Middlesex Sessions:
General Orders of the Court

19th May 1743 - 22nd February 1753

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At the General Quarter Session of the Peace of our Sovereign Lord< no role > the King begun and holden
for the County of Middx at Westminster in the County aforesaid on Monday the twenty seventh
day of April in the twentieth Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord< no role > George the second King
of Great Britain Etc and from thence continued by several Adjournments untill this day (to wit)
Thursday the thirtieth day of the same Month of April in the year aforesaid and on the same
day holden by adjournment at Hicks Hall in St. John Street in and for the said County before
Thomas Lane< no role > John Milner< no role > Thomas Burdus< no role > Stephen Beckingham< no role > Robert Tothill< no role >
Robert Paul< no role > Henry Broadhead< no role > Thomas Moore< no role > Samuel Tatem< no role > William Withers< no role > Thomas Rea< no role >
Philip Dyot< no role > Peter Elers< no role > Francis Hole< no role > Boulton Mainwaring< no role > John Lawton< no role > Esquires and other
their Fellows Justices of our said Lord the king assigned to keep the Peace in the County aforesaid
and also to hear and determine divers Felonies Trespasses and other Misdeeds committed in the same

Order for suppressing
unlawful Fairs.

It being represented unto this Court that several common Players of Interludes Gamsters and other
loose idle and disorderly Persons have for several years used and accustomed to assemble and meet
together at several Fairs or pretended Fairs held in this County of Middx not warranted by Law to wit
Tottenham Court Fair Hampstead Fair and Paddington Fair in Holborn Division the Shepherd's
Bush Fair in Kensington Division the Welch Fair in Finsbury Division Mile End Fair and Bow
Fair commonly called Green Goose Fair in the Tower Division and May Fair in Westminster
Division some of which Fairs continue for a Fortnight and others for three Weeks and where
great Numbers of People stay till one or two o'Clock in the Morning And such Players of
Interludes and other evil disposed Persons have frequently taken upon them to contract for Ground and
thereupon built Booths and Sheds where they have acted such Plays and Drolls and carried on and
encouraged divers kinds of unlawfull Play and Gaming which hath mainfestly tended to the
Encouragement of Vice and Immorality and to the debauching and ruining of Servants Apprentices
and others and also to the Disturbance of the publick Peace by occasioning Quarrells Riots Tumults
and other Disorders which Players of Interludes are by Law deemed and declared Rogues and
Vagabonds and the acting of such Plays Drolls and other Shows and the keeping of publick
Gaming Tables or Gaming houses are contrary to the Laws and Statues of this Realm For the
preventing of which Mischiefs for the future it is thought fit and ordered by this Court That it be
and it is hereby recommended and referred unto his Majesty< no role > 's Justices of the Peace for the said County
of Middx residing within the said respective Divisions in which the said Fairs above specified or any of
them are holden or to any two or more them by Warrant or Order to be granted under their
hands and seals as often as they shall think needfull to order and require the High Constable of
that Division in which such Fairs or any of them are holden and wherein such Justices reside to
summon and take to his Assistance from time to time the several Petty Constables and Headboroughs
within the said Division (whom this Court doth require to aid and assist him herein) or so many of them as
he shall think sufficient for this purpose and that he the said High Constable together with such Petty
Constables and Headboroughs whom he shall so take to his assistance deapprehend all and every
Players of Interludes Plays or Drolls and other Persons who shall out exhibit or shew any such
Interludes Plays or Drolls or play at or encourage or procure any unlawfull Game or Games to be
played at in any Playhouse Booth Shed or other Place in or near such Fair or Fairs And that the
said High Constable and Petty Constables and Headboroughs as his Assistants do carry all and every
Person or Persons so offending before one or more of his Majesty< no role > 's Justices of the Peace for the
said County to the End they may be punished according to Law and to prevent and suppress as much as

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