Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers' Court

LMA: SKCS/018

f 237 (10 December)

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We present Phillip Henslowe to pile bord and fill vp vj pole more or lesse of the maiden lane abbutting on the common sewer before his playhowse by Candlemas next vpon paine of euery pole then vndon     x s./

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    • Henslowe
      estreted folio °242°
    • °not done°
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    f 237 (10 December)

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    We present Philip Henslowe to pile board and fill up fifteen poles, more or less, of the Maiden Lane abutting on the common sewer before his playhouse by Candlemas next, upon pain of every pole then undone 10s
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  • Endnote

    Henslowe was fined, not on f 242 as noted, but on f 241v; f 242 is the first folio of entries for the court of 8 April 1597.

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    Record title: Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers' Court
    Repository: LMA
    Shelfmark: SKCS/018
    Repository location: London

    Most of the pre-1642 records of the Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers are now deposited at the London Metropolitan Archives. The LMA collections catalogue succinctly describes this source as follows: 'Early Commissioners of Sewers were solely concerned with land drainage and the prevention of flooding, not with the removal of sewage in the modern sense. In 1531 an Act of Sewers was passed which set out in great detail the duties and powers of Commissioners and governed their work until the 19th century. Gradually a permanent pattern emerged in the London area of seven commissions, five north and two south of the Thames, with, after the Great Fire, a separate commission for the City of London.... Letters Patent for the Surrey and Kent Commissioners of Sewers were issued in 1554. Its minutes begin in 1570 and it was the earliest of the London Commissions to be established on an organised basis. The area of its jurisdiction ran from East Molesey in Surrey to the River Ravensbourne, and included Lambeth, Southwark, Bermondsey, Newington, Deptford, Rotherhithe, Clapham, Battersea, Camberwell, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes, Kew, Lewisham, Walworth, Kennington, Nine Elms, Peckham and New Cross. The area of jurisdiction remained the same throughout the three centuries during which it functioned.' See further Ida Darlington, 'The London Commissioners of Sewers and their Records,' in Prisca Munimenta: Studies in Archival & Administrative History presented to Dr A.E.J. Hollaender, Felicity Ranger (ed) (London, 1973), 282–98.

    John Norden's 1593 map shows the lines of the Bankside sewers (or drainage ditches). There were three running along the Little Rose property: two to the south along Maiden Lane and one on the west side adjacent to the Bear Garden property.

    3 January 1568/9–25 April 1606; English with some Latin; paper; i + 520 + i; 410mm x 280mm (text size variable); index foliated in pencil 1–24 relating to ff 1–210 of the text, ink foliation follows, 1–444, pencil foliation 445–70 (all blank), a second index numbered in pencil 1–21, 21b, 22, 22b, 23, 23b follows the text for ff 211–444; restored, conserved and rebound in beige vellum with corded bands on spine with leather ties. Now stored in a box; within the box also are the previous red leather boards and spine with 'SEWERS | SURREY & KENT | MINUTES | 1 | 1557–1606.'

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    © London Metropolitan Archives (City of London), SKCS/018

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