Petition to Court of Sewers
Gentlemen Commissioners of the Court of Sewers.
That your pertitioners, are Inhabitants of Burringham
Poor men, that has only a House to Sleep in. and long ago,
when the Common was open, that there is Sewer into
the River Trent. and it was laid on to ? this Sewer by Lots.
and every Common Right House, did as much as the
Largest Farm. now the Common is got Inclosed and cultivated
into Tillage. now they want their Land Dreaning, the Sewer
Enlarging, and these poor men are obledge to do it in terror
of the Abstract. there is about 106 Roods of this Sewer
the Expence of Cleansing at the Midsummer was half a Crown
a House. this time Eight and some as high as twelve
Shillings. and there is one Day at Butterwick Drean
at Midsummer, and another at Willroe Bank. these Expence
we cannot Bear without much hurt. therefore we pray,
that you Gentlemen, will order this Sewer to be Done
by pound rate, then we shall pay our proportion.
In Summer, one Farmer wants to take in a Tide, for his
Line, another cannot attend that Day, but he will take
another in two or three Days after, till there is five
or Six Tides took in every Summer. and brings
a great Deal of Wharp into the Sewer. and makes
these poor Men Dyke it out. the Farmers say they
are Common right Houses, and there is Common Land.
but it is very Little. there is only one piece let, and
that for about five pounds a year, but that money
they pay their Levies with, the money that belongs
to the Houses, they convert it to use of the Rates. but the
Sewer to the Houses.
We Humbly beseech ? Gentlemen, that you will take it
into your Serious Consideration, and grant us redress
Jone X Markham this widow has four Children
and only a House and not a Rood of Land
And does as much as the Largest Farm
Tho[ma]s X Nicholson
Rob[er]t X Curtice
Mathew X Sizer
John X Fowler
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