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

Allen, Thomas


Porters. 90.


This fraternity, which consists of tackle and ticket porters, was constituted by act of common council in the year , with a power of annually choosing from among themselves rulers, viz. of each denomination, for their good government, and for hearing and determining all differences that might arise between the members of the united body.

The tackle porters are appointed by the principal city companies, and must all be freemen; they are entitled to the

work or labour of unshipping, landing, carrying, and housing of all goods imported by, and belonging, to the South Sea Company, and the East India company, and of all other goods and merchandizes coming from any other ports and places, and imported into the port of London; excepting from the east country, and of goods, the growth, product, or manufacture of Ireland, and the British plantations, and goods coming coastwise.

Before any person can become a tackle porter he must give bond with sufficient


house-keepers as sureties, for to make restitution for any loss or damage that may be sustained through his neglect or connivance.

The ticket porters are appointed by the corporation, and are exclusively entitled

to the work or labour of unshipping, landing, carrying, and housing of pitch, tar, soap, ashes, clapboards, wainscot, fir-poles, masts, deals, oars, chests, tables, flax, and hemp, brought from Dantzic, or any other part or place of the east countries; as also of all iron, ropes, cables, and all other kind of cordage, and of all wood, commonly called green wood; and also of all manner of goods, of the growth, produce, and manufacture of Ireland, and the British plantations; and of all manner of coast goods, except lead; and generally to work under the tackle porters.

Every ticket-porter must be a freeman, and enter into a bond with sureties for He must also wear a metal badge, or ticket, when at labour, inscribed with his name and number as registered. The number of ticket porters is upwards of . The necessary rates for all kinds of porterage are determined either by the lord mayor and aldermen, or by act of common council; and the tables are set up for public information at . The governor of this fellowship is always an alderman (whose appointment is vested in the court of aldermen), and his decision is final in respect to all differences and controversies that may arise among the members. The hall of this company is a small building on , near .


[] Report on the trade and shipping of the port of London, made to the House of Commons, 1796. App. F. f.

[] Report on the trade, App. G. g.

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 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