11 January, 1653/4.—Order (made at S. P. held at Hicks Hall in
St. John's Streete co. Midd. before Sir John Thorowgood knt., Robert
Lewright, Richard Powell and Francis Blome esqrs.) for the maintenance of the grand-children of Lady Thorowgood, wife of Sir John
Thorowgood knt.—Whereas it appeareth to this Court, upon the mocion
of Mr. Walter, councell for the Churchwardens and Overseers of the
Poore of the parish of St. Andrewes-in Holborne in the said county,
That Elizabeth, Philippa and Mary Lunsford, the daughters of Sir
Thomas Lunsford knt., are setled in the said parish, and are very
younge impotent and unable to provyde for themselves, and destitute
of meanes to releive themselves, but are likely to become chargeable to
the said parish, And That the said Sir Thomas Lunsford was married to
Katherine Nevill, the daughter of Dame Elizabeth nowe wife of Sir
John Thorowgood of the parish of St. James Clerkenwell in the said
county knight, by Sir Henry Nevill knt. deceased her former
husband, by whom the said Sir Thomas Lunsford had the said
three children, and that the said children were carried away
with their said father and mother to Virginia, and there remayned untill the decease of their said parents, after whose decease
the said children were sent backe to the said parish of St. Andrewesin-Holborne in the said county, where they now remayne as aforesaid,
And Whereas it appeareth to this Court That the said Sir John Thorowgood enjoyeth a great estate by his said Lady, the grandmother of the
said children, and therefore ought by lawe to provyde for, relieve and
maynteyne her said grand-children, It is thought fitt by this Court,
that the said Sir John Thorowgood be assessed, and the said Sir J.
Thorowgood is assessed by this Court for and towards the releife and
mainteynaunce of the said children from this tyme forth in manner
followinge, that is to say, for and towards the releife and mainteynaunce
of the said Elizabeth Lunsford the somme of fyve shillinges weekely, and
for and towards the releife and mainteynaunce of the said Philippa
Lunsford the somme of fyve shillings weekly, and also for and towards
the releife and mainteynaunce of the said Mary Lunsford the summe of
fyve shillinges weekely, And it is Ordered by this Court that the said
Sir John Thorowgood shall from weeke to weeke make payment of
the said severall summes of money into the hands of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poore of the said parish of St. Andrewesin-Holborne in the said county for the purpose aforesaid, according to
the statute in that case made and provided, untill the said children
shalbe respectively able to provide for themselves, or otherwise that he
may be legally discharged of the said charge.—By the Court. S. P. Book.
31 January, 1653/4.—True Bill that, at Paull's Covent Garden co.
Midd. on the said day, Simon Parry late of the said parish gentleman
assaulted James Medici gentleman, and with a dagger gave the same
James Medici in the left side of his throat a mortal wound, of which
he died on the 3rd of February then next following, being thus slain
and killed by the said Simon Parry. The said Simon Parry gentleman
was 'at large.' G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
4 February, 1653/4.—Coroner's Inquisition-post-mortem, taken at the
parish of St. Mary Savoy co. Midd., on view of the body of James
Medici gentleman there lying dead and slayne; With verdict that, on
31 January last past in the parish of St. Paul's Covent Garden, Symon
Parry late of the last-named parish gentleman assaulted the said James
Medici gentleman and with a dagger gave him on the left side of his
throat a mortal wound, of which he died on the 3rd inst. at the said
parish of St. Paul Covent Garden. G. D. R., . . ., 1654.
4 March, 1653/4.—True Bill that, at Giles's-without-Cripplegate co.
Midd. on the said day, Peter Greene alias Pettygreene late of the said
parish laborer assaulted Elizabeth Herbert and with a dagger-knife
gave her in the right side of her back a mortal wound, of which she
then and there died instantly, being thus slain and murdered by the
said Peter Greene. Found 'Not Guilty' of murder, but 'Guilty ' of
manslaughter, Peter Greene prayed for the book, which was not allowed
to him because he had had it before, whereupon he was forthwith sentenced to be hanged. G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
14 March, 1653/4.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Powell esq.
J.P., of Timothy Thorner of Andrew's Holborne gentleman in the
sum of forty pounds, and of John Thorner of Barnard's Inn London
gentleman and Emma Thorner of Andrew's Holborne singlewoman,
in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of the said
Timothy Thorner at the next G. S. P. for Middlesex, "to answer to
Anthony Hynde of London baker for cheating him by the new way
called the Trepan."—Also, similar Recognizances, taken on the same
day, for the appearance of Brace Wallwin of Gyles-in-the-Feildes barber
at the same G. S. P., to answer to the same Anthony Hynde "for cheating him by the new way called the Trepan." S. P. R., 4 April, 1654.
23 March, 1653/4.—True Bill that, at Giles's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.
on the said day. Robert Larke late of the said parish laborer stole and
carried away one silver tankard worth five pounds, four silver bowles
worth twelve pounds, two silver porringers worth three pounds, one
silver cup worth ten shillings, two silver dishes worth forty shillings,
three silver "boates" worth twenty shillings, one portmantua worth two
shillings, and seven pounds and fourteen shillings in numbered moneys.
Over Robert Larke's name at the head of the bill appears this clerical
minute, "He putteth himselfe &c. guiltie &c. no goods &c. to be
hanged &c. because it appeareth by the evidence given at his triall that
it is a burglary in the . . . ." G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
1 April, 1654.—True Bill that, at Leonard's parish Shoreditch co.
Midd. on the said day, Mary Pitman wife of Richard Pitman late of
the said parish yeoman "then beinge a married woman and married
unto the said Richard Pitman by her owne assent and not in case of
ravishment unlawfully wickedly wilfully and feloniously then and there
was carnally knowne by one James Bastine alias Bastian, the aforesaid
Richard Pitman husband of the said Mary Pitman beinge then alive
&c."—At the bill's head, over Mary Pitman's name, appears this noteworthy clerical minute, to wit, "Puse not guilty nor did fly." Puse (=
pu' se=puts self) was devised by the clerks of the Commonwealth period
as a convenient English substitute for the Latin 'po' se'; and having
been introduced in the criminal records of the Old Bailey and Hicks
Hall in the Commonwealth time it was re-introduced into the same
records on the last and final abolition of Latin from such writings.
As 'puse' has occasioned no little perplexity to legal antiquaries, this
explanation of the English contraction for "puts himself or herself"
should be borne in mind. G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
4 April, 1654.—True Bill that, at Edmonton co. Midd. in the
night of the said day, Robert Warren late of the said parish laborer
broke into the dwelling-house of Ranulph Manninge gentleman, and
stole therefrom and carried away two silver tankards worth ten pounds,
one silver-gilt cupp worth six pounds, one silver cawdle-cupp with a
silver cover worth six pounds, one silver cupp with a silver cover worth
five pounds, one great silver salt worth three pounds, three little silver
salts worth twenty shillings, five silver wine-cupps worth thirty shillings,
one silver sugar dish worth twenty shillings, one silver standish worth
fifty shillings, one silver porringer worth thirty shillings, one peece of
silver worth four shillings, eleven silver spoones worth forty shillings,
and one silver-gilt spoone worth fifteene shillings, one neck-lace of pearle
containing two hundred and twelve pearles worth five-and-fifty pounds,
one silver and gilt beaker worth thirty shillings, six silver spoones
worth forty shillings, one silver porringer worth fifty shillings, one silver
wine-cupp worth eight shillings, and divers other articles of plate and
jewellery and divers articles of wearing apparel described severally and
fully in the indictment, and twenty pounds in numbered moneys, of
the goods chattels and moneys of the said Ranulph Manninge gentleman. Over Robert Warren's name at the bill's head appears this
clerical minute,—"He standeth mute, he hath judgment of payne fort
and hard." G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
15 April, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Swalowe
esq. J.P., of George Fullwood alias Fuller of Gravell Laine in Stepney
stationer and Thomas Sidney of Ratcliff Highwaye victualler, in the
sum of ten pounds each; For the appearance of Sarah Busshey, servant of the said George Fullwood alias Fuller, at the next S. P. for
Middlesex, then and there "to answer, for that she is accused by one
Avis Mascall to be a whore, the which is likely so to bee, for that it
was proved upon oath, that the said Busshey shewed eighteen pence
in money, and said she had gott it within one quarter of an howre
by playing of the whore." S. P. R., 9 May, 1654.
17 April, 1654.—Record, in the S. P. Book of 9 October, 1654,
running thus,—"Midd. ss: These are to certify all whom it may concerne that Paul Barrett gentleman and Mary Stanley gentlewoman
bothe of the parish of Andrews Holborne were marryed before me
Tobias Lisle esqr one of the Justices of the Peace assigned for this
county according to an Act of Parliament intituled an Act for Marriages Births and Buryalls and in the presence of these witnesses Mary
Knot and Anne Barret In witnes whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seale this seaventeenth day of April 1654.—Toby Lisle."
S. P. Book.
28 April, 1654.—True Bill that, at Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.
on the said day, Agnes Gale late of the said parish spinster stole and
bore away one silver porenger worth forty shillings, of the goods and
chattels of Joan Gardiner spinster. "She putteth herself &c. Not
Guilty nor fled &c." G. D. R., . . . ., 1654.
30 April, 1654.—True Bill that, at Whitechappell co. Midd. on the
said day, Grace Boxe alias Cherry late of the said parish widow practised witchcraft upon and against one Richard Cooke so that he forthwith languished of the same witchcraft until he died thereof at Stepney
co. Midd. on the 29th January then next following, being thus murdered by the said Grace.—Also, three other True Bills against the
same Grace Boxe alias Cherry for practising witchcraft at Whitechappell, to wit, (1) for bewitching Adam Isgare on 31st May, 1654, so
that he died thereof on the 6th August then next following, being thus
murdered by the said Grace Boxe, (2) for bewitching Mary Pettyman,
daughter of William Pettyman, on 20 May, 1654, so that from the said
day even to the day of the taking of the present inquisition, the same
Mary, "in her body was wasted consumed pined and lamed," and (3)
for bewitching Mary Isgare on 30th April, 1654, so that from that day
till the taking of this inquisition, the said Mary has been "wasted consumed pined and lamed." Grace Boxe alias Cherry was found 'Not
Guilty ' in respect to each of these indictments. G. D. R., 2 July, 1656.
12 May, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Swalowe esq.
J.P., of . . . . Polehampton and Alice Rivers, both of Katherin
Tower parish victuallers, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of
John Chacret of the same parish . . . ., in the sum of forty
pounds; For the appearance of John Chacret and his wife Katherin
Chacret at the next S. P. to be holden at Hicks Hall, to answer &c.
"for that they did not only hinder the execution of the Lord Rolls his
warrant, which was a warrant of search for a child, that was lost and
suspected to be taken up by some person that is called by the name of
a Spiritt, but also gott and kept away the said warrant from the Headborough, and would not retourne it again, but said it was burnt."
S. P. R., 20 June, 1654.
13 May, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before John Barkstead esq.
J.P., of Edmond Johnson victualler and Robert Roades waterman,
both of the Liberty of the Tower of London, in the sum of ten pounds
each; For the appearance of Edward Harwood at the next S. P. for
Middlesex, to answer &c. "for being with a company of tumultuous
seamen who rescued from the Prestmasters several seamen who were
imprest for the service of the Commonwealth at sea." S. P. R.,
20 June, 1654.
22 May, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Richard Powell esq.
J.P., of John Deane of Ludgate London haberdasher, in the sum of
ten pounds, and of Thomas Follett tobacco-pipe-maker and Calebb
Platt heele-maker, both of Gyles's Chriplegate, in the sum of five
pounds each; For the appearance of the said John Deane at the
next S. P. for Middlesex, "to answer unto George Jackson of Gyles
Chriplegate for seducing his daughter Mary to have him, he being a
married man, and for writing to her and sending messages to her,
tending to a lewd love." S. P. R., 20 June, 1654.
29 May, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Charles Worsley esq.
J P., of Richard Need (or Neve) of St. Andrewes Holborne . . . .,
in the sum of forty pounds, and of Thomas Rose barber-surgeon and
Nicholas Fouley vintener alias victualler, both of . . . . Garden,
in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the said Richard's appearance
at the next S. P. to be held at Hixes Hall, to answer &c. "for drinkeinge a health to the Confusion of Oliver Lord Protector and the Cittie
of London." S. P. R., 20 June, 1654.
29 May, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Charles Worsley esq.
J.P., of Francis Langford of Ely House in Holborne in the sum of
twenty pounds, and Elizabeth Rout of Darke House in Whitefriers
and Mary Vaughan of Margarett's Westminster, in the sum of ten
pounds each; For the appearance of the said Francis, Elizabeth and
Mary at the next S. P. at Hixes Hall, to give evidence against
Richard Need (or Neve), "for drinkinge a health to the Confusion of
Olliver Lord Protector and to the Cittie of London." S. P. R.,
20 June, 1654.
29 May, 1654.—Recognizance, taken before John Waterton esq.
J.P., of William Hopkins of . . . . in Stepney co. Midd., in the
sum of forty pounds; For the said William Hopkins's appearance at
the next S. P. for Middlesex, to give evidence &c. "against William
Yeape concerninge his being an abetter with the Mutineers at the last
rising of the seamen at Tower Hill, lending them broome-sticks &c."
S. P. R., 20 June, 1654.
29 May, 1654.—True Bill that, at Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd.
on the said day, John Oliver and Thomas Stayres, both late of the
said parish laborers, stole and bore away four Corle Hoods worth
twenty-three shillings, five Corle Peaks worth two shillings and sixpence, five necklaces of glasse beades worth twenty pence, four papers
of pinnes worth eightpence, five pairs of blacke silke bandstringes
worth six shillinges and eight pence, six Corle Whiskes worth seventeen shillings, six Corle Gorgetts worth fourteen shillings, six pairs of
Corle Cuffes worth nine shillings, six Corle Girdles worth nine shillings,
six knotts of Corle worth five shillings, four Corle Necke-clothes worth
two shillings and four pence, of the goods and chattels of Bridget
Stephens widow, seventy yards of silke galowne lace worth eight shillings of the goods and chattels of John Hicks, seventy yards of
ribbaning worth thirty shillings of the goods and chattels of Isaac
Burges, and forty yards of silke ribbaning worth four pounds, of the
goods and chattels of Samuel Northcott. Found 'Guilty,' both culprits pleaded their clergy effectually and were branded. G. D. R.,
. . . ., 1654.
19 June, 1654.—The Jurors for the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England Scotland and Ireland &c. upon their oath doe present that John Southworth late of the parish of Giles-in-the-Feilds in
the county of Middlesex clerke was borne within England, And after
the feast of the Nativity of St. John Baptist in the first yeare of the
raigne of Elizabeth late Queene of England &c., And before the nineteenth day of June in the yeare of oure Lord one thousand six hundred fifty fower in the parts beyond the seas was made and ordayned
a Preist by authority derived and pretended from the Sea of Rome
And that the aforesayd John Southworth the lawes and statutes of
England little weighinge, nor the paine in theym conteyned anie waies
fearinge the aforesaid nineteenth day of June in the said yeare of our
Lord one thousand six hundred fifty fower from the parts beyond the
seas aforesaid unto the Common Wealth of England to witt att the
said parish of Giles-in-the-Feilds in the county aforesayd came And
there to was at the parish aforesaid in the county aforesaid on the
said nineteenth day of June in the yeare aforesaid traiterously and as
a false traitor to this Commonwealth of England did stay was and did
remayne Against the forme of the statute in such case made and provided and against the publique peace.—The bill exhibits this clerical
minute, to wit, "He putteth himselfe &c. guiltie &c. no goods &c.
The said John Southworth adjudged to be drawne hanged and quartered
to witt &c." G. D. R., . . ., 1654.
20 June, 1654.—Record of the ratification and confirmation, by
the Justices of the Peace for the county of Middlesex assembled in
Session at Hicks Hall in St. John's Streete, of
Certaine By-Lawes made by the Inhabitants and Surveyors of the
Highwaies of St. Giles-in-the-Feilds, to be presented at the Publicke
Sessions for the better avoydinge of such abuses and annuzances as
are destructive to the Highwaies and prejudiciall to the inhabitants,
the 16th day of June 1654, In Pursuance of an Ordinance made by
His Highnes the Lord Protector &c. bearing date the 31st of March,
(1.) Imprimis, That upon defecte of paveinge the streets and lanes,
upon warning given to pave and amend the said defects, That then
he or they who ought to pave and amend doe forthwith pave and
amend the same, within tenn dayes after warninge given, upon penalty
of xiid. per yeare.
(2.) That if there be no inhabitant in a house, then the lanlord to
pave and amend before his dore or ground, upon the same penalty of
(3.) That the inhabitants from tyme to tyme sweepe their dores,
keepe the kennell cleane, and rake his or their soile and dirt upon theire
owne ground, before their dores, upon penalty of vid. for every default.
(4.) That he or they, that shall cast any rubbish or dirt in the
streetes or lanes, or dead carrion into the highwaies or ditches, to the
offence of passengers, and doe not forthwith carry or cause to be
carried away the same, upon notice given by some of the Surveyours
or any other by them appointed, shall forfeit xiid.
(5.) That the inhabitants cast not out their Seacole Ashes into the
streetes, but keepe them until the raker comes and cries dust, upon
penalty of vid. for each offence.
(6.) That noe raker, that undertakes for any division or precincte,
shall fill his cart so full as to run over or slabber in any division or
precinct or highwaies, through or over which he goes to any laiestall
wheresover, upon penaltie of vs. for each offence.
(7.) And that each person soe offending with night cartes, upon
penalty of xs. for each offence.
(8.) That noe carman, brewer, brick-maker or water-carrier goe with
or use wheeles shodd with iron, but sluggs only, wheeles shodd with
iron and bearing so greate a weight being a great destruccion to pavements, charge to the inhabitants, upon penalty (after a monethes
warning) of xs. for each offence.
(9.) That noe swine be suffered to wander up and downe the streetes
and lanes, nor to be kept within the same limitts, upon penalty of 4d.
for each hogge, for each offence.
(10.) That noe Hackney Coachman stand in the streetes within
three yeards of any man's dore, nor feede their horses in the streetes
before men's dores to their great annuzance, upon penalty of xiid.
(11.) That every inhabitant adjoyning on both sides to the new
paveminge from the lower end of the Pound and soe upwards towards
the church shall pave repaire and amend the same for the future from
tyme to tyme at their own cost and charge, It being now new paven at
(12.) That the Earle of Southampton, being Lord of the Mannor,
doe make good the paveinge about the Pound three yeards broad at
his owne cost and charges, the parish haveinge done their partes.
(13.) That noe brewers [nor] water-carriers set their drayes or watercarriages in the streetes day or night as usually they have done,
Nor coachmakers, wheelewrights or any others block up the streetes
with coaches, carriages, timber or blockes, to the prejudice of travailers
and the inhabitants, upon penalty of vs. for each offence.
At the foot of these by-laws appear the names of the eighteen chief
and most discreet inhabitants of the parish, who had agreed upon and
drawn up the rules; the names being followed by this certificate,—
The By-Lawes aforesaid have beene read and perused by the said
Justices in open Court, and have beene alle and every of them approved of, ratifyed and confirmed by the said Justices.—By the Court.
S. P. Book.
N.B.—The Sessions Books of this year and of following years contain similar sets of certified by-laws for other parishes. For example,
the S. P. Book, containing the afore-transcribed by-laws of St. Giles'sin-the-Fields, exhibit the by-laws for the parish of Shoreditch, which
comprise this order touching Hollowell Street, to wit, "That, whereas
Hollowell Streete is a greate thorow fare for a greate part of the soile
of the Citty, and they, that doe undertake the carryinge awaye of the
same, doe very much annoy the said place by scatteringe much of the
soyle in the said streetes, by reason of the overfillinge of their carts
or rashnes of driveinge, therefore the owner of every such teeme or
cart for every such offence shall forfeit and pay iiis. iiiid."—The S. P.
Book of the Session of Peace held at Hicks Hall on 14 August,
1654, contains copies of the three several sets of by-laws, made for the
parishes of St. James Clerkenwell, Sepulchre, and St. Giles-withoutCripple-gate, by inhabitants and highway-surveyors of their respective
parishes.—The G. S. P. Book of 1 July, 1655, preserves the By-Laws
and Orders, made on 17 April, 1655, for Whitechappell co. Midd., by
the inhabitants and high-way surveyors of that parish;—one of which
by-laws shows that in Whitechapel it was the practice of the dustman to
announce his arrival at a street by sounding a horn, instead of crying
"dust, ho!"—S. P. Books. At the present date these sets of parochial
orders are chiefly valuable for their evidence, (1) that every householder was responsible for the soundness and sufficient cleanliness of
the pavement and gutters before and about his habitation, (2) that
whilst the first paving of a new quarter was usually, or at least sometimes, made by the parish and paid for by a general parochial rate,
the occupier or in the case of an unoccupied house the owner was
required at his own charges and by his own labour or by the labour
of his own workman to do the needful repairs to the pavements and
kennels thereof, (3) that for dealing with such soil, as is now-a-days
swept by water from the house to the nearest main sewer, the inhabitants of the several Middlesex parishes contiguous to the city relied on
cess-pools and night-carts, and (4) that the inhabitants of Shoreditch,
and probably of other parishes, sometimes suffered from the carelessness
with which 'the soil of the city' was carted through their bounds to
laystalls and other places of the rural suburbs.
14 July, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before John Barkstead esq.
Lieutenant of the Tower of London and J.P., of Hugh Stothart of
Anne Blackfriers London taylor and James Wilcox of Dunston's-inthe-West London combemaker, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and
of John Lock of Pulchres London stacioner, in the sum of forty
pounds; For the said John Lock's appearance at the next S. P. for
Middlesex, to answer &c. "for printing and publishing scandalous
libellous and unlicenced pamphletts."—Also, similar Recognizances,
taken on the same day before the same J.P., for the appearance of
George Horton of Giles's Cripplegate London stacioner at the next
S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for printing and publishing
scandalous libellous and unlicenced pamphletts." S. P. R., 14 Aug.,
17 July, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before John Barkstead esq.
Lieutenant of the Tower of London and J.P., of Richard Cotes joyner
and Michaell Arnold silkeweaver, both of "the parishe of Katherine
Tower", in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance of
Avis Furnace, wife of William Furnace of the same "parishe"
musicioner, at the next S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for
deludeing and enticeing Priscilla Tompson from the service of her
mistress and endeavouring to transport her beyond the seas." S. P. R.,
14 Aug., 1654.
7 August, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before John Barkstead
Lieutenant of the Tower of London and J.P., of Thomas Barker of
Whitechappell berebrewer and John Daniell of Stepney whitebaker, in
the sum of forty pounds each; For the appearance of William Seywell
at the next S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for haveing in his
custody a scandalous and trayterous paper of verses against his
Highnesse the Lord Protector, and beinge suspected to be the authour
thereof." S. P. R., 14 August, 1654.
9 October, 1654.—Order, made at G. S. P. held at Westminster,
touching highways. On information given to the Court that, in pursuance of a certain ordinance made on 26th March last past by the
Protector of the Commonwealth of England &c. by and with the
advice and consent of his Council, entitled 'An Ordinance for better
Amendinge and Keepinge in repayre the Common Highwayes within
this Nation,' the Surveyors of the Highwayes and others of the inhabitants of St. Gyles's-in-the-Fieldes co. Midd. amongst certain by-laws,
confirmed by the Justices of Peace for the said county on the 20th of
June last past, agreed and ordained "that noe carman, brewer, brickmaker or water-carrier should goe with or use wheeles shodd with iron,
but sluggs only, upon penalty of tenne shillings for each offence, after a
monthes warning," And on further information that William Whetcome,
John Hooker, Thomas Blyth and William Baylie, inhabitants of the
aforesaid parish, have been duly adjudged to pay certain penalties for
breaches of the aforesaid by-law, and have neglected to pay and refuse
to pay the moneys so forfeited by them, "It is therefore ordered by
this Court, That the Surveyours of the Highwayes of the said parish or
some of them shall forthwith upon sight hereof levie by way of distresse
and sale of the goods and chattells of every of the said persons the
said severall sommes of money by them respectively forfeited for their
said offences, &c." S. P. Book.
6 November, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before John Hooker
esq. J.P., of Phillipp Peirson of St. Bride's London gentleman and
Thomas Milburne of St. Botolph's Aldersgate London stacioner, in the
sum of ten pounds each, and of Mary Keeling of St. Andrewes
Holborne spinster, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said Mary
Keeling's appearance at the next S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c.
"for inticeing Mary Hetherhall (sic) to goe beyond the seas to the Barbadoes without her friendes consent and against her will by bringing her
to one Jane Marsh, who brought her to Joan Hawkins att an Alehouse,
who sent her away on shipboard against her will and sold her for 40s.
to Captaine Cole in the shipp called the 'John' in the night time."
S. P. R., 11 Dec, 1654.
8 November, 1654.—Recognizance, taken before Edward Rich
esq. J.P., of William Peere of St. Martyn's-in-the-Feilds coatchman, in
the sum of twenty pounds; For the said William Peere's appearance at
the next S. P. for Middlesex, "then and there to answeare the enticeing and carrying away of Mary Hethersall (sic) daughter in lawe of Lawrence Bidgood (sic) of Wansworth (sic) in the county of Surrey yeoman,
with intent to carry her beyound the seas."—Also, the Recognizance,
taken before Solomon Smith esq. J.P., on 27 Oct., 1654, of Lawrence
Bigworth (sic) of Wandsworth yeoman, in the sum of twenty pounds;
For the said Lawrence Bigworth's appearance at the next S. P. for
Middlesex, to prefer and prosecute an indictment against Joane Higgens for enticeing away Mary Ethersell (sic) and sending her on board
the ship called the 'John.'—And Recognizances, taken on the same
day before the same last-named J.P., for the appearance of Joane
Higgens at the next S. P., to answer for carrying away Mary Ethersell
(sic) to the shipp called 'John.' S. P. R., 11 Dec., 1654.
7 December, 1654.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Byde
esq. J.P., of John Mews farrier and Richard Elflicke oatmealman, both
of Shorditch, in the sum of twenty pounds each; For the appearance
of John Billins at the next S. P. for Middlesex, "to answer for
stopping the coach of Thomas Langham esq. with his cart on the road,
and assaulting and whipping Shedrach Crew his servant with his whipp,
and assaulting and frighting the gentlewomen in the coach being bigg
with child by casting dirt upon them into the coach." S. P. R.,
11 Dec., 1654.
11 December, 1654.—Order, made at S. P. held at Hicks Hall in
St. John's Streete co. Midd., touching a bridge in Shoreditch.—On
information given to the Court that a certain bridge, near the parish
church of Leonard's Shoreditch, and being in the common highway
leading from the said church to Kingsland is decayed ruinous and
broken &c., and that during the work of repairing the same bridge
"the course of . . . . passengers and travellers with their cattell
and goods and carriages must be diverted into and over some of the
inclosed lands neere the said bridge, . . . . It is therefore
Ordered by this Court, That the said Surveyors of the said highwayes
of the said parish shall breake open the fence of Thomas Robinson of
his lands in some convenient place neere to the said bridge in twoe
severall places, that passengers may with their horses goods and
carriages passe and travell to and from over his said inclosed lands by
the space of two dayes and two nights, that in the meane tyme the
sayd bridge may be amended and repayred, and that afterwards the
said Surveyors cause the said fences (so to be broken open as aforesaid)
to be sufficiently made up and amended.—By the Court." S. P. Book.
11 December, 1654.—Memorandum:—John Webster stands committed to the House of Correccion there to remaine untill he finds very
good Suretyes for his personall appearance at the next Sessions of the
Peace to be held for the said county, and that in the meane tyme he
be of the good behaviour as well for his misdemeanour here in open
Court saying in an uncivill manner that he is and was as good a man
as his landlord Barnes, meaninge John Barnes esq. one of the Justices
of the Peace of this county then sitting in Court, the said Webster
being a carter, and for being often druncke and having confessed to
the said Mr. Barnes, that hee is soe often druncke in a yeare that it
would trouble the said Mr. Barnes to finde pen inke and paper to sett
downe the severall times that hee the sayd Webster is druncke in a
yeare, And alsoe that keepes a Bull to be commonly bayted, whereby
a multitude of disorderly persons are often thereby drawne together
and will not be reclaymed of his said disorderly and lewd courses.
S. P. Book.
11 December, 1654.—Order, made at S. P. held at Hicks Hall in
St. John's Streete co. Midd., for discharging John Barton from the bonds
of his apprenticeship to John Yates of St. Sepulchre's parish co. Midd.
glover, as it appeareth to this Court by the sworn information of divers
persons that the "aforesaid glover did much misuse John Barton his
apprentice by hanginge a horselocke with a chayne to it to his said
apprentice his legge and fasteninge him thereby to a post in his house,
and not provydinge for his said apprentice convenient clothes and
shirts to shift himself, by reason whereof the said apprentice was soe
full of vermyn that his mother was enforced to sweepe them off his
clothes, and to bake his clothes in a hott oven, thereby to kill and
destroy the rest of the vermyn that were left in the clothes of the
said apprentice." S. P. Book.
13 December, 1654.—Ordered that Edward Fletcher shall have a
certificate for tenne pounds, for apprehending John Ovenall Page whoe
was convicted of robbery :—By the Court. G. D. Reg.