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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,
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
especially on the sixteenth of August last, the said Farmers, their Deputies or
have in Contempt of the Order powred or caused the said Filth, Dregs or
fall into the Ponds or Ditches leading to the Thames: whereby some of the
have found their Wells of Water appointed for brewing so tainted with the Tast
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
Certificate under divers of the said Petitioners Hands, the chief Officers and
of the Tower, appeared, And therefore humbly prayed Redress of the growing
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
Reformation the Petitioners may enjoy the Benefit of the Air, and not be
the horrid and putrid Savours occasioned by the said Allome Works. The Boord
this Complaint into their due and serious Consideration and finding that the
Order of the Boord was not observed, as is before mentioned, and that the
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
Consequence by corrupting of both the Air and the Water, whereof Beer is made
Majesty's Service and otherwise:) thought fit and ordered that the said Allome
should be presently suppressed from working, and utterly removed by the Farmers
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
Lordships Order, to the Farmers or Deputies tf the said Work, and see the same
executed; and of the Performance thereof to give Account to their Lordships
or twelve Dayi after the Date hereof. And of this their Lordships Order as well
Farmers and the Messenger, as others whom it may concern, are to take Notice,
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
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
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
Royal Chamber and City of London) should not presume to erect any other Works in
about the same, nor suffer the Dregs or Excrement proceeding of the boiling of
to be cast or fall into the River of Thames, but to bury the same in the Night
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,
or Excrement to fall into the Ponds or Ditches leading to the Thames: whereby
your Petitioners have found their Wells of Water appointed for Brewing so
grownered with the Tast and Savour of Allome excrement, as that within three
after about forty Fishes were apparently found poisoned, as by the annexed
For Redress of which growing Mischief and dangerous Contagion, seconded with a
presumptuous Contempt of your honourable Order, as formerly, the Petitioners fly
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
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
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
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
Works, by the flowing of the River of Thames, was carried into Wells belonging
Brewers thereabouts; and where divers poor People for their means, do resort,
from thence do carry Water to divers Houses, and to dress their Meat and Diet
Families; As by Example, at that Time into one Well or Pond of one Joseph
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,
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.
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 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
Places near London, where they were then erected, until our Lady day next only
longer; And afterwards the twelfth of September last, for Contempts, in not
the said Order of the 25th of July, and for Prevention of
growing Mischief that
An Order for Continuance of these Works.