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1695 An Act for the Repair of the Peers of Bridlington

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian


Anno Regni

GULIELMI III

REGIS

Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae, & Hiberniae

Octavo & Nono

At the Parliament begun at Westminster, the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695. In the Seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord WILLIAM the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.

And from thence Continued by several Prorogations and Adjournments to the Twentieth day of October, 1696, being the Second Session of this present Parliament.

LONDON:

Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb deceas'd, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty. MDCXCVII.

Anno Octavo and Nono
Gulielmi III Regis

An Act for the Repair of the Peers of Bridlington alias Burlington, in the East-Riding of the County of York..

WHEREAS the Bay of Bridlington alias Burlington, in the East-Riding in the County of York, is a Spacious, Safe and Secure Bay for His Majesties and all other Ships or Vessels, Trading or Sailing upon that Coast, or to or from the Northward, and the Port or Peer of Bridlington alias Burlington, (while it was in Repair) was of great Use and Advantage to His Majesties and other Ships passing to or from the Northwards, or trading upon that Coast, for their necessary Supply of Fresh Water, Victuals and Provision of all sorts, Security of Ships in time of War, and also from Storms, the Exportation of Corn and Grain (the Adjacent Parts being a great Corn Countrey) and of other Manufactured Commodities, and also absolutely necessary for the Herring Fishing, a great part of which Peer, in the beginning November, One thousand six hundred ninety five, by Violence of Storms, and Raging Seas, was thrown down, and the Remainder thereof (if not timely prevented) in Imminent Danger of being utterly Ruined, and the whole Port or Peer utterly lost, and thereby the said Port and Bay become of little or no use: for Remedy whereof, and to the Intent so Useful and Necessary a Bay and Port of so Publick benefit to this Nation may be Preserved, Be it Enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament Assembled, and by Authority of the same, That from and after the First Day of May, One thousand six hundred ninety seven, and before and until the first Day of May, in the Year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and four, the several Duties herein after mentioned shall be paid for the Rebuilding, Repairing and Amending the said Port or Peer; to Wit, One Farthing for every Chaldron of Coals that shall be loaded on Board any Ship, Hoy, Bark or other Vessel, at or in the Port of Newcastle upon Tyne, or at Sunderland, Blythe, Suton Sluce, Culler Coats, or any other Port, Harbour, Colliery or Place, that is, or is reputed to be a Member of the said Port of Newcastle upon tune, during the Term aforesaid; which said Duties and Payments, during the Term aforesaid, shall be Answered and Paid unto Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin of the Kingdom of Scotland, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Baronets, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston Knights, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborn Esquires, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, and the Survivor and Survivors of them, and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor, or their Deputy or Deputies, Officers or Assigns thereunto Appointed or Constituted by some Writing under their Hands and Seals of the Major Part of them, by every Master or other Person taking Charge of any Ship or Vessel whereupon such Coals shall be loaden, before any such Ship, Hoy, Bark or other Vessel so loaden shall proceed in any such Voyage; The said Duties to be Paid at such Place and Places in or near the Place where such Ship, Hoy, Bark or other Vessel shall take on Board and Lade such Coals, as by the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborn and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, or the Major Part of them, shall from time to time be Appointed for the Receipt thereof, Whereupon the Party Appointed to Receive the same, shall, without Delay, Fee or Reward, deliver a Receipt thereof under his Hand to the Person or Persons who shall Pay the said Imposition or Duty, which Receipt for so much shall be a sufficient Discharge.

And to the end the said Duties may be truly Answered and Paid, Be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Customer of his Majesties Customs, Comptroller, Receiver of Entreys of Ships, Surveyor, Searcher, Waiter, or other Officer Whatsoever, of or concerning the said Customs, at or within the Ports, Harbours, Roads, Creeks or Places aforesaid, during the Term and Time hereby Granted, shall take any Entreys, or give or make any Cocket or other Discharge, for any Ship, Hoy, Bark or other Vessel so Loaden with Coals, as aforesaid, at or in any of the Ports, Havens, Roads, Creeks or Places aforesaid, until the Duties and Payments hereby Granted, Due and Payable by the Master or other Person taking Charge of such Ship, Hoy, Bark or Vessel, according to the Tenor and true Meaning of this Act, shall be Paid unto the respective Deputies or Assigns Appointed to Receive the same, as aforesaid; And that such Masters or other Persons taking Charge of such Ship, Hoy, Bark or other Vessel, do produce and shew forth a Receipt or Acquaintance, under the hand of such Deputy or Officer, testifying the Receipt thereof; And that every Customer, Collector, Comptroller, Receiver of Entreys of Ships, Surveyor, Searcher, Waiter or other Officer of or concerning the said Customs, making Default in any of the Premisses enjoyned them by this Act, shall forfeit the Sum of Fifty Pounds under the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborn, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, and the Survivors and Survivor of them, and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor, to be Recovered, together with their Costs of Suit, in any of His Majesties Courts of Record, by Auction of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information, wherein no Essoign, Wager of Law or Protection shall be allowed.

And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be Lawful to and for any Person or Persons, by Warrant under the Hands and Seals of the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborne, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, or the major part of them, or of the Survivors of them, to go on Board any Ship, Hoy, Bark, or any other Vessel Laden or to be Laden with Coals, at or within any of the said Ports, Havens, Roads, Creeks or Places aforementioned, and to Inspect and Take an Account of the Loading of such Coals.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every such Sum and Sums of Money, which shall be Raised and Received by the Duties aforesaid, and Recovered for any the Forfeitures in this Act Appointed (other than so much thereof as shall be Laid out or Allowed for the Collecting the said Duty, not exceeding Six Pence in the Pound) shall be by the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborne, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, and the Survivors and Survivor of them, and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor, Applied and Disposed unto the Rebuilding, Repairing and Amending the said Port or Peer of Bridlington alias Burlington; And there shall from time to time be provided and kept by the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborne, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, and the Survivors and Survivor of them, and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor, or by their Deputy or Deputies in that behalf Appointed, one or more Books, in which all Money to be Received by Virtue of this Act, and all Payments and Disbursements out of the same, shall from time to time be fairly Set Down and Entered, Expressing the Time When, and the Name of the Person or Persons, from or to whom the same were so Received, Paid or Disbursed, and for what Use or Purpose such Payment or Disbursment was made; And that once in every Year the Justices of Peace for the East-Riding of the County of York, at their General Quarter Sessions for the said East-Riding, shall and may, if they see Cause, Order the said Book or Books to be brought before them, and shall and are hereby Impowered to Inspect the same, and Examine how the said Duties have been Answered and Imployed, and upon any Misimployment of the said Duties, or any Part thereof, or other Miscarriage, in any of the Officers or Persons Intrusted or Imployed in the Collecting, Receiving, Paying, Disbursing or Imploying any of the said Duties, to make and give such Orders, Rules and Directions for the better Management and Disposing of the said Duties for the Purpose aforesaid, according to the True Intent and Meaning of this Act, as they shall think most Conducing to that end; Which Orders, Rules and Directions, shall be Observed by all Persons concerned in such Receipt, Payment or Management, upon such Penalties, not exceeding One hundred Pounds, as shall be set by the said Justices, to be Levied upon the Goods and Chattels of the Offenders, by Warrant from the said Justices.

And forasmuch as the Money to be Raised by the Duties aforesaid, will not of a long time Raise such a Stock or Sum of Money as may be sufficient for the Effecting the Ends and Purposes of this Act, Be it therefore Enacted, That the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborne, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, or the greater Number of them that shall be then Living, shall be, and hereby Impowered by Indenture, under their Hands and Seals, to Convey and Assure the Duties Granted by this Act, or any Part or Parts thereof, as a Security for any Sum or Sums of Money by them to be Borrowed, for the Ends and Purposes for this Act, to any Person or Persons, that shall or will Advance any Sum or Sums of Money, upon such Security; All which Money so to be Borrowed, shall be Imployed for and towards the Rebuilding, Repairing and Amending the said Port or Peer of Bridlington, alias Burlington, according to the True Intent and Meaning of this Act.

Provided always and be it Enacted, That if any Action or Suit shall be Brought or Commenced against any Person or Persons, for any Matter or Thing Committed, Done or Executed by Virtue of this Act, or any Clause or Article herein contained, That then and in every such Case, the Defendant or Defendants in any such Action or Suit, may Plead the General Issue of Not Guilty, and give this Act and the Special Matter in Evidence at any Tryal thereupon to be had, and if a Verdict shall pass for the Defendant or Defendants in such Action, or the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs shall be Nonsuit or Discontinue his or their Action, after the Defendant or Defendants Appearance, such Defendant or Defendants shall Recover Double Costs, to be Awarded by the Court wherein such Action shall be brought, for his or their wrongful Veration in this behalf.

And whereas King James the First, by his Letters Patents bearing Date the Twentieth Day of September, in the Twenty first Year of his Reign, did Give and Grant the Manour of Bridlington alias Burlington, in the County of York, to John Earl of Holdernesse, his Heirs and Assigns for ever, under the Rents and Covenants therein Reserved and Expressed, and the said John Earl of Holdernesse for himself, his Heirs and Assigns, did Covenant and Grant, that he and they from time to time, at their own Costs and Charges should well and sufficiently Build, Repair and Uphold the Port or Peer of Bridlington, alias Burlington, aforesaid, and all Walls, Jetteys, Sluces, Sockers and Locks thereof, fore the Safe Custody, and better Preservation of all Ships and other Vessels which should come to the said Port of Peer, and that the King, His Heirs and Successors from thenceforth should be Acquitted, Exonerated and Indempnified from all Expences and Costs thereon to be Expended for ever, as by the said Letters Patents more at large may appear: To the end therefore the said Port, Peer, Walls, Jetteys, Sluces, Sockers and Locks may be the better Rebuilt, Repaired and Maintained for the future, and that the Rents, Issues and Profits of the said Manor of Bridlington alias Burlington may be so Applied, be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the First Day of May, One thousand six hundred ninety seven, the said Arthur Lord Viscount Irwin, Sir Griffith Boynton, Sir Charles Hotham, Sir William Strickland, Sir William St Quintin, Sir Michael Wharton, Sir Matthew Peirson, Sir William Hustler, Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Ralph Wharton, John Buck, Robert Monckton, Hugh Bethell, Robert Bierly, Charles Osborne, Esquires, and the Wardens of Trinity-house at Hull for the time being, or any Three or more of them, shall have power from time to time, to Survey, Examine and Inspect the sufficient Building and Repairs of the said Peers, Walls, Jetteys, Sluces, Sockers and Locks, and the State and Condition of the same to Certifie in Writing, under their hands, to the said Justices, at their said General Quarter Sessions, who are hereby Impowered to Charge the several Lands specified in the said Grant, with such Equal Sess or Assessments from time to time, as they shall Judge sufficient and necessary for Repair of the same; And in Default of Payment thereof, it shall be Lawful for such Person or Persons as shall be Authorized and Appointed to Receive the same, by Warrant under the Hands and Seals of any three or more of such Justices of the Peace, at the said General Quarter Sessions, to Distrain the Person or Persons so Refusing, by his or their Goods or Chattels, and the Distress so taken to keep by the space of Four Days at the Costs and Charges of the Owners therefore, and if the said Owners do not Pay such respective Sess or Assessment within the space of Four Days, then the Distress so taken to be Appraised by Two or more of the Inhabitants where the said Distress is taken, and there to be Sold by the Person or Persons so Impowered for the Payment of the said Sess or Assessment, and the Overplus coming by the Sale (if any be) over and above the Charges of taking and keeping the said Distress, to be immediately restored to the Owner thereof; And the Persons so Authorized to Receive the said Sess or Assessment shall give Security to be Accountable from the time to the said Justices at the General Quarter Sessions, for the due Application of the same.

Typeset from the original document by Mike Wilson on Sunday, 23rd October, 2005, for the benefit of anyone interested in the history of Bridlington harbour.

Note by Mike Wilson: Please note that the word 'Commissioners' does not appear in this document, despite Bridlington Harbour Commissioners stating that they have been in existence since 1695.