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

Allen, Thomas


Carmen. 89.


By an act of common council, passed in the reign of Henry VIII. the carmen were constituted a fellowship of the city of London; and, in , they were incorporated with the fraternity of fuellers, under the denomination of woodmongers, with whom they continued till the year , when the latter having been convicted by the parliament of enormous frauds in the sale of coals, and being apprehensive of the consequences, threw up their charter: on which the carmen were re-appointed a fellowship, by an act of common-council, under the title of

The free carmen of the city of London.

The regulation of the carmen is vested in the city magistracy under an act of parliament made in the year of George II. and the prices which the carmen are allowed to charge are determined by the same authority. The right of licensing carts for hire within the city, has been given by an act of common council to ; the licenses confer the exclusive privileges of doing all cart work for hire within the city and its liberties.

They are governed by a master, wardens, and assistants, under the direction of the court of lord mayor and aldermen, but have neither arms, hall nor livery.

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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