22nd April 1737 - Act of Parliament allows for improvements in Salisbury

On 22nd April 1737 Royal Assent was given to an Act of Parliament allowing the Mayor and Corporation to make public improvements.

The act allowed them to:

order the cleaning, repairing and paving of the high- ways, streets and watercourses, which were in a deplorable condition, ….. properly lighting the streets, and appointing watch and ward[1]”.

I haven’t found what the Act was called as yet. It’s not mentioned on the Wikipedia List of Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain, 1720–39 page, but the page does say that it’s incomplete.

Update: The The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons : volume 9: 1734-1737 says that

April 22. His Majesty went to the House of Peers, and gave the Royal Assent to the following Bills:

1. For granting an Aid to his Majesty by a Land-Tax.

2. To make perpetual the Act 7 Geo. II. to prevent the infamous Practice of Stockjobbing.

3. For the better repairing and paving the Highways, Streets and Water-Courses, and for enlightening the Streets, Lanes and Passages, and better regulating the Nightly Watch within the City of Salisbury[2].


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] ‘The second Parliament of George II: Third session (1737) - Minutes and illustrative material’, The History and Proceedings of the House of Commons : volume 9: 1734-1737 (1742), pp. I-X. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=37785 Date accessed: 15 January 2014.

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