Thomas Street (judge)

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Sir Thomas Street
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Sir Thomas wearing the traditional judge's blackcap for the issue of a death sentence
Member of English parliament
In office
11 September 1660 (1660-09-11) – 22 March 1679 (1679-03-22)
Personal details
Born (1625-03-22)22 March 1625
Middlesex, England
Died 8 March 1696(1696-03-08) (aged 70)
Nationality English
Relatives Street family
Alma mater Oxford University
Occupation Mayor, Chief Justice, Baron of the Exchequer

Sir Thomas Street (1625-8 March 1696) was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1679. Thomas was Mayor of Worcester in 1667, as his father George Streete, MP had been before him, Chief Justice for Brecknock, Glamorgan and Radnor from 1677 to 1681, and a Baron of the Exchequer from April 1681 to 1684. He is the patriarch of the juridicial tradition of the Street family. [1]

Biography[edit]

Street was born in Worcester, the son of George Streete, MP who had also been Mayor of Worcester. He matriculated at Lincoln College, Oxford on 22 April 1642 aged 16. He entered Inner Temple in November 1646 and was called to bar on 24 November 1653. He was a member of Oxford Circuit.[2]

In 1659, Street was elected Member of Parliament for Worcester in the Third Protectorate Parliament.[3]

Street was re-elected MP for Worcester in 1660 for the Convention Parliament.[4] He was appointed JP for Worcestershire on 10 July 1660. In 1661 he was re-elected MP for Worcester in the Cavalier Parliament and sat until 1679. He was sub secretary to dean and chapter of Worcester from 1661 to 1687. He was town clerk of Worcester and was Mayor in 1667.

From 1667 to 1677 he was Puisne judge of great sessions and ex officio JP for Brecknock, Glamorgan and Radnor. He became a Bencher of his Inn on 7 November 1669 but was fined £100 for refusing to come up to the bench when called. He became Serjeant at law on 3 July 1677 and was Chief Justice for Brecknock, Glamorgan and Radnor from 1677 to 1681. He became King's Sergeant on 23 October 1678. He was knighted on 8 June 1681 and was a Baron of the Exchequer from April 1681 to 1684. In 1682 he was recorder of Worcester and 1683 recorder of Droitwich 1683, He was a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas from 1684 to 1689.[2]

Personal details[edit]

Sir Thomas had his children by Penelope Berkeley, a daughter of Sir Rowland Berkeley of Cotheridge, by whom the successive generations of the Streets descend from William the Conqueror, via the Berkeley family, whose ancestor Sir Maurice de Berkeley bore his progeny by Isabella FitzRoy (married 1247), daughter of Richard FitzRoy, a feudal baron of Chilham in Kent and a son of King John of England.[5] Street died aged 70 and was buried in Worcester Cathedral.[2]

References[edit]

Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Collins
Edward Giles
Member of Parliament for Worcester
1659
With: William Collins
Succeeded by
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