People of the court, and those frequenting and inhabiting the streets of Smithfield and Holborn.
King and council.
Nature of request:
The people of the court, and those frequenting and inhabiting the streets of Smithfield and Holborn complain about the stench and abominations caused by animals slaughtered in the butchery near St Nicholas' church in Newgate, the refuse from which is thrown into pits in two gardens near Holborn bridge, which are so severe that they are making people ill; they request a penal ordinance, that butchers are to kill their animals at Knightsbridge, or elsewhere where they will not harm people, as was previously ordained in parliament, on pain of confiscation of the carcasses and of a year's prison. And they requests writs on this in Chancery to the Mayor and Aldermen, at the suit of those who wish to complain, whenever it is necessary to put this ordinance into execution.
Nature of endorsement:
An ordinance has already been made on this matter, as fully appears from writs issued on this, and enrolled in the Chancery of King Edward, the present king's grandfather, in the thirty-fifth and forty-fourth years of his reign in England. The king wishes their ordinance to be held and observed, and put into due execution, and writs issued on this again whenever necessary, if anyone should wish to complain.