Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions: 1790s

Petitions to the Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1620-1799.

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Unidentified petitioner. WJ/SP/1794/07 (1794). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS655080038

To the worshipful William Manwaring esquire
and the other majistrates assembled
at the Guildhall Westminster

Sheweth
that your petitioner was committed
to Tothill Fields bridewell on the sixth day of June last
for bastardy by the parish officers of Saint James's and
was brought before your worship, etc, to the sessions on
Saturday the 12th of July, and was remanded in
order to satisfy the said parish

That your petitioner has lost his
service on the said affair, and he humbly craves
your worships attention to the following facts

That your petitioner made such
offers to the parochiall officers, as your petitioner could afford out
of his wages, and which your petitioner conceives
according to his situation in life, worth the said
officers attention, which was to pay them five
guineas per annum, untill their demand of
twenty guineas, was fully compleated

That your petitioner has to inform
your worships, that he cannot with any degree
of faith, place such confidence in the party
the aforesaid officers, wishes him to enter into
matrimony with, she having two children by a
gentleman, previous to your petitioner having
any knowledge of the said woman, from the
above circumstances, your petitioner humbly
begs of your worships, to pay some respect
to the said petition

And your petitioner at
this time is unable to support himself having
no relations in this metropolis to assist him,
and being confined seven weeks in prison,
he has not the common necssarys of life, but
the prison allowance in this indigent
situation your petitioner humbly craves
of your worships to grant him his discharge
and your petitioner, in duty bound will
for ever pray

Robert Fladgate. WJ/SP/1798/01 (1798). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS655100028

City borough and town of
Westminster in the county of
Middlesex to wit }

General quarter sessions
4th. January 1798

To the worshipful his majestys
justices assembled to keep the peace etc
in and for the city and liberty of Westminster
at this present session of the peace assembled

The humble petition and appeal of
Robert Fladgate.

Sheweth
that by a conviction or order under the
hands and seals of Philip [Neave?] and John Scott
esquires two of his majesty's justices of the peace
for the city and liberty of Westminster and acting in
and for the said city and liberty bearing date the
3d. day of November 1797 your petitioner was
convicted of having on the 20th. day of September
last unlawfully erected and built and caused to
be erected and built in a certain public street
called Conduit Street in the parish of Saint
George Hanover Square in the said county of
Middlesex and within the liberty aforesaid a
certain [illegible] bow window in the one pair of
stairs story in the front of a certain [messuage?]
or tenement situate on the north side of Conduit
Street aforesaid numbered 5 (the said bow
window not being necessary for copings cornices
facias door and window dressings or for any
open portico or porticoes step or steps or iron
pallisadoes nor being a window to any
shop) contrary to the form of the statute in
such case made and provided

That your petitioner conceives himself
aggrieved by the said conviction or order

Your petitioner therefore
appeals against the said
conviction or order and
humbly prays relief in
the premises and that your
worships will be pleased to
appoint some day in the
present sessions for the
hearing and determining this
his appeal

And your petitioner shall ever
pray etc.

Order for hearing Saturday
6th. January 1798.


John Helm. WJ/SP/1798/01 (1798). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS655100034

City borough and town of
Westminster in the county of
Middlesex to wit}

General quarter sessions
4th. January 1798

To the worshipful his majesty's justices
assembled to keep the peace etc. in and for the
city and liberty of Westminster at this present
session of the peace assembled.

The humble petition and appeal of
John Helm

Sheweth
that by a conviction or order under the hands and seals
of John Scott and Philip Neve esquires two of his majesty's
justices of the peace for the city and liberty of Westminster
and acting in and for the said city and liberty bearing date
the 3d. day of November 1797 your petitioner was convicted
of having on the 20th. day of September last unlawfully
erected and built and caused to be erected and built in a
certain public street called Upper Brook Street in the parish
of Saint George Hanover Square in the said county of
Middlesex and within the liberty aforesaid a certain
brick building intended for a dwelling house and
offices of the first rate and class of building with a
bow window made of wood and plaister in the front of the
said brick building intended for a dwelling house and
offices from the first pair of stairs floor thereof upwards
next to the said public street called Upper Brook Street
in the said parish of Saint George Hanover Square in the
said county of Middlesex and within the liberty aforesaid
(the said bow window not being necessary for copings cornices
facias door and window dressings or for any open porticoe or
porticoes step or steps or iron pallisades nor being a window
to any shop) contrary to the form of the statute in such
case made and provided.

That your petitioner conceives himself aggrieved by
the said conviction or order

Your petitioner therefore appeals
against the said conviction or order
and humbly prays relief in the
premises and that your worships
will be pleased to appoint some day
in the present session for the hearing
and determining this his appeal

And your petitioner shall ever pray etc.

George Welch, coachman. WJ/SP/1798/10 (1798). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS655130027

The humble petition of George Welch coachman

Sheweth
unto your worships that your petitioner being a man
in years and having bad health and an aged wife humbly
intreats your worships to consider his distressed situation and
be pleased to remit his punishment

That the prosecutor Samuel Phelps is justly and truly
indebted unto your petitioner in the sum of £137 and
upwards which the prosecutor has declared he will keep your
petitioner out of as long as he can

That your petitioner has not a shilling to support
himself and aged wife but his dayly labour who during his
imprisonment will be deprived of all manner of support
he therefore humbly solicits your worship to consider
his deplorable situation

And your petitioner in duty bound will ever
pray etc.

  • George Welch
  • George Welch

William Peachey. WJ/SP/1799/10 (1799). LondonLives reference: LMWJPS655170049

To the honourable the bench of magistrates.

Gentlemen

This petition is by
permission, most humbly and respectfully presented, pleading with
all submission, that the honourable bench of magistrates will be pleased to grant
to their humble petitioner William Peachey number 15 Coventry Court, Coventry
Street, in the parish of Saint Martins in the Fields, a licence for the purpose
of opening a room, under the denomination and title of a reading room
for the accommodation of gentlemen to read the morning and evening papers
for the consideration of a small stipend weekly. Where no political debate
or any convention held whatever; the room to be open at nine o clock
in the morning, till eight oclock in the evening. William Peachey being
an old inhabitant and house keeper, hopes the honourable gentlemen will grant
his request, being recommended by the under signed persons, as a sober
honest, quiet, and well deserving the favor to be confered on him.

Begs to subscribe as gentlemen

your dutiful devoted
and much obliged humble servant


  • William Peachey

  • Francis Collingwood

Coventry Court


  • M Kennedy Coventry Court
  • W [Janell?] ditto

next dore


  • James Goddrridge
  • Roberts Barnes Whitcomb Street
  • [J Peake?] Hay Market
  • B Brookes Coventry Street
  • J Norris Coventry Street

  • William Badman Coventry Street
  • Thomas Dennett [New Street?]
  • William Biss Haymarket
  • H Brookes Coventry Street
  • the Reverend John Deveil

  • James [Birrett?]

Whitcomb Street


  • [Thomas?] Warren Coventry Street
  • Doctor Smyth Jermyn Street
  • Richard Wimburn Jermyn Street
  • John James Coventry Court
  • [Isl?] Levy jeweller Panton Street
  • Barnaby Hasper Whitcomb Street
  • Denis Jacob Cockspur Street
  • William Lee Charing Cross
  • [illegible] Procter Piccadilly