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answer of Mr. Edward Gale Boldero,' touching his conduct and behaviour in his office of Town Clerk of this City, and upon deliberate consideration thereupon had, it was resolved, and is hereby accordingly ordered (the Commons thereunto consenting), that the said Mr. Boldero be prosecuted, at the City's Charge, for several Misdemeanours or ill Conduct in the Execution of his said office.

1 Oct., 1718. Ordered, upon reading the proposals and submission of Mr. Edward Gale Boldero,-that the said Mr. Boldero shall within one month nominate and offer a person to act as Deputy Town Clerk,


28 Nov., 1718.

Mr. Thomas Lister is approved by the Council as

Mr. Boldero's deputy.
1 Dec., 1718.
one month.

22 Dec., 1718. by Mr. Boldero.

Mr. Boldero ordered to nominate his successor within

Mr. Nathaniel Gifford, of London, gent, is nominated (Deferred.)

22 Jan. 1718-9. Mr. Nathaniel Gifford rejected by the House.

13 April, 1719. Mr. Boldero proposed Mr. Darcy Preston," of York, gent, as his successor, and tendered his resignation. The said Mr. Preston was then elected.-He was admitted 22nd June seq., and made free for £25.

8 April, 1721. Ordered that Mr. Sheriffe Leach 12 shall have an allowance of ten pounds per annum from May day next, in consideration of his being reduced to poverty, and in great Adversity and distress; to be paid out of the Common Chamber, and continued at the pleasure and discretion of this House.

24 Nov., 1721. Whereas by an order made at this place the one and twentyeth day of September last, it was ordered,-That for the better

10 Only surviving son of Daniel Boldero, Esq., of Humbertoft, co. Norfolk, and afterwards of York (by his wife Elizabeth). baptized at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, 13th Nov. 1679; married, at the Minster, 7th Jan. 1707-8, Mary, daughter of William Levyns, Esq.. of Eske, co. York (by Margaret, daughter of Sir Edward Barnard, Knt., of North Dalton). She died 12th Sept. 1753, aged 70.

Eldest surviving son of Mr. Thomas Preston, organist of the Minster (who died in 1691, aged 49), by Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Darcy Conyers, Esq., of Holtby Magua, and widow of Henry Harrison, Esq., of the same place. Baptized at St. Michael's-le-Belfrey, 13th Jan. 1680-1; married 1st, at St. Mary's, Beverley, 3rd Oct., 1707, Catherine, daughter of Thomas Thompson, of York, gent. She died in July, 1722, aged 41, baving had issue thirteen children. Mr. Preston married, 2ndly, at the Minster, 7th Feb. 1722-3, Mary Mawd, of York,

who bore him three sons and eight daughters.

The only surviving son, the Rev. John Preston, of Askham Bryan, rector of Marston and Foston, and prebendary of York, who died in 1806, was father of Admiral Darcy Preston, who commanded the frigate Dido at the battle off t. Vincent in 1797.

Mr. Darcy Preston, the Town Clerk, died 16th Nov. 1749, and his widow Mary, 24th April, 1758. Both were interred at St. Michael's-le-Belfrey.

The Rev. John Darcy Jervis Preston, son of the above-named Admiral Preston, had issue John Darcy Warcop, Edward Charles, Darcy Spence, and William, who assumed the names of Warcop Peter Consett, on succeeding to the Brawith estites under the will of Peter Consett, Esq.

Joseph Leech, barber, Chamberlain in 1701, and Sheriff in 1703-4. Gent styles him starch-maker and singingman."

ascertaining and perpetuating the antient Limits, Mores and Bounds of this City, the Right honourable the Lord Mayor, Thomas Adams, Esq., Recorder, all the Aldermen and the then Sheriffs; Mr. James Scourfield, Mr. Samuel Clarke, Mr. Richard Denton and Mr. Samuel Dawson of the four and-twenty; Mr. Darcy Preston, the Town Clerk, Mr. Richard Reynolds, Mr. Richard Addison, Mr. Richard Harland, Mr. John Askam, Mr. Joseph Tomlinson, Mr. Wm. Stevenson, and Mr. Emanuel Staveley should Ride the same on the 2nd and 3rd Days of October last; and that such Rideing should be repeated once in every seven years: In pursuance of which order the said persons have, on the days above mentioned, Rode, Viewed, and Examined the said Antient Limitts and Bounds; and upon very strict Enquiry, as well by the Testimony of very Antient Men now Liveing, as by several References and Abstracts from the antient Records of this City, they find, Return and describe the same to have their Beginning, Continuance and Ending in Manner as is hereinafter particularly set forth, viz.


They Begin at Bampton Well," and so goeing by the bank of the Bottom of the field nigh the River Owze, through Nun-field, Nun-Ings, and a Close of meadow, called Dobson's Ings, to the east end of a certain Balk leading from the said Meadow called Dobson's Ings upon the Bank of Owze, to a certain Cross, called Haydale Cross, near the Staffherd Cross, by Mr. Breary's Hedge to the west End of the said Balk in the highway which leadeth to Bishopthorpe, and so through a certain Lane, called Bustard Lane, which said Lane, Mr. Christopher Breary, of Middlethorp, has taken into a Certain Close of his thereunto adjoyning the said Lane, being a Common highway to Knavesmire; and so to the Pasture of Knavesmire, to the East part of the said Pasture, to the old Dyke, beginning at the West part of a Close heretofore Miles Wilstrop's, and now Francis Barlow's, Esq.,16 in Bustardthorpe; and so going by the said old Ditch to a Close at the West End of the Town of Dringhouses, called Ludge Close, now in ye occupation of Henry Bewly; and so through a Lane, called Knavesmire Lane," into the Town of Dringhouses, and down a Lane of the other side of the Town leading to the North Field, 18 called North-Lane, 18 and then to a stone Bridge, formerly a Wooden Bridge, called Syke Bridge there, beyond a certain Rivulet, which comes from Dringhouses Mose; and soe beyond the said


13 Probably the Cold Well on the New Walk, near New Walk Terrace.

14 On the right bank of the river, nearly opposite to Fulford old church.

15 Sir Miles Wilstrop, the king's escheator in Yorkshire in 1470-1, acquired the manor of Bustardthorpe in 1484 (City Records, Lib. A., fo. 368). He was grandfather of Sir Oswald Wilstrop, of Wilstrop, who made his will in 1574.

16 Francis Barlow, Esq., of Middlethorpe, High Sheriff in 1735, died 21st Nov. 1771, aged 81, and was buried at Dringhouses, Nov. 30th.

17 Afterwards called Tyburn Lane. It ran parallel to, and immediately adjoined the north side of a field now occupied by the garden attached to the residence of the late Alderman Close.

18 These names-North Field' and 'North Lane' are still retained. The North-Eastern railway crossed the latter on the level, but a bridge has recently been erected. A footpath on the west side of the line leads to York Moore,' which now forms part of Hob Moor, and is included in Micklegate Stray.

Rivulet and north Bank thereof to York Moore, and so directly through the Lands and Tenements late belonging to the Priory of Clementhorp, to the West End of York Moore, and soe goeing about the said Moore to the Outgang which Leadeth to Hobmoore, and so by the Ditch of the South field of Holgate back to the Bank of the said Rivulet, and so passing over the said Bank to a certain stone Bridge 19 at the East End of the Town of Holgate, goeing through the said Rivulet out of the West End thereof in the Road to Poppleton, and turning down through Holgate Ings to a wood Bridge, called Fleet Bridge," between the Bishopfields and a certain Meadow upon Owze Bank, where Tyles or Bricks have formerly been made :



And so from the water of Owze, on the North side thereof, to a certain foot wood Bridge (now decayed, but ordered to be repaired), in the Fetes Ing, otherwise called Little Ing, now belonging to Sir William Robinson, and in the occupation of Joshua Giles; and so through a way near the Spittlewell,22 which said well lyeth in a late Enclosure belonging to some of the Inhabitants of Clifton, where a Brick-kiln now is, in the occupation of the said Joshua Giles; and so through a way near where formerly was a Windmill 23 of the Abbotts of the Blessed Mary, near the City walls; and so in ye highway which leadeth from York to Clifton, and afterwards to the Mawd Lane Spittle 24 in the said Highway; and so to a Wind Mill, sometime of Sir William Ingleby, Knt., called Lady Mill 25 now, or late, belonging to Sir Wm. Robinson, through two Closes straight forwards to the Gallows of the said Abbotts of the Blessed Mary, now belonging to the Dean and Chapter of St. Peter's in York; so through a Gate to the forest of Galtres to a stone Bridge, and thence to a highway which leads to Huntington, through a Close called Miln Crooke, belonging to Mr. John Whitehead, 26 to a certain Cross,


called White Cross," upon or near Eastal Bridge; and so by a great Stone to the water Foss; And afterwards beyond Foss, near a Water Mill of the Abbotts of the Blessed Mary, round the Grainge Closes, extending to a certain place upon Heworth Moor where a Little Stone Cross 28 standeth on the South part of the highway that leadeth to Stockton, and afterwards to the Thiefe-Bridge," which is near Tanghall, over the water which goeth cross the Laue, and so by a certain way

19 The stone bridge crossing Holgatebeck, near to the Fox Inn.

20Brick-Kiln footbridge,' near the York Waterworks.

21 Sir Wm. Robinson, Bart., of Newby, Lord Mayor in 1700; died in 1736.

Spittle-well was near the stream called Bur Dike.

23 The site of this mill is occupied by grounds attached to Clifton Grove.

24 The hospital of St. Mary Magdalen stood at the corner of Bootham and

Burton Lane.


Lady or Clifton, windmill, on the west side of Burton Lane (in the par. of St. Olave, detached), occupies the site.

26 John Whitehead, Sheriff in 1717-8. 27 The stone base of the White Cross' yet remains at the junction of the roads leading to Haxby and Hunting ton, near to Yearsley-bridge.

28 Near the pin-fold at the junction of the Scarbrough Road and Stockton Lane. 29 Now called Tang Hall Bridge.

goeing through the middle of Tanghall Green, which Green is now Enclosed, and there is a Lane through the Middle, haveing two Closes on the left hand, to a


Wood Cross 30 in the way that leadeth to Osbaldwick--which Cross is now demolished, but ordered to be Erected again;—and afterwards proceeding in the high-way that leadeth to Kexby, to a Wood Cross near the Gallows there, both which are now demolished, but the bottome stone of the Cross yet remaines, and the place where the said Gallows stood is called Gallows-hole," where heretofore was a little foot Wood Bridge, beyond the Rivulet which cometh from a certain Carr, on the South side of the said Highway, called Heslington Moyse, over against Osbaldwick Chapell and so goeing back to a Windmill Hill of the Hospital of St. Nicholas, leaveing it on the right hand, and then passing over the highway into a Lane on the Left hand, by a way which formerly did lead to the said Mill, between the Lane of St. Nicholas and the field of Heslington to the Green Dykes, near a certain place where formerly were the Gallows of St. Leonard, on the Hill in the said Green Dykes Lane; and from thence beyond Tillmire 3 to a certain stone besides a Ditch, formerly made by the Inhabitants of Heslington; and so to Pool Briggs, and soe back by the Outgang to a certain Stone Cross in the way which leadeth from Foulthrop (sic) to York, goeing by some Closes, called Hall-garth Syke, and then over a piece of Swarth in Fulford Common Field, called Grain Ing, to the said Cross, and so extending to a place formerly called Hauxwell directly to the water Owze; and so beyond the water Owze directly to the Baulk that leads to Haydale Cross, as aforesaid.



Which Description agreeing with the antient Description and Surveys of the said Bounds and Limitts heretofore, time out of mind, made and ridden, this House doth therefore now approve of the same; and the Crosses in the foregoing Report, which are mentioned to be demolished, are hereby ordered to be Erected again; and that Mr. Alex' Harrison shall see the said Crosses be Erected of stone at the Expence of the City, with the name of the Crosses or places so Erected.

12 Dec., 1722. Ordered that Mr. Alderman Jenkyns be writt unto, signifieing the great Inconvenience ariseing to this City by his nonResidence, and supplying the place of a senior Alderman and Justice of the Quorum; and to acquaint him also, that the City will be obliged to take such measures for Recovery of the fines and forfeitures, due from him for his absence, as shall be Consistent with the Charter and several Acts of Parliament; and that Mr. Recorder be desired to write such Letter.

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Ordered that the Candles for the Ladys seats in the Minster be supplyed, and the Candlesticks made more firm, at the Expence of the City; and that the Cushions there be new Covered with velvet at the like Expence.

25 Jan., 1722-3. Ordered-that if Mr. Wright (who now is joyned in trade with Mr. Hutchinson) shall not take his freedome of this City within three days, he shall be prosecuted at the Expence of the said City.


20 Feb., 1722-23. Ordered-that the Town-Clerk shall write to his Agent in London, to order him to attend Mr. Alderman Jenkyns, to acquaint him that this House came to a Resolution that if the said Mr. Alderman Jenkyns shall not within three Months come to and reside in this City, to do the necessary Branches and Duty of his office of Senior Alderman, they will Elect and Choose another Alderman in his Roome.

Ordered that Laythorp Postern shall be SO made up and streightened as to prevent Carts and Carriages comeing in or goeing out through the same; and the Wardens of Monk Ward are desired to see the same effectually done; And that the Charge thereof be at the Expence of the City :-the Commons consenting.

21 Sept., 1724. Complaint was this day made unto the Court by the Commons, that the Dignity of the City has of late greatly diminished by reason of the Lord Mayor's frequent absence and Retirement into the country, and neglecting to keep but one publick day in a week for the entertainment of the citizens, etc.

9 Dec., 1724. Memdum.-that it be Considered of at the next House to write a Civil Letter to Mr. Alderman Jenkyns, to desire him to resign his Gown.

2 Sept., 1726. Ordered-that Mr. John Owram 8 shall have Liberty to make a Jetty at the bottom of his Garden wall next to the River Owze belonging to his house in Spurriergate.


3 Feb., 1726-7. And now Mr. Alderman Towne 3 presented to this City a staff, to be carried by the Sheriffs on the Election day of every

36 See note 6, antea.

37 Layerthorpe Postern, which guarded one of the roads leading to Heworth Moor, stood near the south-west end of Layerthorpe Bridge. It was removed in 1829, and the present bridge over the Foss erected.

3 John Owram, cook, was Chamberlain in 1707, and Sheriff in 1720-1. He died 28th March, 1744, aged 78, and was buried at St. Michael's, Ouse-bridge.

30 Richard Towne was apprenticed, 20th May, 1680, to Lionel Wise, mercer, and admitted into the Merchants' Company in 1688, in which year he probably took up his freedom. He was Chamberlain in 1696, and fined for Sheriff in 1698. On 24th Oct., 1715, he was elected Alderman, vice Robt. Benson, Lord Bingley,

resigned; was Lord Mayor in 1716, and resigned his gown, on account of bad health, 15th Jan., 1731-2. Dying 17th Dec., 1746, aged 81, he was buried at St. Martin's, Coney-street, Dec. 20th. The late Mr. Davies, in his "Antiquarian Walks through York," informs us that Alderman Towne resided in Lendal, in a house of antique aspect, which was built upon the site of the Priory of the Augustine Friars. On the rough copy of his second Walk," Mr. Davies wrote as follows:- Individually I may be permitted to look upon this relic with more than ordinary interest, as it was the abode of my father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, and the place in which many of my own youthful days were spent."

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