Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers' Court


f 161 (24 April)


Pope &
You shall levye of Phillip ffinchley Morgane Pope & Iohn Napton or one of them x l. for that they had day geven them to hav clensed and scowred the common sewer lyeng against their groundes in the parish of Sainct Saviors & to hav topped their willowes hanging over the saied sewer to hav beene done by the last day of Iuly last past to the quantytie of x pole vppon paine of xx s. every poll then vndone & hav made defaulte.      x l.


  • Modernized Text

    f 161 (24 April)


    Finchley [ie Hinchley or Henslowe]     
    Pope and
    You shall levy of Philip Finchley, Morgan Pope, and John Napton, or one of them, £10 for that they had [a] day given to them to have cleansed and scoured the common sewer lying against their grounds in the parish of St Saviour and to have topped their willows hanging over the said sewer, to have been done by the last day of July last past to the quantity of ten poles, upon pain of 20s every pole then undone, and have made default. £10

  • Endnote

    Pope and Napton shared responsibility for the Bear Garden side of the common sewer, while Philip 'ffinchley,' an obvious error for 'Hinchley' (or Henslowe) as he was sometimes referred to, was required to clean and clear the sewers running immediately beside his new playhouse.

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  • Document Description

    Record title: Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers' Court
    Repository: LMA
    Shelfmark: SKCS/018
    Repository location: London

    Most of the pre-1642 records of the Surrey and Kent Commissioners for Sewers are now deposited at the London Metropolitan Archives. The LMA collections catalogue succinctly describes this source as follows: 'Early Commissioners of Sewers were solely concerned with land drainage and the prevention of flooding, not with the removal of sewage in the modern sense. In 1531 an Act of Sewers was passed which set out in great detail the duties and powers of Commissioners and governed their work until the 19th century. Gradually a permanent pattern emerged in the London area of seven commissions, five north and two south of the Thames, with, after the Great Fire, a separate commission for the City of London.... Letters Patent for the Surrey and Kent Commissioners of Sewers were issued in 1554. Its minutes begin in 1570 and it was the earliest of the London Commissions to be established on an organised basis. The area of its jurisdiction ran from East Molesey in Surrey to the River Ravensbourne, and included Lambeth, Southwark, Bermondsey, Newington, Deptford, Rotherhithe, Clapham, Battersea, Camberwell, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes, Kew, Lewisham, Walworth, Kennington, Nine Elms, Peckham and New Cross. The area of jurisdiction remained the same throughout the three centuries during which it functioned.' See further Ida Darlington, 'The London Commissioners of Sewers and their Records,' in Prisca Munimenta: Studies in Archival & Administrative History presented to Dr A.E.J. Hollaender, Felicity Ranger (ed) (London, 1973), 282–98.

    John Norden's 1593 map shows the lines of the Bankside sewers (or drainage ditches). There were three running along the Little Rose property: two to the south along Maiden Lane and one on the west side adjacent to the Bear Garden property.

    3 January 1568/9–25 April 1606; English with some Latin; paper; i + 520 + i; 410mm x 280mm (text size variable); index foliated in pencil 1–24 relating to ff 1–210 of the text, ink foliation follows, 1–444, pencil foliation 445–70 (all blank), a second index numbered in pencil 1–21, 21b, 22, 22b, 23, 23b follows the text for ff 211–444; restored, conserved and rebound in beige vellum with corded bands on spine with leather ties. Now stored in a box; within the box also are the previous red leather boards and spine with 'SEWERS | SURREY & KENT | MINUTES | 1 | 1557–1606.'

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    © London Metropolitan Archives (City of London), SKCS/018

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