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Reference MC 382
Covering dates 1694-1879
Held by Norfolk Record Office
Extent 230 files.
Source of acquisition Received by norfolk Record office on 7 January 1992, numbered MC 382/1-219 (MS 33265); on 19 September 1995, numbered MC 382/220-224 (MS 33519), and on 28 November 1995, numbered MC 382/225-230 (MS 33567)
Creators Church of England, Aylsham Parish, Norfolk
Related information See also PD 602, the Aylsham collection and the Aylsham muniment room catalogue (1991 revision) in Alienated MSS for further Aylsham parish records.

Contents:
Vestry and Churchwardens papers; papers relating to Thomas Cressey's charity; clergy papers and miscellaneous material.



Vestry and Churchwardens  [no ref. or date]

Ecclesiastical  [no ref. or date]

Church rate books, with engravings on covers 1803 of Bildewas [sic.] Abbey [Shropshire] and 1804, eastern view of Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (MC 382/15, 16)  MC 382/1-64, 733 x 3  1788-1857

64 gatherings

[MC 382/38 - Unfit for production]

Contents:
Also inc. printed vestry meeting notices pasted into 1840-1857 and enclosed in 1856 memorandum from vicar re bad state of outhouses on north side of church 1856, 1788-1805, 1815-1824, 1827-1857.

Draft rate assessment and memorandum of arrears nd [watermarked 1800].  MC 382/65, 733 x 3  c 1800

1 gathering

Draft rate assessment  MC 382/66, 733 x 3  nd [early 19th century]

1 paper

Working copy rate assessment (part only)  MC 382/67, 733 x 3  nd [early 19th century]

Churchwardens' annual statements of accounts  MC 382/68, 733 x 3  1833-1865

26 papers


Related information: [See MC 382/220 for earlier statements of account]

Churchwardens' annual church rate estimates 1811-1813, 1835-1847, 1859-1868.  MC 382/69, 733 x 3  1811-1868

22 papers

Draft rate lists, lists of uncollected church rates and draft annual balance sheet returns for the House of Commons  MC 382/70, 733 x 3  1831-1869

9 papers

Contents:
(Gaps).

Churchwardens' vouchers  MC 382/71-95, 733 x 4  1815-1876

25 files and bundles

[MC 382/71 and 77 - Unfit for production]


Related information: [See MC 382/221-224 for further vouchers]

Contents:
Inc. billheads of J. Bulley, Market Place, Aylsham draper and grocer 1834, of Charles Clements of Market Place, Aylsham, printer, bookbinder and stationer 1846, of J. Edwards, of Red Lion Street, Aylsham, glass and china warehouse owner 1849-1851; also inc. copy report re state of church roof, windows and lead by George Rayson of Buxton and tender from William Bartram for repair of church roof 1847, and receipts for annual salaries of parish officials (i.e. organist, sexton, parish clerk etc.) 1851, 1815-1822, 1833-1853, 1863-1876.

Churchwardens' archdeacons' visitation citations, articles of inquiry and presentments  MC 382/96, 733 x 3  1801-1864

31 papers

Glebe terriers and inventories 1784, 1791, 1794, 1801, 1806, 1813 (and copy), 1820, 1827, 1834 and 1845 (and draft).  MC 382/97-108, 733 x 3  1784-1845

11 parchments, 1 paper

Letter to William Repton from curate re his re-nomination to churchwardenship (as the vicar's nominee)  MC 382/109, 733 x 5  1815

1 paper

Home Office returns re church rates 1834-1839 1855-1879.  MC 382/110, 733 x 5  1834-1879

18 papers

[Unfit for production]

Extract codicil to will, of Revd. Phillip Hunt, late Vicar of Aylsham bequeathing two small silver-gilt cups for communion (1838)  MC 382/111, 733 x 5  nd

1 paper

Letter to churchwardens recommending organ builder for repair and tuning of Aylsham church organ  MC 382/112, 733 x 5  1839

1 paper

Memorandum of numbers of church sittings in various parts of church for schoolchildren, free seats for men and women and total numbers nd [watermarked 1840].  MC 382/113, 733 x 5  c. 1840

1 paper

Churchwardens' copy licences for curates  MC 382/114, 733 x 5  1845, 1848

3 papers

Letters from parishioners requesting sittings in church  MC 382/115, 733 x 5  1847

6 papers

Letters and papers re dispute between the parish and the Guardians of Aylsham Union re the burial of non-Aylsham paupers from the workhouse  MC 382/116, 733 x 5  1847-1850

11 papers

Contents:
Inc. letter from the Poor Law Commission re provision of burial ground for workhouse paupers 1847

Bonds from tradesmen for performance of contracts re repair of church roof  MC 382/117-118, 733 x 5  1852-1853

2 papers

Papers re Public Works Loan to parish for repair and enlargement of parish church accommodation, the loan paid off in 1868, inc. attested copy mortgage secured on the church rates 1853  MC 382/119, 733 x 5  1853-1868

1 parchment, 9 papers

Miscellaneous letters to churchwardens  MC 382/120, 733 x 5  1858-1872

6 papers

Contents:
Inc. letters re; entry of scarlet fever victims into church for burial service 1858, completion of bishop's transcripts 1862, acceptance of organists' resignation 1868, conduct of children in church 1869 and proposed re-arrangement of church seating nd, also inc. solicitor's receipt re deposit for safe-keeping of tithe apportionment and map 1872

Letters to churchwardens from parishioners agreeing and objecting to voluntary church rates  MC 382/121, 733 x 5  1869

9 papers

Letters re repair of organ  MC 382/122, 733 x 5  1870-1871

9 papers

Subscription accounts for repair of organ  MC 382/123, 733 x 5  1871

1 booklet

Notices and proforma re ruri-decanal meeting  MC 382/124, 733 x 5  1872

3 papers

Specification and sketch of altar screen  MC 382/125, 733 x 5  nd [mid 19th century]

1 paper

Miscellaneous memoranda nd and 1840s.  MC 382/126, 733 x 5  1840s

1 bundle

Civil  [no ref. or date]

Vestry and parish meeting notices  MC 382/127, 733 x 5  1828-1842

11 papers

[Part Unfit for production].

Notices for meetings to audit accounts of the inspectors under the Lighting and Watching Act of 1833-1834  MC 382/128, 733 x 5  1837-1850

11 papers

Contents:
Inc. precept from vicar and others to churchwarden to call meeting to discuss adoption provisions of an act for lighting and watching the parish

Vestry memoranda, copy resolutions and papers, inc. attendance list for vestry meeting with nominees' names for lighting and watching inspectorate 1837 and list of substantial householders appointed overseers (1779-1794) 1795, 1795-1837, nd (gaps).  MC 382/129, 733 x 5  1795-1837

18 papers

Vestry papers  MC 382/130, 733 x 5  1814-1847

1 bundle

[Unfit for production]

Contents:
Inc. minute of vestry meeting re dispute with vicar over prerogative of appointment of parish clerk 1829 [c.f. letter in MC 382/131], agreement to release cottage and garden to Mrs Esther Platten 1846, and minute of resolutions of vestry re appointment of committee to investigate state of parish church 1847

Miscellaneous correspondence with various  MC 382/131, 733 x 5  1816-1854

9 papers

Contents:
Inc. copy letter to tenant of town land cottage re renewal terms 1816, letter from vicar re procedure of appointment of parish clerk 1829, letter from curate re provision of Butt land for schoolboy's playing field, nd, and printed letter from the Committee (South Erpingham Hundred) in aid of the Patriotic Fund to the churchwardens re vestry meeting for subscriptions 1854, nd, 1816-1854.

Numbered list of parish documents  MC 382/132, 733 x 5  nd [c.1800]

1 paper

Agreement between the trustees of the poor in Aylsham and Edward Platten of Aylsham, husbandman to become tenant for life of cottage and garden  MC 382/133, 733 x 5  1817

1 paper

County Surveyor's (Francis Stone) certificate of satisfaction with standard of lately built bridge at Aylsham  MC 382/134, 7733 x 5  1823

1 paper

Vestry letters  MC 382/135, 733 x 5  1837

16 papers

[Part Unfit for production].

Contents:
Inc. correspondence with local surveyors, W.G. Burcham, Charles Etheridge, Isaac Lenny, W.S. Millard, Edward Seppings and James Wright re revaluation and survey of parish (James Wright's tender was accepted)

Lighting and watching inspectors' notices to churchwardens of their readiness to open their accounts and vouchers for review, 1838-1840, 1842-1844, 1850.  MC 382/136, 733 x 5  1838-1850

8 papers

Draft particulars of parish assessment and survey  MC 382/137, 733 x 5  nd [c.1839]

1 paper

Copy minute from quarter highways session re appointment of parish surveyor  MC 382/138, 733 x 5  1841

1 paper

Signed memoranda of vestry examination of assistant overseers' rate arrears  MC 382/139, 733 x 5  1847

4 papers

Receipted bill of James Wright, surveyor, to the Committee for Draining the Town of Aylsham, for examining drains and cess-pools and for surveying levels for sewage  MC 382/140, 733 x 5  1848

1 paper

Memoranda re piece of land (5a), copyhold of Manor of Aylsham Wood to be conveyed to Commissioners for building Churches for enlarging burial ground at Aylsham  MC 382/141, 733 x 5  nd [1850's]

3 papers

Lighting and Watching Committee  [no ref. or date]

Rate books 1837, 1838-1839, 1839-1840.  MC 382/142-144, 733 x 5  1837-1840

3 gatherings

List of ratepayers whose assessments were to be divided by buildings and land  MC 382/145, 733 x 5  nd [c.1840]

1 paper

Annual summary accounts  MC 382/146, 733 x 5  1837-1843

1 booklet

[Unfit for production].

Receipted bill [from] constable to inspectors for travelling expenses and weekly wages  MC 382/147, 733 x 5  1837

1 paper

Copy letters from W. Repton to Colonel Rowan and Richard Mayne esq. of the Metropolitan Police, London re provision of full-time police officer for Aylsham and replacement of first appointee after his sudden death  MC 382/148, 733 x 5  1837-1838

3 papers

Tenders to the inspectors/police committee for quarterly provision of oil supplies etc. for town lamps  MC 382/149, 733 x 5  1837-1838

5 papers

Letter to R.W. Parmenter resigning position of inspector  MC 382/150, 733 x 5  1838

1 paper

Storm Committee  [no ref. or date]

Voluntary rate books for relief of sufferers from hail storm on night of 9 August 1843  MC 382/151, 733 x 5  1843

6 booklets

Voucher for stationary from C. Clements, printer of Market Place, Aylsham to Hail Storm Committee  MC 382/152, 733 x 5  1843

1 paper

Overseers of the Poor  [no ref. or date]

Overseers' 'extraordinaries', detailed payment accounts with poor relief list  MC 382/153, 733 x 5  1790

1 gathering

Poor rate assessments 1694 (with poor relief list), 1788, 1790, 1792 and 1808.  MC 382/154-158, 733 x 5  1694-1808

4 gatherings, 1 booklet

Unidentified [? Guardian's poor rate] assessment nd [watermarked 1835 and 1839].  MC 382/158A, 733 x 7  c. 1835

1 gathering

Poor relief list  MC 382/159, 733 x 5  1819

1 gathering

Petitioner's letter requesting relief from the parish of Aylsham from Thomas Surflen of Margate, Kent with settlement in Aylsham, attested by churchwarden's and overseers of Margate  MC 382/160, 733 x 6  1739

1 paper

Lists of overseers' settlement and examination certificates, renewal orders, indentures and maintenance bonds  MC 382/161, 733 x 6  nd [post 1790]

6 papers

J.P.'s warrant for distress of the goods etc. against John Higgs esq. for non-payment of poor rates and for non-appearance to summons  MC 382/162, 733 x 6  1792

1 paper

Draft certificate to overseers and churchwardens of Clement Overton, schoolmaster's, membership of Mattishall Burgh Friendly Society  MC 382/163, 733 x 6  1794

1 paper

Chief constable (of South Erpingham Hundred) proforma notice to parish to call vestry meeting in order to raise 2 men for the navy  MC 382/164, 733 x 6  1795

1 paper

Parishioner's note to overseer requesting aid for winter, and order to tradesman to supply parishioner with coat, jacket and trousers  MC 382/165, 733 x 6  1795

2 papers

Workhouse memorandum of payments and expenses re board  MC 382/166, 733 x 6  1796

1 paper

Bill from parish officers of St. Gregory's, Norwich for expenses of maintaining a casual pauper  MC 382/167, 733 x 6  1799

1 paper

Certificates of charges upon the poor rates for rebuilding and furnishing a convenient house for the accommodation and employment of the poor 1803  MC 382/168, 733 x 6  1803-1819

9 papers

Contents:
With dorse and marginal memoranda of receipt of subsequent payments of interest, assignments or redemptions of security 1803-1819, also inc. extract court roll (Manor of Aylsham Wood) (1730-1784) re cottage in Millgate Street conveyed in trust for the poor of Aylsham and (Manor of Aylsham on the part of Lancaster) re conveyance of two messuages and 2a land in Millgate Street converted to a workhouse according to the will of Thomas Creasey 1808, nd

Letter to Messrs. Adey and Repton, solicitors re possible lawsuit over maintenance of bastard order  MC 382/169, 733 x 6  1806

1 paper

Receipts for annual insurance premiums re the 'Industry House' to the acting visitors and guardians of the poor house at Aylsham  MC 382/170, 733 x 6  1808-1810

3 papers

Articles of agreement to take apprentice Robert Steward by James Dunn, cordwainer of Norwich for two years  MC 382/171, 733 x 6  1809

1 paper

Notice from parish officers of Bacton to those of Aylsham re former's intention to appeal re removal of Mary Starling to Bacton  MC 382/172, 733 x 6  1810

1 paper

Clerk to the justices' notice re settlement of Watson Wells in Aylsham  MC 382/173, 733 x 6  1812

1 paper

Notice from sub-divisional clerk of Lieutenancy re apportionment of 24 men for local militia  MC 382/174, 733 x 6  1813

1 paper

Demand note for quarterly payment of maintenance of pauper in the Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum  MC 382/175, 733 x 6  1816

1 paper

Signed justice's order appointing Jane Sutton of Aylsham, widow, governor of parish poor house, with vestry's letter of recommendation to justices  MC 382/176, 733 x 6  1816

2 papers

Copy of Edward Platten of Aylsham's attornment and tenancy agreement with the trustees of the poor for cottage and garden  MC 382/177, 733 x 6  1817

1 paper

Deposition [? to J.P.'s] from guardians re Peter and Ann Spink then chargeable to Aylsham without settlement  MC 382/178, 733 x 6  1818

1 paper

Petition from Mrs Warden, schoolmaster's widow, for a pension from the 'Gentleman of Aylsham' nd [watermarked 1818].  MC 382/179, 733 x 6  c.1818

1 paper

Draft settlement certificate of acceptance of pregnant woman by parish officers  MC 382/180, 733 x 6  1819

1 paper

Letter from Secretary to the Royal Chelsea Hospital to parish officers re payment to pensioner  MC 382/181, 733 x 6  1819

1 paper

Letter to [William] Repton, solicitor, from solicitor in London re case of refusal to pay upkeep of child  MC 382/182, 733 x 6  1821

1 paper

Note of receipt of pension of seaman from Secretary to the Royal Hospital, Greenwich  MC 382/183, 733 x 6  1832

1 paper

Removal order from Great Yarmouth to Aylsham of Erasmus Ellis and children  MC 382/184, 733 x 6  1835

1 paper

Papers re election of poor law union guardians  MC 382/185, 733 x 7  1836-1838

1 file

Contents:
Inc. notices of electoral procedure, notices of election results, delivered nomination papers, notice of election day and copy letters notifying results to nominees all 1838, also inc. Poor Law Commissioners' printed circular re appointment and payment of auditor for union 1836

Poor law valuation returns and related papers  MC 382/186, 733 x 6  1836-1841

1 bundle

Unfit for production

Draft letter requesting Board of Guardians of Aylsham Union to apply to the Poor Law Commission for order authorising appointment of ratepayer's committee to assess rateable property in parish  MC 382/187, 733 x 6  1837

1 paper

Poor Law Commissioners' signed order for new valuation of poor rates in Aylsham  MC 382/188, 733 x 6  1838

1 paper

Unfit for production

Brief memorandum re valuation of parish  MC 382/189, 733 x 6  nd [1839]

1 paper

Signed House of Commons return re poor rate assessment 1841 and printed letter from Poor Law Commission re rating of stock in trade and order re election of guardians  MC 382/190, 733 x 7  1840

3 papers

Part Unfit for production

Tenders for tenancy of Workhouse Pightle  MC 382/191, 733 x 6  1841, 1858

2 papers

Papers re dispute between Morston and Aylsham over the removal of John Austin to Aylsham  MC 382/192, 733 x 6  1842-1843

1 bundle

Contents:
Inc. justice's signed order cancelling previous order of removal from Morston to Aylsham, counsel's opinion re parish officer's of Aylsham bringing action for costs against Morston, and deposition of elderly inhabitant of Aylsham re J. Austin's settlement in Gresham

Inspector's request to overseers to levy and collect watch rate  MC 382/193, 733 x 6  1843

1 paper

High Constable's notice to parish officers to make list of possible jurors  MC 382/194, 733 x 6  1844

1 paper

Unidentified and incomplete form with headings as follows: men, women, children, children from home, trade, rents of house, land etc., relief from parish, inmates and servants nd [watermarked 1795].  MC 382/195, 733 x 6  c.1759

1 paper

Memorandum re Henry Sutton at Heydon petitioning to be superintendent of workhouse at Aylsham, also states annual salary  MC 382/196, 733 x 6  nd [early 19th century]

1 paper

List of paupers transferred to and from Aylsham with expenses, from various parishes  MC 382/197, 733 x 6  nd [early 19th century]

1 paper

Thomas Cressey's Charity  [no ref. or date]

Administrative history:
Administered by the churchwardens, this charity amongst other things made an annual gift of clothing soon after Christmas to recommended recipients in the parish.

District visitors' letters and returns to churchwarden listing Aylsham inhabitants eligible for benefit  MC 382/198, 733 x 6  1859-1860

40 papers

Visitors' district faircopy returns listing recommended recipients of charity, stating name, address and family numbers and composition  MC 382/199, 733 x 6  1858

1 file

Visitors' lists of recipients, stating name, nature of gift and street or yard of habitation  MC 382/200, 733 x 6  1856-1862

1 file

District visitor's orders from trustees to tradesmen re delivery of goods to charity recipients  MC 382/201, 733 x 6  1858-1860

18 bundles

Trustees' vouchers, inc. summary expenditure accounts and list of visitors' districts as served by particular tradesmen  MC 382/202, 7833 x 6  1858-1860

27 papers

Letters and papers, inc. correspondence with Charity Commission re payment of annual dividend 1859, sacrament list 1859 and memorandum re price of greatcoats with sample of black cloth  MC 382/203, 733 x 6  1858-1860

1 bundle

Trustees' memoranda of accounts with tradesmen, inc. list of blankets, flannel and calico supplied to each district and tender from tradesman 1859  MC 382/204, 733 x 6  1858-1859

1 bundle

Clergy papers  [no ref. or date]

List of Aylsham parish registers (1653-1813) held by J.B. Collyer, curate  MC 382/205, 733 x 7  1813

1 paper

Questions and answers, re whereabouts of soldier then serving in India, on behalf of wife  MC 382/206, 733 x 7  1815

1 paper

Contents:
With, dorse, J.B. Collyer, curate's certificate that Diana Mack was wife to soldier, James Mack

Printed letter to Revd. B. Pering, curate re failure to transmit bishop's transcripts to the bishop's registry 1819, and B. Pering's unsigned declaration re accuracy of bishop's transcripts for 1817-1820  MC 382/207, 733 x 7  1820

2 papers

Letter to Charles Norris, Vicar of Aylsham re parishioner's objection to paying part of his tithes  MC 382/208, 733 x 7  1831

1 paper

Signed covering declaration re accuracy of bishop's transcripts by Percy Pering, curate  MC 382/209, 733 x 7  1833

1 parchment

Draft returns from vicar to commissioners appointed to enquire into ecclesiastical benefices re clergy and benefices of Aylsham, Marsham, and Skeyton with Buxton and Oxnead, nd 1829-1831.  MC 382/210, 733 x 7  1829-1831

1 bundle

Letters to vicar re controversy over burial of non-parishioner pauper children  MC 382/211, 733 x 7  1849

4 papers

Letters from master of Aylsham Union workhouse re the sending of a body to the church for burial  MC 382/212, 733 x 7  1850

1 paper

Printed service notices for Holy Week inc. Good Friday observance tract  MC 382/213, 733 x 7  1872

1 bundle

Miscellaneous  [no ref. or date]

Land tax assessments for Aylsham  MC 382/214-215, 733 x 7  1788, 1790

2 gatherings

Subpoenas to witnesses to appear at Thetford Assizes in the case, John Earl of Bucks. plaintiff v. George Holley Hunt, defendant  MC 382/216, 733 x 9  1793

5 papers

Notice of banns of marriage nd and clerk's certificate of marriage at St Gregory's, Norwich of John Underwood and Ann Hall both of St Gregory's  MC 382/217, 733 x 7  1811

2 papers

Notice entitled A Caution to Innkeepers, from the Aylsham Association for protecting property and preventing crimes, against drunkeness and Sabbath-breaking  MC 382/218, 733 x 7  nd [c1817]

1 paper

Letter to 'Esquire Copeman' from parishioner re drunkeness and Sabbath-breaking by public houses and baker, and requesting that Copeman and [other justices of the peace] will order the publicans to close earlier on Saturday nights  MC 382/219, 733 x 7  1839

1 paper

Churchwardens' annual Easter statements of account, inc. church rate estimate for Easter 1825  MC 382/220, 733 x 3  1825-1831

6 papers


Related information: [See MC 382/68 for further statements of account.]

Churchwardens' vouchers, inc. receipts for annual salaries paid to church officials (i.e. sexton, parish clerk) 1822-1823, 1825-1826, 1828-1829, 1830-1831.  MC 382/221-224, 733 x 4  1822-1831

4 bundles


Related information: [See MC 382/71-95 for further vouchers.]

Churchwardens' papers  [no ref. or date]

Churchwardens' draft annual Easter statements of account  MC 382/225, 781 x 1  1816-1819

3 papers


Related information: [See also MC 382/68 and 220]

Churchwardens' vouchers re the payment of church officials' salaries and for the church's fabric and running costs 1820-1821, 1824-1825, 1826-1827, 1828.  MC 382/226-229, 781 x 1  1820-1828

4 bundles


Related information: [See also MC 382/71-95 and 221-224]

Estimates for erecting gallery in north aisle of church  MC 382/230, 781 x 1  1833

3 papers

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