Norfolk: Ashill - 1795-99 - Churchwardens' Payments


Ashill raised money at various times, to either support its poor (from the Overseers' Rate) or to pay for other parish expenses (from the Churchwardens' Rate). This rate was levied on the occupiers (who may not have owned the land) and based upon the value of the property (which was usually a rental valuation). Both occupiers and owners are found living in and outside the parish.

For more information on these records see the Parish Accounts page.

This is one item from a Norfolk Record Office document [with the reference PD 548/52 and microform MF 718/5] containing the Churchwardens' accounts book for 1795-1861.
Note that only extracts have been transcribed but this includes most items which mention surnames. Common events eg. bread/wine, some non-specific trade bills etc. have for the most part been excluded.

Other accounts available

- Churchwardens' Accounts -    
- Overseers' Accounts -    
Fuel distributionCharity handout
in 1787 of Coal
in 1790s of Turf
- Charities for the Poor -    
Z(achary). Clark book1811    
- Land Tax Accounts -    
- Land Valuation -    


[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

The Disbursements of H? Oldfield Churchwarden from Easter 1795 until Easter 1796.

July 8Paid to Jon Collings for Sparrows1/4
Augt 1Paid to Different Boys for Do1/7
 Paid to the Old man for Do2/2
 Paid to Mr Abel for Do1/6
 Paid to the Old man for Field Birds1/8
Jan 22
Paid the Old man for 100 Sparrows4/2
Mar 27Jas Thompson Carpenter bill7/_?
 John Garner Blksmith bill2/_?

March 28 1796
I John Stanhawe Watts Rector do hereby nominate constitute & appoint James Smith to be Churchwarden in my behalf for the year ensuing as witness my hand
J. S. Watts Rector
Witness John Towler

Churchwarden chosen by the Parishioners
Robert Whiteman
John Towler
Danl Bennett
H? Oldfield
John Leggate

1796 Disbursements of James Smith to Aprill(sic) 8th.

March 30th - Cash recvd of Mr Thomas Whiteman on account of & for the Church Land £2.17s.-
[See Charity descriptions page].

1795 disbursements.

April 20paid Mr Morpheys fees5/-
 to Mr Watts5/-
Aug 2ndpaid Jno West a Qua(rter) Clarks Wages9/6
Sept 25paid Mr Morphews fees10/-
Feb 4paid Jno Garner a blacksmith bill10/6
Mar 27thpaid Norgate for the Surplice washing2/6
30 thpaid Jno West a Qua(rter) Clarks Wages10/3
 and to do for work done to Church doore9d

The Disbursements of Robert Whiteman Churchwarden from Easter 1796 until Easter 1797.

June 26paid John West for work done at the Church10d
 to half a pound of nails5d
Sept 10Paid Townshand for 5 Dozin (sic) and 9 Sparrows2/10½
 to half year dog wiping (see notes)1/3
Dec 12paid William Darsley for the Ringers on Nov 5th6/-
Jan 8paid Ales (Alice) Norgate for washing the Surplice2/6
Feb 1paid Mr Brewster for 6 Battons10/6
Mar 9paid Mis Oldfield for a Sweping (sic) Brush for the Church1/6
Mar 10Paid Robt Tenent for worck don at the Church Yard1/5/3½
 to a new Burial Cloth2/14/0
Apr 12Paid Mr Fuller a Bill for worck Don at the Church7/6
 to half year dog wiping1/3

Accounts seen and alowed (sic) by us
[signed] James Binnet [Bennet]
John Leggate
Robert Malles [Mallows]
John Towler

The Disbursements of Robert Whiteman Churchwarden from Easter 1797 until Easter 1798.

June 8paid the Boy Hurrell for 2 Dozin young sparrers6d
July 1paid Elizabeth Cock and Elizabeth Bush for washing the Church4/-
July 8paid Mis Oldfield for 2 Brushes and 2 Dwils to clean the Church1/8
Nov 8paid for a form of prayer for Victory obtained over the Dutch Fleet6d
Dec 4Paid Mr Nelson a bill for Work done at Church1/5/7

The Disbursements of Robert Mallows
[Common items]

The Disbursements of John Leggate Churchwarden from Easter 1798 until Easter 1799.

 Paid for Sparrows to following:-
Collings, Lusher, Cock;s Boy, Drew, Gathercoles Boy,
the Old Man, Harreld, Able, James Smith
(some of these multiple times)
July 3Mr Morphews fees at Visitation6/-
March 20pd Mr Fuller Glazier bill10/4/8
24pd John Garner Blacksmith Bill2/4/2
25pd Thomas Nelson Bricklayers Bill1/8/6?
 pd Mr Brewster for Dales & Battens3/9/0
 Mr Mallows a load of Stones1/6
 pd Mr Thompson Carpenter bill7/12/11?
 Collected by Rate37/2/-?
 To a years rent of the Church Land
Recd of Robert Whiteman



[End of Document]


  • In other rate documents the following alternative spellings have been seen which appear to refer to the same people/places:-
    Able/Abel, Harreld/Herrold
  • The Accounts for 1828 refer to "Dog Whipping". This is a reference to "whipping dogs out of church" and the day associated with it was St. Luke's Day (18th October).

See also the Ashill parish page.

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July 2009