alias Carr, convicted of keeping a brothel, is ordered to be whipped at a cart's tail from the end of King's Street to the end of Southampton Street, in High Holborn, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. (p. 28)
Order for discharging Sarah Pickford from her apprenticehood with Hannah Billington, button maker, late of the Strand. The apprentice complains that she has hard lodging, scarcely any clothes to wear, nor shoes and stockings to her feet, and that sometimes she has been forced to beg for sustenance, and she is left now quite destitute, as her mistress has been for some months in the Marshalsea for debt (p 29)
Order discharging Thomas Bennett from his apprenticehood with Michael Cleere, weaver, of Norton Folgate. Bennett complains that his master's wife is a "Roman Catholick," and has frequently endeavoured to persuade him to be of that religion, and that he, by her persuasion, had been at the chapel of the Portuguese Ambassador, who is a papist, to hear Mass (p. 30)
Order for certain late officers of the liberty-above-Bars, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, to deliver up the balances of their accounts to the present overseers, who are to give a note for payment of £50 to Captain Parr, from whom money had been borrowed for the relief of the poor. Further, the overseers are to pay to 15 poor persons, who had petitioned the Court, the arrears of their pensions; the inhabitants are to make a rate for the relief of the poor (ibid.)
A representation to the Queen's Majesty as to a complaint made by Lieutenant Walter Massey. The Justices point out that the Justices of the Staines Division had duly issued warrants putting into execution the Act for raising and enlisting seamen. On Lieutenant Massey's first visit they desired him to name the day for them to meet him, which he did. On the appointed day the Justices met, and at three o'clock in the afternoon Lieutenant Massey sent them word by an ostler that he was gone to another meeting for the like purpose. Notwithstanding this unbecoming behaviour, they sent to him to fix a third day, which he did, naming the 3rd instant. On that day the Justices met, but he sent them word that his horse was taken ill on the road, so that he could not come. The Justices had enlisted three able-bodied seamen, and they still remain in the custody of the high constable. Further, at their first meeting, not being satisfied with the diligence of the petty constables, they had fined one of them, giving all a strict charge to greater diligence. The Justices for the county urge that they have used their best endeavours to serve the Queen; and that they cannot find that Lieutenant Massey had given such attendance as was any way useful to Her Majesty's Service. Except at Hammersmith and Brentford, where he enlisted men, Lieutenant Massey either sent excuses for not attending the Justices, or gave directions to the constables by leaving notes at their houses. Three of the Justices have daily been in attendance, except on Sundays, for carrying out the Act. "Therefore the said Massey's informing His Royal Highness that we were very cold and negligent in our duty, was a very unjust reflection." Attention is also called to the fact that captains and other persons employed to receive persons enlisted, discharge them for money and other rewards, rendering the work of the Justices futile. The representation concludes:—"We most humbly hope that your Majesty will put your mark of displeasure upon the said Lieutenant Massey, that others may be discouraged from treating us hereafter in so false and unjustifiable a manner" (pp. 33, 34)
Sessions Book 639—July, 1706.
Order as to the inspection of the accounts of Hayford Wainwright, gentleman, crier of the Court; particular notice is to be taken of the money received by the said Hayford out of the rents and profits of the Corporation Workhouse, "and other the estate belonging to this county" (p. 39)
Order for Edward Elderton, of Mile End Old Town, farmer, who rents several lands in the hamlet of Stratford le Bow and Old Ford, to pay to the chapelwardens of the said hamlet certain moneys due from him for the relief of the poor of the said hamlet (ibid.)
Order as to the settlement of Richard, infant son of Edward Trusted (now gone to sea), and Elizabeth, his wife, now deceased. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary, Whitechapel, and Stepney (ibid.)
Order for the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the libertyabove-Bars, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, to pay Thomas Wetherall, former overseer, a certain sum disbursed by him during his term of office. (p. 47)
Order for the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of Saffron Hill liberty to receive and provide for Sarah, child of John Early, who has left his habitation. The mother of the said Sarah is dead, and the child has been under the care of Barbara Smith, of St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, widow, who petitions to be relieved of the responsibility (p. 48)
Address of the Justices of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenants, Militia Officers, and the Grand Jury, congratulating Her Majesty upon "the glorious and unparalleled victories lately obtained" by her forces under the Duke of Marlborough, and by her allies, and on her extraordinary success in Spain, particularly in the relief of Barcelona (p. 49)
"Certificate dated 22nd April, 1706, that the house of Mr. William Spilsworth, in Stoake Newington, in the county of Middlesex, is appointed for a meeting-house for protestants dissenting from the Church of England, pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the first year of the reign of our late sovereign Lord and Lady King William and Queen Mary."
Sessions Book 640—August, 1706.
Order for the churchwardens of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, Holborn-aboveBars, Hatton Garden, Saffron Hill, and Ely Rents, to pay the moneys assessed on the said parishes and places in the rate for reimbursing the charges for passing vagrants (ibid.)
Sessions Book 641—October, 1706.
Order that certain fines set upon John Huggins, esquire, high bailiff of the city and liberty of Westminster, for contempt of Court in not attending to his office, be discharged and not estreated (p. 25)
Sessions Book 642—October, 1706.
Certain of the Justices report that they have inspected a new street in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, running from the north end of the present street called Red Lion Street to Lamb's Conduit, intended also to be called Red Lion Street; one part of it is built on the east side, and the other part on the west side, and they recommend that the new street on the west side should be paved with stone, from the denter stone on the south of a corner house occupied by Edward Izard, victualler, to the middle of the street, on the east side of Izard's house to the north side of a house occupied by Charles Dexter; from thence northwards towards Lamb's Conduit so far as there are any houses, coach-houses, and stables, gravel should be used. On the east side of the new street, from the denter stone on the south side of a corner house occupied by Edmund Carpenter of the middle of the street, on the west side of the said house, to the north side of a house occupied by William Pain, carpenter, stone paving should be used. Further they report that they have viewed a new street called Ormond Street, and that they judge it should be paved with stone before the house occupied by — Parker, esquire, on the north side of the street, and before the houses on the south side occupied severally by Simeon Betts, Francis Etherington,— Buning, a baker, and William Hawkins. Order made accordingly (p. 51)
Complaint from certain inhabitants of the Savoy that, for 15 years past, certain persons, calling themselves vestrymen, have imposed extravagant poor rates upon the parish, and that persons who formerly paid 6/6, or 10/10, have lately paid £3 and £4. Order made for the examination of the accounts by certain of the Justices, who are to report thereon at the next Quarter Sessions (p. 53)
Order for discharging an order made by two of the Holborn Justices, adjudging Thomas Poole, turner, of the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, to be the father of the female bastard of Elizabeth Mills, widow (p. 55)
Order for certain inhabitants of the liberty above Bars in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, to audit the accounts of John Hurst, Thomas Wilburne, Thomas Bullock, John Barnes, and Christopher Farmer, and to report to the Justices of the Bloomsbury Division (p. 56)
Order concerning the settlement of Richard Hill, Sarah, his wife, and Anne, their daughter, in the parish of St. Sepulchre. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Clement Danes and St. Sepulchre (p. 58)
The petition of John Ganden, weaver, of Spitalfields, for the discharge of his daughter, Sarah, from her apprenticehood with Alice Smithe, sempstress, on the ground that her mistress had misused her, was discharged (p. 59)
Order discharging Thomas Wrenn from his apprenticehood with Edmund Juby, feltmaker, of Earle Street, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. Juby is to return 50/-. The apprentice complained that Juby and his wife had so unreasonably beaten him that he went in danger of his life (p. 60)
Order discharging William Bilson, "of Pancrass, alias Pancross," from his apprenticehood with John Bartholomew, mariner, of St. John's, Wapping, on the ground that the indentures were void in law. It was stated on behalf of Bilson that Bartholomew had not only barbarously ill-used him, but had "left him in parts beyond the seas" (ibid.)
Order discharging William Hart from serving as constable to the parish of Hanworth, as he has served a whole year, and cannot learn when the lord of the manor will hold a court leet and swear in another constable. The Court appoints William Neve to serve (p. 62)
Order discharging Ezekiel Farmer from his apprenticehood with Joseph Ferrland, weaver, of Spitalfields, on the petition of his father, Hezekiah. The Court held that the indentures were void in law, as Ferrland had induced the lad to become his apprentice without the consent of his father (ibid.)
Order discharging an order made by two of the Justices adjudging William White, staymaker, of Surrey Street, in the parish of St. Clement Danes, to be the father of the male bastard of Katherine Nutting, single woman (p. 63)
Urder granting a pension of £3 annually, from the fund for maimed soldiers and sailors, to John Williams, of New Brentford. He had been on board H M.'s bomb-ketch, the "Comet," at the bombarding of Barcelona, when he lost his left leg by a cannon ball, as he was loading a mortar. (p. 64)
"Certificate, dated 7 September, 1706, that Charles Nicholetts, a protestant dissenting minister of the Gospel, designs to make use of the market-house in Shadwell Market for the public worship of God in a separate congregation, beginning the then next Lord's Day, he being qualified thereunto as the law directs."
Sessions Book 643—December, 1706.
Upon the complaint of Nathaniel Chandler, chief constable of the Holborn Division, that the churchwardens and overseers of the poor and others, inhabitants of St. Andrew's, Holborn, of the liberty of Hatton Garden, Saffron Hill, and Ely Rents, have refused to pay certain moneys for the passing of vagrants, it is ordered that the said churchwardens and overseers, &c., do pay the same to the said Chandler (p. 43)
Order for the suppression of the license of John Clarke, of the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, otherwise Whitechapel, victualler, who has been indicted for keeping an ill-governed and disorderly alehouse (p. 46)
A letter from the Lords of the Council to the Duke of Bedford, dated 5 December, 1706, recommending the vigorous execution of the Act for the better recruiting the army and marines, and desiring him to send up, on or before the 5th of next February, an account, which is to be laid before Her Majesty in Council, of his proceedings in the matter, with the number and names of the recruits raised (p. 48)