Corporation Miscellanea: Book of the Town Court of Record, 1774-1814

Pages 360-362

Cardiff Records: Volume 2. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1900.

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Book of the Town Court of Record.


(See also Town Book II., and ante p. 322.)

[Quarto paper book bound in calf.]

Very little business was transacted by this Court, though the fortnightly sitting was always duly recorded, for the approval of the examining official. The following will serve as an example of an ordinary suit for debt in this Court :—

Cardiff Town to Wit. At a Court of Record of our Sovereign Lord the King held for the said Town on Thursday the 12th day of January in the 15th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third and in the year of our Lord 1775 before Francis Minnitt Esqre one of the Bayliffs of the said Town

Bloom Williams gent
John Griffith
In a Plea of Trespass on the Case to the Plts.
Damage of £10. 6. 6½.

At the next Court, in the same case, there was filed a Declaration to the Plaintiffs Damage of £30.

On the 18th May It was: Ordered that the Defendant be discharged out of the Custody of the Serjeants at Mace for the Plaintiffs not charging him in Execution unless Cause shall be shewn to the contrary by the Plaintiff or his Attorney at the next Court upon Service on them or either of them of this Rule or a true Copy hereof.

June 1st On the Motion of Mr Henry Williams, Plts. Atty: Ordered that final Judgment be entered.

June 29th Upon reading the Petition of the Defendant a poor prisoner confined for debt at the Plaintiffs suit in the Town Prison of the said Town and upon reading the Affidavits of William Cobb of the Defendants signing the Notice and Schedule and service of a true Copy thereof upon the Plaintiff: It is Ordered that the Defendant be brought up upon the next Town Court day held for the said Town in order to be discharged pursuant to the directions of the several Acts of Parliament made for the relief of insolvent debtors touching the imprisonment of their persons unless the Plaintiff or his Attorney shew then good cause to the contrary upon service of this Rule or a true Copy thereof.

July 13. It is Ordered by the Court that the Defendant John Griffith be remanded to Prison and brought up at the next Court to be held for the said Town, the Plaintiff Bloom Williams being dissatisfied with his Schedule, and that the said Plaintiff do attend at the next Court with such Witnesses as he may be enabled to produce to confirm his objections, otherwise the Prisoner will be discharged, the Plaintiff admitting Notice of this Rule.

July 27. Plaintiff signed the following agreement:—"I Bloom Williams do hereby Agree to pay and allow to the Prisoner John Griffith the weekly sum of Two shillings and four pence to be paid every Monday in every week, so long as the said John Griffith shall continue in prison in Execution at my Suit."

It is Ordered that the Prisoner be remanded back to Prison and there to continue in Execution until further Order.

September 21. Whereas it appears to the Court that matters are compromised between the Parties and that the Plt. hath waved the payment of 2/4d. per week to the Defendant: It is Ordered that the Defendant be discharged out of the custody of the Serjeants at Mace.

Cardiff Town Court.


[A few pages in a square 8vo. book bound in boards.]

1818 January 29 Thursday.

William Bird of the Town of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan Gent having produced an appointment under the hand and Seal of The Most Honourable John Crichton Stuart Marquess of Bute Earl of Dumfries Lord of the said Borough of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan, appointing him Town Clerk of the Borough of Cardiff aforesaid the same was read, and the said William Bird took the Oath of Office, and also the oaths of Supremacy & Allegiance.

Will: Prichard.

Thomas Charles.

Cardiff Town to wit. At a Court of Record of our Sovereign Lord the King held in and for the said Town on Thursday [21 May 1818] before Thomas Charles Esquire One of the Bailiffs of the said Town:

Charles Brown of the said Town of Cardiff Gentleman was duly Sworn to execute the Office of Deputy Town Clerk of the said Town as Deputy to Nicholl Wood Esquire the Town Clerk of the said Town.