The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3
This is a college for such as study and practise the civil law, and here causes in civil and ecclesiastical cases are tried under the bishops of London, and the archbishop of Canterbury. The addition of commons is taken from the manner in which the civilians live here, commoning together, as practised in other colleges.
The front of this college, which is an old brick building, is in Great ; and it consists of square courts, chiefly inhabited by doctors of the civil law. Here are tried all causes by the court of admiralty, and the court of delegates. Here are offices where wills are registered and deposited, and licenses for marriage, &c. are granted, and a court of faculties and dispensations.
The causes, whereof the civil and ecclesiastical law take cognizance, are these; blasphemy, apostacy from Christianity, heresy, schism, ordinations, institutions of clerks to benefices, celebration of divine service, matrimony, divorces, bastardy, tythes, oblations, obventions, mortuaries, dilapidations, reparation of churches, probate of wills, administrations, simony, incests, fornications,
|adulteries, solicitation of chastity, pensions, procurations, commutation of penance, right of pews, and other such like, reducible to these matters.|
There are many courts belonging to the civil and ecclesiastical law: the most particular are these: