Suburbs without the Walls. Allome house. 42

Suburbs without the Walls. Allome house.

should not presume to erect any other Work in or about, nor suffer the Dregs or Excrement of the boiling of Allome to be cast or fall into the River of Thames, but bury the same in the Night time in some convenient Place where it might not breed any Infection or Annoyance; yet nevertheless that sithence the making of the said Order, and especially on the sixteenth of August last, the said Farmers, their Deputies or Assigns, have in Contempt of the Order powred or caused the said Filth, Dregs or Excrements to fall into the Ponds or Ditches leading to the Thames: whereby some of the Petitioners have found their Wells of Water appointed for brewing so tainted with the Tast and Savour of Allome excrement, as that within a very short Space the Fish have been poisoned, and the Water altogether unwholesome, for brewing or any other Use, as by Certificate under divers of the said Petitioners Hands, the chief Officers and Inhabitants of the Tower, appeared, And therefore humbly prayed Redress of the growing Mischief and dangerous Contagion proceeding from the said Allome Works, seconded with a presumptuous Contempt of the said Order of the Boord: To the End that by a sudden Reformation the Petitioners may enjoy the Benefit of the Air, and not be suffocated with the horrid and putrid Savours occasioned by the said Allome Works. The Boord taking this Complaint into their due and serious Consideration and finding that the former Order of the Boord was not observed, as is before mentioned, and that the Annoyance caused hereby, extendeth it self to the Extreme Parts of the City, and even so far as his Majesty's Court, when the Wind sitteth that Way (which cannot but be of dangerous Consequence by corrupting of both the Air and the Water, whereof Beer is made for his Majesty's Service and otherwise:) thought fit and ordered that the said Allome Works should be presently suppressed from working, and utterly removed by the Farmers or others whom it may concern, within a convenient time, notwithstanding the former Order, (which on their Parts have not been observed) and that some one of the Messengers of his Majesty's Chamber shall be sent with a Transcript of this their Lordships Order, to the Farmers or Deputies tf the said Work, and see the same duly executed; and of the Performance thereof to give Account to their Lordships within ten or twelve Dayi after the Date hereof. And of this their Lordships Order as well the said Farmers and the Messenger, as others whom it may concern, are to take Notice, and to regulate themselves accordingly, as they will answer the contrary.

Fish poisoned by the Allome Excrement: and Water for brewing tainted.


To the Right Honourable Lords, and others of His Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council.

 

The humble Petition of the Inhabitants of St. Botolphs Aldgate, St. Katharines, Whitechapel, Stepney, Redriffe, St. Olaves, and others, adjacent and near His Majesty's Tower of London.

WHereas it pleased this Honourable Board, the 27th of July last, after divers Hearings, and a Report made by six Doctors being of the College of Physicians London, to order that the Farmers of his Majesty's Allome Works (who had transplanted themselves out of the North Parts near unto his Majesty's Royal Chamber and City of London) should not presume to erect any other Works in or about the same, nor suffer the Dregs or Excrement proceeding of the boiling of Allome to be cast or fall into the River of Thames, but to bury the same in the Night Time, where it might not breed any Infection or Annoyance.

Another Petition to the Lords against these Allome Works.

But so it is, Right Honourable, that divers Times, Sithence the Order of this Honourable Boord, but especi- ally upon the 16th of this Instant August, the said Farmers, their Deputy or Assigns, have, in Contempt of the said Order, powred or caused the said Filth, Dregs or Excrement to fall into the Ponds or Ditches leading to the Thames: whereby some of your Petitioners have found their Wells of Water appointed for Brewing so tainted and grownered with the Tast and Savour of Allome excrement, as that within three Hours after about forty Fishes were apparently found poisoned, as by the annexed Certificate appeareth.

For Redress of which growing Mischief and dangerous Contagion, seconded with a presumptuous Contempt of your honourable Order, as formerly, the Petitioners fly to this honourable Boord, beseeching a sodain Reformation: To the End that your Petitioners may enjoy the Benefit of the Air, and not be suffocated with the horrid and putrid Savours, proceeding from the said Allome Works.
And the Petitioners shall be (as ever) bound to
pray for your Honours. 1627.

We his Majesty's Subjects whose Names are subscribed, do for a Truth certifie and will be ready to depose, that Sithence the 25th Day of July last, the Allome Farmers or their Assigns, have erected new Erections at or near Wapping, where there Allome Works are: And that upon the 16th Day of this Instant Month of August, by means of the Excrement or Filth falling or being cast and washed out of the said Allome Works, by the flowing of the River of Thames, was carried into Wells belonging to Brewers thereabouts; and where divers poor People for their means, do resort, and from thence do carry Water to divers Houses, and to dress their Meat and Diet for their Families; As by Example, at that Time into one Well or Pond of one Joseph Jaques, a Brewer near thereunto, where Eeles, and other Fishes, to the Number of forty and upwards, which within three Hours after, therein were suffocated and poisoned, in the Presence of these Certificats.
Witness our Hands hereunto put the Day
of August, 1627.

Certificates about it.


At Whitehal the twelfth of December, An. 1627.

 

      Present.
Lord Keeper.
Lord Treasurer.
Lord President.
Lord Admiral.
Earl of Suffolk.
Earl of Dorset.
Earl of Salisbury.
Earl of Exeter.
Earl of Bridgwater.
Earl of Carlile.
Earl of Holland.
Earl of Banbury.
Lord Viscount Grandison.
Lord Bishop of Dureseme.
Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells.
Master Treasurer.
Master Comptroller.
Master of the Wards.
Master Secretary Coke.
Master Chancellor of Exchequer.
Master Chancellor of the Dutchy.

WHereas by an Order of this Boord, made in July last, for Reasons in the said Order mentioned, the Allome Works were suffered to be in those Places near London, where they were then erected, until our Lady day next only and no longer; And afterwards the twelfth of September last, for Contempts, in not pursuing the said Order of the 25th of July, and for Prevention of growing Mischief that might come

An Order for Continuance of these Works.

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