River Thames (Bercot to Oxford) Navigation Act 1843

Publication Date:January 01, 1843
 
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River Thames (Bercot to Oxford) Navigation Act 1843

(6 & 7 Vict.) c. vi

An Act for authorizing the Sale and Application of certain Property vested in the Commissioners for making the River Thames navigable from Bercot in the County of Oxford to the University and City of Oxford.

[11th April 1843]

ANNO SEXTO VICTORLE REGIN^E. *************************************************** Cap. vi. An Act for authorizing the Sale and Application of certain Property vested in the Commissioners for making the River Thames navigable from Bercot in the County of Owford to the University and City of Oxford. [11th April 1843.] HEREAS an Act was passed in the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of His Majesty King James the First, intituled An Act for making the River of Thames navigable for 2lJac.i.c.32. Barges, Boats, and Lighters, from the Village of Bercot in the County of Oxon unto the. University and City of Oxon, whereby it was enacted that the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England for the Time being should and might, at the Request of the Chancellor of the said University, or his Vice Chancellor for the Time being, appoint, by Commission under the Great Seal of England, Eight Commissioners to be respectively chosen and nominated as therein mentioned, and certified to the aforesaid Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, which said Commissioners, or the more Part of them, should have full Power to cleanse, scour, open, and make navigable the said River of Thames, from the said City of Oxon to the Village of Bercot aforesaid, and for that Purpose to dig the Banks of the said River, or other Ground, Ditch, Brook, qr [Local*] Y Stream 6 VICTORIA Cap.vi. Stream near thereunto adjoining, and to cut away all Trees and Roots of Trees that might be hurtful or Hindrance to the said Passage, and to open, prepare, or make all Weirs and Locks or Turnpikes fit for the said Passage, and to remove any thing that should be any Impediment or Stop to the clearing and making of the said Passage, and likewise to cut, scour, or open any other Stream or Watercourse that should be most convenient for making the said Passage or River navigable, and likewise to make and erect any Wharfs, Locks, or Turnpikes, or Pens for Water, in or near the said River or Passage, that should be fit or necessary for the same; and by the said Act now in recital, after giving full Power and Authority to the Commissioners to be so appointed as aforesaid, or the more Part of them, to agree with and satisfy all Parties that might be damnified by the Works, and after reciting or taking notice that the said Passage could not be effected and maintained without great Charge, and that the principal Benefit thereof would redound immediately to the University and City of Oxford, it was therefore further enacted, that the said Commissioners, or the more Part of them, should thereby have full Power and Authority to tax and assess the Inhabitants within the said University and City of Oxon, or within either of them, and Suburbs thereof, and Bodies Politic and Corporate within the same, at such reasonable Sums and Payments for the Purposes aforesaid as they in their Discretion should think meet; and in the said Act now in recital divers other Powers and Authorities are contained for effectuating the Object and Purposes of the same Act, and, amongst other things, a Power enabling the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England for the Time being, when and as often as any of the Commissioners should happen to die, or become unfit for Service, from Time to Time to supply, appoint, and authorize One Commissioner or so many Commissioners to be nominated, chosen, and certified as aforesaid as should make and fill up the full Number of Eight Commissioners : And whereas by an Act passed in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George . the Third, intituled An Act to explain, amend, and enlarge the Powers of so much of Two Acts, passed in the Eleventh and Fifteenth Years of the Reign of His present Majesty, for improving and completing the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis from the City of London to the Town o/'Cricklade in the County of Wilts, as relates to the Navigation of the said Rivers from the Boundary of the Jurisdiction of the City of London near Staines in the County of Middlesex to the said Town of Cricklade, after reciting the herein-before partly recited Act of the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of King James the First, and after reciting that by virtue land in pursuance of the said Act, and of divers Commissions granted under the Great Seal of England by virtue thereof, certain Commissioners therein named and appointed had borrowed Money, and erected and made divers Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and other Works,in, upon, or near to the said Rivers, for the Benefit and Improvement of the Navigation thereof, it was enacted, that it should and might be lawful to and for the said Commissioners named and appointed in and by the said Commission under the Great Seal to contract and agree for, and to transfer, sell, assign, and convey unto the Commissioners appointed for putting in execution the said Act made in the Eleventh Year of His (then) present Majesty's 6 VICTORIA, Cap.vl Majesty's Reign, and to their Successors and Assigns, all and every such Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works made as aforesaid, or in anywise belonging to the said Navigation, from the said Village of Bercot in the said County of Oxford to the said University and City of Oxford^ and also that it should and might be lawful to and for the Commissioners appointed in and by the said Act of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His (then) present Majesty, or any Eleven or more of them, at a General Meeting, to contract and agree for and to purchase all such Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works, and from and immediately after the Purchase thereof all and every the said Locks, Turnpikes, and Works, and also all Tolls, Rates, and Duties payable at the same on the said Navigation, should be and become vested in the said Commissioners appointed for executing the said Act made in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His (then) present Majesty, their Successors and Assigns, for the Uses of the Navigation of the Rivers Thames and Isis; And whereas the Commissioners for the Time being carrying into execution the herein-before recited Act of the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King James the First did some Time in the Year One thousand seven hundred and ninety, pursuant to the Authority given to them by the herein-before recited Act of the Twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King George the Third, sell, transfer, assign, and convey all the Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works so erected and made by such Commissioners as mentioned in the said lastly-recited Act, and in anywise belonging to the said Navigation from the said Village of Bercot to the said University and City of Oxford, unto the Commissioners appointed for putting into execution the said Act of the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King George the Third, their Successors and Assigns, and from and immediately after such Sale, Transfer, Assignment, and Conveyance of the said Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works as aforesaid the said Commissioners. for the Time being carrying into execution the said recited Act of the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King James the First discontinued to exercise any of the Powers given to them by the same Act, and the Commissions granted in pursuance thereof^ in regard to the said Navigation from the said Village of Bercot to the said University and City of Oxford: And whereas for a considerable Time previously to and at the Time of such Sale, Transfer, Assignment, and Conveyance of the said Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works as aforesaid, the Commissioners for the Time being carrying into execution the said recited Act of the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King James the First were or claimed to be possessed or entitled for some Estate or Interest of or to certain Pieces or Parcels of Land, with the Buildings thereon, situate on the Banks of the River Isis, and which now form Part of a Wharf called the Folly Bridge or Parker's Wharf and the said Commissioners were or claimed to be also possessed or entitled for some Estate or Interest of or to other Pieces or Parcels of Land situate on the Banks of or near to the said River, now forming Two Wharfs called the Lower or MallarrCs Wharf including Ground now covered with Water, called the Wet Dock : And whereas prior to such Sale, Transfer, Assignment, and Conveyance of the said Pound Locks, Turnpikes, and Works as aforesaid, and subsequently thereto do w n 88 6 VICTORIA, Cap.vi. down to about the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine, the said Pieces or Parcels of Land and Hereditaments constituting the said several Wharfs, or some Parts or Part thereof, were or was used as public Wharfs or as a public Wharf, subject to the Payment of certain Tolls and Dues from Time to Time fixed by the Commissioners for the Time being carrying into execution the herein-befbre recited Act of the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of His said Majesty King James the First, but since the said Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine the said several Wharfs have not, nor have or hath any Parts or Part of the same Wharfs respectively, been used as public Wharfs or as a public Wharf, and the said Wharf known as the Folly Bridge or Parker9s Wharf is not now used for any Purpose, and the said Two Wharfs respectively called the Lower or Mallards Wharfs are now occupied and used as private...

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