The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
The Court of Husting.
This court is of Saxon origin, and is the most ancient in the kingdom; its name is a Saxon compound of and , the former implying a house, and the latter a thing, cause, suit, or plea; whereby it is manifest that imports a house or hall, wherein causes are heard and determined; which is farther evinced by the Saxon or , an advocate or lawyer.
This, which is a court of record, and the supreme judicature of the city of London, and weekly held on Tuesdays, was originally
|established for the preservation of the laws, franchises, and customs of the city, and wherein presided as judges the principal magistrates, as at present do the lord mayor and sheriffs, who are assisted by the recorder upon all causes of consequence. In this court sorts of causes are pleadable, viz. pleas of land, and common pleas, which are held distinctly; for week pleas merely real are held, and the next, mixed actions are decided. Here deeds are enrolled, recoveries passed, writs of right, waste, partition, dower, and replevins, determined.|
 This court is regularly adjourned, but no cause has been tried in it for several years past.