The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The Court of Lord Mayor and Aldermen.
The court of lord mayor and aldermen is a court of record, wherein is lodged a great part of the executive power, whereby all leases and other instruments that pass the city seal are executed, contests relating to water-courses, rights, and party-walls, adjusted, and the city officers suspended and punished according to the notoriety of their several offences.
The said court has not only a power of electing annually overseers, or rulers of the fraternity of watermen, but likewise a right of fixing their several taxes, with the approbation of the privy council: and also a right of disposing of most of the following places belonging to the city, viz. the recorder, steward of , justice of the bridge-yard, clerk to the lord mayor, and assistant, clerk to the sitting justices, and assistant clerk to the sitting magistrate for the borough of , the district
|surveyors, keeper and ordinary of Newgate, keeper of the debtors prison and of the Borough Compter, surgeon of Newgate and house of correction, and of the debtors' prison, barge-master, and the beadles of the court of requests.|