By the 1530s, the Court of Star Chamber had become 'a political weapon for bringing actions against those who opposed the policies of King Henry VIII, his ministers and his parliament', and a century later 'it had become synonymous with misuse and abuse of power by the King and his circle'. In the 1620s, James I used the Court to prosecute carriers who disobeyed his proclamations by employing carts and wagons that exceeded weight and axle limits (initial mapping here)
The Court's records (catalogued here) contain a great many that may be of interest to our project: Transcriptions and photographs of these documents (shared privately) would be particularly welcome.
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- STAC 5/D15/19 (1590s) 'appears to make a repeated distinction between Highways and trade ways' (reported by @n_docs on Twitter).
- STAC 8/61/1 (1612) 'Assault at Tetsworth on plaintiff Thomas Busbye and the passengers in a waggon of Richard Oram, carrier, driven by plaintiff Thomas Busbye from Oxford to London and plunder of goods therefrom'.
- STAC 8/28/5 (Oct 1619) 'Breaches of a proclamation [of 20 July 1618] that no carrier shall use a cart with four wheels, or drawn by more than five horses, to prevent damage to roads and bridges'.
- STAC 8/30/11 (1623) 'Damage to highways and bridges by the use of carts of greater weight and bulk than is permitted by proclamation'.
- STAC 8/30/10 (1624) 'Damage to highways and bridges by the use of carts of greater weight and bulk than is permitted by proclamation'.
- STAC 8/34/13 (1624) 'Use of carts and loads larger than permitted by proclamation'.