I. 330. Letter from Sir Christopher Wraye to the Lord Mayor,
thanking him and the Aldermen for granting his request on behalf of
his servant for the reversion of a lease of the sheep pens in Smithfield.
Serjeant's Inn, 3rd May, 1582.
I. 445. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen, recommending them to grant a lease in reversion for
twenty-one years of the sheep pens in West Smithfield, with the
appurtenances, to Hugh Overed, Citizen and Haberdasher, who had
served Her Majesty faithfully for the last three years, in the wars in
Ireland, under the command of Sir William Stanley.
16th December, 1582.
I. 446. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council
in reply. He had submitted their communication to the Court of
Aldermen, who had desired him to inform them of the custom
observed in the demising of the lands of the City. Certain surveyors
were chosen, being the oldest Aldermen, who were directed to hear the
suitors in such causes, and to treat with them for leases, and the conditions and convenants appertaining thereto, and upon their report the
Court of Aldermen proceeded to the granting of such leases. With
reference to the sheep pens, a former lease had been granted to a
Citizen, which had certain years to run. The Surveyors, according to
custom, and long before the receipt of the letter from the Council, had
treated with the present tenant for a renewal of his lease, their grant
being confirmed by the Court of Aldermen. They had also assented
to a request from the Lord Chief Justice for a grant of the said sheep
pens for his servant, upon the condition that if the present tenant
should refuse to agree to the terms offered to him, his servant should
have the next reversion.
10th January, 1582.
I. 488. Letter from Sir Christopher Wraye to the Lord Mayor
and Aldermen. He understood that his request last year for a lease
in reversion of the pens in Smithfield, for his chamberlain, Philip
Medlome, had been granted and entered in the books, the assignment
of the fine being referred to Mr. Alderman Haywood (Hayward)
and others, which had, nevertheless, been deferred. He requested that
the same might now be settled.
21st February, 1582.
IV. 118. Letter from Sir Henry Montague, Lord Chief Justice,
to the Lord Mayor. He had been informed that it was intended to
draw a market of raw skins into Smithfield, within the railed walk
there, which it was thought would be such an offence that it would be
better to have it a laystall, as it had been, than to be made so filthy
an annoyance. He hoped that it might not be attempted, lest His
Majesty should be offended.
28th April, 1618.
V. 7. Letter from Sir Henry Montague, Lord Chief Justice of
the King's Bench, to the Lord Mayor, expressing suprise that after
so much money had been spent by the City about the paving and
railing of Smithfield, with a view to reduce what before was a laystall
to a place of use and beauty to that part of the City, it was now wholly
neglected and suffered to lie so foul, and that there was no easy way
across it. He had seen a lease granted by the City to the parishioners
of St. Sepulchre of the pens in Smithfield, whereby they agreed to
cleanse the same and remove the soil, except such as was made by
reason of the Hay Market there. They contended that one Bourne,
the City's Officer for the weighing of hay and straw, should be required
to keep that portion of Smithfield clean; but he, pretending that the
profit of his office would not balance the charge thereof, likewise refused
to cleanse it. Bourne offered that if the parishioners would for the
present cleanse it, and the City would repay him the 200l. he paid for
his office, and grant him a lease of it for thirty-one years, he would
give 20l. per annum rent to the City, and be bound daily to cleanse the
place: if this were not accepted, then he desired to have a lease for
thirty-one years at 20s. per annum, and to be bound to cleanse it.
The Lord Chief Justice submitted these offers to the City's consideration, and begged that some speedy course might be taken to redeem
the neglect of times past.
12th January, 1618.
VII. 142. Order in Council confirming an agreement between
the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen and Clement Lanier, His
Majesty's Patentee for weighing of hay and straw brought to the
City, for ascertaining their respective rights concerning the weighing
of hay and straw in Smithfield.
10th April, 1634.
VII. 174. Order in Council, reciting that two Petitions had been
presented to them, the one from William Peake and others, parishioners
of St. Sepulchre, who, by deputation from the City, held the office of
weighing of hay and straw in Smithfield, &c., stating that they had at
great charges cleansed and paved Smithfield, in lieu whereof they had
for some years enjoyed the said office; that Clement Lanier had
obtained a patent of the office from the King; that the Lord Keeper,
at the City's instance, and with the consent of both parties, had
directed a trial at Common Law to determine the question; that
disputes had arisen, and the City's beams had been thrown down; and
praying that the trial might proceed, and the petitioners continue in
the mean time in possession of the office. The other Petition from
Clement Lanier alleged that the City had no right but possession, and that he held the patent from the King, subject to a rent;
that a writ of Quo Warranto against the City had been obtained,
but nothing had been done. The Council therefore direct that the
trial at law shall proceed and be heard in the ensuing Easter them,
the City officers in the mean time holding possession and receiving the
benefits of weighing hay and straw in Smithfield, Puddle Dock, and
all other places within the Liberties of the City, and being accountable
to Lanier for the mean profits if the trial should pass against them.
Whitehall, 18th March, 1635.
VIII. 160. Same as No. 142, Vol. VII.