Conway Bridge Act 1821
(1 & 2 Geo 4 c.35, 28th May 1821)
An Act for applying a certain Sum of Money out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, for the Purpose of building a Bridge over the River Conway, in the County of Carnarvon, and for imposing additional Rates of Postage on Letters and Packets conveyed over the said Bridge.
[28th May 1821.]
"55 G.3. c.152. recited. Treasury empowered to advance 40,000l. towards building a Bridge over the River Conway. Purchasing of Tolls, &c. §1. Bridge to be built under the Powers of 55 G.3. c.152. §2. A Waterway of 300 Feet to be left. §3. Commissioners within Six Calendar Months to contract for the Purchase of Conway Ferry. §4. Such Contracts to be at Expence of Commissioners. Copies of Conveyances to be delivered at 6d. per folio. §5. Satisfaction to be made to Persons interested. §6. If Parties are dissatisfied, they may cause a Jury to be impannelled to decide the Matter. Owner, or other Person interested, refusing upon Notice in Writing by Commissioners' Clerk, to treat, &c, or being disabled by Absence, Non Age, Coverture or other Impediment, or not disclosing Title within Twenty one Days. Sheriff or Coroner, not interested, or other Persons as herein mentioned, to impannel a Jury. Twelve Jurymen. Counsel may attend. Challenge. Sheriff, &c, may summon and examine Witnesses. View by Jury. Money assessed to be paid by Commissioners. Verdict of Jury binding, signed by Sheriff. No Certiorari, &c. §7. Sheriff or other Officers neglecting Duty. Penalty 20l. Persons summoned on Juries not attending. Penalty as if impanelled for Trial at Assizes. Witnesses not attending, &c. Penalty not exceeding 101. §8. False Oath under this Act punished as Perjury. §9. In what Cases Expence of impannelling, &c. Jury to be settled by Sheriffs, &c, and paid by Commissioners. In what Cases paid by the Persons disputing with the Commissioners. §10. Verdicts of Juries to be recorded in Quarter Sessions. Copies Evidence. Fee for Inspection 1s. ; Copies at 6d. for every 100 Words, and so in Proportion. §11. Application of Purchase Money when amounting to or exceeding 200l. § 12. Application when Purchase Money is less than 200l. and 20l. or above. §13. Application when Purchase Money is less than 20l. §14. In default of Title, Money to be paid into the Bank in the Name of the Accountant General of the Court of Chancery ; which Court, upon Motion or Petition, may make Order concerning the same. §15. When any Question shall arise as to the Title to Money, the Person in Possession of the Premises shall be deemed entitled, until the contrary be shown. §16. Commissioners to pay Purchase Money for Ferry, &c. within Thirty Days after Bridge completed. §17. No Person to pass the River Conway by the Bridge, or otherwise than in the Ferry Boats, until Bridge completed. §18."
XIX. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Postmaster General for the Time being, and he is hereby required, from and after the passing of this Act, to charge and levy on all Letters and Packets conveyed by Post, to and from any Part of Great Britain or Ireland, by way of Conway and Chester, in addition to the Rates and Duties now payable by Law for the Conveyance by the Post of such Letters and Packets, the Rates and Duties following ; (that is to say), for a single Letter and Packet, the additional Sum of One Penny; for a double Letter and Packet, the additional Sum of Two Pence ; for a treble Letter and Packet, the additional Sum of Three Pence; and so in Proportion, an additional Sum of One Penny, according to the Rate of Increase of the Postage of Letters now established by an Act passed in the Fifty second Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act for granting to His Majesty certain additional Rates of Postage in Great Britain ; and all the Powers and Authorities given by Law for the Recovery of the Postage of Letters shall be in force and applicable to such additional Duty hereby imposed ; and the same shall be charged, paid and regulated by, and be subject to the same Rules, Regulations and Exemptions, as are now by Law in force as to the Rates and Duties payable on such Letters.
XX. And be it further enacted, That the Sum or Sums of Money arising from the said additional Rate of Postage by this Act imposed, shall be paid over from Time to Time to the Receiver General for the Time being of the Revenue of the Post Office, in the same Manner and at the same Time as other Sums are directed to be paid over to him by the said Act of the Fifty second Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third ; and the said Receiver General shall, at the Times when he shall pay the other Rates and Duties by him received into the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, pay over also into the said Receipt all such Sum and Sums of Money as shall be received by him for or on account of the said additional Rate of Postage hereby imposed, (the necessary Charges for paying, collecting and accounting for the same being first deducted), distinguishing the same in his Accounts, and paying such Sum and Sums of Money for and on account of the Commissioners appointed by the said recited Act of the Fifty fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third ; and the said Sum and Sums of Money so paid shall be carried to the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and shall be applied in the Payment of the Interest of the Money to be advanced out of the said Fund, under the Provisions of this Act, until the said principal Sum of Forty thousand Pounds by this Act directed to be advanced shall be paid off ; and in case there shall be any Surplus arising from such additional Postage hereby imposed, after Payment of such Interest as last aforesaid, then the same Surplus shall from time to time be applied, as far as the same will extend, in Payment of the said principal Sum of Forty thousand Pounds, or so much thereof as shall have been advanced under the Powers in this Act contained.
"Destroying Works. Punishment, as in Cases of Felony; – may be mitigated to Punishment of Petit Larceny. §21. Materials vested in Commissioners ; who may bring Actions or prefer Bills of Indictment against Persons stealing, injuring, &c. the same. §22. Commissioners to account to Treasury, and also lay yearly Accounts before Parliament. §23. When Bridge completed, Provisions of 59 G.3. c.30. shall extend to this Act. §24. Limitation of Actions. General Issue. In what Cases Verdict to be for Defendant. Treble Costs. §25."