RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Extentxxiv, 322 ff.
TitleAct Book 13 October 1666-21 November 1668
Date1666-1668
DescriptionThis Act Book records the proceedings in each court session and of proceedings in chambers at various dates between the court sessions, October 1666-November 1668. At the end (ff. 313r-321v) are documents and receipts concerning the payment of legacies through the Court, December 1666 - May 1668.
In this volume the Court reconvenes after the fire of London in September 1666. The first full session, c.23 October 1666, was held in the hall of Exeter House, in the Strand, Westminster, the church of St. Mary-le-Bow in the City having been burned in the fire. Full sessions continued to be held in Exeter House throughout the period covered by this volume. A hearing in chambers had already taken place there on 13 October 1666 (f. 2v). Other meetings in chambers were held from October 1666 'in Aedibus Hyde in vico le Strand' [probably the Lord Chancellor's house], where Sir Giles Sweit now had a chamber (ff. 11v, 21v) , and, on one occasion in November 1666 'in Le coffeehouse' (f. 11v). By April 1667 Sir Giles Sweit had a chamber in Exeter House (eg. f. 314r. 19 April 1667), which became the regular venue for proceedings in chambers.
The record of each court session begins on a new page with a bold heading and introductory text. This includes the the date, the venue, and the names of the presiding judge (Sir Giles Sweit, the Official Principal of the Court, or his surrogate) and the attending notary public, usually John Clements LL.B, the Actuary of the court. Sessions begin with the reading, usually by Henry Smith, a priest, of schedules of excommunication listing persons declared excommunicate by the judge for contumacy. Names of persons excommunicated are not recorded here but excommunications may be found amongst the acts of court. Proceedings in chambers are recorded following those of the court session.
Sessions:
f. 1r. Michaelmas term, first session; Date missing [c.23 October] 1666. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 5r. Michaelmas term, second session; Date missing [c.3 November] 1666. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 17r. Michaelmas term, third session; Date recorded here as 13 October [but evidently a mistake for 13 November] 1666. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 23r. Michaelmas term, fourth session; 22 November 1666. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 32r. [Michaelmas term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Andreae; 1 Dec. 1666. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 48r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Wolstani; 21 Jan. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 55r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Pauli; 28 Jan. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 64r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Blasii; 4 Feb. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 71r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Valentini; 15 Feb. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 81a recto. Die extraordinario ... 26 March 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit in Exeter House.
f. 89r. [Easter term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Quindenae Paschae; 22 April 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 96r. Easter term, second session; 30 April 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 103r. Easter term, third session; 8 May 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 108r. [Easter term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Ascensionis; 17 May 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 117r. [Trinity term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sanctae Trinitatis; 3 June 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 122r. Trinity term, second session; 10 June 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 127r. Trinity term, third session; 19 June 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 133r. Trinity term, last session; 27 June 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 139r. Die extraordinario ... 5 July 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit in Exeter House.
f. 148r. Michaelmas term, first session; 23 October 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 159r. [Michaelmas term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Omnium Animarum; 4 Nov. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 172r. [Michaelmas term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Martini; 12 Nov. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 179r. [Michaelmas term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Edmundi; 21 Nov. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 186r. [Michaelmas term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Andreae; 2 Dec. 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 193r. Die extraordinario ... 10 December 1667. Before Sir Giles Sweit in Exeter House.
f. 198r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Wolstani; 20 Jan. 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 207r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Pauli; 27 Jan. 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 214r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Blasii; 4 Feb. 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 222r. [Hilary term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Sancti Valentini; 17 Feb. 1668. Before Sir William Meyrick, surrogate of Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 231r. Die extraordinario ... Wednesday 2[6] February 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit in Exeter House.
f. 240r. [Easter term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Quindenae Paschae; 6 April 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 247r. Easter term, second session; 14 April 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 255v. Easter term, third session; 22 April 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 264r. [Easter term]. Proximo die juridico post festum Ascensionis; 2 May 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 273r. Trinity term, first session; 18 May 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 278v. Trinity term, second session; 26 May 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 285r. Trinity term, third session; 3 June 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 293r. Trinity term, last session; 12 June 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit.
f. 304r. Die extraordinario ... 23 June 1668. Before Sir Giles Sweit in Exeter House.
AccessConditionsConsult in microformat
FindingAidsOriginal index
PhysicalDescription1 vol., 477 x 350 mm. Binding of black cloth, late 20th cent.
Original index (xxiv ff.) bound in at the front.
ff. 221 and 233 are not present; missing or possibly mistakes in foliation. ff. 317 and 320 also not present; possibly blank leaves removed in binding.
ff. 4v, 12v-16v, 22v, 28v-31v, 36v, 41r-47v, 63v, 81v, 88v plus one unnumbered leaf, 95v, 102r-v, 114r-116v, 121v, 126r-v, 132v, 138v, 147r-v, 168r, 169r-171v, 185v, 196v-197v, 206v, 213v, 230v, 237v-239v, 246v, 246a verso, 252v, 253v-254v, 262r, 263r-v, 272v, 284v, 292v, 300v-303v, 306r, 312v, 315v-316v, 319v, 322r-v are blank.
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