The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
By an act of common council, passed in the reign of Henry VIII. the carmen were constituted a fellowship of the city of London; and, in , they were incorporated with the fraternity of fuellers, under the denomination of woodmongers, with whom they continued till the year , when the latter having been convicted by the parliament of enormous frauds in the sale of coals, and being apprehensive of the consequences, threw up their charter: on which the carmen were re-appointed a fellowship, by an act of common-council, under the title of
The regulation of the carmen is vested in the city magistracy under an act of parliament made in the year of George II. and the prices which the carmen are allowed to charge are determined by the same authority. The right of licensing carts for hire within the city, has been given by an act of common council to ; the licenses confer the exclusive privileges of doing all cart work for hire within the city and its liberties.
They are governed by a master, wardens, and assistants, under the direction of the court of lord mayor and aldermen, but have neither arms, hall nor livery.