The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 2

Allen, Thomas


The Water bailiff.


This officer is empowered by the lord mayor to act as sub-conservator of the Thames and Medway. In such capacity he is to look after the preservation of the river Thames, against all encroachments; and to look after the fishermen, for the preservation of the young fry, to prevent the destroying them by unlawful nets. For that end there are juries for each county that hath any part of it lying on the sides or shores of the said river. Which juries, summoned by the water-bailiff at certain times, make inquiry of all offences relating to the river and the fish; and make their presentments accordingly. He is also bound to attend the lord mayor on certain days in the week: and had his house in Cripplegate. The present water-bailiff is Nathaniel Saunders, jun. esq.

The esquires of the household wear damask gowns on state days; and the sword-bearer, in addition, a cap of maintenance of fur.

There are also serjeant-carvers; serjeants of the chamber; a serjeant of the channel; a yeoman of the chamber; yeomen of the water-side; a eoman of the channel; an under water-bailiff; meal-weighers; yeomen of the wood-wharfs; a foreign taker; and city marshals. There are besides these, young men, as

The sword-bearer's young man, the common-hunt's young men, the common-crier's young man, the water-bailiff's young men, and the carver's young man.

of the foregoing officers have liveries of the lord mayor, viz. the sword-bearer and his man; the carvers; and the yeomen of the water-side. All the rest have liveries from the chamber of London.

The following officers are likewise belonging to the city; auditors, clerk of the chamber, clerk to the commissioners of the sewers, clerk of the city works, printer to the city, justice of the Bridge-yard, clerk comptroller of the Bridge-house, steward of the Borough, bailiff of the Borough, clerk to the lord mayor and his assistant, clerk to the sitting justices and assistant, clerk to the sitting magistrate for the borough of , district surveyors, keeper of Newgate, governor of the , keeper of the debtors' prison, keeper of the Borough Compter, ordinary of Newgate, surgeon of Newgate and , barge master, clerks to the Courts of Request, beadles of the Court of Requests, assistant clerk at the bridge-house, keeper of the Green-yard, assistants to the keeper of .



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 Title Page
 CHAPTER I: History of London, from the Accession of William and Mary, to the reign of George the Second
 CHAPTER II: History of London during the reign of George the Second
 CHAPTER III: History of London from the Accession of George the Third, to the year 1780
 CHAPTER IV: History of London continued to the Union
 CHAPTER V: History of London from the Union to the Jubilee, 1809
 CHAPTER VI: History of London from the Jubilee to the Peace of 1814
 CHAPTER VII: History of London continued to the accession of George the Fourth
 CHAPTER VIII: Account of the Civil Government of the City by Portreves, Bailiffs, and Mayors, with a list of the latter...
 CHAPTER IX: An account of the Aldermen and Sheriffs, with a list of the latter
CHAPTER X: Lists and brief Accounts of the various Officers and Courts within the City
CHAPTER XI: Some account of the Ecclesiastical Government of the city of London, with a List and Biographical Notices of the Bishops of the see
CHAPTER XII: Some Account of the Military Government of London, and the Artillery Company
CHAPTER XIII: An Account of the twelve principal Companies of the City of London
CHAPTER XIV: An Account of the Companies of the City of London, alphabetically arranged
 CHAPTER XV: An Account of the River Thames
CHAPTER XVI: Historical and topographical account of London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge, and the Thames Tunnel
CHAPTER XVII: Topographical and Historical Account of the Tower of London