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parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, in the place of Edward Hickman, removed
out of the said parish ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Upon the petition of Nicholas Spencer, of the parish of St. Mary,
Islington, showing that Thomas Woodman, chosen constable of the Newington
Borough, has hired Samuel Beard to serve the said office in his stead, and the
said Beard living nearer London than Spencer, he (Spencer) is forced to
receive poor people from Beard and pass them on to Kingsland, notwiih-
standmg Woodman's habitation lies nearer Kingsland ; it is ordered that
W^oodman and Beard nominate a fit person to be headborough who lives
nearer to Kingsland ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p- 65

Order for reimbursing Robert Deavon, late constable of Lower Barnsbury,
in the parish of St. Mary, Islington, money expended by him in passing
cripples ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 66

Recognizances, indentures, committals, appearances, acquittals, &c.

pp. 67-70
[Page 72 blank.]

Lists of names under New Prison and House of Correction ... p. 73

[Pages 74, 75 blank.]

Calendar of indictments, alphabetical lists ... ... ... PP» 76, 77

Alphabetical list of names [not headed] ... ... ... pp. 78, 79

Indictment, conviction, recognizance ... ... .^. ... p. 80

SESSIONS BOOK 523-AUGUST, 1695.

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

[Page 6 blank.]

Miscellaneous memoranda as to indictments, acquittals, recognizances,

^^ PP- 7-34

[Pages 35-48 blank.]

Proceedings upon the information that Christopher Prideth, constable of
St. Leonard's Parish, Shoreditch, when searching the house of William Barton,
of the said parish, found, and took possession of, £\\ 155-. od., money
suspected to be newly clipped, whereupon Elizabeth, wife of the said William,
and Francis, their son, were apprehended to answer the complaint of the
said Prideth, for having in their possession clipped money, a crucible, and
a large pair of " sizers." It is ordered that the said money be restored by
Prideth p. 49



138 Middlesex County Recoi^ds.

Order for the present churchwardens and overseers of Mile End New
Town to collect the rate made for reimbursing John Sheppard, former
churchwarden, the money expended by him during his term of office... p. 49

Dispute between the churchwardens and overseers of St. Mary's Parish,
Islington, and Robert Deavon, of the said parish, yeoman, constable during
the past year, concerning money expended by the said Deavon during his
term of office. The matter is referred to Mr. James Dewy, J. P., for his
opinion thereupon ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 50

Order for the inhabitants of St. Clement Danes to pay only _^i6 14^-. 8^.
towards the repair of Chertsey Bridge, the churchwardens in the said parish
having complained that they were doubly charged, owing to the fact that the
said parish lies "part in the county at large and part in the liberty of
Westminster." \^Vtde Sessions Book ^^22^ ^. ^■^'\ ... ... ... p. 51

Order for the overseers of Ratclifife Hamlet to collect the poor rates and
to pay the poor there as heretofore ... ... ... ... ... p. 52

Order for the inhabitants of Holborn-above-Bars to make a rate for
reimbursing William Banyard and William Pangborne, former overseers of the
liberty-above-bars in St. Andrew's Parish, Holborn, money expended by them
during their term of office ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 53

Robert Deavon, former constable of St. Mary's Parish, Islington, to be
paid the money by him expended in the passing of poor persons and vagrants
in Islington ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Proceedings upon the complaint of the scavengers of Wapping Hamlet
that several persons (named) refuse to pay the assessment granted for
reimbursing the said scavengers the money paid by them to the present
raker; it is ordered that the said inhabitants "living off the pavement" do
pay the scavengers' rate ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 54

Dispute between Daniel Wing, of St. Sepulchre's Parish, bow-string
maker, and John Johnson, his apprentice, concerning the discharge of the
said apprentice. Upon proof that the said Wing put the said John " to very
hard labour in feeding hogs, which he was not able to undergo, being infirm
in his body"; it is ordered that the apprentice be discharged... ... p- 55

Dispute between John Howard, of the parish of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields,
shoemaker, and Charles Clarke, his apprentice, concerning the discharge of
the said apprentice ; upon proof that the latter's complaint is frivolous, his
petition is dismissed ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 56

Proceedings upon the petition of Charles Davis, of the parish of
St. Giles' Without, Cripplegate, victualler, which shows that he served the
office of overseer about three years since, during which time he expended
certain moneys, and prays reimbursement. The matter is referred to two
Justices (named) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Upon the petition of Samuel Wilkinson, showing that he was employed
by Henry King, surveyor of the highways for Highgate, in the parish of
Hornsey, " to set up oaken posts and rails in the said highway," containing in



Sessions Book 523 — -Attgtist, 1695. 139

length 128 feet, and which cost ;^9 12.?. od., and that the said King has only
paid the petitioner ^5, and praying the remainder may be settled, it is
ordered accordingly ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 57

Edward Thornton, John Hadlow, John Pritty, and John Metcalfe,
scavengers of the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, in 1694, to be paid certain
moneys due to them ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Proceedings upon the petition of Ann, relict of Robert Walker, late
churchwarden of Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, which shows that her said
husband died during his term of office, and that he had expended certain
moneys, which she prays may be reimbursed. It is ordered accordingly, p. 58

[Pages 60-72 blank.]

Miscellaneous memoranda as to indictments, acquittals, commitments,
&c. pp. 73, 74

George Fisher is committed to New Prison for contempt of Court, in
causing Edward Green to be apprehended in the presence of the Court to
answer certain matters, "notwithstanding the said matters were then heard in
the Court in the presence of the said Fisher, and the said Green dismissed at
that time from the said warrant by order of this Court " ... ... P- 75

[Page 76 blank.]

Elizabeth Dunbarr is convicted for conspiring with Eleanor Dick for
falsely accusing John Orlibeer with being the father of her child, with the
intention of extorting ^^3 from him; she is fined 13/4, and to be put upon
the pillory in Leicester Fields Square for one hour between 10 a.m. and
12 o'clock noon, "with a paper over her head showing her offence." She is
committed to New Prison until she undergo the punishment, then to be
delivered, paying her fees, 17/6 ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 77

John Collop is convicted for defrauding Hezekiah Pritchard and Randall
Spencer, "by false arts and tokens, of several butts bound with iron hoops,"
he is fined 13/4, and to be put upon the pillory in St. John Street, Spittlefieids
Hamlet, for one hour between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, with a paper over
his head showing his offence. He is committed to New Prison until he pay
his fine and undergo his punishment, then to be delivered, paying his
fees, 9/4 p. 77

Elizabeth Smith, convicted for seditious words against the King, is fined
5 nobles, and she is to be put upon the pillory in Leicester !■ ields Square for
one hour between 10 a.m. and 12 o'clock noon, with a paper over her head
showing her offence. She is remanded to New Prison until she undergo the
punishment, then to be delivered, paying her fees, 4/7 ... ... ibid.

[Pages 78-80 blank.]

Names under headings, " New Prison " and "House of Correction." p. 81

[Pages 82, 83 blank.]

Alphabetical list of names headed Ind[ictments] and Calendar of recog-
nizances ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... pp. 84-87



140 Middlesex County Records.

SESSIONS BOOK 524— OCTOBER, 1695.

Jury panel ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. i

Writ ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 2

Indentures, fines, acquittals ... ... ... .. pp. 3-19

Anne Matthew, spnister, daughter of Thomas Matthew, of London,
merchant, discharged of her apprenticeship to Margaret Drury, widow, of the
parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, mantle maker, who since married John
Turin, a Scotchman, uppn proof that the said John Turin ill-treated the s lid
Anne Matthew ... . . ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 20

Thomas Corbet, son of Simon Corbet, discharged of his apprenticeship
to David Williams, silversmith, a Frenchman (i7V\ upon proof that the said
Williams did unmercifully beat the said Corbet ... ... ... p. 21

Order to reimburse William Kindrick and Robert Gittins, late scavengers
of the parish of St. Anne's, Westminster, money expended by them ... ibid.

Order to reimburse James Bartlett, late constable of the Upper Ward of
St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, money expended by him in passing cripples p. 22

Order in a dispute between the parishes of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and
St. Paul's, Covent Garden, concerning the settlement of Richard Cullen, son
of John and Margaret Cullen, who was born in 1689 at the house of one
Joseph Parker, in Hart Street, Covent Garden ... ... ... ... p. 23

[Pages 26-33 blank.]

Indictments, recognizances, &c. ... ... ... ... pp. 34, 35

[Page 36 blank.]

Alphabetical list of indictments ... ... ... ... PP- 37> 38

SESSIONS BOOK 525— OCTOBER, 1695.

Jury panels ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 3

[Page 4 blank.]

Indictments, acquittals, recognizances, &c. ... ... pp. 5-29

[Pages 30-40 blank.]

Order for discharging Edward Green from his indentures of apprentice-
ship to Roger Gately, late of the parish of St. James', Clerkenwell, surgeon,
upon proof that the said Gately did not practise the art of surgeon, and that
he compelled the said Green to be "a rope-dancer, tumbler, and jack-
pudding"... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 41

Orders in a dispute between the parishes of St. John, Wapping, and
St. Ann, within the liberty of Westminster, concerning the settlement of Ann



Sess/o/is Book 525 — October, 1695. 141

Ju Ison, wife of Daniel Judson, and her three children. {Vide Sessions Book
522. P- 59I P-42

Order to \Villiam Kitchen, late churchwarden of the parish of Edmonton,
to pay Robert Smyth, late surveyor of the said parish, money disbursed by
him for repairing the roads of the said parish. The money has been collected
by assessment, and unjustly detained by said William Kitchen ... p. 43

Order to Sir James Smyth, treasurer for the maimed soldiers and
mariners within the hundreds of Ossulton, Edmonton, and Gore, to pay 40/-
to George Russell as an honorary gift, upon proof that the said Russell is
aged and infirm and a fit object for charity ... ... ... ... p. 44

Upon the certificate of Robert Bateman, esquire, and Robert Constable,
esquire. Justices in the Tower Division, that they have viewed a certain new
street called Cable Street, "heretofore called Knockfergus, or Stebunheath,"^
the north side whereof lies in the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, leading from
Shadwell Market to Spitalfields Market, and judge the same fit to be paved
with stone, from the corner house of the said Cable Street, over against the

sign of the Windmill there, to the house of Cartwright, inclusive, at

the corner of Church Lane, it is ordered that the same be paved accordingly.
\_Vide Sessions Book z^id^'i^. -i^b^... ... ... ... ... ... p. 45

The petition of Hannah Spencer, showing that about 1686 she became
the hired servant to James Halsey, of Prince's, Drury Lane, gentleman, at a
yearly w\age of ^10, and continued with him till August last; that the said
Mr. Halsey has turned her out and refused to pay the wages due to her.
The petition is dismissed upon proof that the said Hannah Spencer is no
lawful hired servant, but was maintained by the said James Halsey, and was
the mother of several children by him ... ... ... ... ... p. 46

Order in an appeal of the town of Uxbridge, in the parish of Hillingdon,
and the parish of St. James', Westminster, concerning the settlement of
Elizabeth Dykes, widow of Thomas Dykes, and her two children ... p. 47

Petition of John Knight, apprentice to James Cuffe, of the parish ot
St. Andrew, Holborn, clockmaker, to be discharged from his indentures, he
alleging that the said Cuffe resides in Salisbury Court, near Whitefriars, for
fear of being arrested for debt ; that he had no work in the said trade to
employ an apprentice, and did not supply him with necessary food and drink.
The petition is dismissed, and the said John Knight ordered to continue
in the service of the said James Cuffe... ... ... ... ... p. 48

Order of reference to certain Justices to examine the accounts of Edward
Wilson, late overseer of the parish of St. Giles', Cripplegate, and report as to
certain money he alleges is due to him for the relief of the poor during his
office ... ... ... ... ..- .. ••• ... ... p. 49

Order adjudging Roger Berriman, of the hamlet of Mile End, in the
parish of Stepney, to be the father of the illegitimate child of Anne, now
wife of John Taylor, of the said hamlet... ... ... ... ... p. 50-

Order to reimburse the late constables of the parish of St. James',,
Clerkenwell, money expended by them in passing cripples and vagrants p. 52



142 Middlesex County Records.

Proceedings between the parish of St. John, Wapping, and the hamlet
of Wapping, Stepney, concerning the settlement of Thomas Scrivener,
adjourned till next Sessions ... ... ... ... ... ... P- 53

Order for the removal of Mary Stevenson, lately hired servant to Daniel
Jacob, of Wellclose, in the parish of St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel,
from the parish of St. John, Wapping, to the said parish of Whitechapel. p. 54

Order for the inhabitants of Wellclose, in the parish of St. John,
Wapping, in the hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, to attend next Sessions and
show cause why they should not pay to the relief of the poor of Wapping,
Stepney, and St. John, Wapping p. 55

Order for the surveyors of the parish of Kensington, together with the
owners and occupiers of the houses, lands, and tenements, and chief inhabitants
in the said parish, to attend the next Sessions and show cause why they should
not contribute to the charge of paving and keeping the highway of the said
parish. \^Vide Sessions Book ^-^20,^. \i\ ... ... ... ... P- 5^

Order for Thomas Chambers, esquire, late treasurer of maimed soldiers
for the hundreds of Elthorn, Spelthorn, and Isleworth, to pay to Sir John
Smyth, baronet, the present treasurer, ^34 19^-. T^. to balance his account.

P-58
[Pages 59-80 blank.]

Names of those taking the oath, indentures, recognizances, acquittals,
committals ... ... ... ... ... ... ... pp. 81-85

List of prisoners in Finsbury Prison ... ... ... ... p. 86

Lists of names under New Prison and House of Correction ... p. 87

Alphabetical list of names ; calendar of recognizances ... pp. 88, 89

Alphabeticallist of names ; indictments ... ... ... pp. 90, 91

[Page 92 blank.]

Warrant to the Clerk of the Peace to respite until the next Sessions the
recognizances of Hannah Martin, the wife of William Martin, indicted at the
Sessions in February last for keeping a disorderly house ... ... p. 93

Convictions, recognizances, &c. ... ... ... ... ... p. 94



SESSIONS BOOK 526— DECEMBER, 1695.

Jury panels ... ... ... ■■■ ... ... ••• .•■ p. 5

[Page 6 blank.]

Miscellaneous memoranda as to acquittals, recognizances, indictments
&c PP- 7-28

[Pages 29-34 blank.]

Proceedings upon the petition of Richard Jewks and Joseph Tie, former
overseers for Ratcliffe Hamlet, Stepney Parish, which prays reimbursement



Sessions Book 527 — -January, 1696. 143

of moneys expended by them during their term of office. Ordered
accordingly ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 35

Petition of Ann Steele, widow, showing that on the i8th of November
last she was ordered to pave with stone the north side of a certain pretended
new street called Cable Street, in Stepney Parish, on or before the ist ot
December, and that she is not liable to pave any part of the said street, and
praying that she may be heard. It is ordered accordingly ... ... p. 36

Order for the churchwardens of Edmonton to make a rate to reimburse
Joseph Cart, of the said parish, husbandman, former constable, money
expended by him during his term of office ... ... ... ... p. 37

Proceedings upon the complaint of Mary Tarling, widow, on behalf of
Edmund Ellis, her son, who was apprenticed to Christopher Bannister, of
St. John's Parish, Wapping, gunsmith. Upon proof that the said apprentice
was misused and neglected, which caused him to leave his said master, and
"list himself" on a ship of war, where he has served for two years, it is
ordered that the indentures of apprenticehood be cancelled. [A different
version of the above matter occurs on p. 38, marked "This order is mistaken
and false"] ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 39

Order of reference concerning the assessment to repay Edward Thornton,
John Hadlowe, John Pritty, and John Medcalfe, scavengers, of Wapping
Hamlet, Stepney Parish, for the year 1694. \^Vide Sessions Book 523, p. 57].

p. 41
[Pages 42-52 blank.]

Miscellaneous memoranda as to recognizances, indictments, commit-
ments, &c. ... ... ... ... -.. ... ... pp. 53-56

[Pages 57, 58 blank.]

List of names headed " New Prison " and " House of Correction " p. 59

Alphabetical list of names headed indictments, and calendar of recog-
nizances ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... pp. 60-63

Note of the appearance of Elizabeth Cooke ... ... ... p. 64

SESSIONS BOOK 527— JANUARY, 1696.

Jury panels ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... p. i

Miscellaneous memoranda : the writs, indictments, acquittals, commit-
ments, &c. ; the name of Titus Oates, of Westminster, clerk, appears on
p. 16 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... pp. 2-17

[Pages 18, 19 blank.]

Order that the Lord Chief Justice Holt be desired to grant a writ to
remove a recognizance and order against Robert Feilding, esquire, for not
paying the wages due to his servant, Mary Philips ... ... ... p. 20

Proceedings upon the complaint of Robert Holmes, apprentice to John
Hopman, carver. Upon proof that the said Robert has been ill-treated and
neglected by his said master, it is ordered that he be discharged ... ibid.



1^4 Middlesex County Records.

Proceedings upon the petition of the churchwardens and surveyors of the
highways in the parish of St. James', within the liberty of Westminster, which
shows that the highways and pavements in the said parish are so much in
need of repair that they cannot be put in order for less than ^120, and
prays an order for an assessment to meet the expense of the same. , Ordered
accordingly, upon the condition that the highways and pavements in the said
parish "lying in the common street there leading from Pickadilly to High {sic)
Parke Corner, over against the church and the churchyard of the said parish,
containing from east to west, on and adjoining to the north side of the said
churchyard, in length forty-seven feet, and in breadth thirty-two feet ; and in
Jermin Street, from west to the east corner of the churchyard wall, one hundred
and fifty-nine feet, and in breadth soe farre twenty feet, and further eastward
along the south front of the church, to the channel running at the east end of
the said church, one hundred feel, and in breadth from the wall of the church
to the denter or middle of the street there one-and-thirty feet, and again from
without the pale at the east end and south-east corner of the said church, up
northwards to the rector's house, ninety-nine feet in length, and six feet in
breadth," be repaired by the inhabitants of the said parish as often as it shall
be needful. {^Vide Sessions Book \()Z,^^. l^'\ p. 21

Proceedings upon the petition of the churchwardens and surveyors of the
highways in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, which shows that the
highways and pavements are so much in need of repair that they cannot
be put in order for less than ;^23o, and prays the order of the Court for
an assessment to meet the expense thereof. Ordered accordingly. It is
further ordered that 1,205 yards of the highways and pavements in the said
parish be repaired with paviour's work, viz. : " Before the old churchyard in
St. Martin's Lane, two hundred and fifty yards ; in Church Lane, three hundred
twenty and six yards ; in and belongmg to the new churchyard, sixty-nine
yards ; at the watch-house, upper end of Hedge Lane, four hundred forty and
four yards ; and at the almshouses in the parish of St. Anne, one hundred
and sixteen yards ; and with mason's work three thousand two hundred forty
and six feet of the highways and pavements in the said parish, viz. : in Church
Lane, broad stone paving, seven hundred eighty and five feet : at the two
doors at the east end of the church, one hundred and ninety feet ; the pave-
ment in the old churchyard leading from the schoolhouse to the nr.rth end of
the rails at the steeple, and from thence towards St Martin"s Lane, nine
hundred and sixty feet ; the pavement along by the stone stumps on the west
side of the old churchyard, and the pavement leading from thence towards the
middle door at the west end of the church, nine hundred thirty and five feet ;
the stone steps descending from the old churchyard into St. Martin's Lane,
two hundred and seventy feet; and the pavement and steps going up to the
Lords' gallery on the south side of the church, one hundred and six feet";
which respective parcels of highways, pavements, and broad stone paving are
to be repaired by the inhabitants of the said parish as often as it shall be
needful ... ... ... ... .•• ••• •■• ••• ••• p- 22

[Pages 26-33 l'>lank.]

Miscellaneous memoranda as to recognizances, commitments, &c.

PP- 34, 35
[Page 36 blank.]

Alphabetical list of names headed Indictments p. 37

[Pages 38, 39 blank.]



Sessions Book 528 — -Janttary, 1696. 145

SESSIONS BOOK 528— JANUARY, 1696.

Jury panel p. 5

[Page 6 blank.]

Indictments, acquittals, recognizances, committals ... pp. 7-23

[Pages 24-30 blank.]

Order that no Justice shall receive any dividend for the renewing of
victuallers' licenses, except in the division in which he lives ... ... p. 31

Petition of Thomas Ashman, a fatherless child, showing that in
November, 1691, he was apprenticed to John Stanley, then of the parish of
St. Ann, within the liberty of Westminster, surgeon, to learn the said art,
and that his friends gave with him ;^2o in money and double apparel ; that
the said Stanley did not instruct him in the said art, but carried him to sea
and made him a cabin boy, that Stanley is now in " the Streights beyond the
seas," and has taken no care to provide for the said Ashman. Order made to
cancel indentures of apprenticeship ... ... ... ... ... ilnd.

Order to grant a warrant of distress upon those inhabitants of Wellclose
whose houses are within the bounds of the parish of St. John, Wapping, and
hamlet of Wapping, Stepney, who refuse to pay the poor rate to the overseers
of St. John, Wapping, upon pretence that Wellclose is within the liberty of
the Tower of London, and exempt from the jurisdiction of His Majesty's
Justices of the Peace for this county by virtue of letters patent granted
12 June, 3 James II [1687] ... ... ... ... ... ... p. 32

Order in a dispute between the parishes of Hanworth and Feltham
concerning the settlement of Robert Weatherhead ... ... ... p. 34

Order in a dispute between the parishes of the hamlet of Spitalfields and
St. Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, concerning the settlement of Mary
Willis and her child, Richard ... ... ... ... ... ... ibid.

Petition of William Gonson, high constable of Finsbury Division, in the
hundred of Ossulton, and the churchwardens, overseers, headboroughs, and
inhabitants of the parish of St. Sepulchre, showing that they have no watch-
house in the said parish, and that the want thereof has occasioned the death
of several of the constables and watchmen through cold, and the present
officers and watchmen are not able to do their duty without hazard of their
lives. They, therefore, pray that they may erect a watch-house at Cowcross,
near the whipping post there, to be built with a flat roof and not to exceed
5 feet above the ground. Ordered accordingly. \_Vide Sessions Books 471,
p. 44; 481, p. 61 ; and 482, p. 25] p. 36

Order in a dispute between the parishes of Hendon and Harrow-on-the-



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