Medway Council Heritage Services catalogues
  • Title
    Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery
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  • Administrative history / biography
    The Oyster Fishery has existed 'from time out of mind' though its practices and rules only became properly recognized after the Act of 1728. Like the Oyster fishery, the Floating Fishery has existed 'from time out of mind' but there had been no need to obtain an act of Parliament. The administration of the Oyster and Floating Fishery was largely carried out through the rules and orders adopted by the Admiralty court (see RCA/J3/7). The Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery did not end in 1974; its powers have been confirmed by royal letters patents of June 1974 and April 1998. The town clerk of the City of Rochester held the duties of registrar of the Fishery until March 1974. Since then, the position has been filled by the Chief Executive of the successor authorities.
  • Scope and content
    The records in this sub-collection include administrative documents outside those created by the Admiralty court and general acts of Parliament relevant to the Fishery.