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Case relative to the Tothill Fields Bill

a much greater right than what belongs to the Lord of a Manor as such
viz: the right of granting out the Soil on Lease, which they say they
have exercised in divers instances; reckoning as one instance a grant
made by them of the Site of the Alms-Houses (Emery Hills Alms-
Houses) that occupy a great part of Rochester Row. The Keepers
acceptance of his place, without a Salary from the Dean and Chapter,
is a proof (they say) of his taking Fees from the Inhabitants:
and the submission of the Inhabitants, to the payment of such Fees,
as a proof (it is added) of their not considering themselves as possession
an independent right, a right that can stand without a permission
from the Keeper, which to that purpose is the same thing as a permission
from his principals. Painted Boards are likewise frequently
seen (though they frequently disappear) forbidding Rubbish to be
deposited, but under direction of the Keeper, and forbidding absolutely
the carrying off the soil; which however is oftentimes carried off
in carts, by Persons, some of whom at least have been known to pay
the Keeper so much a load for his permission or connivance.

In this age of improvement and increasing population, a situation which,
notwithstanding the disadvantages above spoken of, possesses the advantage
of vicinity to the River as well as the seat of Government, could not
escape the observation of that class of Builders to whom every uncovered
spot presents itself as a field of speculation.

The fate of the few Buildings that were got up, out of a considerable
number that had been intended to be erected, in the form of a
Square encompassing Deans Yard (a situation possessed of one of the
above advantages, viz: vicinity to the River in an equal degree, and of
the other in a much superior degree) has been registered for these
forty years in the ruins that have been the melancholy result of it.
The ill success of that great project (of which more will come to be
said a little further on) did not quench the busy spirit of the
Adam's, who in 1760 or within a Year or two afterwards, whole
the new-built houses in Deans Yard were seeking in vain for
Tenants, came forward with a much greater project, according

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case relative to the tothill fields bill





copy/fair copy sheet

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f3 / f4



tw 1794


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francis hall


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see note 3 to letter 1392, vol. 6

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