The 1711 Landholders' Petition

 

In 1711 sixty-nine landholders of the Parish of Frome petitioned Viscount Weymouth, noting that "Wire-drawers Card-makers and Clothiers of Froome and the parts adjacent" were seeking leave to bring a bill in the House of Commons to prevent the selling of old wool cards. This reduced the outlay involved in making cloth, at the cost of quality as the cardholders argued. The petitioners maintained that such a bill would be "of very great benefit to your Petitioners in lessening the rates to the poor of the said parish by keeping the greater part thereof imployed in the manufacture of makeing new cards" and humbly begged his "favour and interest for the procureing an Act of Parliament"

 

The signatories were as follows:

 

W: WHITCHURCH Junr

James ROGERS

 

Roger LEVERSEDGE

Jo: JENKINS Vicr

Wm DAVIS

John JESSER

Edm SEAMAN

William: WHITCHURCH

Christop SHEPPARD

Wm BAILY

Wm WILKINS

William EMBLEN

Jn WICKHAM

Stephen KEEPING

Wm FRAMPTON

Robt HAYWARD

William WILTSHIRE

John PHELPS           Geo

LOCKE            Churchwardens

Robt EDGELL

Edward

Richard NEWPORT

Tho: PAYNE

Sam WHITCHURCH

Hen: BULL

COWARD

John SIMES

James BENNETT

John PRIDDLE         overseers

William WHITTOCK

Thomas ALLEN

Wm POBJAY

Job WAYLAND

Henry LACEY               of ye par

 

Lukes WRIGHT

Richard POBIAY

James ELDERTON

 

 

George AIRES Junr

Richd: STEVENS

William SINGER

William ROGERS       Conbles

 

John KING

Wm HARRIS

W: BURRETT

Jere: EMBLEM

 

Michell HUMPHREY

James BABER

James JESSER

 

 

Nicholas PAYNE

Sam DYMOCK

Jo: GREGORY

Wm POBJAY            Constable

 

Jonathan WHITCHURCH

Sam MORTIMER

Wm HAYTER

                   of West Woodlands

 

William WATTS

Ja: DRUCE

Joseph JESSER

 

 

 

Edward MORTIMER

Francis WEAVER

 

 

 

John MORGAN

Richard WILLKINS

 

 

 

Humphrey YERBURY Senr

Joseph BAILEY

 

 

 

Andrew ROGERS

James SCUDAMORE

 

 

 

John FOWLES

Nicholas MINTY

 

 

 

John ALLEN

William EMBLEN

 

 

Click on the thumbnail for an image of the signatures: