Acts For Lighting, Paving, And Improving The Streets of Carlisle

  In the 44th of George III, A.D. 1804, an act of Parliament was passed, for lighting the streets, lanes, and other public passages and places within the city of Carlisle, and for paving the footpaths, and otherwise improving the said city and suburbs, and commissioners appointed for putting it into execution. The mayor, aldermen, and councillors, for the time being, are now commissioners of this act. The commissioners may act as justices of the peace for enforcing the powers and authorities granted by this act, and they may sue and be sued in the names of their clerk or treasurer. In order to raise money for the purposes of this act, the commissioners are empowered to appoint assessors and collectors, to levy a yearly, half-yearly, or quarterly rate or rates upon the occupiers of property in the city and suburbs, so as not to exceed one shilling per annum in the pound on the improved yearly rentals, "save and except" a special rate which was made to defray the expense of removing the walls of the citadel, which formerly crossed the south-end of English-street, and obstructed the road into Botcher-gate. The commissioners have power to widen, raise, lower, alter, or repair the footpaths, at the expense of the owners or occupiers of the houses in the streets where such alterations may be necessary. And all the footpaths are to be swept every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, between the hours of eight and ten o'clock in the morning, by the occupiers, on pain of forfeiting not more than 5s. nor less than 1s. Fines are also levied on persons who commit nuisances or drive any sort of carriages on the footpaths. Several of the powers conferred by this act are also possessed by the commissioners of the police act. Mr. William Jackson is treasurer under the act, and the clerk to the corporation committee acts as clerk to the commissioners.


Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847



29 April 2008

Steve Bulman