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Papers relating to Rochester Bridge, parts, I, II

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Papers relating to Rochester Bridge, parts, I, II
18th century
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Extent and format
ff. v + 256
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Part I: Extracts and copies mostly by Thomas Allen relating to:-

(1) Accounts. fols. 1-28;-

(2) Abstracts of title, accounts, etc., relating to estates (called the Lands Proper) belonging to Rochester Bridge. Arranged alphabetically by parish. fols. 30-126;-

(3) Receipts from toll and ferry at Rochester. fols. 128-34. Contents list for Part I, fol. iii,by C.S.Perceval, FSA. Coloured arms and descent of John Thorpe, junior, fol. ii; engraved arms of the warden of the New Bridge of Rochester (cf. E.Hasted, Kent, II (1782), 21) tipped on fol. iv;-

Part II: Transcripts mostly by Thomas Allen relating to:-

(1) Inquisitions, etc., from records then in the Tower of London. The inquisition of 13 June 1355, fol. 151 r, v (not traced in the PRO), is printed in C.Flight, The earliest recorded bridge at Rochester, BAR 252 (1997), 52-3. fols. 135-62;-

(2) Chantry chapel on the bridge, fols. 163-9;-

(3) Inspeximus, 21 Nov.1588, of the grant to Rochester Bridge by Richard II of lands forfeit by John, Lord Cobham, and other records conc. the bridge. fols. 170-7v;-

(4) Excerpts from Sir Roger Manwood's Black Book, including parts of his discourse (1586) on the bridge (cf. 159, 174); and orders conc. the bridge (one (fol. 195) printed, 3 May 1728). fols. 178-95;-

(5) Survey of bridge estates by commissioners, 1575. fols. 197-212;-

(6) Founders, benefactors, indulgences, pardons, alms. fols. 213-30;-

(7) A Collection of Statutes concerning Rochester Bridge (1733) followed by a printed list (1731) of contributory lands, prepared for press by John Thorpe, senior (his note, fol. 231). fols. 231-40v;-

(8) List of wardens and assistants of the Corporation of Rochester Bridge, 1576-1727. fols. 241-56. Contents list for Part II precedes item (1).
Thorpe, John (1715-1792), antiquary
Thorpe, John (1682-1750), antiquary
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