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Middlesex County Records,



CALEN DAR

OF THE

SESSIONS BOOKS

1689 TO 1709.



BY



W. J. HARDY, F.S.A.,

WITH AN

INDEX COMPILED BY M. DOROTHY BRAKSPEAR.



LONDON :

PUBLISHED BY SIR RICHARD NICHOLSON, GUILDHALL, WESTMINSTER,

Clerk to the Middlesex Standing Joint Committee.

1905-
\All Rights He served. '\



HARRISON AND SONS,

PRINTERS IN ORDINARY TO HIS MAJESTY,

ST. martin's lane, LONDON, W.C.






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PREFACE.




t26
1689



When the County of London was constituted by the Local Govern-
ment Act, 1 888, it was arranged by the Authorities of the County
of Middlesex and the new County of London that the former
should retain the Guildhall, Westminster, as its headquarters,
while the Sessions House, Clerkenwell, where the County Records
were then stored, was retained, for Quarter Sessional purposes, by the
County of London.

It was only natural, owing to the upheaval of Local Government
affairs brought about by the Act of i888, that some time should elapse
before the County Records were transferred from the Sessions House,
Clerkenwell, to the new home of the Middlesex County Authority at
Westminster, and it was not until the early part of the year 1894
that the removal of those records to the Guildhall, Westminster, was
completed. Had it not been for the fact that extensive alterations
were being carried out at the last named place, including the
provision of specially-constructed muniment rooms for the reception
of the records in question, the removal would have been completed
at an earlier date.

About this time a dispute arose as to who was the lawful
custodian of the documents, with the result that, in 1899, the Court
of Queen's Bench decided that the Gustos Rotulorum of Middlesex,
and not the Gustos Rotulorum of London, was the legal custodian
of the records.*

The County Council of Middlesex had, in 1898, obtained special
Parliamentary powers authorising the expenditure of the county funds



* In this action, which was tried before Mr. Justice Bingham, the Duke of Westminster



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