On This Day in Trinity House History – 18 February

1659

The Elder Brethren put an end to extravagant dinners

Trinity House Court Minute:

“After this day the Clerk is to provide for the Corporation three dishes of good meat and not to exceed unless upon Quarter Day or upon special occasions.”

The above came, much in the same way as the forfeiture of 2d. for pipe smoking during Court, as a way of stamping out the bad habits that had been brought into the house when a Parliament-appointed committee governed the activities of the Corporation during the Interregnum, and had allowed standards and manners to lapse between 1648 and 1659. Presumably the Parliament-appointed committee had indulged in somewhat extravagant dinners in the absence of the Elder Brethren.

For more on the disruption caused by the aftermath of the English Civil War, see On This Day in Trinity House History – 2 February.

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