1679 (or earlier) The freehold was and continued to be owned by the Earls De La Warr . 1679-1844 Leased to Bridewell Hospital, ostensibly run by the local authority or "corporation". The "land was held by a corporation, from time to time, under long leases as a burial ground and afterwards from year-to-year, till 1855. No burials took place after 1844" (p.67). 1844 Burials ceased. 1854 Order in Council issued under S.2 Burial Act 1852. 1857 An unnamed person obtained a 99-year lease (p.73). 1859 Foster obtained a 50-year underlease. 1859, 23rd July. Notice given to Foster, that the Secretary of State intended to ask the "Queen in Council to prevent the land ... from becoming injurious to the public health" (p.73). 1859, 12th August. Another Order in Council. This was served on Foster who "disregarded" it. "(T)he churchwardens of St. Bride's proceeded under (S.1, Burial Act 1859) to do the acts directed". Foster took legal action against them for trespass. He may have been encouraged and financed by Earl De La Warr. The judges were, "called upon to determine whether the Order of the Queen in Council was valid or void". 1859 Because Foster had "disregarded" the Order in Council, "the SoS made an order under (S.1 Burial Act 1859) on the churchwardens of the parish ... to do the acts" (p.67). 1867 Judgment:- "Held, that the sections (presumably S.2 Burial Act 1952, S.23 Burial Act 1857 and S.1 Burial Act 1859) did not apply and that the orders were invalid and the churchwardens therefore liable as trespassers" (p.67).

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