Award Of Robert Roupell Esq..
Centre fold reinforced at front. and original fold lines still visible with slight darkening and wear to original front and rear folds; otherwise in good condition with seal, stamp and revenue stamp.
Robert Roupell, No. 5 New Square Lincoln's Inn.,
The commissioners of her majesty's woods forests and land revenues and the trustees of the new cross turnpike roads. dated 28th may 1838.
MANUSCRIPT. 9 x 15 inches. Single sheet folded into 4 pages with title on original front fold.
An award made by a London barrister as an arbitrator to settle a dispute between the New Cross Turnpike Trustees and the Commissioners of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues, who had managed the Crown Estates since 1810. The Turnpike Trustees had been extracting cart loads of gravel for road improvement from tenanted crown lands at Shooters Hill causing damage to the land surface and underwood. In his arbitration Robert Roupell awarded the Commissioners the sum of 'nine pence sterling for all previous loads taken by the Trustees and six pence for every yard of gravel taken in the future. This would include compensation to the tenant or occupier but not the additional cost of levelling and restoring the land from which gravel had been taken. The New Cross Turnpike, established by the Act of 1717, ran from Southwark in Surrey to Lewisham in Kent, and was the third oldest of the Kent trusts and the first in the immediate vicinity of London. In the first half of the nineteenth century it was responsible for some forty miles of road, with revenues amounting to about £1500 per annum.
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