Streets, Walls, and Ditches.
II. 290. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
acknowledging the receipt of their letter concerning the decay of the
ways in Golding Lane and Pickthatch, and other parts of the suburbs,
in the parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate. He had called before
him the chief inhabitants of the parish within the City, who denied
their liability to contribute to the mending of the same.
10th June, 1607.
II. 68. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Chamberlain
with reference to the imprisonment of one Savage, one of the Lord
Mayor's officers, for committing to prison by his direction the servant
of a gentleman dwelling at the Wardrobe, for the neglect of his
master to repair the pavements in front of his house, the master
having been spared on account of his age. The course taken was
necessary for the maintenance and good government of the City, and
according to custom.
The marginal note says that Savage was afterwards enlarged by
His Majesty's directions, upon a Petition exhibited to His Majesty at
Oatlands, delivered by Mr. Alderman Prescoat, Mr. Alderman Bennett,
Junior, (fn. 1) and William Dyos, Esquire, Remembrancer of the City. The
Petition is inserted in the margin. After reciting the circumstances of
the case, it states that the proceedings taken were merely from duty,
and in performance of His Majesty's commands.
III. 90. Letter from John (King), Lord Bishop of London, to the
Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, requesting them, having enlarged
the south side of Holborn Bridge, (fn. 2) to perfect their work, by adding as
much to the way on the north side.
22nd March, 1612.
V. 77. Letter from William Lord Beauchamp (fn. 3) to the Lord
Mayor and Court of Aldermen with respect to the repair of the City's
wall adjoining his house and garden in Blackfriars (in margin "over
against Bridewell"), which was in so great ruin that, if not speedily
taken in hand, it could not be restored before winter. He was advised
by counsel that he could not contribute thereto without prejudice
to himself and poterity, but he pledged his honour, so tender a care
had he for the City's right, that if anything were justly proved,
he would not be unready to give due satisfaction.
Netley, 22nd July, 1620.
V. 100. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, complaining of the impassable state of the
streets of the City. Though the frost had continued nearly three
weeks, no steps had been taken for the removal of the ice and snow,
and they required immediate order to be given for remedy of the
inconvenience. It was their intention, upon any further neglect, to
address themselves to the Aldermen of the several wards where such
abuses and inconvenience should be found, and call them to a strict
account for the same. They also thought it strange that provisions
in the City should be at such excessive and insufferable rates, whilst
cattle in the county bore no price, and the graziers complained that
when brought to London they were hardly put off at any rate. They
therefore required that better care should be taken of the markets, that
the stores and provisions of fishmongers against Lent should be looked
to, and certificate made to them, as had been usual.
7th February, 1620.
V. 101. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council
in reply. Before the receipt of their letters, warrants had been sent to
all the wards for the cleansing of the streets, and he did not doubt that
they would receive all satisfaction in that particular. As to the high
price of victuals, upon an examination before the Court of Aldermen
they did not find the prices of beef and mutton so great as in former
years, but, in conformity with the Council's commands, they would
endeavour to make abatement. With respect to the stores of fish, a
certificate had been required from the Fishmongers, before the receipt
of the Council's letters, and the same was enclosed. Besides which
the Lord Mayor had sent to several parts beyond seas, advising their
repair hither with fish, and promising them free sale within the port,
all which would however be of little avail unless it pleased God to
open the rivers and give free passage to them. He therefore renewed
his former request for authority to issue further licences for butchers.
VI. 156. Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Lord Mayor.
The King had noticed that the ways in and about the City and
Liberties were very noisome and troublesome for passing, in consequence of breaches of the pavements and excessive quantities of filth
lying in the streets. They required him, by the King's express
command, to take effectual steps for the complete repair of the
pavements and the removal of all filth, the fruits of which His
Majesty expected to see on his return from Portsmouth.
Whitehall, 20th July, 1628.
VI. 157. Further Letter from the Lords of the Council to the
Lord Mayor thereon, referring to their previous communication; reminding him of the near approach of the King's return, and requiring
him to certify the steps taken to enable them to give the King the
account he expected.
Whitehall, 21st September, 1628.
VII. 120. Order of the Council, reciting that they had been
informed by some of the Aldermen of the City, who had that day
attended, of the great annoyance occasioned by the Moor-ditch,
for remedy whereof they desired to arch it over, keeping the current open, and directing the Commissioners of Sewers for the City,
and Inigo Jones, Esq., (fn. 4) Surveyor of His Majesty's Works, upon view
and inquiry made to agree upon some remedy, and certify the same
to the Board.
11th June, 1634.
VII. 123. Letter from the King to the Lord Mayor, recommending
a proposition of one Daniel Nis, for the beautifying and better accommodation of the streets of the City by raising them to a convenient
height, evenness, and decency, leaving ample passage for coaches,
carts, and horses, and reserving a competent part to be made even
and easy in a far more elegant and commodious manner for the convenience of foot-passengers, besides a handsome accommodation of
water for the continual cleansing of the streets by lead pipes.
24th July, 1634.
VII. 138. Report of the Commissioners of Sewers and Inigo Jones,
Esq., on the reference to them as to the state of the Moor-ditch, and
recommending the construction of a vaulted sewer of 4 feet in breadth
at bottom, and 6 feet at least in height, from the Moor-ditch to the
Minories, and so to the Thames, and that upon the completion of the
sewer the Moor-ditch should be filled up with earth, and kept without
Dated in margin, 2nd February, 1634.
VII. 139. Order in Council, reciting the foregoing Report, and
authorizing the plan to be carried into execution, and further requiring the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen to take especial care
that no building was at any time permitted to be erected on the Moorditch.
6th February, 1634.
VIII. 139. Same as No. 123, Vol. VII.
24th July, 1634.
VIII. 151. Same as No. 139, Vol. VII.
6th February, 1634.
VIII. 158. Copy of No. 151.