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1719 Acts for the Repair of the Piers

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

ANNO REGNI

GEORGII

R E G I S

Magna Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae

QUINTO

At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, the seventeenth Day of March, Anno Dom. 1714, in the First Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King/ Defender of the Faith, &c.

And from thence Continued by several Prorogations to the Eleventh Day of November, 1718. Being the Fourth Session of this present Parliament.

London, Printed by John Baskett, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, And by the Assigns of Thomas Newcomb and Henry Hills deceas'd. 1719.


Anno Quinto

Georgii Regis.

An Act for Enlarging the Time granted by Two Acts of Parliament, for Repairs of the Piers of Bridlington alias Burlington, and for making the said Acts more effectual.

Whereas by an Act passed in the First Year of the Reign of this present Majesty, Instituled, An Act to Revive and Continue an Act of the Eighth and Ninth Years of the Reign of His late Majestry King William, for Repair of the Piers of Bridlington alias Burlington in the East-Riding of the County of York, It was Enacted, That the said Act of the Eighth and Ninth Years of the Reign of his late Majesty King William the Third, and all the Duties and Sums of Money thereby granted and made payable, and every Clause, Matter and Thing therein contained, should, from and after the Twenty fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and sixteen. Stand and be Revived, Continued, and Paid, for the Term of Fourteen Years, Videlicet, from the said Twenty Fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and sixteen, until the Twenty fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and thirty : And whereas for the greater Security of such Ships and Vessels as shall, from time to time, come into the Harbour of Bridlington, it is absolutely necessary. That both the said Piers should be Lengthened, and the whole South Pier be speedily Rebuilt (and most part there- of upon a New Foundation) and that New Jetties should be also Built, and other necessary Works made for the Security thereof; Be it Enacted for 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 the Authority of the same. That the Trustees by the said Act of the First Year of His present Majesty appointed, together with the Persons following. Videlicet, The Honourable Thomas Willoughby Esq. Sir William Osbaldeston Knight, Charles Hotham, William Osbaldeston, Francis Boynton, James Moyser, and Henry Barnard, Esquires ; or any Five or more of them, or such Person or Persons as they or any Five or more of them, by any Writing under their Hands and Seals, that Nominate and Appoint (by themselves, their Deputies, Agents, Workmen, and Servants) shall be, and are hereby Impowered and Authorized, and shall have full Power and Authority by this present Act, to Lengthen both the said Piers, Videlicet, The North Pier, not exceeding Sixty Feet, and the said South Pier, not exceeding Sixty Feet, and to Rebuild the South Pier, or any part thereof, in such manner, and upon such Foundation, as they the said Trustees, or any Five or more of them, shall think proper, and also to Build such Jetties and other necessary Works as shall be convenient for Completing, Finishing, Strengthening, and Preserving of the said Piers.

And forasmuch as the same will cost a considerable Sum of Money more than can be Raised during the Continuance of the said Act, passed in the First Year of His said present Majesties Reign ; Be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That the said Act passed in the Eighth and Ninth Years of His late Majesty King William the Third (with all the Powers thereby given, for Charging, Levying, Collecting, Disposing of, and Accounting for any Sum or Sums of Money for or towards Repairing or Rebuilding of the said Piers) shall, from and after the said Twenty fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and thirty, continue of be in full Force, for and during the Term of Twenty five Years; and that the Trustees named in and by the said Act passed in the First Year of His said present Majesties Reign, together with the Persons herein before named and appointed Trustees (or their Deputy or Deputies, Officers or Assigns, there- unto Appointed or Constituted by some Writing under their Hands and Seals, or under the Hands and Seals of any Five or more of them, shall, and they are here- by Impowered to Raise, Levy, Collect, Pay, and Dispose of the Duty or Imposition Granted by the said Act of the Eighth and Ninth Years of His said late Majesty, and Continued by the said Act of the First Year of His present Majesty, in such Manner and Form, and by such Ways, Means, and Methods, and under such Rules, Directions, Penalties and Forfeitures, and with such Powers and Authorities in all respects, as are Prescribed, Mentioned, Expressed, or Given in the said Acts, or either of them, to the Trustees therein named, as fully and effectually as if the said Rules and Directions, Ways and Methods, Powers and Authorities, were particularly and at large Repeated and Re-acted in the Body of this present Act.

Provided, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That if the said Trustees shall be Reduced by Death to the Number of Eight, or fewer, then an in such case it shall and may be Lawful to and for the Surviving Trustees, or any Five or more of them, from time to time, by some Writing under their Hands and Seals, to Elect, Nominate, and Appoint other Trustee or Trustees in the Place of such Trustee or Trustees so Dying, as aforesaid ; and such Trustee and Trustees, so from time to time. Elected, Nominated, and Appointed, shall have the same Power and Authority as if he and they had been Nominated and Appointed by this present Act.

And where as the Money that will arise by the said Duty during the Continuance of the Term Granted by the said Act of the First Year of His present Majesty, and hereby Enlarged, will not be sufficient to defray the Charges and Expences of Lengthning the said Piers, and Rebuilding the said South Pier, and other Works necessary to be done for the Security thereof ; Be it therefore Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That from and after the Twenty fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and nineteen, for the Term of Thirty six Years, the several Additional Rates and Duties hereafter mentioned (over and besides the Duty or Duties Granted and Continued, as aforesaid, or Payable before the Passing of this present Act) shall be Raised, Levied, and Collected, That is to say; For every Quarter of Corn, Malt, or Grain, Exported from the Port of Bridlington alias Burlington, the Sum of One Peny half peny ; For every Hundred of Fir Balks, Imported into the said Port, the Sum of Five Shillings ; For every Hundred of Fir Deals, Imported into the said Port, the Sum of Three Shillings ; For every Hundred of Fir Spars, Imported into the said Port, the Sum of One Shilling : Which said Duties or Sums of Money shall be paid at the Shipping or Landing of the said Goods and Merchandizes by the Exporters and Importers thereof respectively : For every Ship or Vessel English Built, Entring the said Port, the Sum of One Shilling and Six Pence ; For every Top of such Ship or Vessel, the Sum of Four Pence ; For every Ship or Vessel Foreign Built, theSum of Three Shillings ; For every Top of such Foreign Built Ship or Vessel, the Sum of Eight Pence/ to be paid by the Masters of such Ships or Vessels respectively.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That the New or Additional Rates or Duties hereby Granted or Imposed/ shall be Raised, Levied, Collected, Accounted for, and Managed, by such Ways and Means, and in such Manner, and under such Penalties, Forfeitures, and Provisoes, and with such Powers, and Authorities, as the Rates and Duties Granted or Continued in and by the Acts aforesaid, or either of them, are therein directed to be Raised, Levied, Collected, Accounted for, and Manager ; and the said New or Additional Rates and Duties, and also all Penalties and Forfeitures incurred upon Account there- of, shall be Applied, Paid, and Disposed of, for and towards the Lengthning, Building, Repairing, and Upholding the said Piers, and other Works, according to the true Intent and Meaning of this Act.

Provided, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That all and every Person and Persons, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, Tolls, Port-Duties, or other Duties, Sum and Sums of Money, heretofore Chargeable with, or Subject or Liable to the Building, Rebuilding, Repairing, Maintaining, or Upholding the Port, Pier, or Piers of Bridlington alias Burlington aforesaid, or the Walls, Jetties/ Sluices, Sockers, Locks, or other Works thereof, shall continue, and be chargeable with, and subject and liable to the Building, Rebuilding, Repairing, Maintaining, and Upholding the said Piers, and other necessary Works, after the said Piers, or either of them, or any part of them, or either of them, shall be so Lengthned, Altered, or Built on any new Foundation, as aforesaid, in the same manner as they respectively were Chargeable with, or Subject or Liable to the Building, Rebuilding, Repairing, Maintaining, or Upholding the same, before the said Piers, or either of them, or any Part of them, or either of them, were so Lengthned, Altered, or Built on any new Foundation.

And foreasmuch as the Monies so to be Collected by such Receipt of the said Duties, will not at present be sufficient for the speedy Rebuilding and Repairing of the said Piers, It is hereby further Enacted, That the said Trustees, or any Five or more of them, shall and may, and are hereby Impowered, from time to time, by Indenture under their Hands and Seals, to Convey, Assure, or Assign over the said Duties by the said former Acts, and by this present Act, or by any or either of them granted or continued, or any Part thereof, for all the Time, Term, or Terms, for which the same are so granted, or continued, or for any Part of such Time, Term, or Terms ; also also to Grant or Demise all such Tolls, Harbour Dues, or other Dues or Duties, as are now payable and chargeable with, or liable to or towards the Building or Repairing the said Port, Pier or Piers, for any Number of Years, not exceeding Thirty six Years, as a Security or Securities for any Sum or Sums of Money by them to be Borrowed for the Ends and Purposes of this Act, to such Person or Persons, or their Trustees, who shall Advance and Lend the same, to Secure the Repayment thereof, with Interest ; which said Money so to be Borrowed, shall be applied and disposed of as the said Duty and Duties should have been applied and disposed of by this and the said former Acts, and to no other Use or Purpose whatsoever.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That if any Suit shall be Commenced against any Person or Persons or any thing done in pursuance of this present Act, that in every such Case the Action shall be laid in the said County of York, and not elsewhere ; and the Defendant or Defendants in such

Action or Actions to be brought, may plead the General Issue, and give this Act, and the Special Matter in Evidence, at any Tryal to be had thereupon ; and if a Verdict shall pass for the Defendant or Defendants in such Action, or if the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs shall be Non-suit, or Discontinue his or their Action or Actions, after the Defendant or Defendants shall have appeared, or if upon Demurrer Judgment shall be given against the Plaintiff or Plaintiffs, the Defendant or Defendants shall and may recover Treble Costs, and have like Remedy for the same, as any Defendant or Defendants hath or have in other Cases by Law.

FINIS.

Typeset directly from the original by Mike Wilson, Bridlington, on Monday, 9th July, 2007, for the benefit of anyone interested in the history of Bridlington harbour.

Note: There is no mention of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners or Commissioners of Bridlington Piers and Harbour in this document.