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Oxford Mileways Act 1771: Parking of carts etc.


The following part of the Act relates to the parking of carts and carriages.


No Cart, &c. to be left in any Street, &c.

And it is hereby further enacted, That if after the passing of this Act, any Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, shall be left to stand or continue in any Street, Lane, or Publick Way, in the said City or Suburbs, or the said Parish of Saint Clement, or in any Part or Parts thereof, with or without Horses or other Cattle, other than for the necessary loading or unloading thereof, or if any Common Stage-Waggon or Cart shall be left to stand or continue in either or any of the principal Streets mentioned in the said Schedule hereto annexed, for the Purposes of loading or unloading, more than the Space of One Hour at thy One Time; or if any Timber, Bricks, Stones, Slates, Hay, Straw, Wood, Faggots, Coals, Boards, Tubs, Goods, Wares, Merchandizes, Materials, or Things whatsoever, shall be laid or placed, and left in any such Street, or Publick way, longer than shall be necessary for the housing or removing the same, except in such Cases as are herein before provided for; then, and in every such Case, the Owner or Owners of every such Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, or of any such Timber, Bricks, Goods, Wares, Merchandizes, Materials, or Things, shall, for ever such Offence, forfeit and pay the Sum of Ten Shillings, and the same shall moreover be deemed Nuisances; and any One of the said Commissioners, or any One of their Officers, or any other Person, without any Peace-officer or other Person present, shall and may, either in the Day or by Night, seize, or cause to be seized, the Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, so placed, or suffered to stand or continue, contrary to the true Meaning of this Act, together with the Horse or Horses thereunto belonging or affixed, (if any) or the Timber, Bricks, Stones, Slates, Hay, Straw, Wood, Faggots, Coals, Boards, Tubs, Goods, Wares, Merchandises, Materials, or Things, so laid or placed as aforesaid, and remove the same, or cause the same to be removed, to any Pound within the said City or Suburbs, or to such other Place as shall be appointed for that Purpose by the said Commissioners, or any Five or more of them, there to be kept and detained until the Owner or Owners thereof, or his, her, or their known Servant or Servants shall claim the same, and pay to the Person or Persons in whose custody the same shall then be, the Sum of Ten Shillings, together with the Charges of removing and keeping the same; and in case the same shall not be claimed, and the said Sum of Ten Shillings and Charges paid, within the Space of Six Days next after such Seizure, it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Commissioners, or any five or more of them, to cause the same to be appraised and sold, and the Money arising therefrom shall be applied to the same Uses and Purposes as the Monies arising from the Rates or Assessments are hereby directed to be applied.

Owners of Carts, &c. not impounded, to forfeit 10s.

Provided, That if any Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, shall be so placed or suffered to stand or continue as aforesaid, or any Timber, Bricks, Goods, Wares, Merchandizes, Materials, or Things, shall be so laid and placed as aforesaid, and the same shall not be seized and impounded as aforesaid, the Owner or Owners of such Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, or of such Timber, Bricks, Goods, Wares, Merchandizes, or Things, Materials, shall nevertheless forfeit and pay the Sum of Ten Shillings for every Offence by such Cart, Waggon, Dray, or other Carriage, being so placed, or suffered to stand or continue, or such Timber, Bricks, Goods, Wares, Merchandizes, Materials, or Things, being so laid, or placed, or left as aforesaid.

 
Stephanie Jenkins, 2013