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

Allen, Thomas


The Chamberlain's Court.

This is an office kept in the of London, by the chamberlain of the city, who is thereunto annually chosen by the liverymen of the respective companies on Midsummer day. But this practice is rather a custom than otherwise; for there are no instances on record of any of the said officers being turned out, without being found guilty of mal-practices.

This being a place of great trust, the chamberlain at his being chosen, is obliged to give security for his fidelity. He receives and pays all the city cash, and with him are deposited all public securities, for which he annually accounts to the proper auditors.

This officer attends every morning for enrolling and turning over apprentices, admits all persons duly qualified into the freedom of the city, and decides all differences that arise between masters and apprentices; of the latter about are yearly admitted into the freedom of the city.


[] Maitland, ii. p. 1213.

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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