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Miscellaneous memoranda as to acquittals, recognizances, «&c. pp. 43, 44

[Pages 45, 46 blank.]

Lists of names headed "New Prison" and " House of Correction "

pp. 47, 48

An unfinished note concerning the petition of the churchwardens and
overseers of St. Margaret's, Westminster, which refers to the increase of the
poor there... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ••• P- 49

[Page 50 blank.]

Order for Jacob Clarke, of I'eddington Parish, yeoman, to be sworn as
constable of the said parish.

Note follows, dated 22 May, 1694, that Richard Gardiner be sworn
constable in the room of the said Jacob ... ... ... ... p. 5^



Sessions Book 512 — April, 1694. iii

Upon the petition of John Hatchett, of Shepperton Parish, yeoman,
showing that he has served the office of petty constable in the said parish for
the past year, and that he is now chosen churchwarden, and praying to be
discharged from the foxnicr office, it is ordered accordingly, and that William
Goodwin, yeoman, be sworn constable in the room of the said John... p. 51

Upon the petition of Edward Norwood, of St. James'o Parish,
Clerkenwell, showing that on the iith of April he was chosen scavenger of
the liberty of St. John of Jerusalem, in the said parish, " although he is a
gentleman, and no tradesman," and praying to be discharged, it is ordered
accordingly ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... p. 52

Order as to lighting the streets : — Whereas, by an Act of Parliament of
2 William and Mary, it is amongst other things enacted that every householder
within any of the parishes, in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey, and cities
and liberties of London and Westminster, whose house adjoins, or is near the
street, from Michaelmas to Lady Day yearly, shall every night hang out
candles or lights in lanterns, " on the outside of the house next the street to
enlighten the same for the conveniency of passengers from time to time as it
shall grow dark, until twelve of the clock in the night, upon pain of forfeiting
the sum of 2/- for every default," excepting those who shall agree to use lamps,
at such distances as shall be approved by two or more Justices ; and whereas
the partners of the convex lights, have since the making of the said Act, at
great expense carried out the lighting of the public streets, and passages, in
and about the town. The Court is informed that several persons neither
hang out lights nor pay to these lights so placed, and orders that, for the
more effectual carrying out of the said Act, all householders liable to the
operation of the Act do hang out lights accordingly, upon pain of 2/- for
each default, and declares that all public passages and thoroughfares in and
about the town comprised within the weekly bills of mortality are and ought
to be esteemed streets, and directs the Justices to view and regulate the
lamps set up by the patentees ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 53

Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Paul's, Covent Garden,
and St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, as to the settlement of Mary Compton, spinster,
an apprentice to Mr. Cook and his wife, to learn quilting and plain work, in
Bridges Street ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 56

Certificate of two Justices (named) that they have viewed the pavement
in Pall Mall, in St. James's Parish, between the houses of John Murray and
Robert Gisborne, and that they find upwards of four feet thereof is in need
of repair, and ought to be restored by the said Gisborne, and that the denter
stone is not placed in the middle of the street. Ordered that the said denter
stone be removed to the proper place and that the said Gisborne do pave
to the middle of the street, "to be computed from the upright walls on
each side" ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 57

Complaint of John Gibbon, of St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, gentleman,
that he has been appointed overseer, although he is "an agent in the
chamber of London, deputy receiver, and head collector of the present aids
granted to their Majesties," and is consequently unable to attend the said
office of overseer. It is ordered that he be discharged ... ... ibid.

Upon the petition of Thomas Bedford, Samuel Blackerby, and others,
inhabitants of St. James's Parish, Clerkenwell, complaining of " great abuses



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of the poor," and of unfair assessment of the rates, full instructions are
issued for the regulation of the said rates for the relief of the poor in the
said parish ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... P- 58

Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Peter's, Canterbury, and
Stepney, concerning the settlement of Thomas Greethurst, deceased, his
wife, Mary, with her two children. Philip Greethurst, father ot the said
Thomas, is mentioned ... ... ... ... ... ... ... P- 59

Order concerning the settlement of "Emy" Arthurbury, otherwise
Goodrick, who, by an order of the 23rd of March, was removed from St. Mary's
Parish, Islington, to that of Finchley ... ... ... ... ... p. 60

Order concerning the settlement of Jane Mitchell, who, by an order of
the 5th of March, was removed from Fulham Parish, " on Hammersmith
side,'' to that of Kensington ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Upon the information that the common highway in St. Pancras Parish,
leading from Battle Bridge to the crossway beyond St. Pancras Church, is
very much out of repair, and that the surveyors, and other inhabitants have
diverted the water course in the said way, and made several ditches which
have proved very prejudicial to the said highways, it is ordered that an
assessment be made to meet the expense of the repairs ... ... p. 61

Certificate of the Justices, dated the 20th of April, showing, upon the
oath of William Cook and John Love, of Staines, inn-holders, that there is
due to the said witnesses and others in the said parish ^119 "for the
quarters and debts contracted by the officers and soldiers of a troop of horse,
commanded by Captain Fletcher, in the regiment of Colonel Coy," who were
quartered in the said parish ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 62

Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth, wife of George Green,
who, with her three children, were lately removed from Twickenham Parish
to that of St. Margaret's, Westminster ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order concerning the last settlement of Anne Lloyd, removed from the
parish of St Gilers'-in-the-Fields to that of St. Katherine, Creechurch... ibid.

Proceedings upon the petition of Edward Townsend, one of the surveyors
of the highways in Hornsey Parish, showing that the highway leading towards
Barnet from Hornsey Lane end to the outparts of the said parish, for about a
mile, are in great need of repair, and that the statute work is insufificient to
repair the same, the cost of which will be over ;!^2oo, and praying that a rate
may be levied towards the repair of the same, it is ordered accordingly, jl 64

Order concerning the settlement of Dorothy Midgley, spinster, who was
r- moved from the i)arish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields to that of St. Andrew's,
Holborn ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 65

Order concerning the last settlement of Mary Woodroffe, widow, who
was removed from the parish of St. Mary-le-Savoy to that of St. Clement
Danes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Upon the petition of John Howland, of Finchley Parish, yeoman,
showing that during his office of constable he expended j[^\\ \^s. Sd. for the



Sessions Book 512 — April, 1694. 113

passing and relieving of cripples, vagrants, and other impotent persons, and
praying that a rate may be assessed to reimburse the petitioner, it is ordered
accordingly ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 66

Proceedings upon the petition of Thomas Barnett, of Finchley Parish,
yeoman, which shows that he served the office of constable last year, when he
expended ^5 5^'. \\d. for passing and relieving cripples, vagrants, and others,
and prays that he may be reimbursed ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order that Edward Danson, overseer of Finchley Parish, do pay to
Richard Mason, constable of the said parish for 1692, ^13 13^. ^d.,
expended by him in relieving and passing cripples, vagrants, and others p. 67

On^er concerning the settlement of Francis Golding, who, with his wife
and six children, were lately removed from St. Mary-le-bone Parish to that of
St. Clement Danes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Petition of Thomas Bedingfeild, of Hornsey Parish, showing that he
served the offices of surveyor of the highways and constable for 1686 and
1689, and that he expended ^15 165. \d. in the repair of the highways, and
in passing and relieving cripples and vagabonds, and praying to be
reimbursed ... ... ... ... ... .... ... ... p. 68

Proceedings upon a complaint that the constables of St. Mary's,
Islington, have, shortly before their discharge from office, privately made a
house to house visitation in order to obtain the subscriptions of the inhabitants
for the election of new constables. It is ordered that the churchwardens and
others, inhabitants of the said parish, who are usually present at the election
of parish officers, do nominate fit persons to be constables there in such
manner as officers of the said parish should be nominated ... ... ibid.

Petition of Richard Rowley and Henry Page, surveyors of the highways
of Finchley Parish, showing that the highway leading from Highgate to
Barnet is much in need of repair, and that the statute work is insufficient
to repair the same, and praying that an assessment may be made to meet the
expense of the said repairs. Ordered accordingly ... ... ... p. 69

Order concerning the settlement of \^'illiam Blake, who with Mary, his
wife, and Sarah and Priscilla, their children, were removed from St, Sepulchre's
Parish to that of the liberty of the Rolls P- 7°

Upon the information of Mr. Hardisty that he had received a declaration
against the inhabitants of Ossulston Hundred, at the suit of John Russell, for
a robbery committed at Hornsey, on the 21st of March, 5 William and Mary
[1693-4], the said Russell's loss being 35.?. in money, a watch, and lace to
the value of ;^73 ()s. od., it is referred to certain Justices (named), who are to
give such order for the defence of the suit as they shall consider meet ibid.

Upon information that Hugh Wilkinson, Samuel Jones, William Tumber,
Moses Cole, and Mary Devourse, widow, livmg by the Tower Ditch, in the
parish of St, Buttolph Without, Aldgate, Henry Smith, " at the Shipwright's
Arms," in Rosemary Lane, Mary Thoroughgood. of the precincts of St.
Katherine's, near the Tower ; William Buxton, of Church Lane . . . Elizabeth
Aaron, at the Blue Anchor, at King Edward Stairs, and Frances Emms, " at



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the Redcrosse in Cinnamon Street," keep disorderly houses upon pretence
of licenses granted for selling ale ; it is ordered that the said licenses be
suppressed... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 71

Order for the appearance, on the 22 nd of May next, of Richard Gray,
gentleman, treasurer for the Marshalsea, King's Bench, and Hospitals, in
Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth Hundreds, for 1692, to give an account of
the money received by him from the high constables in the said division for
the relief of poor prisoners ... ... ... ... ... ... p- 72

Proceedings upon the complaint made on Friday, the 12th of January,
by the burgesses and assistants of the Duchy Liberty in the Strand, that
Charles Pratten, William Burrows, Nicholas Baker, and Thomas Awbery,
constables of the said liberty, had, in 1690, collected over ;£^\^ above the
sum assessed towards the satisfaction of an execution against the inhabitants
of Ossulston Hundred for a robbery committed upon William Bird. Upon
the report of the Justices to whom the matter was referred, it is ordered that
the said constables do pay the money by them collected, into the hands of
Mr. Coggs, one of the burgesses of the said liberty ... ... ... ibid.

■Upon the information of several ancient inhabitants of the parish of
St. Giles'-in-the-Fields that a rate is usually made every year in the said
parish for the repair of the highways, but that many persons refuse to pay
the same, and praying an assessment may be enforced for the said repairs,
it is ordered accordingly, and instructions are given concerning the said
assessment... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 74

Upon the dispute between Anna Victoria Turner, of St. James's, West-
minster, spinster, and Katherine, daughter of Margaret Lambert, of St.
Martin's-in-the-Fields, widow, concerning the discharge of the said Katherine
from her apprenticeship, it is ordered that she continue with her said
mistress, and that her mother be allowed a weekly sum from the church-
wardens of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, towards the maintenance of the said
Katherine during her apprenticeship ... ... ... ... ... p- 75

Order of reference concerning the rates of wages of labourers, artificers,
&c.... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... ... p. 76

Upon the petition of William and Joseph Miller, former scavengers of
Hollywell Street Liberty, in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, showing
that they disbursed to the raker ^7 6.?. od. and upwards, more than they had
received, it is ordered that Miller and Taylor {sic) be paid ^8 by Thomas
Edge and Henry Wilson, scavengers ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order for a further extension of time for paving the street leading from
Clerkenwell Green to St. John Street \yide Sessions Book, No. 500, page 55,
and other references] ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 7 7

Miscellaneous memoranda as to the appointment of constables, and
a rate levied for the benefit of maimed soldiers... ... ... ... p. 79

Alphabetical lists of names headed "Calendar of Indictments" and
" Calendar of Recognizances " ... ... ... ... ... pp. 80-83



Sessions Book 513 — Afay, 1694. 115

Indenture of apprenticeship of John, son of Peter James, of St. Paul's
Palish, Shadwell, sailor, to Andrew Young, of Stockholm, sailor. Dated
II April, 1694 p. 83

William Steers, of Staines, yeoman, licensed to be a common badger for
the ensuing year ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.



SESSIONS BOOK 513-MAY, 1694.
Jury panels ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 5

[Page 6 blank.]

Recognizances, indictments, committals, acquittals, &c. ... pp. 7-19

[Pages 20-38 blank.]

At the Sessions on 17 April \yiJe Sessions Book No. 512, p. 67], Edward
Danson, one of the overseers of the parish of Finchley, was ordered to pay
Richard Mason, constable of the said parish for the year 1692, the sum
of ;!^i3 13^". 9^. The said Edward Danson has not complied with the order;
and it is now ordered that the overseers of the parish audit the accounts of the
said Edward Danson, and, if thought fit, make the said payment to Richard
Mason ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 39

The petition of Robert Amye, son of Kendrich Amye, showing that
he was, on 5 April, 1693, apprenticed to Jonathan Ward, of "Sheirlane,"
in the parish of St. Clement Danes, baker, for the term of eight years, and
that during that time he has been " grievously misused and immoderately
corrected, and that the said Ward has now left his habitation and gone into
Whitefriars for refuge." He prays for his indentures to be cancelled, which
request is granted ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 40

Order, upon the petition of John Winch and William Maxum, overseers
of the hamlet of Hammersmith for the year last past, to examine the accounts
of Robert Fowles and Thomas Holding, the present overseers, and also, if
thought fit, to pay to the said Winch and Maxum £,i'\ 19^- 9^., which they
allege they expended, of their own moneys, during their ofifice ... p. 41

Order for an extension of time for removing the denter stone between
the houses of John Murray and Robert Gisborne, in Pall Mall. [ Vide Sessions
^t^i^/C' No. 512, p. 57] ... ... ... ... ... P- 42

[Pages 43-48 blank.]
Committals, indictments, acquittals, &c. ... ... ... pp. 49-51

[Page 52 blank.]
Lists of names under New Prison and House of Correction ... P- 53

[Pages 54-59 blank.]

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Calendar of recognizances ... ... ... ... ... .. p. 60

[Page 61 blank.]
Calendar of indictments ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 62

Names of six persons fined for absence ... ... ... ... p. 63

SESSIONS BOOK 514— JULY, 1694.

Jury panels ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 5

[Page 6 blank.]

Recognizances, indictments, acquittals, &c. ... ... pp. 7-30

Lists of names under New Prison and House of Correction ... p. 31

[Page 32 blank.]

" The oath to be tendered to poor prisoners : — What effects are belonging
to you, or what debt or debts are owing to you within any of their Majesties'
dominions or elsewhere, and by whom, and for what cause and upon what
security." List of names (six) follows ... ... ... ... ••• P- 33

[Pages 34-36 blank.]

Order for Justices to examine the treasurers' books of accounts of money
received and paid for maimed soldiers ... ... ... ... ... p. 37

Order for reducing and discharging several persons in Clerkenwell
Parish of the assessment charged upon them for relief of the poor pp. 37, 38

Order for the discharge of Thomas King, of the parish of Hackney from
the office of overseer, upon proof that he is a serjeant in the trained bands of
the Tower Hamlets, and actually in their Majesties' service, and that
military officers are excused from serving parish offices ... ... p. 39

Order for discharging Katherine Lambert from her indenture of
apprenticeship \yide Sessions Book No. 512, p. 75] upon the petition of the
churchwardens of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, showing that the indenture
whereby she was bound to Anna Victoria Turner being made only for two
years is void in law ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order for the discharge of Benjamin Hudson, junior, from his indenture
of apprenticeship, upon his petition showing that on the 9th of February,
1692, he was bound an apprentice to James Crafford, of the parish of
St. Giles'-in-the-Fiekls, barber surgeon, and that the said Crafford exercises
only the trade of barber, also that he has immoderately beaten his said
apprentice ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 40

Order concerning the settlement of Phillip Bishopp, Elizabeth his wife,
and three children, removed from the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields to the
hamlet of Wapping, Stepney ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 41



Sessions Book 514 — Jie/y, 1694. 117

Order concerning the settlement of Elizabeth Simmons, single woman,
removed from the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields to the liberty of the
Rolls ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 41

Order of reference to two Justices concerning a male child of one
St. John Dockwra, late of the parish of Hoxton, who was found exposed in
the parish of St. Andrew, Holborn ... ... ... ... ... p. 42

Order for confirming an order for adjudging Thomas Bates, of the parish
of St. Giles, to be the father of the illegitimate child of Unica Franklyn p. 43

Order for further extension of time for paving the street leading from
Clerkenwell Green to St. John Street [vide Sessions Book, No. 500, p. 55] p. 44

Order of reference to the Special Sessions in the Tower Division concern-
ing the repairs of the highways of Whitechapel. This order was corrected and
is entered over again further on in this book {see p. 71) ... ... p. 45

Petition of certain inhabitants of the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell,
showing that they are over-rated for the poor-tax, and that many of the
ancient uihabitants who have great estates, lands, &c., in the parish, particularly
Mr. John Cross and Mr. Edward Fawcett, do not pay proportionably. The
matter is referred to certain Justices to report thereon ... ... p. 46

Order for an assessment to be made to reimburse Walter Burton, John
Halsey, and Jacob Chipp, surveyors of the highways of the parish of St. Mary,
Islington, moneys expended by them for repairs to said highways ... p. 47

Order to reimburse Anthony Groves, late constable of the parish of
Hornsey, his expenses in relieving and passing cripples ... ... p. 48

Order to Simon Penn, late gaoler of the prison of the Dean and Chapter
of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London, called Finsbury, to attend the
next Quarter Sessions with his books ... ... ... ... ... p. 49

Order to reimburse John Bevis, late constable of the hamlet of Hammer-
smith, his expenses in relieving and passing cripples ... ... ... ibid.

Order that cripples and vagrants passing from St. Andrew's, Holborn,
and St. Giles'-in-the-Fields to Highgate, shall go by Kentish Town, and not
pass through the parishes of St. James', Clerkenwell, and St. Mary,
Islington ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 50

Order to reimburse Henry May, late churchwarden of the hamlet of
Mile End, in the parish of Stepney, his expenses in relieving the poor... ibid.

Upon the petition of certain parishioners of Finchley, showing that they
have lately sustained much loss through the pilfering by Richard Rogers, a
boy of 14 years, now in prison at Clerkenwell, it is ordered with the consent
of the said Richard Rogers, that Captain Thomas Jones, keeper of the said
prison, do deliver the said Richard to some officer belonging to one of their
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Order for discharging John Try, esquire, of the parish of St. Andrew's,
Holborn, of the assessment charged upon him for poor rate for an empty
house in Holborn ... ... ... .... ... ... ... p. 51

Order to reimburse Charles Worley, late churchwarden of the hamlet of
Bethnal Green, his expenses in relieving the poor ... ... ... ibid.

Order to reimburse Henry Wilson and Thomas Edge, late scavengers of
the liberty of Hollywell Street, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, their
expenses in cleansing the streets... ... ... ... ... ... p. 52

[Pages 53, 54 blank.]

Recognizances, indictments, acquittals, committals, &c. ... pp. 55-58

Robert Bradford committed to New Prison for saying " God damn
Colonel Perry, one of their Majesties' Justices of the Peace for the county,
for a little pimp, and that he did not value him, and could turn him round
with his finger, and that he had j£20o to spend with him, oath being made
thereof" p. 58

Upon the report of certain Justices who have examined the treasurers'
books of the fund for maimed soldiers in the several hundreds in the county,
and find that there remains in the hands of John Herbert, esquire, treasurer for
the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore, a considerable sum of money
over and above what will satisfy the claims in those hundreds, it is ordered
that the said John Herbert pay to Thomas Chambers, treasurer for the
hundreds of Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth, the sum of ;^40 ... p. 59

Robert Nicoll, of Friern Barnet, chosen constable ol the parish in the
place of Richard Bennett ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 60

John Piggott, chosen constable of Green Street quarter and Ponder's
End in Enfield, ordered to attend to be sworn ... ... ... ibid.

Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Swithin's and St. Mary-le-
Savoy as to the settlement of Phillip Donaby, a boy of 14, son of Thomas
Donaby ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 60

Order in dispute between the parishes of Norwood and Hayes as to the
settlement of Roads, alias Parsons, a poor woman ... ... p. 61

Order in a dispute between the parishes of Acton and Hillingdon as to
the settlement of John Mould, his wife, and child ... ... ... p. 62

Order in a dispute between the parishes of Yeovil, county Somerset, and
Bow, in the parish of Stepney, as to the settlement of Izard Summers, wife
of Henry Summers, and her three children ... ... ... ... ibid.

Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Bride's, London, and
St. Andrew's, Holborn, as to the settlement of William Shippey, who
was an apprentice to one, Mr. Frost, " artsmaster," in the precincts of
Bridewell ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p- 63



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Order for increasing the assessment of the poor rate for the ])arish of
St. Clement Danes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 64

Upon the petition of divers of the inhabitants of the Hberty of East
Smithfield, in the parish of St. Botolph Without, Ald^ate, showing that they
being destitute of a watch-house for the said Hberty have been forced to make
use of a public-house, which produces many inconveniences, "the watchmen
being often overtaken in drink," and that the lord of the manor has granted
a lease of a piece of ground at the upper end of the " first street " of East Smith-
field, " where a middle row of houses are rebuilding near the place where the



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