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

Allen, 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.

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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