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

Allen, Thomas


The Chamberlain of London.


Is an officer of great repute and trust; and though annually chosen on Midsummer-day, yet continues in office during life, if no serious crimes are made out against him. He had the keeping of the monies, lands, and goods of the city orphans, or took good security for the payment thereof when the parties came to age. And to that end he was deemed in the law a sole corporation, to him and his successors, for orphans; and therefore a bond or a recognizance made to him and his successors, was recoverable by his successors. This officer is the treasurer to the corporation, has the receipt of all their rents and other revenues, and the payment of all salaries, charges, and expenses; he has also the judicial power of admission to the freedom of the city and the enrolment and correction of apprentices. He attends all courts of aldermen and courts of common council, and the several committees, when desired, and has the care and custody of all the accounts of the corporation, and the records concerning freemen, apprentices, &c. The present chamberlain is Richard Clarke, esq.


[] This branch of the chamberlain's duty has become obsolete.

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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