Vestry Minutes 1823-1844

THE LEIGH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS PHOTOGRAPHED THESE MINUTES AND THEY ARE ON A CD IN THE LEIGH ARCHIVES, AS IS A COPY OF THIS TRANSCRIPTION. TRANSCRIBED BY JOYCE FIELD, SPELLINGS ARE AS PER ORIGINAL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.  COMMENTS ARE IN SQUARE BRACKETS, INITIALLED JF.

INDEX AT END OF DOCUMENT:  by people’s names and subject/place names.  Please note subject index is not complete.

Also AT END OF DOCUMENT is a list of CHURCHWARDENS, OVERSEERS, SURVEYORS, GUARDIANS, AND VESTRY CHAIRMAN, plus notes on MANAGEMENT OF LEIGH POOR HOUSE FROM 1823-1835

Pages numbers are given as (a) and (b) referring to left and right side of original open book.

ANY ERRORS FOUND IN THE TRANSCIPTION, DO PLEASE NOTIFY THE LEIGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR AMENDING.
Joyce Field, Secretary, LHS

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p.1(a)

1823  June 1st
At a Parish Meeting Holden for the Relief of the Poor, Thos Crundwell did report to the said Vestry that  he the said Thos Crundwell & Saml Ashby had reviewed several Lands belonging to R. Thirby [Kirby – JF] and that they had not made any alteration in the valuation delivered in by the said Thos Crundwell & Saml Ashby on the 24th of April 1823.

Notice
The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on the second day of July 1823 to make a rate for the Relief of the Poor & other servises  of this Parish this 29th day of June 1823.

p.1(b)
Notice
The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 5th day of Novr 1823 to make a rate for the relief of the Poor & other Servises  of this Parish this 26th day of October 1823.

Notice
The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 10th day of March inst to make a rate for the relief of the Poor & other servises  of this Parish this 7th day of March 1824.

Memorandum
Mr Thos Elliott agreed to keep John Gassons Daughter from this 16th day of February 1824 to Old Mich’ms 1824 for one shilling & six pence per week.

p.2(a)
1824
A Notice given in Church on Sunday the 11th day of April

This is to give Notice
That the Churchwardens & Overseers appointed for the year ensuing are

Farmer Baily Esq
& Stephen Willsher Churchwardens

Thomas Avis & Thomas Turley Overseers

Notice given in Church
The Inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Friday Next at 5 Oclock in the afternoon to make a Rate for the Relief of the Poor & Other servises of this Parish
This 16th Day of May 1824 likewise some other business relating to this Parish.

p.2(b)

1824 At a meeting holden this 21st Day of May it was unanimously agreed that the Respits [respites – see meeting 29 July 1824: JF] returned should be collected in three Weeks from this date one half & the remaining half in Six Weeks from this date.

& it was further agreed at this Meeting that Rev Nathanael May should be charged with the whole of the vicarial Tythe & for it to be collected of the said Rev Nathanaiel May individually this 21st Day of May 1824.

Notice in Church
The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Thursday Next the 29th instant at 6 oclock in afternoon to consult on Business relating to this Parish.
This 25th day of July 1824

p.3(a)

At a Vestry  Holden this 29th Day of July 1824 it was resolved that the Persons whose Rates have been Respited since 1823 & the beginning of 1824 & whose Rates shall not be paid by Sattarday next the 31st Instant shall be proceeded against accordingly by the Overseers according to Law.  – Ajourned

Notice in Church
The Inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday next the 15th instant  at 6 oclock in the afternoon to consult on Business relating to this Parish.
This 12th Sep 1824

p.3(b)

It was unanimously agreed at this meeting that a Rate should be made to cover the expences up to Michelmas 1824 for the Relief of the Poor & other services of this Parish after the Rate of 3s in the Pound full Rents
This 15th day of Sept 1824
Thos May (chairman)

From & after next Vestry Sunday it is agreed at this Meeting that Mr Pilbeam contracts to keep the Poor such as shall be sent into the Workhouse henceforward upon an average of three shillings & sixpence per head per week to clothe feed lodge & wash for them. He having the workhouse & Field attached the Labour of the paupers & medical advise the Parish to pay be free of all other expences
This meeting adjourned   Thos May  Chairman
This 15th Day of Sept 1824

p.4(a)
Notice in Church
The inhabitance of this Parish are particularly desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday next the 27th inst at 7 oclock in the afternoon to consider the propriety of paying cottage rents in this parish.
This 24th day of October 1824
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No one attended on the subject
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Notice in Church
The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday next the 2nd of Feby 1825 at 5 oclock in the after noon to consult on Business relating to this Parish.

Viz to consider the propriety of renewing the contract with Mr Wm Pickance or some other Doctor for medical attendance &c.

p.4(b)

& likewise the propriety of having an assistant Overseer in the said Parish of Leigh.

At a Vestry
Holden this 2nd day of Febry 1825 it was unanimously agreed that there shall be a new contract made with Wm Pickance or some other Doctor for Surgery & Medical attendance in the said Parish of Leigh & likewise to give notice in church that the inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Monday the 7th Day of March 1825 at 2 oclock in the afternoon then & there to receive the tenders of such persons who may apply for the situation of assistant overseer when new notice will be given in Church & that those persons who wish to apply for the said situation must personaly appear at the said Vestry & there to give in there tenders or to treat for same verbaly –

 

p.5(a)

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p.5(b)

At a vestry holden 7th day of March 1825

An assistant overseer according to act of Parliament, & to collect the rates, an assistant Surveyor to the best of his abilities, a vestry clerk & reasonable expences to be allowed for going a distance of above six miles from the Parish Workhouse including Sevenoaks, to give security to the amount of two Hundred Pounds to remove all paupers entirely at his own expence within the Six Miles. W Medhurst tenders to fulfil the above duties of assistant Overseer for 75 per annum –

A vote for 75 per annum was lost & 70 £ per annum was offered.  W Medhurst ingages to fulfil the above duties of assistant Overseer at a salary of Seventy Pounds Per Annum to commence office with the new Overseer for one year certain, the either parties to give three months notice in
Card. forward

 

p. 6(a)

Bro’t forward –

In case of change –

Names of Persons present

Thos May
Farmer Baily Esq
William Saint Esq
Steph Willsher
Thos Avis
Edwd Leigh
Stepn Johnson
Thos Ward
James Usherwood
E S Shoesmith

p.6(b)

At a Vestry Holden the 19th day of July 1825
It was agreed that Mr Pilbeam should be allowed all reasonable charges for laying forth all dead Persons which die in the Poor House.

& it was further agreed that there should be a Vestry Holden on every third Sunday in each month after the afternoon Servis in the Vestry Room to report & consider any business that may be in contemplation.
Present
F Baily Esq
Revd N May
W Saint Esqr
T Avis

 

p.7(a)

In consequence of a Vestry Holden the 19th July 1825

Present Revd N May Vicar
F Baily Esq. Churchwarden

It was stated by Mr May that he had repeatedly applied to Mr Medhurst to have the excessive filth removed from the Parish Cottages.

It was moved by Mr May that the Drains by the side of Osborne’s House be immediately cleaned.

That the privy in front of the said Cottage be emptied and removed to a more convenient spot.

That the Parish Officers be desired to attend at the Monthly Vestrys holden on the third Sunday in the month.
N May Vicar
Farmer Baily

p.7(b)

Notice in Church on the 4th day of September 1825

The inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on to morrow afternoon at 5 oclock to relieve the Poor & other business relating to this Parish.

Notice in Church
The Inhabitance of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday next at 5 Oclock in the afternoon to consult on Business relating to this Parish valid the 22 Jan 1826
Viz
1stly what course should be pursued to collect the arrears of Poor Rates
2ndly    & likewise what course should be take with those in arrears for bastardy – –

It was agreed at this Vestry that the arrears should be paid on or before the 25th Feby 1826

 

p.8(a)

At a Vestry Holden on 14th April 1826.  It was agreed by all present that provided Wm Sales Rates summonds for, was not Paid on or before Friday the 28 instant that the Assistant Overseer should take a Distress warrant on his goods & chattels, to defray the same due to the Parish of Leigh £10.10.6   [£10 10s 6d – JF]

Mr Holmes petitioned at this said Vestry for £2.1.0 as a fine levied on him omitting to return a List of defaulters to the collector of taxes

It was carried by the majority at Vestry to allow him One Pound.

Also made a Goal Rate towards defraying expences of Special Rates levied on this Parish after the Rate of Three Pence in the Pound full Rents.

p.8(b)
At a Vestry holden on the 26th day of April 1826 it was agreed that all those in arears of Poor Rates was to pay the same within a Month from this date or be summonds for the same
Dated this 26th April 1826

Also made a rate for the relief of the Poor & other services in this Parish after the rate of Four Shillings in the Pound full Rents

 

p.9(a)

At a meeting of the Inhabitance of this Parish Holden on 21st May 1826 for the purpose of Opening a Subscription for the distrest inhabitance of the Manufactering districts

It was unanimously agreed that Rev. N. May should receive all subscriptions that might be tendered to him, that Rev. N. May might send the said subscriptions in the best way he may think proper.

At a Vestry holden on the 18th of Oct 1826 pursuant to Public Notice for the purpose of making a Rate for the relief of the Poor &c & also to appoint a Vestry Clerk.

When Robt Humphrey Junr agreed with the said Vestry to take the situation of Vestry Clerk to keep the Overseers, Churchwardens, & Surveyors Accts & to do the Militia Papers & fund Pens Ink & Collection Books.  At the salary of £10 pr annum either party to give 3 months notice.

Rt Humphrey Junr.

p.9(b)
At a Vestry holden on Friday the 1st Day of Decr 1826 it was resolved that Notice should be Given on the following Sundays from this Date for an assistant Overseer & Road Surveyor likewise to have the management of the Poor House.

It was also Resolved at the same time to hold a Vestry on Friday the 15th of Decr 1826 at 4 oclock in the Afternoon to receive proposals for the above situation.
Adjourned

At a Vestry holden for the Relief of the Poor on Monday Decr 11th 26/.  Mr Turley agreed to keep Eliza Pinion for 1/- per week.

1826 Dec 5th Mr Johnson agreed with Henry Owen of Tunbridge to keep Ann Wood till Michs 1827 at 6 p week, likewise paid him 10/ for to find her in cloaths for the same period.

p.10(a)

Copy of a Notice given to Robert Shoebridge

To Robert Shoebridge of the Parish of Leigh in the county of Kent

We do hereby given you Notice to Quit and deliver up the Quiet and Peaceable Possession of that messuage or tenement on Thursday the 28th of Decr 1826 which you now hire of the Parish Officers of Leigh

Dated this 18th Day of Decr 1826:   W Saint,  Stepn Johnson: Overseers

Witness:   Rt Humphrey Junr

Notice in Church on Sunday the 18th of March 1827

The Inhabitants of this Parish are desired to meet in Vestry on Friday Next the 23rd Inst to nominate Overseers for the Year ensuing.  Likewise to consider Road Surveyor, the propriety of having an Assistant Overseer & to superintend the Poor House.

p.10(b)
At a Vestry held on Friday the 23rd March 1827 for the purpose of nominating officers for the year ensuing when the undermention’d were nominated as follows

Farmer Baily Esq           }
Stepn Johnson              }   Churchwardens

Henry Young                 }
Edwd Turner                  }  Overseers

Electioners for Overseers

Hollanden Side              Charcott Side
Thos Ward                    Jerh Bellingham
David Turner                 Abrm Legg
Thos Turley                   John Wells
Geo’g Childrens                        James Bellingham

It was also agreed at this said Vestry to elect an assistant Overseer & Road Surveyor and also to superintend the Poor House.

p.11(a)
At a Vestry holden on Friday the 20th of April 1827 pursuant to Notice for the purpose of appointing an assistant overseer, road surveyor & to the management of the Poor House.

When Wm Young agreed to undertake the above said office & situation at the Yearly Salary of £45 to take all journeys free of expence within the distance of 7 miles & to attend to a manufactory if established & either party to give 3 months Notice to Quit.

p.11(b)
Copy of a Notice Given in Church on Sunday May 20th 1827.

The Inhabitants of this Parish are particularly desired to meet in Vestry on Wednesday next the 23rd Inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon on Business relating to this Parish.
N.B. on account that Mr Pilbeam refuses to leave according to notice.

It was carried by a Majority at this said Vestry that Mr Pilbeam do Quit & Leave the Poor House at the expiration of his Notice which Notice having been duly served by the Overseers & considered sufficient by the said Vestry.

Signed   N. May, Chairman   [signature given here– JF]

 

p.12(a)
At a Vestry holden on Thursday June 7th 1827 pursuant to Public Notice

Mr Baily moved that Mr Pilbeam be continued in the Poor House until Michs 29th Septr 1827 upon condition that he consent to leave on that day & to give every accommodation necessary to the assistant Overseer in the Poor House which was carried by a majority of the said Vestry

Signed
N. May, Chairman
James Pilbeam

p.12(B)
The following Notice was given in Church on Sunday June the 10th & 17th

The Churchwardens Overseers & other Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Wednesday June the 20th inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to draw up the duties of an assistant overseer to inspect the weekly payments and also to determine on Mr Pilbeams quiting the Poor House according to legal notice which he has received.

The above duties having been drawn up the payments inspected & agreed by the majority of the above said Vestry that Mr Pilbeam do Quit according to notice.

The Vestry adjourned.

Present at the above Vestry

Abrm Legg     Churchwarden

Edwd Young     }
Edwd Turner      }           Overseers

S Johnson
G Children
Wm Saint
Geo Owen
Rich Nye
S. Willsher
Jas Wimsett
Thos Bowra
Tho Turley

p.13(a)

Notice in Church & also Posted at the Door on Sunday June 24th

The Churchwardens Overseers & other Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Friday next the 29th inst at 8 oclock in the Eveng to appoint Mr Wm Young assistant Overseer.

The above unanimously agreed too.

Public Notice was given in Church on Sunday July 22 to make a Rate for the relief of the poor &c on the Thursday following the 25th.
When a rate of 2/6 in the Pound was agreed too.  R.H.

Public Notice was given at Church on Sunday Septr 16th 1827 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Saturday the 22nd at 11 oclock in the forenoon too nominate Surveyors for the year ensuing.

p.13(b)
At a vestry Holden on Saturday Septr 22nd pursuant to Public notice

When Abraham Legg &
David Twiner were
Appointed Surveyors for the year ensuing & a List made out as follows:

Electioners for the above officer

For Charcott                              For Hollanden
James Usherwood                     William Saint
Edward Turner                           Messrs H & E Young
Stephen Willsher                       Thomas Medhurst
Stephen Johnson                      Thomas Ward

 

Public Notice was given in Church on Sunday Septr 23rd 1827 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 26th on Business relating to this Parish.

It was agreed by a majority of this Vestry that Mr Wm Young do take possession of the Poor House on Saturday 29th Septr & that Mr Edwd Young doth agree to Execute the Office of W. Young until such time that he can execute it himself.

p.14(a)
Public Notice was given at Church on Sunday Octr 7th for a Vestry to be holden on the following Wednesday at 5 oclock in the afternoon on Business relating to the Poor House.   R.H.

Mr Wm Young was instructed by this Vestry to inquire of Mr [Wm – crossed through] Scoones concerning the Rent of a Cottage in the occupation of Edw Cooper, the Vestry having received a Letter from Mr Scoones applying for the Rent of the said Cottage

Present
Farmer Baily      ]
Stepn Johnson  ]           Churchwardens

Geo Children
Rich’d Crandall
Stephen Willsher
W Saint

[note: above names are as signatures – JF]

p.14(b)

Public Notice was given on Sunday Octr 21st 1827 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday 25th to receive the Accounts of the late Surveyors

The above Accts being passed the Meeting adjourn’d

Vestry Room Novr 5th 1827

John Walter of Capel agreed at this Vestry to keep Ric’d Wells Girl till Mich’s next for 1/ pr wk.  Paid her also £1 for to fund her in cloaths for the same period.

 

p.15(a)

1828 Notice on Sunday Febry 24th for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Friday the 29th Inst at 6 oclock to fill up the Bond of the Assistant Overseer to make a Rate for the Relief of the Poor &c & other Business relating to this Parish.

At this Vestry Wm Young engages to fulfil the Office of Assistant Overseer (according to his former appointment & act of parliament) Road Surveyor & to superintend the poor House to take all journeys free of Expence within the distance of 7 Miles from the Poor House & to Superintend a Manufactory of establish’d at the Salary of 45 pounds per annum it is also further agreed to give or receive 3 months notice in writing on Quiting the above office and situation.

The Bond to be filled up & the

 

p.15(b)
Parish Officers to see it Executed.

It was also unanimously agreed at this Vestry that Mr Young should give Mr Pickance Notice in writing that the Contract between him & the Parish should be discontinued after the expiration of this Present year.

It is also further agreed to give Notice to the Landlords of all cottages that the Parish are engaged to pay the Rents that they do not intend to pay any more after Michs next.

[names below are their signatures – JF]

Step’n Johnson
Edward Turner
H Young
James Usherwood
Stephen Willsher
James Wimsett
Abram Legg
James Bellingham

p.16(a)

At a Vestry holden on Tuesday the 25th of March 1828 according to Public Notice given on two previous Sundays for the purpose of Nominating Churchwardens & Overseers for the year next ensuing

When the Undermentioned Inhabitants were nominated as follows

Farmer Baily Esq           }
Edward Turner               }           Churchwardens

Thomas Ward                }
Jerimiah Bellingham       }           Overseers

Electioners for Overseer

Hollanden Side              Charcott Side
David Twiner                 Abraham legg
Thomas Turley               John Wells
George Childrens          Jas Bellingham
Wm Saint                      Joseph Potter

p.16(b)
William Young to be continued assistant overseer for the year ensuing & Robert Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk

N. May V.  Chairman

 

Public Notice was given on Sunday April 13th for a Vestry to be holden on Friday the 18th Inst at 5 oclock in the Afternoon for the purpose of contracting for medical attendance to the sick poor of this parish, to put out boys & girls & the Poor of this Parish having any to put out were requested to attend with same.

 

p.17(a)
At a Vestry holden on Thursday the 24th July 1828 Pursuant to Public Notice
It was agreed that all uncollected Poor Rates should be paid on or before the last Friday in September next or will be summoned without further order being given to Mr Young.

Also at the same time a Rate made for the Relief of the Poor &c.

RH  v/c

At a Vestry holden on Monday the 22nd of September 1828 pursuant to Public Notice, for the purpose of Nominating Road Surveyors for the year next ensuing

Abraham Legg &
William Saint

p.17(b)

Electioners
Charcott                                    Hollanden
Edward Turner                           Henry Young
Stephen Willsher                       Thomas Medhurst
Stephen Johnson                      Thomas Ward
Stephen B Johnson                   Thomas Turley

At the Vestry holden on Friday the 28th of Nov 1828 for the Purpose of Compounding for the Highways for the Year Ensuing

Mr Wm Saint  recd of    £          s          d
Wm Young                    14         14         4 ¾
Mr Abraham Legg          14         –           –

The above sums being the Amt of Balance in hand on passing the accts of the late Surveyors.

It was also agreed that the Statute Duty & Composition be ¼ in the pound full rents.

 

p.18(a)
Leigh near Tonbridge Dec 26 1828

Mr Whittow met the Minister, Churchwardens & other Inhabitants on the subject of certain repairs of the Church & church-yard fence.

He consented to Sir J. S. Sidney being assessed for his part of the impropriate Rectory, it being understood that the other parts in the occupation of Mrs Harbroe & Mr T May be also assessed thereto – in proportion to the valuation in the Poors Book.

Mr Whittow recommended a new fence for the church-yard of nine-inch brickwork, about four or five feet high, to be topped with coping bricks, the old materials to be solds except the gates, which may do again, & only require to be fresh hung to swing on both sides; & that the work be offered to Mr Boaks, Mr Constable & Mr Brooks, upon whose proposals the church-wardens are to decide.

It was proposed that the expense of the above should be defrayed by

p.18(b)
a general rate.

But in case this should not be approved of, that then the Church-wardens should have recourse to the ancient usage of rating the several Farms for a certain number of feet of the Church-yard fence to be kept & repaired by the several Landlords or tenants, & by their successors.

The following passage was read from Bp Gibsons Ecclesiastical Law 1770
“The Churchwardens are to take care of the fencing of the Churchy-yard.
“For these repairs they are enabled to make rates together with the parishioners assembled upon public notice given in the church.
“And the major part of them that appear
“shall bind the parish or if none appear the Churchwardens alone may make the rate”.

It was finally concluded that the Churchwardens do call a vestry to decide upon the mode of rating for the repairs of the fence of the churchyard.

 

p. 19(a)
At a Vestry holden on Friday January 16th 1829 pursuant to Public Notice for the purpose of determining of some plan for the repairing of the churchyard fence.
It was considered by this said vestry that the repairing of the fence belong to certain individuals, according to ancient custom.

And that the churchwardens do see the several proprietors of the said Fence on the subject of adopting some plan of repairing of the same.

p.19(b)
At a vestry holden on Wednesday the 25th of March 1829 the undermentioned inhabitants were nominated to serve the Offices of Churchwardens & Overseers for the year ensuing.

Videlicet
Jerimiah Bellingham       }
Thomas Ward                }           Churchwardens

John Wells                    }
David Twiner                 }           Overseers

 

Electioners
Hollanden                                 Charcott
Thomas East                             Abraham Legg
Thomas Turley                           James Bellingham
George Childrens                      Joseph Potter
William Saint                             Richard Nye

William Young to be continued assistant overseer for the year ensuring &
Robert Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk

p.20(a)
Copy of Notice given on Sunday April 19th 1829
The Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Thursday next the 23rd Inst to consider the best plan of repairing the churchyard fence to receive the accts of the late overseer & also to make a Rate for the Relief of the Poor & other servises of this Parish.

Unanimously agreed by this vestry that it do adjourn to Thursday the 7th May at 11 oclock as respecting the business relating to the churchyard fence.
Thomas May Chairman

None of the proprietors of the churchyard fence attended at above – adjournd meeting.

Copy of a Notice given on two following Sunday viz on Sunday May 31st & June 7th 1829.

Notice is hereby given that a Vestry will be held in the Vestry Room

p.20(b)

of the Church of this parish on Thursday the 11th day of June next at Eleven oclock in the forenoon, at which the landowners liable to support the Fence around the Churchyard are requested to attend, to take into consideration the dilapidated state of such fence and the propriety of substituting a brick wall in the place thereof – and also of shutting up the present footpath across the churchyard.

Dated this 26th day of May 1829

Signed by
Stephen Johnson          }
Edward Turner               }           Churchwardens

 

Notice was also given on Sunday June 7th for the Inhabitants of this Parish to attend at the above Meetign to make an Assessment for the payment of a Special County Rate.

A rate of 3 in the pound agreed too.
R.H.

 

p.21(a)

Public Notice given on Sunday August 23rd for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 27th inst. to make a Rate for the relief of the Poor & Other servises of this Parish.

A rate of Two Shillings in the Pound agreed to.

Public Notice were given on Sunday Septr 13 & 20th for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Tuesday the 22nd Inst at 11 of the lock in the forenoon for the purpose of nominating Surveyors for the year next ensuing.

When the undermentioned inhabitants were nominated as follows

Viz for Charcott                         Hollanden
Edward Turner                           Henry Young
Stephen B. Johnson                  Thomas Medhurst
Stephen Willsher                       Thomas Ward
Stephen Johnson                      Thomas Turley
John Avis                                 Thomas East

p.21(b)
Notice was given on two succeeding Sundays viz Sunday the 15th & 22nd of Novr 1829 that all Persons who intended to compound for their Statute duty for the year ensuing were requested to meet the Surveyors at a Vestry to be holden for that purpose on Thursday the 26th day of Novr next at the Hour of 6 in the Eveng.

No one attended to compound for their duty.

Notice was given on Sunday the 20th of Decr 1829 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 23rd inst at 6 oclock in the eveng to make a Rate for the Relief of the Poor & c.

A rate of two shillings in the Pounds agreed too.

At a Vestry holden on Thursday the 11th March 1830 pursuant to Notice a Rate of 2/6 in the Pound was agreed upon for the Relief of the Poor & c.

 

p.22(a)

At a Vestry holden on Thursday the 25th of March 1830 pursuant to Public Notice the undermentioned Persons were nominated as follows

Viz

David Twiner                 }
John Wells                    }                       Churchwardens

List for Overseers
For Hollanden                                       For Charcott
Thomas East                                         Abraham Legg
Thomas Turley                                       James Bellingham
George Childrens                                  Joseph Potter
William Saint                                         Richard Nye
Henry Young                                         Stephen B Johnson

Wm Young to be continued Assistant Overseer for the Year Ensuing & Robert Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk

p.22(b)

Public Notice given on Sunday Septr 19 1830 for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 22nd Inst for the purpose of nominating Surveyors for the Year next ensuing.

When the undermentioned List of Inhabitants were nominated as follows:

For Charcott                                                      For Hollanden
[Edward Turner – crossed out]
Stephen B Johnson                                           Thos Ward
Stephen Willsher                                               Thos Turley
Stephen Johnson                                              Thos East
Richard Nye                                                      George Childrens
Jerimiah Bellingham                                           David Twiner

Vestry Room October 4th 1830.
Isaac Tilman agreed at this Vestry to keep his Father for 2/- per wk until further notice.

p.23(a)
Public Notice given on Sunday Novr 7th 1830 for the Inhabitants to meet in vestry on Thursday the 11th inst at 6 oclock in the eveng –
To Receive the Accts of the late Churchwardens & also to make a Rate for the Relief of the poor &c.

The above Accts stated and approved & a Rate of 2/- in £ agreed too.   R.H.

Notice given on Two succeeding Sundays for all persons who were desirous of Compounding for their Statute Duty for the present year were requested to meet the Surveyors &c in Vestry on Tuesday the 30th Novr at 6 oclock in the Eveng.  Date Novr 20th 30/

No one attended to Compound –
Duty agreed upon to be call’d out at Two Thirds viz Statute Duty 4 days and composition at ¼

Vestry Room Decr 7th 1830

To take his Girl    to keep & clothe until Michs next for the sum of £1.10s  [no names given here – JF]

p.23(b)
Total Amt of Surveyors Assessments for the yr ending Michs 1831 viz Composition & Statute Duty

Charcott            £25.12.8 ½   –  124 days
Hollanden         £36.9.- ½       – 84 days

The above is at Two Thirds of Duty as agreed upon by the Meeting holden for that purpose on Novr 30th 1830.

Notice given on Sunday the 6th of March for the Inhabitants to meet at this Vestry on the following eveng to make an Assessment for the payment of special county rates levied on the Parish in the present year

When an Assessment of Three Pence in the Pound was agreed too; which raised £43.8.8 that being about £1.2.4 less than the sum taken from the poor rates for the payment of the above assessments on the parish.

Vestry  March 7th 1831

p.24(a)

At a Vestry holden on Thursday the 24 day of March 1831 for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers for the year ensuing.  When the undermentioend were nominated as follows

Viz

Thomas East                             }
Abraham Legg                          }           Churchwardens

Overseers List
For Hollanden                                       for Charcott
Richd Nye                                             Jas Bellingham
Laurence Foster                                    Joseph Potter
Geog Children                                       Step’n B. Johnson
William Saint                                         Thos Longley
Edward Young                                      Stepn Willsher

Wm Young to  be continued assistant Overseer & Robt Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk for the yr ensuing.

Thomas May, Vicar

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Notice given on Sunday the 3rd April 1831 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Friday the 8th inst viz to receive the Accts of the late Overseers.

Also to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other services of this Parish.

R.H.

The above Accts stated and approved and an Assessment of Two Shillings in the Pound agreed too.

Notice given on Sunday the 17th July 1831 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 21st Inst to receive the Accts of the late Churchwardens.

Also to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor &c.

The above Accts stated & approved and a Rate of Two Shillings in the Pound agreed too.

R.H.

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Public Notice given on Sunday the 18th Septr 1831 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 22nd inst at 11 oclock in the forenoon to nominate Road Surveyors for the year ensuing.

When the undermentioned Inhabitants were nominated as follows
Viz
For
Hollanden                                             Charcott
William Medhurst                                   Stephen Willsher
George Childrens                                  Stephen Johnson
Thomas East                                         Richard Nye
David Twiner                                         Laurence Foster
William Saint                                         Thomas Longley

Also resolv’d at this meeting to call a Vestry for Monday Eveng the 3rd of October next for the purpose of electing an assistant Surveyor.

Notice given for the above Meeting on Sunday Sepr 25th & Oct 2nd when it was unanimously agreed between William Young and the undermentioned Inhabitants of this Parish present

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at this Vestry (viz Octr 3rd 1831) that he Willm Young should have an appointment to execute the duties of the said office for the sum of Five Pounds pr year.

Present

Thomas East                 }           Churchwardens
Abraham Legg              }

James Bellingham         }
Richard Nye                  }           Overseers

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Willsher
Richard Crandall

R.H.

Notice given on Sunday Oct 23rd 1831 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 27th Inst to receive the Accts of the late Surveyors to make a Rate for the Repairs of the Church &c and also a Rate for the Relief of the Poor &c  when the above accts were stated and approved and a Church Rate of 4 in the £ as also a Poor Rate of 2/- in the £ was agreed too.

 

p. 26(a)
Public Notice given on Novr 6th & 13th 1831 that all persons who were desirous of compounding for their Statute Duty for the Present Year were requested to attend at the Vestry holden for that purpose this 16th day of Novr 1831.

No one attended at the above meeting to Compound
Rate of Duty as agreed upon at the above meeting to be call’d out for or towards the present year as under viz 5/6 4 days Statute Duty 1 day to be paid Composition 1s/8d in the Pound full Rents.

p.26(b)
Notice given on Sunday Novr 20th when the Inhabitants of this Parish were particularly requested to meet in the vestry Room on Friday the 25th Inst at 11 oclock in the forenoon for the purpose of taking in consideration some plan for setting to work the unemploy’d labourers of this parish.

Resolved
That it is expedient to adopt measures in order to provide for the better employment of the labouring poor of this Parish during the winter months at equitable wages it being understood that 12 shilling pr week is a fair remuneration for the services of a good workman.

That with a view to effect this purpose a labor-rate of one shilling in the pound be established.

That this rate shall not be demanded of those persons who employ one man (or boys to the same amount of wages) for every £25 of their assessment in the Parish Books from the
– see over –

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28th day of Novr next ensuing to the 1st Monday in March 1832.

That a deduction from the rate thus to be levied to the amount of the money expended in labor, provided the same shall not exceed the rate of 2 shillings pr day, shall be allowed to those persons, who, being assessed at a less sum than £25 afford employment during any portion of the aforenamed period.

We the undersigned do hereby agreed to act upon the above resolutions provided they meet with the sanction and support of Persons, the amount of whose assessment shall exceed three fourths of the rental of the whole Parish.

Present.
Rev. Thomas May                     Thos East
Sir Philip Sidney                        Hy Barden
Stepn Johnson                          Jas Bellingham
Willm MEdhurst                         Jas Usherwood
Thos Redman                            Jer h Bellingham
Abraham Legg                          Wm Saint
Richard Nye                              Wm Wells Esqr
David Twiner

Thomas May, Chairman

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[In adoption of the plan of the Vestry holden on :   Crossed through]

Public Notice given on Sunday the 22nd January 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 26th Inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this Parish.
When a Rate of Two Shillings and Six Pence in the Pound was agreed to.

Notice given March 11th 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet at a Vestry holden this 15th day of March 1832 for ten purpose of considering on the Propriety of defending the Appeal now made by the Parish of Camberwell Surry against the removal of Richard Ford

Resolved
That Notice should be forwarded to Mr G L Austen to defend the above appeal.

N.B. The Officers of Camberwell on receiving the above notice abandoned the appeal.

 

p.28(a)
Public Notice given on Sunday March 18th 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on Thursday the 22nd Inst for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers for the year next ensuing.

When the undermentioned were nominated as follows

Viz

Abraham Legg              }
James Bellingham         }           Churchwardens

List for Overseers

For Hollanden                           for Charcott
S. B. Johnson                           Joseph Potter
Laurence Foster                        John Pain
George Childrens                      Henry Fullar
William Saint                             Edward Marchant
Edward Young                          John Crandall

Wm Young Assistant overseer
Robt Humphrey Jnr  Vestry Clerk

Thomas May Chairman

p.28(b)

Notice given April 8th 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 12th Inst to receive the Accts of the late Overseers.  To make an Assessment for the Relief of the poor &c – and also to contract for Medical attendance to the Sick poor of the Parish for the Present Year.

The above accts stated and approved and a Rate of Two Shillings in the Pound agreed too.

Also contracted with Mr Gregory to attend the Sick poor with everything except £1.1.  – for midwifery and one Shilling pr mile over three miles from the Parish Church for the Sum of Forty Guineas for one year from 25th March 1832 to the 25th March 1833.
Robt Humphrey,  Vestry Clerk

 

p.29(a)

Public Notice given on 24th June 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 28th Inst at 7 oclock in the eveng to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this Parish.
An Assessment of 2/6 in £ agreed too.

Public Notice given on Sunday Sepr 17th 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Saturday the 22nd Inst for the purpose of nominating Surveyors also to appoint an assistant surveyor for the year ensuing.

For Hollanden                                       Charcott
Thomas East                                         Richard Nye
Robert Humphrey                                  John Crandall
George Childrens                                  Laurence Foster
David Twiner                                         Joseph Potter
William Saint                                         Abraham Legg

Also agreed to the appointment of William Young as Assistant Surveyor

p.29(b)
Public Notice given on Sepr 30th for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday 4th Oct 32/ to receive the Accts of the late Churchwardens.
When the same were stated and approved   R.H.

The Inhabitants of this Parish were requested to meet in Vestry (by Public Notice) on Wednesday the 24 Octr 1832 at 6 oclock.

Viz to receive the accts of the late Surveyors.  To make a Rate for the Repairs of the Church and also an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this parish.

The above Accts were stated and approved and an Assessment made for the Relief of the Poor &c at 2/- in the Pound.  Church Rate not made.

 

p.30(a)
Notice given on Sunday the 12th &19th of Novr 1832 for all persons who were desirous of compounding for their Statute Duty for the present year were requested to meet the Surveyors at a Vestry holden this 21st Day of Novr 1832

No one attended to compound duty agreed upon to be call’d out at 5/6 viz 4 days to be work’d and one paid – composition at 1s/8d.

Thos East                     }
Richard Nye                  }           Surveyors

The Inhabitants of this Parish were requested by Public Notice to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 13th Decr 1832 to make an assessment for the Repairs of the Church and other servises of this Parish.

When an Assessment Three Pence in the Pound was agreed to.

p.30(b)

Public Notice given for the Inhabitants of this Parish to meet in the Vestry Room this 12th day of Decr 1832 for the purpose of taking into consideration and adopting some plan for the employment of the Agricultural Labourers of this Parish.

Public Notice given on the 20th Jany 1832 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 24 inst at 5 oclock p.m. to make an assessment for the Relief of the poor &c also an Assessment for the payment of special county rates.
When an assessment of 2/6 in the £ for the former and of 2pence for the latter was agreed too.

p.31(a)
Public Notice given on Sunday March 17th & 24th 1833 for the Inhabitants of this Parish to meet in the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 26th Inst at 12 oclock at Noon for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers for the year next ensuing.

When the undermentioned were nominated as follows

Abraham Legg              }
James Bellingham         }   Churchwardens

List of Overseers
Hollanden                                             Charcott
George Childrens                                  Joseph Potter
Laurence Foster                                    Henry Fullar
William Saint                                         Edward Marchant
Edward Young                                      John Crandall
William Wooley Sen’r                             Thomas Longley

Wm Young assistant Overseer
Robt Humphrey  Vestry Clerk

Thomas May Chairman

p.31(b)

The contract between Mr Gregory and the Parish was also renew’d at the last mentioned Vestry for medicine, attendance &c as before, for the sum of £45 for the year ending 25th March 1834.  R.H.

Public Notice given on Sunday the 7th April 1833 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 11th Inst to receive the Accts of the late Overseers – also to make a Rate for the Relief of hte Poor &c

The above accts were stated and approv’d and a Rate of 2/- in the Pound agreed too.

Public Notice given on Sunday the 28th April 33/ for the Inhabitants to meet the Churchwardens in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 1st May at 11 oclock in the forenoon on Business relating to the churchyard fence.

Resolved unanimously – That the

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Churchwardens have the full sanction of this meeting for providing a new fence to the church-yard from the cottage occupied by Robt Shoebridge to the paling of Hall-place-park according to the plan proposed.

Thomas May Chairman

 

The Inhabitants of this Parish were requested (by Public Notice given for that purpose) to meet in the Vestry Room on Thursday the 18th Inst at 6oclock in the afternoon to make an assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this Parish.

When an Assessment of Two Shillings and six Pence in the Pound was agreed too.   R.H.

 

p.32(b)
The Inhabitants of this Parish were requested by Public Notice (given on the two preceeding Sundays) to meet in the Vestry Room and Monday the 23 day of Sepr 1833 at 11 oclock in the forenoon for the purpose of nominating Surveyors of the Highways for the year ensuing.

When the undermentioned were nominated as follows

Hollanden                                             Charcott
Robert Humphrey                                  John Crandall
George Childrens                                  Laurence Foster
David Twiner                                         Joseph Potter
William Saint                                         Abraham Legg
William Medhurst                                   Thomas Longley

The appointment of Wm Young as Assistant Surveyor was unanimously agreed too, as before

 

 

p.33(a)
The Inhabitants of this Parish were requested to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 24th Oct 33/ at 5 oclock, to receive the Accts of the late Surveyors, also to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor &c

The above Accts were stated and approv’d of – and an Assessment of Two Shillings in the Pounds agreed too

 

Notice given on Sunday Novr 3rd & 10th 1833 for all Persons who were desirous of Compounding for their Statute duty for the Present year to attend at a Vestry to be holden for that Purpose this 14th day of Novr 33/

Rate and duty agreed upon at the above Meeting for or towards the Present Year at 2/3 as follows

Viz  3 days to be work’d & 1 day Paid
Rate or Composition at 1s4d in £

p.33(b)
Notice given on Sunday Jany 19th 1834 for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 22nd Inst at 2 oclock in the afternoon to make a rate for the Relief of the Poor &c – and on other business relating to this parish.

Rate at 2/- in the £ agreed too.

 

p.34(a)
Notice given on Sunday March 16th & 23rd 34/ for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 25th Inst at 12 oclock at noon (precisely) for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers for the Year Ensuing.

When the undermentioned were nominated as follows

Viz
Abraham Legg              }
George Childrens          }                       Churchwardens

List of Overseers
Hollanden                                 Charcott
William Wooley Senr                  Laurence Foster
William Smith Esqr                    James Usherwood
William Wooley Junr                  Henry Fullar
William Saint                             Edward Marchant
Edward Young                          Step’n Johnson

William Young Assistant Overseer
Robert Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk

 

p.34(b)
The Contract between Mr Gregory and the Parish was also renewed at the last mentioned Vestry for attendance, medicine &c as before for the sum of £42 for the year ending March 25th 1835.   R.H.

Notice given as usual for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 10th day of April 34/ to receive the Accts of the late Overseers.  Also to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this Parish.

When a Rate of 2/- in the Pound was agreed too and the stating of the Accts Adjourned to Friday the 18th Inst. at 5 oclock.

Public Notice given on Sunday the 13th Inst of the above adjournment when the Accts were stated and approv’d.

 

p.35(a)
Jas Shoebridge agreed to keep Susan’s Girl Mary to the 25 March 1835 at 1/6 pr wk

Vestry Room May 5th 1834

Notice given on Sunday July the 20th 34/for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 24th Inst to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor &C

When an assessment of 2/- in the £ was agreed too.

1834  Notice given on Sunday Sep’r 14th & 21st for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on the 22nd Inst at 11 oclock in the forenoon to nominate Surveyors of the Highways for the year ensuring.

List
Hollanden                                             Charclott
William Woolley Jun’r                             Joseph Potter
Francis Marchant                                   Laurence Foster
George Childrens                                  Thomas Longley
David Twiner                                         James Bellingham
William Saint                                         Abraham Legg

p.35(b)

The appointment of William Young as Assistant Surveyor was unanimously agreed too as before.

Public Notice given on Sunday the 19th Oct’r 1834 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 23rd Inst at 5 oclock in the Afternoon to receive the Accts of the late Surveyors also to Appoint an Assistant Surveyor for the year ensuing (the above appointment not being legal it not having been specified in the former Notice) and to make an Assessment for the Relief of the Poor and other servises of this Parish.

The above Accts were stated and approv’d – The appointment of the Assistant Surveyor agreed to – and an Assessment of 2/- in the Pound for the Relief of the poor & C agreed too.

 

p.36(a)
Notice’s given on Sunday’s Nov’r 10th & 16th 1834 for all Persons who were desirous of Compounding for their Statute Duty on the Highways in this Parish for the present year to meet the Surveyors at a vestry to be holden for that purpose this 20th day of Nov’r 1834.

Amt of Statute Duty and Composition agreed upon at the above Meeting for or towards the present year at ½ as follows
Viz
3 days work’d &
Composition at 1/ in the Pound

 

Notice given Nov’r 23rd 34/ for the Inhabitants to meet at the Poor House on the 27th inst at 3 oclock in the afternoon to take into consideration certain recommendations from the Poor Law Commissioners

Resolv’d that Relief in future be given in Bread, Four &c as circumstances may require

p.36(b)
The Inhabitants of this Parish were particularly requested (by Public Notice given on Sundays Nov’r 30th & Dec 7th 1834) to meet the Churchwardens & Overseers at the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 9th Inst at 3 oclock in the Afternoon on Business relating to further recommendations of the Poor Law Commissioners.

Resolved
That the Parishioners of Leigh are willing to afford every facility consistent with their means towards the adoption of the plan proposed by Sir Francis Head for the better Employment of supernumerary labourers as far as the same can be effected on Just and humane principles.

Thomas May, Chairman

Vestry holden on Thursday the 29th January 35 pursuant to public notice for the purpose of making an assessment for the Relief of the Poor & c.
When an Assessment of 1/6 in the Pound was agreed too.

 

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Public Notice given on Sunday Feb’y the 15th 1835 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 19th Inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to make an Assessment for the Repairs of the Church and other servises of this Parish.
When an assessment of Six Pence in the pound was agreed too

Vestry Room Feb’y 23rd 1835 Mrs Ja’s Gibbs agreed to take her sister Eliz’th Latter to keep & clothe at 1/6 pr wk from Ladytide next to Ladytide 1835.

p.37(b)

Notice given on Sundays March 15th & 22nd for the Inhabitants and others assessed to the poor rates in this parish to meet in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 25th inst at 12 oclock at noon (precisely) for the purpose of Electing Churchwardens and Overseers for the Year Ensuing.

When the undermentioned were nominated and elected as under

Viz        William Smith Esq’r        }
George Childrens           }     Churchwardens

List for Overseers

For Hollanden                           For Charcott
Francis Marchant                       James Usherwood
Henry Young                             Henry Fullar
William Saint                             Edw’d Marchant
Edward Young                          Stephen Johnson
Wm Woolley Jun’r                     Tho’s Longley

Wm Young agr’d overseer and
Robt Humphrey Junr Vestry Clerk

Thomas May, Chairman

 

p. 38 (a)
Vestry Room March 30th 1835
Resolv’d by the undersigned that Messrs William Saint & Ja’s Bellingham are proposed to fill the office of Guardians of the poor for the year ensuing

Wm Woolley
James Usherwood
Step’n Johnson
Laur’s Foster

Copy of Notice posted at the principal door of the Church on Thursday the 2nd day of April 1835
Viz The Churchwardens and Overseers of this parish will hold a meeting at the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 14th inst at 4 of the Clock in the Afternoon for the purpose of Electing two persons as Guardians of the Poor for this parish for the year ensuing

And Notice was at the same time given that the proposer of any Candidate for such office should deliver a Notice in writing to one of the Churchwardens or Overseers, afsd, or before Wednesday the 8th Inst and that such person so proposed should be

 

p.38(b)

rated to the poor rate in some parish or place of the Union, and the Hereditaments for which he is so rated, should be of the Annual Value or Rental of not less than twenty five pounds.

Messieurs William Saint and James Bellingham were elected at the aforesaid Vestry – Guardians of the poor for this parish for the year ensuing.

 

Public Notice given on Sunday April the 5th 1835, requesting the inhabitants of the parish to attend at a Vestry to be holden on Friday the 10th Inst at 4 of the clock in the afternoon to receive the Acc’ts of the late overseers.

When the above Acc’ts were stated and approv’d.

 

p. 39(a)
Public Notice given on Sunday May 3rd 1835 requesting the Inhabitants of this parish to meet in the Vestry Room on Thursday the 7th inst. at 6 of the clock in the afternoon to make an assessment for the Relief of the poor, & other services of this parish. –
Also to receive the Acc’ts of the late assistant overseer.

When an Assessment of Two shillings in the pound was agreed too also the Acc’ts Stated & approv’d.

Resolv’d also to give Notice on Sunday next for the holding of a Vestry on Thursday the 14th Ins’t at 6 oclock for the purpose of appointing some person to take the management of the poor-house

                        Thomas May

Notice was given pursuant to the above resolution for receiving and considering on any application that might be made for the same
Resolv’d that an offer should be given

 

p.39(b)

to the Widow Hope for taking the management of the House and (if accepted) instructions given to Wm Jinks an inmate to assist in the keeping of good order as also in the general management of the same. – Adjourn’d to Sunday May 17th when it was stated that Widow Hope had declined & that Wm Wicking wish’d to treat for the same.
The said Vestry then further adjourn’d to Thursday the 21st Inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon for that purpose.

When the undermentioned agreement or Contract was made between the Parish Officers and William Wicking for the providing for the poor in (and for the general management of) the poor house subject to the approval of the Board of Guardians.

Viz   That he, the said Wm Wicking doth hereby contract to provide for the proper maintenance of the poor (clothing excepted) that are now, or may be hereafter admitted into the poor house, and to find all necessary articles, such as Firing, Soap, Candle &c that may be requisite in the general
– over –

 

p.40 (a)

management of the said House for the remuneration or sum of 2/3 per head per week together with the possession and occupation of the same and the Garden thereunto attach’d as also all moneys accruing from the Labour of any of the Inmates thereof –

And that he the said Contractor doth also hereby agree not to be allowed to carry or cause to be carried any Hay, Manure, &c from off the Lands or Premises thereunto belonging but to have the privilege of Keeping a Cow or Cows on the said Lands upon the payment of 2/- per wk for each Cow the Cow or Cows to be taken as also the Stock of Pork, Fuel &c at a Valuation to be made thereon both at the time of taking and the giving up the possession of the said House &c.-   And an Inventory of all Furnitures Fixtures, &c in and belonging to the said poor-house to be taken on entering and leaving the same. –
Payment on the said Contract every fortnight as also a fortnights Notice to be given & received, for taking or giving possession of the same.

 

p.40(b)
The Churchwardens, Overseers & other Inhabitants of this parish were particularly requested (by public notice on Sunday the 5th day of July 1835) to meet in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 8th inst at 6 of the clock in the afternoon precisely.

 

p.41(a)
Blank

 

p.41(b)
Public Notice given on Sunday Sep 20 1835 for the Inhabitants to meet in the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 22nd inst at 11 oclock in the forenoon precisely to nominate Road Surveyors for the year ensuing
When the undermentioned Inhabitants were nominated as under
Viz
For Hollanden                           For Charcott
William Volley Snr                     Laurence Foster
George Childrens                      Thomas Longley
Twiner David                             James Bellingham
Marchant Francis                       James Usherwood
William Saint                             Abraham Legg

The appointment of the above Office was postponed by the Justices according to a late Act of Parliament thereto until March next.

 

++++
An Assessment for the relief of the poor &c made this 2nd Day of Oct 1835 after the Rate of Two Shilling in the pound.

 

p.42(a)

Rental of each parish in the Union upon which the establishment and other proportionate charges are assessed
Viz
Leigh                £1220 – –
Penshurst         £1335 – –
Chiddingstone   £1330 – –
Edenbridge       £1154 – –
Hever                £  753 – –
Cowden            £  608 – –

 

p.42(b)
Public Notice given on Sunday the 18th & 25th Oct 1835 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Monday 26th inst at Eleven Oclock in the forenoon to nominate Road Surveyors to the 25th day of March 1836.  When the undermentioned Inhabitants were nominated viz

For Hollanden                           For Charcott
William Volley Snr                     Laurence Foster
George Childrens                      Thomas Longley
David Twiner                             James Bellingham
Francis Marchant                       James Usherwood
William Saint                             Abraham Legg

 

p.43 (a)

Public Notice was given on Sunday Nov 15th and 22nd for the Inhabitants to meet the Overseers at a Vestry to be holden on Monday the 23rd Jan’y at 5o’clock in the afternoon for the purpose of Letting the Poor House Meadows by tender.

When William Wicking agreed with the Overseers, Messrs, Francis Marchant and James Usherwood to take the Leigh Poor House Meadows for one year from Mich’s 1835 at the clear yearly rent of twenty one pounds eighteen shillings.

He Mr Wicking to pay the Tithe Poor Rate and all other taxes.

The Land to be kept swarded and not part of it broken up Mr Wicking to have the use of the Lodge and Yard leaving room for Fagot stacks for use of the poor house – security to be given is required.
Signed
Leigh
Nov 23rd 1835                     Overseers   (no signatures given)

 

p.43(b)
Public Notice given on Sundays Nov 15th and 22nd for all persons that were desirous of compounding for their statute duty on the Highways in this parish for the next half year to meet the Surveyors at a Vestry to be holden for that purpose on Friday the 27th inst at 6 o’clock in the Even’g.

No one attended to compound .
The amt or rate of duty agreed upon at this meeting for or towards the next ½ year at 1/3 of full duty
Viz
2 days Statute duty to be worked out … 8 in the pound composition

Wm Woolley  Sen’r   } Surveyors
Laur Foster               }
The balance due to the parish on the late Surveyors a/c of £16.11.10¼  paid over to the present Surveyors as under viz
Mr L Foster    8.11.10 ¼
Mr W Woolley Sen   8.- –    (16.11.10¼)

 

p.44(a)

Amt of Surveyors Assessment for the ½ yr ending Ladytide 1836

                                                            Statute Duty     Composition
Hollanden Side                                      44 days                        19.5.11½
Charcott   side                                      68 days                        10.11.5½
Public Notice given on Sunday December 13th 1835 requesting the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 16th inst at 5 of the clock in the Afternoon to receive the a/cs of the late Churchwardens.

This Vestry adjourned to Tuesday next the 22nd inst at 6 o’clock in the event when the a/c were stated and approved.

Vestry holden on Thursday this 7 day of January 1836 pursuant to public notice for the purpose of making an assessment for the relief of hate poor & c

When an assessment of 1/- in the £ was agreed to.

p.44(b)
Notice of a meeting to be held on Monday the 18th day of Jan’y 1835 (should be 1836 JF)  was duly given in the  Church on Sunday Jan’y 10th & 17th as under
Viz
County of Kent
Parish of Leigh
Notice was hereby given that a meeting of the ratepayers of this parish and of such of the owners of property therein as shall have required their names to be entered in the rate books of this parish as entitled to vote as owners, pursuant to the provisions of an Act passed in the 4th & 5th of the neigh of His present Majesty intituled “An Act for the Amendment and better Administration of the Laws relating to the Poor in England and Wales” will be held at the Vestry Room of the Church in the said parish on Monday the 18th day of January next at Eleven of the clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of considering whether any and what sum or sums of money, not exceeding half the average yearly poor rate for three years now last past, shall be raised or borrowed as a fund for defraying the –

 

p.45(a)
expences of emigration of poor persons having settlements in this parish, and being willing to emigrate, and of giving directions for raising or borrowing such sum or sums to be paid out of or charged upon the rates raised on to be raised for the relief of the poor in this parish and to be applied under and according to such rules, orders, and regulations as the Poor Law Commissioners for England and Wales shall in that behalf direct.

In consequence of sufficient information not having been obtained [crossed through ‘and the parties concerned not having attended’ crossed through]  this meeting is adjourned to Wednesday the 3rd day Feb’y next at 11 o’clock in the forenoon.

Thomas May

Resolved at this adjourned meeting not to advance any monies for the purpose of emigration.

p.45(b)
Copy of Notice given on Sunday March 20th 1836
Viz  The Inhabitants of this parish are particularly requested to meet in the Vestry Room at the Church on Friday the 25th inst at twelve of the clock at noon precisely for the purpose of Electing Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor for this parish for the year ensuing
And also to elect two persons to service the Office of Surveyors of the Highways in and for this parish for the year ending 25th day of March 1837.

The undermentioned were nominated at the above named Vestry as follows:

Viz  William Smith Esqr   }
George Childrens             }    Churchwardens

List for Selecting Overseers by Justices

Sir J S Sidney Bart
J Coomb Esqr
Henry Young
Henry Fullar
Edw’d Marchant
Edw’d Young
Rich’d Gasson
Wm Woolley Junr
Wm Saint
Thos Longley

 

p.46(a)
List for Selecting Surveyors

Thos Longley
Richd’d Nye
Ja’s Bellingham
David Twiner
James Usherwood
Abraham Legg
William saint
Francis Marchant
Rich’d Gasson
Thos Waite

At a Vestry holden this 31st day of March 1836 pursuant to Notice posted at the principal door of the Church for the purpose of Electing and returning two persons as Guardians of the poor for this parish in the Penshurst Union for the Year ensuing when Messrs Stephen Johnson and Jerimiah Bellingham having

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been duly nominated without opposition were elected accordingly.

[?  (no names/signatures given/visible   – JF]    } Churchwardens

Frn’s Medhurst         }
James Usherwood  }   Overseers

Public Notice given on Sundays March 27 and April 3rd 1836 for the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Monday the 4th inst. To receive the a/c of the late Overseers and Surveyor when the a/c of the former were stated and approved
Balance of the same £129.10.6½

Mr Usherwood     87.4.1½  }
Marchant              42.6.5     }    129.10.6½

Surveyors a/c stated as under
Viz
Mr Woolley’s balance
Paid over to Mr Longley            }   5.10.9

Mr Foster’s balance
Paid over to Mr Nye }     4.18. 7½

 

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Notice on Sunday April 10th 36/ viz The Inhabitants of this parish are requested to meeting in Vestry on Thursday next the 14th inst at 6 o’clock in the evening to make an assessment for the relief of the poor and other servise of this parish
When an assessment of 1/6 in the £ was agreed.

Sunday Ap 24 Notice was given of the above rates having been allowed by two Justices.

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Notice on Sunday Ap 24th 1836 viz the Churchwardens, Overseers and other Inhabitants ratepayers of this parish were requested to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 28th Inst at 6 o’clock in the evening to take into consideration the disposeing of all, or any, and what part of the Lands, Tenements &c belonging to this parish.

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Proposed by Mr G Children at the foregoing meeting that all Gift …. belonging to the parish or to the poor thereof be retained for the benefit of the poor – which proportion was carried unanimously.

2nd       It was also proposed by Mr Children that the 5 cottages or tenements adjoining the churchyard as also the two situate at the Lower-green in the occupation of Wood & Saunders be disposed of – car’d by a majority of 3.4ths present.

3rd       Car’d unanimously that the Land called the Poor House Meadows cont’g about 5 acres more or less be also disposed of and that the proceeds of the sale of such land and tenements after deducting the expences thereof be applied to the proportionate expence of this parish in erecting the Union Poor House at Bough beach and the overplus (if any) to the general interest of the parish

Car’d on

 

 

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4th        It is also recommended by the majority of this meeting that the 2 cottages &c situate at the Lower Green in the occupation of Wood and Saunders be attached to the poor house for disposal.

5th        It was also moved by Mr Children that the Gift Monies hitherto given annually at Xmas and alluded to in the first resolution of Meeting be given quarterly agreeable to the tenor of the Wills or Indentures granting the same i.e. on the first Mondays after each old quarter day to commence with a half yrly distribution at midsummer next.

6th        Resolved that a former resolution instructing the late Overseers to demand a certain rent from the occupiers of the parish tenements be carried into effect for the respective rents then agreed upon.  – and that the 3, 2 penny loaves mentioned in the Deed of Indenture of the 3 Tenement

 

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now in the occupation of Nash Pound and Pankhurst nr the churchyard be distributed wkly such distribution to commence at midsummer next.

Geo’ Children, Chairman

 

Notice on Sundays May 15th and 22nd 36/ viz The Churchwardens, Overseers and others ratepayers of this parish are requested to meet the Surveyors of the Highways at the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 24th inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon to make a rate for or towards the Repairs of the Highways in this parish for hate present year.
And Notice was also posted at the usual place that all persons desirous of taking their proportionate part in the carriage of Materials for the repairs of the said Highways at a certain rate pr mile are requested to attend the aforesaid Meeting or give Notice to one of the Surveyors or to

 

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to the Vestry Clerk on or before the said 24th inst.
When a rate for the purposes before mentioned was agreed upon after the rate of 10 pence in the £
Public notice of the above rate having been seen and allowed by two Justices was given on Sunday May 29th 36/
RH

Notice given on Sunday June 27th 36/ requesting the Inhabitants and others rate payers of the parish to meet the Surveyor at the Vestry room on Thursday the 30th at 6 o’clock p.m. on Business relating to the Highways.

Resolved at the above meeting to purchase a quantity of stones for the repairs of the Highways at the rate of 2/- per cubic yard for the same of Rich’d Nye one of the Surveyors who was requested to apply to the Justices for their certificate to allow him to furnish the same.

 

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Public Notice given on Sunday July 17th 36/ particularly requesting the Inhabitants to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Friday the 22nd inst 5 o’clock in the afternoon to make a rate for the repairs of the Church and other servises  of the parish.
Also an Assessment for the relief of the poor &c and to take into consideration what cottagers should be recommended to the Justices to be relieved from the payment of poor rates.
When a rate for the relief of the poor &c of 12 pence in the £ was agreed to; as also a list of the cottagers made out for presentment to Justices which list contained all agricultural labourers and journeymen mechanics with large family
Churchrate postponed   RH.

 

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Public Notice given on Sunday Aug 21st 36/ particularly requesting the ratepayers to meet in the Vestry room on Friday the 26th Aug’t at ½ pas 6 to make a rate for the repairs of the Church and other servises  of the parish.
And also to take into consideration a recommendation from the Poor Law Commissioners relating to this parish and the Union – viz the uniting of the Sevenoaks and Penshurst Unions as recommended by the said Commissioners
When a rate for the purposes above mentioned of 3pence in the £ was agreed to.

1836   Notice given on Sunday Sep’r 25 and Oct 3rd requesting the inhabitants to meet the parish officers in Vestry respect’g the letting or disposing of parish property.
When the Overseers were instructed at the above Vestry

 

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to cause the Furniture and other effects &c in the Workhouse and Tenements adjoining to be sold by Auction immediately on their having possession of the same also at the same time to fix an early day as possible to give public notice thereof for the Letting of the Land, the Workhouse and Tenements adjoining thereto.
On its being reported to the aforesaid meeting that the Poor Law Commissioners would no longer allow of any entry in the a/c of the Overseers for the payment of a Vestry Clerk it was resolved to continue the same until Ladytide next (1837) and to defray the salary of such Office from the church rate.

 

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At a Meeting of the Parish officers and other Inhabitants holden at the Porcupine (pursuant to public notice) on Thursday the 13th of Oct’r 1836 for the purpose of Letting and disposing of the parish property on the Land commonly called The Poor House Meadows, the House lately occupied and called the Workhouse and the three tenements adjoining thereto.

Resolved:
1st        That Mr Johnson do take the Chair
2nd       That the House lately occupied as the Workhouse should be Let separate from the Land adjoining
3rd       That Mr W Wicking do have the offer of the Land at the same Rent and upon the same terms as last year – which was accepted by me,
(signed)  William Wicking

 

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4th        That Wm Shoebridge have the Offer of the Tenement late Welfare* at the sum of 20 per wk
(Welfare is a surname/JF)

5th        That Wm Osborne have the offer of the one he lately occupied at 18 pr wk
6th        That the Tenement late in the Occupation of W. Hanmore be reserved for the present also set at 18.
7th        That a Committee consisting of Messrs W. Smith, H Young, H Fullar, W. Saint and S. Johnson be appointed to view the Workhouse for the purpose of dividing the same into 3 or 4 Lettings as they shall see fit and that W. Brooker, J. Brattle and N. Seal have the Offer of the said divisions at such rents as they the Committee shall decide upon together with such proportions of Garden – ground as shall be allotted to the same.

Resolved also that R. Humphrey do forthwith insure the last mentioned house in the Sun Fire Office to the amt of £250

Signed Stephen Johnson, Chairman

 

p.52(a)
The Committee appointed at preceding Meeting met at the Workhouse on Friday the 14th Oct 36/ and divided the same as
Under
Viz the Parlour with the dairy and pantry on the left together with the 2 chambers over the same and use of Washhouse and a portion of Garden ground at 2/- per wk to Wm Brooker

The Kitchen and use of Washhouse together with 2 back chambers and a portion of garden to James Brattle at 1/8 pr wk.

The two chambers over the Kitchen with use of Washhouse and portion of garden ground to N Seal at 1/6 pr wk

 

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1837   The Inhabitants of the Parish were requested by Public Notice on Sundays Jan’y 1 and 8th to meet the Surveyors in the Vestry Room on Monday the 9th Inst at 12 o’clock at noon (precisely) to make a rate for the repairs of the Highways in this parish.   Rate postponed.

Public Notice given Sunday 23rd inst to make a highway rate on Friday the 27th inst at 5o’clock p.m.
When a rate of eight pence in the pound was agreed to.

The Inhabitants of the parish were requested by public notice on Sunday the 19th Febr’y 37/ to meet in vestry on Thursday the 23rd inst at 5o’clock to make a rate for the relief of the poor &c, and also on other business relating to the parish viz what cottagers should be represented to the Magistrates as unable to pay Poor and Road Rates,
See over

 

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when a rate of the purposes before mentioned of 6pence in the pound was agreed to as also a list of cottagers for being relieved from the payment of Poor and Road rates.

1837
March 15th   Notice posted at the usual place for the electing of 2 Guardians of the Poor (on Friday 30th inst) for this parish for the year ending March 25th 1838 as directed by an order from Poor Law Commissioners.

March 19th    Notice posted and published requesting the Inhabitants and others rate-payers of this Parish to meet the parish officers in the Vestry Room on Thursday the 23rd inst at 11 o’clock in the forenoon for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers and also for electing one or more persons to serve the Office of Surveyor of the Highways in this parish for the year now next ensuing.   When

 

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the undermentioned Inhabitants were nominated as follows:
Viz
William Smith   }
Abraham Legg}    Churchwardens

List to be presented for the selection of Overseers by the Magistrates:
Charcott                                                Hollanden
Wm Medhurst                                        William Woolley jnr
Jn Crandall                                            Edw’d Young
Rich’d Gasson                                      Wm Wicking
Thos Waite                                            Wm Humphrey
Thos Longley                                        W J Bartram

James Bellingham    }
George Children       }    Surveyors

 

Rob’t Humphrey Jnr to be continued Vestry Clerk at a salary of  £12.10s-

 

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A meeting of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of this parish was holden in the Vestry Room of the Church this 30th day of March 1837 for proceeding to the Election of two persons to serve the office of Guardians of the Poor of this parish for the year ensuing when

James Usherwood
Step’n B Johnson were declared duly elected without opposition.

William Smith, Chairman

 

p.54(b)
Public Notice given on Sunday May 20th 37/ particularly requesting the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Friday the 2nd June 37/ at 6o’clock p.m. on Business relating to this Parish viz to determine what cottagers should be represented by the parish Officers to the Board of Guardians as unable to pay poor rates when a List of the cottagers was agreed to and forwarded to the Board of Guardians for their approval.

Public Notice given on Sunday June 4th 37/- particularly requesting the Inhabitants to meet in Vestry on Friday the 9th inst at 6 o’clock p.m. on important Business relating to this parish viz resp’g the disposal of the late Union House at Bough beach.
When it was the unanimous opinion of the parishioners present that the said House and premises should be immediately disposed
– See over

 

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of in such manner as the Guardians of 6 parishes which constituted the late Penshurst Union shall deem best – provided the proceeds of the same may be applied towards the liquidating of the Expences attending the erection and purchase thereof.
Signed by order of the Vestry
Rob’t Humphrey Jun’r   Vestry Clerk

 

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Parish of Leigh
Sevenoaks Union
County of Kent

At a meeting of the ratepayers of the said Parish and owners of Property therein entitled to vote pursuant to the provisions of an Act passed in the 4th and 5th years of the reign of his late Majesty King William 4th intituled “An Act for the Amendment and better administration often Laws reacting to the Poor in England and Wales”, held at the Porcupine

 

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Inn, in the said Parish on Friday the thirtieth day of June 1837 pursuant to Notice of such meeting duly given,
Thomas May Chairman

It was resolved, by a majority of such ratepayers and owners present in person or (as respects owners) by proxy at such meeting:
That this meeting do consent to the Guardians of the Poor of the said Union selling the Premises described in the Margin hereto, under the provisions of an Act passed in the 5th and 6th years of the Reign of His late Majesty King William 4th intituled “An Act to facilitate the conveyance of Workhouses and other property of Parishes and of Incorporations or Unions of Parishes in England and Wales” in such manner and subject  ….cont.

(in margin:   The House and premises situate at Bough beach in the parish of Chiddingstone purchased and erected by, and for the use of the late Penshurst Union as a Workhouse for the said Union.

 

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to such rules, orders, and regulations touching such sale, the conveyance of such Property and the application of a due proportion of the produce arising therefrom, for the permanent advantage of this Parish, as the Poor Law Commissioners for England and Wales shall in that behalf direct.

Signed
Thomas May                                         Minister

? no name legible          }
Abr’am Legg                 }                       Churchwardens

William Medhurst           }                       Overseers
William Woolly              }

 

p.56(b)
The Inhabitants and others rate-payers of this parish were particularly requested by public notice on Sundays July the 16th and 23rd to meet the parish officers in the Vestry Room on Tuesday the 25th inst at 5 o’clock in the afternoon for the purpose of taking into consideration the best mode of levying the assessment of this parish in conformity with an Act passed the 19th day of August 1836 entituled “An Act to regulate parochial assessments.”   This meeting adjourned for the further consideration of the above Business to Thursday the 10th day of August next at 6 o’clock in the afternoon.

No resolution entered into at this adjourned meeting holden the 10th day of Aug’t 37/- being a very short attendance of Inhabitants.

 

p.57(a)
A rate made 25th July 1837 for the relief poor &c and after the rate of 1/- in the £ was duly published on Sunday the 30th inst as having been seen and allowed by two of her Majesties Justices of the Peace in and for this county.

The Inhabitants of this parish were requested by Public Notice on Sunday Aug 20th 1837 to met the Surveyors in Vestry on Friday the 25th inst at 6 o’clock p.m. to make a rate for the repairs of the Highways – also those who where desirous of taking their proportionate part in conveying materials for the repairs of the same were requested to notify the same to the Surveyors, at, or before the said Vestry.

A rate of ten pence in the pound was agreed to at the above named Vestry

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Public Notice given on Sunday Sep’r 24th 37/ requesting the rate payers to meet the Overseers in Vestry on Thursday the 20th inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon on general business relating to this parish,  no business in particular transacted.

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The Inhabitants were requested on Sunday the 31st Dec’r to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 4th Jan’y 38/- at 6o’clock in the evening. Relative to the disposal of monies in hand arisen from the Land and tenements the same being charity property and respecting the Boundary of the parish ag’st Penshurst [& resolved to take counsel’s opinion resp’ the ancient Boundary agst Penshurst], when the sum of £20 was voted from the above mentioned fund to be distributed in clothing to the poor belonging to this parish

 

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Notice Posted March 10th 1838
The Inhabitants and others rate payers of this parish are requested to meet the Parish Officers in the Vestry Room on Monday the 10th inst at 12 o’clock at noon precisely, for the purpose of nominating Churchwardens and Overseers for the year ensuing and also at the same time to proceed to the Election of one or more persons to serve the Officer of Surveyor or Surveyors of the Highways in this parish for the year ending March 25th 1839
When
William Saint          }
James Usherwood }   Churchwardens

List for Selection of Overseers

Charcott                                                Hollanden
Thos Waite                                            John Crandall
Thos Longley                                        Wm Wicking
Rich’d Gasson                                      W T Bartram
Wm Martin                                            David Twiner
Ed Marchant                                         William Saint

 

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Surveyors
For Hollanden               Frances Marchant
For Charcott                  Richard Gasson

R. Humphrey Jun’r appointed Vestry Clerk as for regards the Churchwardens and Surveyors a/c and to assist the Overseers for the sum of £6.6-.

Vestry Room, Leigh 29th March 1838
Messrs Abr’am Legg and W T Bartram were declared duly elected Guardians of the Poor for this parish for the year ending March 25th 1839 without opposition.

 

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Notice
The Inhabitants and others rate-payers of this Parish are requested to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Thursday next the 24thinst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon to make a rate for the repairs of the Church and other necessary purposes of this parish relating thereto.
Leigh                                                    Signed  Rob. Humphrey  Vestry Clerk
May 19th 1838

At the above named Vestry a rate of six pence in the pound was proposed and voted unanimously.
Signed
W Saint             Churchwarden, Chairman

 

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Notice posted Sunday June 9th 1838 requesting the inhabitants to meet the Parish Officers in Vestry on Wednesday the 13th inst at 6 o’clock p.m. on General Business relating to this Parish.
The parish officers were requested at the above named Vestry to consult with Mr Austen (the parish solicitor) as to Notice of Appeal being given to the Overseers of the Township of Ashover, County of Derby against the removal of our Wm Wicking and family.
Also the necessity of giving more general employment to the Poor of this parish was earnestly requested to be made known to the Parishioners not present.

 

p. 60(a)
A meeting of the Surveyor of the Highways was holden this 21st day of June 1838 pursuant to the public notice for the making a rate for the repairs of the bye-roads in the parish.
When a rate of 4p in the £ was proposed and agreed the same being thought sufficient to meet the expenditure up to Mich’s next.

August 25th 1838 notice posted requesting the inhabitants to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Wednesday 29 inst at 6 o’clock p.m. on general business relating to this parish.
The above named meeting holden this 29th day of August 1838 stands adjourned to Wednesday 5th day of September next at 6 o’clock p.m.
Signed W Saint, Churchwarden

 

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Resolved at this adjourned Vestry meeting holden this 5th day September 1838 that the amt due to Mr Hooper of 7Oaks for monies advanced to widow Ingram under an order from W Saint when Guardian of the parish which monies was duly paid by the then Board of Guardians to Job Woodhams, then Relieving Officer of the union but embezzled or applied by him to his own use should be paid from the church rate the said order or responsibility being given or incurred by Mr Saint in his capacity as a parish officer.

Also that the sum of £5 was unanimously voted to assist Henry Crowhurst and family in emigrating to New South Wales, the same paid from the church rate.

Resolved also in reference to a letter received from Mr H Everest of Cowden respt the purchase and sale of the union house and premises

 

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at Bough Beech in the sum of £800 that this meeting does not agree to the disposal of the same under the sum of £1,500.

It was also considered advisable to communicate with the parish officers of the said parishes constituting the late Penshurst union on the propriety or expediency of presenting a memorial to the Poor Law Commissioners resp. the Liability of the other parishes of the 7Oaks union contributing to the expenses or outlay of the late union house at Bough Beech.
Signed Wm Saint, Chairman

Letter to Mr Everest pursuant to the above resolution:
“In reference to your letter to the parish officers of 21st August last resp’ the house and premises at Bough Beech I am directed to observe that at a Vestry meeting holden yesterday evening

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the same was taken into consideration and that the offer of £800 was not considered an adequate sum, and that the meeting entirely agreed with you as to the expediency of naming a price, they therefore have named £1500 as a sum for which they would agree to a disposal of the same.

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of Penshurst, Chiddingstone, Hever, Cowden and Edenbridge
Gent’m, in accordance with a resolution passed at a Vestry meeting holden yesterday evening I am directed by the Churchwardens and overseers to communicate with you on the propriety and expediency of the parish officers of the six parishes constituting the late Penshurst union of applying to the P.O. Commissioners as to the liability of the other 10 parishes of the 7Oaks union being charged a due proportion in the workhouse loan a/c on the outlay and expenses attending the erection of the house at Bough Beech

 

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and if so whether or not a meeting of some of the officers or inhabitants of this parish for the purpose of adopting a memorial would not be the best mode for laying the subject before them.
Leigh 7th September 1838

Gent’m
Circular to the five parishes
I am directed to inform you that a meeting of the parish officers and others comprising the six parishes of the late Penshurst Union is appointed to be holden on Thursday 20th inst at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Castle Inn Chiddingstone to take into consideration the subject as mentioned in my letter of the 7th inst relative to the liquidation of the expenses incurred on the erection of the house at Bough Beech.  Also the amt of establishment charges will be brought under the notice of the meeting for the purpose of comparing them with those before the union were united.
Leigh 13/38

 

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Notice
The inhabitants of this parish are requested to meet the surveyors in Vestry on Thursday next October 4th 1838 resp. The widening and rep. A certain portion of the bye-roads in this parish.
Leigh 29 September 1838 signed R’d Gasson, surveyor

 

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Notice of meeting to consent to raising or borrowing of money for emigrating purposes
Leigh Parish
Sevenoaks Union
Kent County
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the ratepayers of this parish and of such of the owners of property therein as shall have required their names to be entered in the rate books of this parish as entituled to vote as owners pursuant to the provisions of an Act passed in the 4th and 5th years of the reign of his late majesty intituled “An Act for the Amendment and better administration of the laws relating to the poor in England and Wales”.  Will be held at the Vestry Room of the Church in the said parish on Thursday 22nd day of November next at 11 in the forenoon for the purpose of considering whether any and what sum or sums of money not

 

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exceeding half the average yearly poor rate for three years now last past, shall be raised or borrowed as a fund for defraying the expenses of emigration of poor persons having settlements in this parish and being willing to emigrate; and of giving directions for raising or borrowing such sum or sums to be paid out of or charged upon the rates raised or to be raised for the relief of the poor in this parish, and to be applied under and according to such rules, orders and regulations, as the Poor Law Commissioners shall in that behalf direct.
Dated this 17th day of November 1838
Signed
Thomas May Minister
W Saint, James Usherwood,  Churchwardens
John Crandall, Thos Waite, Overseers

 

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County of Kent   Parish Of Leigh
At a meeting of rate payers and owners of property whose claims to be entituled to vote have been duly registered in the rate book of the said parish, held pursuant to notice duly published and given at the principal door of the church in the said parish on Saturday 17th November 1838.
John Crandall, Chairman

It was resolved that the sum of £5 be forthwith raised by the churchwardens and overseers as a fund or contribution for defraying the expenses of the emigration of poor persons having settled in this parish and being willing to emigrate to be paid out of the rates raised or to be raised for the relief of the poor in this parish and to be applied, under such rules, orders and regulating as the Poor Law Commissioners shall

 

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in that behalf direct.  And the said Churchwardens and overseers were directed by the said meeting to raise such sum of £      accordingly.*
Thomas May, Minister
W Saint, James Usherwood:  Churchwardens
John Crandall, Thos Waite: Overseers
Witness:  Robert Humphrey, Vestry Clerk

 

(*note figure not visible/not inserted in minutes)

 

p.65(a)
Notice posted December 15th 1838
The inhabitants and others ratepayers of this parish requested to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Wednesday next the 19th inst at 5 p.m. for the purpose of inspecting the map and valuation lately delivered in and for the making of a rate for the relief of the poor thereon.

Resolved unanimously to make an assessment for the relief of the poor on and according to the late rental or valuation and after the rate of 1/6 in the pound thereon.

The following resolution and request was also passed to be forwarded to the Board of Guardians
Viz
At a meeting of the rate payers holden this day for the purpose of inspecting the map

 

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& valuation of the parish lately delivered into the officers with the and for the making of a rate for the relief of the poor.  It was unanimously resolved to make a rate for the said purpose on the late rental or valuation in consequence of the one now presented being very incorrect particularly as regards the acreage of different properties and also as the map appearing to be incorrect and not executed to the satisfaction of the parishioners generally.  Therefore, the undersigned request the Board of Guardians will take such steps as appears to them necessary in regard to the postponement of the payment for the same as also to an accurate completion of the said map and valuation.

Signed:
James Usherwood/John Crandall    Churchwardens
Thos Waite – Overseer

 

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John Searle
James Bellingham
Rd Gasson
W Young
James Glover
Wm Smith
C F Gregory
Hy Constable
Ed Marchant
Thos Bowra
Rd Crandall
D’d Twiner
Ed Young
Jm’h Bellingham
W Medhurst
J Dibybrook* for J Poynder Esq

(*illegible)

 

66(b)
Public Notice published Dec 29 1838 requesting the rate payers to meet the surveyors in Vestry on Thursday 3 January 1839 at 6 o’clock p.m. to make a rate for the repairs of the highways in this parish

When a rate of 6 in the £ was agreed to

Notice was published on Sunday January 13th 1839 of the above named rate having been seen and allowed by two of her majesties Justices of the Peace in and for this county on 7th January.

 

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Parish Leigh County of Kent

Names of persons proposed
as guardians                             Residence                     Calling

Wm Thos Bartram                      Hollanden                     Gent’m
Abr’am Legg                             Wickhurst                      Farmer

I nominate the above to be guardians for the said parish for the year ending March 1840
Signed  John Crandall   Leigh

Leigh March 8th 1839
To Clerk to Board of Guardians
7Oaks Union

 

p.67(b)
Notice published March 9th 1839
The inhabitants and other ratepayers of this parish are requested to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Friday 22 inst at 12 o’clock at noon precisely for the purpose of proceeding to the nomination and election of churchwardens and overseers for the year ensuing – also for the purpose of nominating and appointing one or more person or persons to serve the office of surveyor or surveyors of the highway in this parish for the year ensuing.

The undermentioned inhabitants were nominated and elected at the above named vestry meeting as follows:

William Saint        }   Churchwardens
William Medhurst }

Ed’d Marchant   }   Overseers
William Wicking }

Henry Constable   }   Surveyors
George Hilder      }

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List of Overseers elected
Hollanden                                 Charcott
Robert Humphrey                      Rd Gasson
David Twiner                             Hy Constable
W T Bartram                              John Searle
William Lewes                           S B Johnson

Robert Humphrey Jnr reelected Vestry Clerk at a salary of £12.12s for the year ensuing.

Signed   W Saint  Chairman

p.68(b)
Notice published Sunday Ap 14th and 21st 1839 requesting the inhabitants and other ratepayers to met the parish officers in Vestry on Tuesday 23rd inst at 5 o’clock p.m. to receive the a/cs of the late churchwardens overseers and surveyors.

The said accounts were stated and approved.

Notice published Sunday May 12th and 19th 1839 requesting the ratepayers to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Monday 20th inst to make a rate for the repairs of the church &c and also a rate for the relief of the poor &c.
When a church rate of 6 in the £ was agreed  to  as also a rate for the relieve of the poor &c at 1/6 was also agreed to
Signed W Saint Chairman

 

p.69(a)
Notice published June 9 1839 requesting the rate-payers to meet the Surveyors in Vestry on Friday the 14th inst at 6 o’clock p.m. to make a rate for the repairs of the Highways in this parish.
At the above named Vestry a rate for the s’d purposes of 6 in the pound was agreed to.
R.H.

Notice published June 16the 1839 requesting the rate-payers to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Monday the 24th Inst at 6 o;clock p.m. to take into consideration the expediency of appointing an assistant Overseer and Collector of the Poor Rates.

Resolved unanimously that Robert Humphrey Jnr be appointed as Collector or assistant overseer of the poor rates at a salary of £10 per annum.
W. Saint

 

p.69(b)
Notice published Sunday Oct 20th 1839 as follows:

Notice:
The inhabitants and other rate-payers of this parish are requested to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Wednesday next the 23rd Inst at 5 o’clock in the afternoon precisely to take into consideration the expediency of erecting a place for the confinement and keeping in custody persons apprehended on charges of felony and other offences – also for the making of a rate for the Relief of the Poor &c and other business relating to this parish
Leigh 19 October 1839

1st resolved that is expedient to erect a place for the above named purposes

2nd ly resolved also that Messrs Wm Wheatley Senr and Richard Boaks do proceed to the erection of the

 

p.70(a)
said Building for the keeping of Person taken in charge for any Felony or other offences according the plans and estimate now before the meeting and the expences of the same be defrayed from the Church rate which estimates were as under
Viz
Mr Boakes’s for Material labour to arp Contra   2718.  (? 27.18 -)
Mr Wheatley do for timber carpenters work   11 15 –
Blacksmiths work, locks not included the said building to be completed on
Or before Saturday the 9th day of November next
Signed
W. Saint  Chairman

 

p.70(b)
Notice published Sunday Nov 3 1839  viz
The inhabitants and other rate payers of this parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Friday next the 8th inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon to make a rate for the repairs of the church and other necessary purposes of this parish.
Also for the purpose of making out list of cottagers to be layed before Justices in Petty Sessions to be relieved from the payment of Poor and road rates:
And all cottagers desirous of being relieved from the payment of the same are requested to apply to one of the parish officers at, or before the above named Vestry to enable them to answer certain questions required by the Justices before they can be relieved therefrom

Leigh 2 Nov 1839   signed R. Humphrey Vestry Clerk

 

p.71(a)
Resolved at the aforenamed Vestry holden Nov 8 1839 to make a rate for the within named purposes of 4 in the pound.

Also a list of cottagers made out to be relieved from the payment of Poor and road rates.
Signed
W Saint, Chairman

 

Feb 9th 1840 Notice published requesting the inhabitants and other rate payers of this parish to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 13th Inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon to make out a List of Cottagers to be relieved from payment of Poor rate to make a road rate and answer certain questions relative to a constabulary force.

When a list cottagers was agreed to a road rate of 4 in the Pound was agreed to the questions answered.

Signed W Medhurst Churchwarden and Chairman

p.71(b)
Men’ Resolved unanimously at the aforementioned Vestry holden this 13 Feb 1840 in regard to that piece of road leading from the Turnpike road Nr?. Leigh Street down the Lower Green to Paul Farm in this parish being in such a state as to require immediate repair that unless the Directors or Contractors of the S.E. Railway repair the same to the satisfaction of the Surveyors they are directed not to allow the said road to be used only as a Bridle road and are also hereby requested to stop the same accordingly if not so repaired on or before the 29th inst.
Signed by order of the Vestry
Rob’t Humphrey Jnr Vestry Clerk

 

p.72(a)

Notice
The inhabitants and other rate payers of this parish are particularly requested to meet in the Vestry Room on Wednesday the 25th inst at 12 of the clock at noon precisely for the purpose of proceeding to the election of churchwardens and overseers of the poor for this parish for the year ensuing

And also to nominate and appoint one or more person or persons to serve the Office of Surveyor or Surveyors of the Highways in this parish for the year ending 25th day of March 1841

Leigh  March 14th 1840  Robert Humphrey Jnr Vestry Clerk

 

At the above named meeting the following persons were nominated and elected to serve the office of churchwardens
Viz
William Saint
John Crandall

 

p.72(b)
List for Overseers:
Hollanden                                 Charcott
Richard Crandall                        Richard Gasson
Robert Humphrey                      Henry Constable
David Twiner                             John Searle
W T Bartram                              S B Johnson
William Lewes                           Jerimiah Bellingham

Surveyors of the Highways:
William Field
James Usherwood

Robert Humphrey Jnr, Vestry Clerk at the salary of £12.12 per annum
Signed   Chairman  (no signature on document)

 

p. 73(a)
Notice
The inhabitants and other ratepayers of this Parish are particularly requested to meet the Parish Officers in Vestry on Wednesday the 22nd Inst at 5 o’clock in the afternoon to receive the a/cs of the late Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor; and also the a/cs of the late Surveyors of the Highways.
Signed
Leigh 11 April 1840    Ro’t Humphrey Jnr Vestry Clerk

When the above named a/cs were stated and approved by the said Vestry.

 

p.73(b)
Notice, the Inhabitants of this parish are particularly requested to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 27th inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon for the purpose of making out lists of such as claim to be excused payment of a poor and road rate made April 25th last, the former at 1/6 and the latter at 8 in the pound.  Also on other business relating this parish.

Leigh 16 May /40  signed Rob’t Humphrey jnr   Vestry Clerk

 

p. 74(a)
Notice, the inhabitants and other rate payers of this Parish are requested to meet the Parish Officers in the Vestry Room at the Church on Thursday the 23rd day of July inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon to make a rate for the repairs of the church and other necessary services of this Parish.
Leigh 18th July 1840     signed: Rob’t Humphrey jnr Vestry Clerk

When the rates of six pence in the pound was proposed and agreed to

Also voted unanimously at the above named Vestry that the sum of £5 be paid from the Church rates towards the organ about to be purchased and erected in the Parish Church.

 

p.74(b)
Agreed also at the beforementioned Vestry July 23/40 to allow Mr Jer’h Bellingham £1 by way of abatement from his rental for 1a1r30p of Land taken by the Railway Company.
Signed W Saint, Chairman.

Notice
The Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Thursday next the 17th inst at 6 o’clock in the afternoon for the purpose of making out a List of Cottagers who claim to be excused from payment of a rate made for the relief of the Poor on the 27th day of October last.
Also on other business relating to this parish
Leigh  Dec 12/40   signed Robert Humphrey Jnr Vestry Clerk

The above named list made out and agreed to

Also agreed to allow Mr John Searle £8 on his rental for 8 acres of Land taken by Railway Company.
W Saint.

 

p.75(a)

Blank

 

p.75(b)
Notice
The Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Tuesday next at 6 oclock in the afternoon (precisely) for the purpose of making an assessment for the repairs of the Highways in this Parish –

As also for the purpose of making out a list of Persons claiming to be excused the payment of such rate and also a rate made for the Relief of the Poor on the 2th day of Jan’y last at 1/- in the £.

Rob Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh
Feb’y 5 1841

The list as above stated agreed to and a rate of 8d in the Pound agreed to
Signed
W Saint, Chairman

 

p.76(a)
Copy of Return made to a Committee of Magistrates at Maidstone for the more equalization of County Rates Feb’y 25th 1841-

Amt of Rental         Tithe if not included       Value of Cottages if not rated

Rateable Value        Tithe, included in            Rated & excused
£3689.8                    foregoing column            payment on £185.5 rental

Date of last                whether valued               Other explanations
Valuation                  at rack rent or what        of mode adopted

                                     Proportion                        in making rate

1823                           at a proportion                 Gross Rental

                                    Of Five 6ths                       £3873.17.6

*NB an abstract of the                                        remarked.
Last poor rate made the                                     Have given
26 Jan’y 1841 which                                            the rateable value
Contained the names &                                      in 1st column on which
Rentals of the occupiers                                     the Rates are assessed & which
Respectively was forwarded                              includes both great &
With the above returns.                                     Small tithes as also the
Rental on cottages as per
*List & which are relieved by Magistrates.

 

p.76(b)
Notice
The Inhabitants and other rate payers of this Parish are particularly requested to meet in the Vestry Room on Thursday the 25 day of March inst. At 12 oclock at noon precisely for the purpose of proceeding to the Election of Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor for this Parish for the Year ensuing

And also to nominate and approve one or more person or persons to serve the Office of Surveyor or Surveyors of the Highways in this Parish for the year ending March 25th 1842.
Leigh
March 13th 1841
Signed Rob’t Humphrey Vestry Clerk

At the above named Meeting the following persons were nominated and elected accordingly viz

William Saint     }
John Crandall    }           Churchwardens

For Overseers
Hollanden                                 Charcott
William Smith                            John Searle
David Twiner                             Jer’h Bellingham
R Humphrey                              S B Johnson
W. Lewis                                   R’d Nye
Geo Hilder                                Abm Legg

 

p. 77(a)

Surveyors
Hollanden                                 Charcott
Edw’d Young                            Jerimiah Bellingham

Rob’t Humphrey Vestry Clerk at a salary of £12.12

Signed
W Saint, Chairman

 

p.77(b)
Memorandum
Agreed with W. Walker to keep John Hunsley from this time to Ladayday  at one shilling & six pence per week & to give the said W. Walker the same as is given in the House for Washing & Mending for him dated this 26th day of October 1824

Agreed with Maria Tomsett to take her sister Ann Tomsett out of the House & keep her for one Shilling & six pence per wk.  Dated this 3rd Day of December 1824 up to Laday  Day.

Agreed with the said Maria Tomsett to take her Sister Hannah Tomsett out of the House & to Keep & Clothe the said Maria Tomsett for the sum of two shillings & six pence per week Dated this 20th day of December 1824.

 

(re above : writing is different,  8 is not shaped same as Robert Humphrey does 8.  Date is clearly 1824 on all three – cannot see why they are in this book on this page.  Also misspelling of Ladyday is distinctive.  Without seeing original cannot understand why this page is here  – JF). 

 

p.78(a)

Notice , The Inhabitants and other rate payers of this Parish are requested to meet in Vestry on Thursday the 22nd inst at 5 oclock in the afternoon to receive the Accts of the late Churchwardens and Overseers, and Road Surveyors.
Signed
R Humphrey  Vestry Clerk
Leigh 10th Ap 1841

When the above named a/cs respectively were stated and approved.

 

p.78(b)
Notice.  The Inhabitants of this parish are requested to meet the Parish Officers in the Vestry Room at the Church on Friday the 14th day of May inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to make a rate for the repairs of the Church and other necessary purposes of this parish.
As also to make an assessment for the repairs of the Highways in this Parish.
Signed
Rob’t Humphrey, Vestry Clerk
Leigh May 7th /41
When a Church rate of six pence in the pound was moved & agreed to as also a rate for the repairs of the Highways at eight pence in the pound was agreed to
Signed
J Crandall, Churchwarden

 

p.79(a)
Notice
The Inhabitants of this parish are requested to meet the Parish Officers in Vestry on Wednesday the 30th day of June for the purpose of making out Lists of Cottagers who claim to be excused payment of a rate made the 22nd day of April last for the Relief of the Poor at 1/- in the £.

As also from the payment of a Rate made the 14th day of May last for the Repairs of the Highways at 8 in the £.

Signed
Rob’t Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh 26th June 1841

The said List ex’d and agreed to
Signed J Crandall  Churchwarden

 

p.79(b)
Notice, the Inhabitants of this parish are requested to meet the parish officers in Vestry on Thursday next the 11th inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to consider the rating of a certain property in this parish.
Also on other particular business of this parish.

Signed
Rob’t Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh
Nov 6th 1841

The s’d property viz the newly erected house near the Vicarage on the Parsonage Farm having been assessed by the Parish Officers and others named for that purpose at a Rental of £15.10 & the said rental being objected to this meeting was convened for the purpose of reconsidering the said rating when the majority of the P. Meeting resolved that the said Rental was a fair rental for the said property.

Signed
John Crandall  Churchwarden

 

p. 80(a)
Notice
The Inhabitants of this Parish are requested to meet the parish Officers in Vestry on Wednesday next the 26th inst at 6 oclock in the afternoon to make an assessment for the Relief of the Poor &c as also a Rate for the repair of the Highways in this parish.

Sign’d
R. Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh Jan’y 22nd /42

 

p.80(b)
Notice,
The Inhabitants of this Parish are particularly requested to meet the parish officers in the Vestry Room at the Church on Thursday the 24th inst at 12 of the lock at noon precisely for the purpose of electing Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor for this parish for the year ensuing.
Also at the same time to proceed to the election of one or more person or persons to serve the office of Surveyor or Surveyors of the Highways in this parish for the year ensuing.

Signed
Robt Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh March 12th/42

 

When the following inhabitants we elected at the above named meeting for electing parish officers viz

William Saint    }   Churchwardens
Stephen B Johnson  }

  • See over – 

p.81(a)
List of Overseers

Charcott                                    Hollanden
Jer’h Bellingham                        Geo. Hilder
Abm Legg                                 Ed Young
Richard Nye                              Jas Searle
Thos. Faircloth                          Wm Lewis
S B Johnson                             Jas Bellingham

Road Surveyors
Abr’m Legg                               Jas Searle

Vestry Clerk
Rob’t Humphrey at the salary of £12.12 as before
Signed

W Saint, Chairman

 

p.81(b)
Notice, the Inhabitants of this Parish are particularly requested to meet in Vestry on Wednesday the 27th day of April inst. At 5 of the Clock in the afternoon to receive the Accounts of the late Churchwardens, Overseers & road Surveyors.

And also at the same time to make a Rate for the Relief of the Poor and other servises  of this Parish.

Signed
Rob’t Humphrey
Vestry Clerk
Leigh April 16th 1842

  

p.82(a)
(upside  down in the Vestry book)
1825 Memorandum
At a Vestry held April 20 it was agreed with Mr Willsher to keep Sarah Kingswood until Mich’s 1825 at 1/6 pr week.

 

++

June  4th 1825

Wm Saunders went to Mr Waterhouses to live & Mr Waterhouse agreed to keep Wm Saunder for one shilling per week.

++
1825 June 21st  Mary Virgo went to Wm Young at Princestile  [ not very clear: have not yet found place name in other documents – JF] & it was agreed to give him 1s per week.

+++
Widow Pring (at this Vestry Sept 3 1827) applied for relief and received £1.2.6 in payment for a doctor when she stated she resided at no. 26 Grace Church Street, London at Mrs Walworths.

++++

P. 82(b)
Correct way up:

Memorandum of Bastardy

To Bill Delivered to Edw’d Richardson
From the 18th day of January 1823
To the 28th day of March 1824 both inclusive
3m 6    accounted for of this Bill in W Willshers  £ S   D
Account, Bill delivered –                                     7.15.0
From 28th March 1824 to the
2nd May 1825, 57 weeks at 2/6        7.2.6

To Bill Delivered                        £14.17.6

 

To Bill delivered to John Holmes
From Dec 11th 1824 to 27th August 1825 both
Inclusive 37 weeks at 2/                                                 3.14

 

p.83(a)
(upside down in Vestry book)

Memorandum

Agreed with Step’n Sindal to keep William Turk from this time to the fifth day of December 1825 for the sum of two pounds sixteen shillings, exclusive of any expence on the parish of Leigh,
Dated this 5th day of December 1824.
Paid at the same time
Stephen Sendal  (signed)
Witness John Snashall
W Medhurst

 

p.83(b)
(Correct way up)

An Assessment made for payment of a special county rate
At one penny in the pound

                                                Rental               Sums
Hollanden                        1808.2.6
Allow for cottagers                110.5

                                              £1697.7.6          7.1.5 ¾

Charcott                            2395.16.6
Allow for cottagers                 67.5

                                                 £2328.10.          9.14- ½

                                                                            16.15.6 ¼

1842
Oct 6   Paid by
Mr G. Hilder                  4.8.8 ½}
& by Mr. Jer Bellingham  4 – –     }    8.8.8 ½

                                                            8.6.9 ¾

Ap 27th/43
MrJer Bellingham                       }
Also over to Mr. W. Bellingham}             5.6 – ½
March 1844  W.B. paid                            1.15.7

                                                                3.10.5 ½

            Mr G. Hilder paid over to Mr. Jas Searle  2.12.9

            1844 March paid in part of special county role   2.12.9

             Settled  R.H.

 

p.84(a)
(Upside down in Vestry book)

1824 Memorandum

Mr J Towns arears of bastarday from the 13th Novr 1821 to the 5th August 1824 both inclusive 142 week        2yr 6m 0

Bil’d to this time

 

Thos Walklin in arears of Bastardy up to 18th March 1825    £5-0-0

May rec’d of W Holomby for T Walkling late Master to Do     £2.0.0

Of this Bill
Due   3-0-0

p.84(b)

Blank

 

p.85(a)
The Overseers of the Parish
Of Leigh

 

p.85(b)
This is to give Notice
That I, Ray’d Baker High Constable of the lower Half hundred of Codsheath do Demand of you the Overseer of the Parish of Leigh the sum of Thirteen Pounds five Shillings and Three farthings for a County Rate.  Also the sum of Eight Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Eight Pence halfpenny for A County Lunatic Asylum Rate within Days of The date hereof Dated 30th July 1842.

Ray’d Baker
High Constable

 

p.86(a)
Rec’d of Mr Bellingham   4.8.0
& of Mr Hilder               4.8.8 ½

                                            _____

                                            8.16.8 ½                       W. Young

+++

On page also given some sums:

226.16.3
223.13.1
_______
    3.3.2

208
  13.51
    2.00
_____
223.13.1

Further sums on facing page:

13-5-0 ¾
  8.16.8 ½
_______
22.1.9 ¼
=======

15-18-0
13-5-0
2-11-7 ½
31/14/7 ½

 

(no mention of what these sums refer to /JF)

 

INDEX OF NAMES:  
Page
Ashby, Saml                                         1
Austen, Mr/ G L  –  parish solicitor          27, 59
Avis, John                                            21
Avis, Thomas                                        2, 6

Baily Farmer Esq/Baily Mr                      2, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16
Baker, Ray’d (High Constable)               85
Barden, Hy                                            27
Bartram, W T/William Thomas                 53, 58, 67, 68, 72
Bowra, Thos                                          66
Bellingham, James /Jas                         10, 15, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 35, 38, 41, 42, 46, 53,
66, 81
Bellingham, Jeremiah                             10, 16, 19, 22, 27, 46, 66, 72, 74, 76, 77, 81, 83
Bellingham, Mr.                                     86
Bellingham, Mr. W                                 83
Boaks/Boakes, Richard                         18, 69, 70
Bowra, Thos                                          12
Brattle, James                                       51, 52
Brooker, Wm                                         51, 52
Brooks, Mr                                            18

Children/s, George /G/Geo’                    10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 41,
42, 47, 48, 53
Constable, Hy /Henry                             18, 66, 67, 68, 72
Coomb, J  Esq                                     45
Cooper, Edw                                         14
Crandall, John                                       28, 29, 31, 32, 53, 58, 63, 64, 65, 67, 72, 76, 78, 79
Crandall, Rd /Richard                             14, 25,66, 72
Crowhurst, Henry & family                      60
Crundwell, Thos                         1

East, Thomas                                        19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30
Elliott, Thos                                          1
Everest, (Mr) H                                      61

Faircloth, Thos                                      81
Field, William                                        72
Ford, Richard                                        27
Foster, Mr/L/Lau’r/Laurence                    24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38, 41, 42, 43, 46
Fullar, H/ Henry                                     28, 31, 34, 37, 45, 51

Gasson, John (daughter of)                   1
Gasson, Rd / Richard                            45, 46, 53, 58, 62, 66, 68, 72
Gibbs, Mrs Ja’s (sister to Eliz’th Latter)   37
Glover, James                                       66
Gregory, C F                                         28, 31, 34, 66

Hanmore, W                                          51
Harbroe, Mrs                                         18
Head, Sir Francis                                   36
Hilder, George   / Geo /G                       67, 76, 81, 83
Hilder, Mr                                              86
Holmes, John                                        82
Holmes, Mr                                           8
Holomby, W or Mr                                 84
Hooper, Mr of Sevenoaks                      60
Hope, Widow                                        39
Humphrey, Robert  (also RH)(also Jnr)    9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32,
34, 37, 49, 51, 53, 55, 58, 59,64, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83
Humphrey, Wm                                     53
Hunsley, John                                       77

Ingram, Widow                                      60

Jinks, Wm                                             39
Johnson, Stephen /S                             6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22
Johnson, S B/Stephen B                       17, 21, 22,24, 25, 27, 28, 34, 37, 38, 46, 51, 54, 68, 72, 76,
80, 81

Kingswood, Sarah                                 82
Kirby, R [or Thirby]                                1

Latter, Eliz’th (sister to Mrs Ja’s Gibbs)   37
Legg, Abr’am/Abraham                          10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35,
41, 42, 46, 53, 56, 58, 67, 76, 81
Leigh, Edwd                                          6
Lewes (Lewis), William                           68, 72, 76, 81
Longley, Thos/Thomas                          24, 25, 31, 32, 35, 37, 41, 42, 45, 46, 53, 58

Marchant, Edward/Edw’d                       28, 31, 34, 37, 45, 58, 66, 67
Marchant, Francis                                  35, 41, 42, 43, 46, 58
Martin, Wm                                           58
May, N  /Nathanael (Rev.)                       2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 16
May, Thomas                                        3, 6,18, 20,24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 36, 37, 39, 45, 55, 56, 63, 64
Medhurst, Thomas                                 13 17, 21
Medhurst, William/W                              5, 7, 25, 27,32, 53, 56, 66, 67, 71, 83

Nash                                                     48
Nye, Richard                                         12, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 46, 49, 76, 81

Osborne, Wm                                        51
Osbourne’s house                                 7
Owen, Geo                                            12
Owen, Henry of Tonbridge                     9

Pain, John                                            28
Pankhurst                                             48
Pickance, Mr /Wm                                 4,15
Pilbeam, James/Mr                                3, 11, 12
Pinion, Eliza                                          9
Potter, Joseph                                      16, 19,22, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35
Pound                                                  48
Poynder, J                                            66
Pring, widow                                         82

Redman, Thos                                       27
Richardson, Edw’d                                82

Sales, Wm                                            8
Saunders                                              47, 48
Saunders, Wm                                      82
Saint, William/W/Wm                             6, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32,
34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 45, 46, 51, 58,  59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81
Scoones, Mr                                         14
Seal, N                                                             51, 52
Searle, Jas                                            81, 83
Searle, John                                          66, 68, 72, 74, 76
Shoebridge, Jas                                    35
Shoebridge, Robt                                  10, 32
Shoebridge, Wm                                   51
Shoesmith, E S                                     6
Sidney, Sir J S Bart                               18, 45
Sidney, Sir Philip                                   28
Sindal/Sendal Stephen                          83
Smith, Wm/William                                34, 37, 45, 51, 53, 54, 66, 76
Snashall, John                                      83
Susan’s girl Mary                                   35

Thirby, R. [or Kirby]                               1
Tilman, Isaac                                         22
Tomsett, Ann/Hannah                            77
Tomsett, Maria                                      77
Towns, J                                               84
Turk, William                                         83
Turley, Thos/Thomas/Mr             2, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22
Turner, David                                        10
Turner, Edward                                      10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22
Twiner, David                                        13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29, 32, 35, 41, 42, 46, 58, 66, 68, 72,
76

Usherwood, James                                6, 13, 15, 27, 38, 42, 43, 46,54, 58, 63, 64, 65, 72

Virgo, Mary                                           82

Waite, Thomas/Tho’s                             46, 53, 58, 63, 64, 65
Walker, W                                             77
Walklin/g, Thos                                     84
Walter, John (of Capel)                          14
Walworth Mrs, of London                       82
Ward, Thos                                           6, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22
Waterhouse, Mr                                     82
Welfare (?Mr)                                        51
Wells, John                                           10, 16, 19,22
Wells, Ricd – girl of                               14
Wells, Wm                                            27
Wheatley, Wm (Senr)                             69, 70
Whitton, (?Whittow)  Mr                          18
Wicking, William/Wm                             39, 43, 51, 53, 58, 67
Wicking, Wm and family                                      59
Willsher, Stephen /S                              2, 6,12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 21, 24, 25
Willsher, W /or Mr                                  82
Wimsett, James                                               12, 15
Wood, Ann                                           9
Wood                                                   47, 48
Woolly, William                                     38, 46, 56
Woolley/Wooley,  William  Jnr                34, 35, 37, 45, 53
Woolley/Wooley, William  Sen’r              31, 34, 41, 42, 43
Woodhams, Job  (R.O.)                         60

Young, H/Henry                                     10, 13, 15, 17, 21, 22, 37, 45, 51
Young,  Edw’d/Edward                          12, 13, 24, 28, 31, 34, 37, 45, 53, 66, 77, 81
Young, Mr                                             15, 17
Young, W/Wm                                       11, 13,14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 37,
66, 82

Note:
Illegible name    J Dibybrook   p. 66

 

INDEX:  subjects/places mentioned in the text
Bastardy:                                                                                             7, 82, 84
Bough Beach/Beech  union/workhouse/disposal of:                                47,48, 54, 55, 61, 62, 65
Camberwell Surry (removal to)                                                                27
Capel                                                                                                    14
Charities: gift monies annually as per Wills/Indentures                             48
Charity property, disposal of monies                                                      57
Churchyard Fence/new brickwall:  agreement to fence only:                     18, 19, 20, 31, 32
Cottagers, relief of payments                                                                 49, 52, 53, 54, 70, 71, 74,
79, 83
County, Lunatic Asylum                                                                         85
County Rates                                                                                        85
County Rate, return                                                                                76
Doctor/medical : Wm Pickance                                                              4, 15,
Doctor/medical, incl. Gregory                                                                16, 28, 31, 34
Emigration                                                                                            45, 60, 63, 64
Erection of place of confinement (?cage, lockup)                                   69
Highways, repair of                                                                               57
Leigh Workhouse – see Poor House
Militia Papers                                                                                        9
Organ for church                                                                                   74
Parish Cottages/vestry cottages, disposal thereof
(5 cottages adjoining chyd, 2 Lower Grn)                                    47, 48
Parish: lands/tenements belonging to                                                     47
Parsonage Farm                                                                                    79
Penshurst Union                                                                                    42, 61, 62
Poor House/Workhouse at Leigh:                                                           3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 36,
39, 52
Dividing into lodgings                                                               52
Furnishings, effects , sale                                                          50
Land, workhouse & 3 tenements, letting                                      50, 51
Management of, and establishment of
manufactory/ employment of unemployed labourers:                  11, 15, 26, 36
Meadows                                                                                  43, 47
Meadows, 5 acres  – disposal, funds to be used for erection
of Union Poor House at Bough Beech                                        47, 48
Role/duty of manager                                                                39, 40
Poor Law Commissioners                                                                      36, 50
Princestile , Wm Young of                                                                     82
Railway, land taken                                                                                74
Railway, S.E.                                                                                        71
Removal orders (Richd Ford)/Camberwell:                                              27
Removal of Wm Wickings & family                                                        59
Rental of (Parish) cottages:                                                                   14
Rental: for each parish of Union                                                             42
Repair of Highways                                                                               48, 49
Subscription for distressed inhabitants                                                               9
Uniting of Sevenoaks & Penshurst Unions                                              47, 50

 

PARISH OFFICIALS

Note that the year of appointment ran from ladyday (25 March – 24 March)

CHURCHWARDENS
1824                 Farmer Baily, Stephen Willsher
1827                 Farmer Baily, Stepn Johnson
1827                 Abrm Legg
1828                 Farmer Baily, Edward Turner
1829                 Jerimiah Bellingham, Thomas Ward  elect March 29
1829                 Stephen Johnson, Edward Turner   (at mtg May 29)
1830                 David Twiner, John Wells
1831                 Thomas East, Abraham Legg
1832                 Abraham Legg, James Bellingham
1833                 Abraham Legg, James Bellingham
1834                 Abraham Legg, George Childrens
1835                 William Smith, George Childrens
1836                 William Smith, George Childrens
1837                 William Smith, Abraham Legg
1837                 William Saint, James Usherwood
1838                 William Saint, James Usherwood
1839                 William Saint, William Medhurst
1840                 William Saint, John Crandall
1841                 William Saint, John Crandall
1841                 William Saint, Stephen B Johnson

OVERSEERS
1824                 Thomas Avis, Thomas Turley
1826                 W Saint, Stephen Johnson
1827                 Henry Young, Edwd Turner
1827                 Edwd young, Edwd Turner
1828                 Thomas Ward, Jerimiah Bellingham
1829                 John Wells, David Twiner
1831                 James Bellingham, Richard Nye

  • 1834,1835,18 36                        List of potential Overseers given
  • 1836                 Francis Medhurst, James Usherwood
  • 1837                 List (as above)
  • 1837                 William Medhurst, William Woolly
  • 1838                 List (as above)
  • 1838                 John Crandall, Thos Waite
  • 1839                 Edward Marchant, William Wicking
  • 1840, 1841, 1842           List as above

SURVEYORS
1827                 Abraham Legg, David Twiner
1829/1830/1831/1832     Lists of names for nomination only
1832                 Thos East, Richard Nye
1833, 1834, 1835                       List of names nominated
1835                 Wm Woolley Senr, Laur Foster
1836                 List of names given
1836                 Richard Nye
1837                 James Bellingham, George Children
1838                 Frances Marchant, Richard Gasson
1839                 Henry Constable, George Hildeer
1840                 William Field, James Usherwood
1841                 Edward Young, Jerimiah Bellingham
1842                 Abraham Legg, Jas Searle

  • GUARDIANS OF THE POOR FOR PARISH (following new Poor Law)
  • 1835     William Saint, James Bellingham
  • 1836     Stephen Johnson, Jerimiah Bellingham
  • 1837     James Usherwood, Stephen B Johnson
  • 1838     Abraham Legg, W T Bartram
  • 1839     Abraham Legg, William Thomas Bartram

VESTRY CHAIRMEN

1824                 Thomas May
1827                 Nathaniel May
1828                 Nathaniel May
1829-1836         Thomas May
1836                George Children
1836                 Stephen Johnson
1837                 William Smith
1837                 Thomas May
1838                 W Saint
1838                 John Crandall
1839                 John Crandall
1839                 William Saint
1840                 William Saint (William Medhurst)
1841                 William Saint
1842                 William Saint

n.b. where there appears duplication in some years, it seems that the named person may have just chaired one particular meeting; or where the year followed the pattern March-March.

 

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Following Act of Parliament, in 1825 the appointment of an  Asst Overseer, Asst Surveyor, & Vestry Clerk (expenses allowed) was allowed:

From the Vestry Minutes, the following appointments for an Assistant Overseer are given:
W. Medhurst   1825
Wm Young 1828 onwards
Robert Humphrey Jnr Assistant Overseer 1839

Assistant Surveyor:   1832 William Young appointed (appointment may have continued several years, but no other person named)

Appointment of Vestry Clerk from 1826 onwards was: Robert Humphrey Junr: role was to keep overseers churchwardens & surveyors accts and do milita papers :  at a salary

 

Management of Leigh Poor House:

to 1827:            James Pilbeam
Reference to laying out of dead as a duty in 1825
Meeting May 1827 re: Mr Pilbeam refusing to leave his role according to notice

1827                 William Young:
Appointed in Sept 1827 (but Mr Edward Young agreed to do it until Wm Young could undertake that role).  1828 Wm Young engages to fulfil office of Asst Overseer, road surveyor & superintend poor house, plus manufactory at salary 45 pounds pa

1835                 Decision on appt for management of Poor House – with appt of William
Wicking/duties.   Duties listed on p. 39/40
1835                 Onwards, disposal of Leigh Poor House, 3 attached tenements and meadows:  the
poor house meadows were let to Wm Wicking: with use of lodge and yard
The 3 tenements were let to William Shoebridge, William Osborne and one unlet.
The Workhouse itself was divided into lodgings, plus garden, and let to William
Brooker, James Brattle, and N Seal

Funds raised went towards the Bough Beech Union workhouse, which was later to be disposed of as well.

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