The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2Allen, Thomas
. a sword erect hilt and pomel , enfiled with a ducal coronet of the last, between flanches of the , each charged with a faggot . A mount , thereon a grove of trees, all ; a lion issuing from the grove . human figures; the dexter representing St. John the Baptist , vested with a short coat of camel's hair, belted round the waist; holding in his dexter hand a book open, on which are the following words:
all , his arms and legs naked, round his head a circle of glory: the sinister a female figure representing St. Catherine, vested and habited, all , on her head an eastern crown , resting her sinister hand on a wheel of her martyrdom, of the last. .
This is an ancient fraternity, and was incorporated with that of the carmen, by letters patent of James I. in the year , with whom they continued till the year , when being found guilty of mal-practices, they threw up their charter to avoid a more severe punishment. However, by an act of common council passed in the year , they obtained the privilege of keeping carts (exclusive of those kept by carmen) for the more effectually executing their business.
This company had the management of the public carts committed to them for some time; but by reason of their bad conduct, the privilege was taken from them, and the charge of inspection restored to .