Middlesex County Records. Calendar of Sessions Books 1689-1709. Originally published by Middlesex County Record Society, London, 1905.
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Sessions Book 644—January, 1707.
Sessions Book 645—January, 1707.
Order for Nathaniel Chandler, gentleman, chief constable of Holborn Division, to pay Hayford Wainwright, gentleman, crier of this Court, £20 towards the amount expended by him in passing vagrants (ibid.)
Order of reference as to the petition of Thomas Rascoe, former surveyor of the highways of Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, in which he complains that the churchwarden of the said hamlet refuses to make a rate, as ordered, to reimburse the petitioner moneys expended by him for gravel and other materials (p. 40)
Order for the discharge of Ann Logue, apprenticed to William Webster, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. The said Willam "is since dead," and Jane, his widow, refuses to deliver up the indenture of apprenticehood (p. 41)
Upon the petition of the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, showing a deficit in the poor rate, owing to the amount of empty houses in the neighbourhood, and praying a quarter's rate more may be made upon the inhabitants, it is ordered accordingly. (p. 46)
Jonathan Easden, convicted for cheating Francis Fieldhouse and Thomas Boswell, is fined £10 upon each indictment, and is to be put in and upon the pillory on Little Tower Hill, near the Victualling Office, for two hours, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a paper fixed over his head, describing his offences; he is to find sureties for his good behaviour for twelve months. He is remanded to Newgate until he pay the fines, undergo the punishment, then to be delivered, paying his fees, 35/- (p. 47)
Order as to the settlement of Sarah, widow of Abraham Corner, and her three children, John, Judy, and Elizabeth. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and St. Margaret's, Westminster. (ibid.)
Adjournment of the appeal as to the settlement of Ann Gardner, and William and David, her sons. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Clement's, Cambridge, and St. Katherine's, near the Tower (p. 49)
Upon the petition of the churchwarden, constable, and others, inhabitants of the liberty of Grub Street, in the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, showing that the watch-house belonging to the said liberty is much in need of repair, and praying for a rate to be made to defray the expense of repairing the same, it is ordered accordingly (p. 50)
Order on a petition and appeal of Richard Price, gentleman, Matthew Nicholas, Henry Turner, Robert Russell, and John Turner against an inquisition taken at the mansion house of Charles, Lord Ossulston, upon a writ of ad quod dampnum, dated 19 December, directed to the sheriff of Middlesex, requiring him to enquire what damage would be caused if the Queen should grant license to the said Lord Ossulston to enclose part of a common highway, leading from Hillingdon Common to a town called Harlington. The petitioners had prayed that their rights might be preserved to them as soon as the said way should be enclosed, and it is ordered accordingly (p. 53)
At the Sessions held last July, the petition of Charles Hargrave and other inhabitants of Finchley Parish as to the poor rate, was referred to certain Justices who were desired to inspect the accounts of the churchwardens and overseers. Upon inspection of the said accounts, it was found that £51 had been expended for law charges, and the said Justices thereupon ordered that £36 should be allowed towards the charge of the said lawsuit, and that John Williams, churchwarden, should pay Henry Howe, overseer, £15, the residue of the said sum, to reimburse him the charge he was put to by an unreasonable prosecution. Now, upon complaint that the order of the Justices was illegal, it is ordered that the said report, and order made for confirming the same, be vacated, and the accounts are referred to the Justices to be reviewed and inspected (p. 54)
The rector and churchwardens of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields "do desire to be heard against any order that shall be made for registering and allowing a chapel in Great Queen Street, lately erected by Mr. William Baguley for a place of religious worship for protestant dissenters."
Certificate that "a house belonging to Sarah Gully, widow, in Chelsea is set apart for a public meeting house of protestant dissenters in religious worship, pursuant to an Act of Parliament, entitled an Act for exempting of Her Majesty's protestant subjects from certain penal laws."
"Certificate that a house in possession of Rice Davies, of Uxbridge, otherwise Woxbridge, in the parish of Hillingdon, which house was lately in the occupation of John Hill, his landlord, is set apart for religious worship."
Sessions Book 646—February, 1707.
Petition of James Lorata, setting forth that he, being born of Arabian parents, "in the desert of Arabia," was brought to England, baptised according to the ordinances of the Church of England, and bound apprentice to Thomas Richardson, who shortly after sent him into the sea service, to redeem another man, with no more clothes than one old coat, jacket, breeches, a pair of old stockings, and one shirt; that Ann Richardson, widow of the said Thomas, has received all the wages due to him while he served on board Her Majesty's ships the "Nottingham" and "Bridgwater," and that he has nothing with which to buy necessary clothing. Prays to be discharged from his apprenticeship and allowed the wages due to him. The case is adjourned (ibid.)
Sessions Book 647—April, 1707.
Order for discharging Mercy Firnley, alias Ferneloe, from her apprenticehood with Grace Dollard, mantua maker and child's coat maker. Firnley had not been instructed in the art or mystery, but had been kept "running errands and doing house work" (p. 23)
Sessions Book 648—April, 1707.
David Hechstetter is chosen treasurer for the maimed soldiers' and mariners' fund for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, and he is appointed to take the accounts of Richard Brown, esquire, late treasurer.
Thomas Cullum, esquire, chosen to a like office, for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth, and he is appointed to take the accounts of the Honourable James Bertie, esquire, late treasurer.
William Gunson, gentleman, continued treasurer for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals for the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore, and Moses Bodicott for the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth (p. 4)
Order for discharging Ralph Key from the office of scavenger for the upper liberty of St. John Street, in the parish of St. Sepulchre, upon proof that his age is 76, and that he is "dim of sight and thick of hearing." (p. 36)
Order for discharging Thomas Page from the office of constable of the hamlet of Roxeth, in the parish of Harrow, upon proof that he has served the said office for a year, and that no court leet is being held for the manor of Harrow for this year. Ralph Higgins appointed to serve in his stead. (ibid.)
Order concerning the settlement of Ann Earneans, alias Brewer, formerly the widow of Clement Earneans, surgeon, and also the widow of — Brewer. The dispute is between the parishes of Isleworth and St. Clement Danes (p. 41)
Order for the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, to pay Thomas Cruttenden 2/- per week for the maintenance of Lucy Fowell, child of Isaac Fowell, left at the house of said Thomas Cruttenden in his absence "by surprize," the father and mother both having disappeared (p. 42)
Order to the churchwardens and overseers of the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn to receive into their care Barbara Cook, a poor child aged 3 years, daughter of Alice Cook, upon the petition of Thomas Butcher, a labourer, in whose house the said Alice Cook lately died (p. 46)
Mr. Moses Bodicott, chosen and continued treasurer for the Marshalsea, Queen's Bench, and Hospitals in the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth. Order to the Justices to examine his accounts (ibid.)
Order for Jane Smyth and Elizabeth Boyle, convicted of cheating and defrauding Isabel, wife of William Scales, of £9, to be stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart's tail round Red Lion Square, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, and to be remanded to Newgate gaol until they undergo their punishment and pay their fees. (p. 56)
Order for Elizabeth Boyle and Alice Jones, convicted of defrauding Katherine Shute, widow, of £9, to be fined 6/8, and for Elizabeth Boyle to be put upon the pillory before Grays Inn Foregate, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, for the space of one hour, with a paper over her head describing her said offence. Alice Jones is to be stripped from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart's tail from Gray's Inn Foregate to Southampton Street, in the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields. The said Elizabeth and Alice are both remanded to Newgate gaol until they pay their fines, undergo their punishment and pay their fees (p. 56)
Order for Thomas Wilkes, gentleman, chief constable of the Tower Division within the hundred of Ossulston, and the several petty constables, to attend at Hicks Hall with their respective accounts of vagrant money. (p. 57)
Order for William Page, of Golden Lane, in the parish of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, labourer, to be discharged from paying the poor rate upon proof that he is a very poor man, almost blind, with five children and an industrious wife, and that he has only had three days' work in 12 months. (p. 59)
Order concerning the settlement of — Whitethorne, aged 11 weeks, the son of Jonathan and Mary Whitethorne. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Mary, Newington, in the county of Surrey, and St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate (p. 62)
Order for certain Justices to take the accounts of Henry Hawley, esquire, deceased, late treasurer of the county bridges; of Mr. Browne, late treasurer of the maimed soldiers' fund in the hundreds of Ossulston, Edmonton, and Gore; and of Mr. Bertie, late treasurer of the maimed soldiers' fund in the hundreds of Elthorne, Spelthorne, and Isleworth (ibid.)
Sessions Book 649—May, 1707.
Order referring to two Justices for settlement, a dispute between the inhabitants of Hollywell Court, alias King John's Court, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and the Vestry of the same parish, touching the right to elect scavengers for Hollywell Court (p. 23)
Order for discharging Frances Woodward from her apprenticehood with Stephen Dodd, victualler, of Ratcliff. She had been originally apprenticed to Katherine Attwood by the parish authorities of St. Paul, Shadwell, and by her was assigned to Stephen Dodd. By Dodd and his wife she had been much beaten and bruised, and whipped from the shoulders to the waist until her body was bloody and raw (p. 24)
Order for discharging John Langley from his apprenticehood with Abraham Richards, periwig-maker and barber, of the parish of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields. Richards had for some time kept an alehouse, and his apprentice was employed in waiting on the guests, and carrying out and fetching in pots, instead of learning his trade; besides, he was much ill-used by his master's wife. Part of the premium was to be returned (p. 26)
Sessions Book 650—July, 1707.
Order concerning the settlement of Sarah Carpenter and her three children, John Peter, Daniel, and Mary, in the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster. The dispute is between the parishes of St. Anne's and St. Martin's. (ibid.)
A petition from the sufferers by fire in the parish of St. Margaret's, Westminster, sets forth that on 10 April there happened in Charles Street "a most dreadful and lamentable fire," whereby 17 houses were utterly consumed, and six more very much damaged, "besides some outhousing"; that the greater part of the petitioners' goods, household stuff, and implements of trade were either broken, burnt, or made unserviceable, or stolen, so that the total loss amounts to £4,475 14s. 11d.; they therefore ask for letters patent to be granted them for a brief. The matter is referred to a number of the Justices, who are to report to the Court on 17 July (p. 25)
Order for raising £35 in the various parishes in the liberty of Westminster, to pay:—(1) Arrears of £8 10s. 0d. due to the widow of John Wyatt for carpenter's work done at the House of Correction in Tuttle Fields in 1702; (2) arrears for work done at the same place by Edward Stone, bricklayer, amounting to £5 5s. 0d.; (3) money due to Francis Reding, the governor of the house, for clothing, &c., for William Landy, a "poor distracted man" in Bethlehem Hospital, 28/- (p. 26)
Order confirming an order of two of the Justices adjudging Arthur Annesley, esquire, commonly called Lord Altham, to be the reputed father of a female bastard child of Eleanor Sheldon, in the parish of St. James', Westminster (p. 28)
Sessions Book 651—July, 1707.
Order referring a petition from the prisoners in Newgate to several of the Justices, who are to report to the next Court of Quarter Sessions. The petition sets out that the Order, made by the Court on the 8th of September, 1702, against exacting garnish, &c., from prisoners, was not observed, &c., and complains that one Robinson, "then and still turnkey of the prison, doth daily permit lewd women and known thieves and others to lodge with the felons all night, provided they pay him 1/- for each night's lodging and satisfy with drink four over-plus officers, called partners," who are prisoners set up by the keeper, James Fell, or the turnkey, Robinson. These partners demand 2/- from every person coming in as a prisoner, and claim a double allowance of the charity beef and bread; they are allowed to strike and abuse the prisoners, and threaten to search and strip those who refuse to pay the 2/-. Further, the women resorting to the prison daily commit thefts abroad, and bring the stolen goods into the gaol (p. 47)
Order confirming the report of the Justices appointed to consider the dispute between Hollywell Court and St. Leonard's, Shoreditch:—The inhabitants of Holywell Court are not to be excluded from the liberty, or to be allowed to rate themselves, but they are to be excused paying the rate for the first quarter (p. 49)
Order for setting up posts and a chain upon New Brentford Bridge. The treasurer of the bridge money reports that New Brentford Bridge is much "dampnifyed " by the great number of persons passing over it with their horses, carts, and carriages in the summer time, when they have a convenient way below the bridge, but will not make use of it. The posts and chain are to prevent this use of the bridge, and preserve it for foot passengers (p. 51)
Order for Joseph Evans, churchwarden of the hamlet of Mile End Old Town, in the parish of Stepney, to pay to Elizabeth Hicks, widow of a former churchwaiden, the sum of £89, being the balance of an account due to her late husband (p. 52)
Order confirming an order of two of the Justices, adjudging William Cook, one of the officers of Her Majesty's Duty of Excise, late of the parish of St. John, Margate, to be the father of a male bastard of Mary Hart, late of the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch (p. 53)
Order for confirming an order made by two of the Justices, adjudging John Hasker, victualler, of Mile End Old Town, Stepney, to be the reputed father of the female bastard of Mary Needham, wife of Thomas Needham, late of Bethnal Green, who is a soldier, and in foreign parts (p. 54)
Order discharging Sarah Ponder from her apprenticehood with William Smyth, fisherman, of Hammersmith, who had so ill-treated her that she despaired of her life. She had been apprenticed by the churchwardens, &c., of Lee, Essex, and as she had gained a settlement in Hammersmith, was likely to become chargeable to the parish. The Court ordered Smyth to pay £5 10s. 0d., which he had received with his apprentice, and double apparel, to the chapelwardens of Hammersmith (p. 55)
Order discharging Margaret Carter from her apprenticehood with Hannah Walsh, of St. Mary-le-Strand, alias Savoy, to whom she had been apprenticed to learn houswifery, on the ground that the said Hannah had cruelly ill-used her, and that her master had endeavoured to debauch her (p. 56)
Order discharging an order made by two of the Justices, adjudging Thomas Barnes, barber, of Mile End Old Town, Stepney, to be the father of the female bastard of Thomasin Hankinson, widow. The Court found that Charles Hankinson was alive, and had been often seen in London, and that the child was not a bastard but the daughter of the said Charles. (p. 58)
Order discharging Jane Best from her apprenticehood with Mary Mackdonnell, widow of Dennis Mackdonnell, button maker. The mistress complains that Best had often robbed her, and for that, and for lying out of the petitioner's house, whoring, and drunkenness, she had been in prison; but her said mistress had received her again. Since that time she has been often drunk, stayed out at night, assaulted and beaten her, and threatened to kill her (p. 59)
The difference of Ann Blow, spinster, and Mrs. Mary Blay, concerning the sum of £9 8s. 0d., claimed as wages by the former, is referred to certain Justices for settlement; they are to report to the next Court of Quarter Sessions (ibid.)
Order discharging an order of two of the Justices, adjudging John Williams to be the father of the female bastard of Elizabeth Washborne, of the liberty-above-Bars, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn. The Court found that the husband, Richard Washborne, was alive (p. 60)
Order discharging Mary Storey from her apprenticehood. She was first placed with Thomas Parker, hemp-dresser, of Aldersgate Street, London. Parker assigned her to Richard Godman, "chirurgeon," of St. Sepulchre's. Godman and his wife falsely accused her of being with child by Richard Goodwin, and she had been imprisoned in the House of Correction on this false charge for seven weeks, and on her release Godman refused to receive her (p. 62)
Order concerning the settlement of Ralph Rumball, his wife, Elizabeth, and his children, Katherine and Mary, in the parish of St. John's, Hackney. The dispute is between the parishes of St. John's, Hackney, and St. Giles', Cripplegate (ibid.)
Order for Colonel William Ashton, late of the liberty of Saffron Hill, Hatton Garden, and Ely Rents, to pay the overseers £6 10s. 0d. expended by them in maintaining Ann Ashton and her child since he left the parish, and to provide for them in future. [Vide Sessions Book 633, p. 37] (p. 65)
Joseph Evans, churchwarden of the hamlet of Mile End Old Town, in the parish of Stepney, petitions the Court that the order made for him to pay Elizabeth Hicks, widow of John Hicks, a late churchwarden, the sum of £89 be set aside. He alleges that since those accounts were audited great sums have been charged to the inhabitants who have forbidden him to pay any further sums to Elizabeth Hicks, and that he has no money to repay her. The Court refused to set aside the order for the payment, but ordered the churchwardens, &c., to make a rate for the purpose (p. 66)
Order for raising money in the county to pay the expenses incurred by the constables in passing vagrants, &c. The amount to be paid by each parish is set out, and the sum total is £399 19s. 7½d. (pp. 67–70)
Sessions Book 652—September, 1707.
Order that the high constables issue instructions to the petty constables to make returns of all persons selling beer and ale, to the end that those who have not licenses may be prosecuted according to law (ibid.)
"A meeting house is certified to be in the house of Rebeccah Critchlew, in Baldwin's Gardens, Holborn, of protestant dissenters, called Independents, and is allowed and registered according to an Act of Parliament in that case provided," &c. (p. 72)
Sessions Book 653–October, 1707.
Order for a rate to be made in the parish of Harrow-on-the-Hill, to raise the money due to John Page, one of the surveyors of the highways in the said parish, for gravel to repair the said highways (p. 49)
Order of reference as to the erection of a watch-house in Hampstead Parish. The constables had complained that there had never been any convenient watch-house in the said parish to protect them from the extremity of the weather, and had prayed that one might be erected (ibid.)
Thomas Vaughan, Thomas Davis, Thomas and Edward Knight are convicted for a false accusation against William Guilham; they are severally fined £5, and are to be put in and upon the pillory at or near the Maypole in the Strand, for an hour, between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, with an inscription over their heads describing their offence. It is further ordered that the said four prisoners, for a false accusation against Edward Barker, apothecary, be each fined a further sum of £5, and be stripped naked from the middle upwards and publicly whipped at a cart's tail from Temple Bar to Charing Cross. Thomas Vaughan and Thomas Davis are committed to Newgate until they pay their fines and undergo their punishment, then to be delivered, paying their fees, severally 30/-, in all £3 (p. 58)
Sessions Book 654—December, 1707.
Order to dismiss the petition of William Macgill, praying that his son-in-law, Egglas Green, may be discharged from his apprenticeship to John Bainbridge, of Fisher Street, Red Lion Square, in the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, "perukemaker" (p. 42)