Invasion instructions: 1803
Aylsham is one of the few places in the county for which a military namelist exists although it should be noted that this document contains only a very small percentage of all those living in the town at this time.
This 1803 document covers one large page which has been split up into sections indicated by [Page xx] in the text.
When invasion (by Napolean and the French) was thought to be a real possibility local Militia's were formed and plans were formalised to safeguard the population and impede the enemy. This is how this parish would react.
Preceding the publication of these instructions a census would have been taken of all those able to serve and who could provide waggons etc. An example of one of these survives for Great Yarmouth.
[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]
The following surnames are contained in the document. The numbers following each are the Page numbers which contain one or more occurences of the name. Note that a number of the same people appear in more than one table. The original sections have been given page numbers as follows :-
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Assistants to the Agents
Persons with Waggons for Use of Government
DRIVERS OF CATTLE
OVERSEERS OF THE SAME (Cattle)
Drivers of Sheep and other Live Stock
OVERSEERS OF THE SAME (Sheep)
Overseers for Removal of Horses and Waggons
PROPRIETORS and Waggons for removal of people
|Hungate Street (11)
Market Place (11)
Red Lion Street (11)
The original documents layout was too big to display as one page. Its layout was :-
PARISH OF AYLSHAM[Instructions]
|Drivers of Sheep
and other Live Stock
PROPRIETORS and Waggons for removal of people
This census contains the following information :-
PARISH OF AYLSHAM
In Pursuance of the Instructions sent to the Superintendants of Parishes by the Deputy Lieutenants and Magistrates of the County, the following Regulations are proposed by the Superintendants and Agents of the Parish of Aylsham, as most likely to ensure the Safety of the Inhabitants, to prevent Confusion and Delay in Case of Removal, and to Harrass and Impede the Progress of the Enemy---Viz.
- That on the First Alarm, the Bells be rung as in Case of Fire, and a Red Flag be hoisted on the Church Steeple.
- That the Agents appointed for conducting the Business of the Parish, in case of Invasion, and their Assistants, immediately assemble in the Vestry.
- That the Farmers collect together of their Servants, and get up their Cattle and Horses into their respective Yards; and leaving them there, repair immediately to the Vestry, to take the Opinion of the Superintendant or Agents there assembled.
- That the Drivers of Cattle and Live Stock, and all persons willing to render assistance,assemble in the Church-yard and wait for further Orders.
- That the Volunteers assemble in the Market-place, properly equipped, in marching Order.
- That the Guides assemble in the same place, mounted.
- That the Pioneers assemble in the same place, each Man bringing his Tools, a Blanket or Great Coat, A Bottle of Water, A Knife, and whatever other Comforts he can provide and carry.
- That the Bakers who have offered to furnish a Supply of Bread begin baking immediately.
- On a Further Alarm, or whenever the Superintendants or Agents shall see cause, (the Enemy not being more than thirty Miles distant from the Parish) the following Measures are proposed---Viz.
- That the Farmers should return to their Homes, and that those who furnish Waggons and Carts for Public Uses of any kind, should then send them with proper Drivers up to the Town, to be appointed in the manner hereinafter mentioned.
N.B. The above Propositions being made in conformity to the express Instructions of the Deputy Lieutenants and Magistrates, or other proper Authority, it is expected that they will be punctually complied with; and upon the same ground it is presumed that no person will refuse or neglect to attend at the Places fixed, or to give every Assistance in his power (when called upon) to promote Regularity and Order.
It is to be observed, that several respectable Householders are sworn to act as Special Constables in case of Invasion.
} Names returned first in
} Schedule No. 2 [*]
|Edw. Addison Clk.
Sam. Jeoffrey Shaw
|} Names returned after-
} wards in the remarks
} to Schedule No. 6
* = See Notes
|Assistants to the Agents.|
|Daniel Drake||} Mounted|
Persons who have volunteered with Waggons for
the Use of Government
|John Holley, Esq.||2 Waggons,||2 Carts,||5 Horses|
|James Bulwer,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses|
|John Warnes,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses|
|Samuel Nash,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses|
|Robert Abbs,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses|
|Thomas Soame,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses|
|Sam. Jeoff. Shaw,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses|
N. B. A Driver must be reserved for each Waggon and Cart by the Persons offering them.
William Robins, Conductor
Samuel Jeoffrey Shaw, Agent for the Management of this Business.
|DRIVERS OF CATTLE|
|Christopher Doughty, Sen.|
|Samuel Yaxley, Sen.|
|Francis Barnes, Sen.|
|OVERSEERS OF THE SAME|
|Drivers of Sheep and other Live Stock.|
|Robert Woodhouse, Sen.|
|Robert Mack, Jun.|
|OVERSEERS OF THE SAME|
Persons appointed as Overseers to Superintend the Removal of Horses and Waggons conveying such Persons as are unable to move themseves.
|George Palmer, William Dotheridge, Peter Williams, Richard Jex|
|Thomas Soame, Jun. Leader||} Selected|
|Christopher West||} to|
|Leonard Mayers||} attend|
|John Lincoln||} the|
|John Kemp||} Aylsham|
|Thomas Wells||} Volunteers,|
|Joseph Raymes||} when|
|John Amies||} called|
|James Donnett||} into|
|Robert Dey||} Actual|
|Thomas Spink||} Service.|
|Thomas Clark, Leader||-|
The following is supposed to be the Number of Waggons, Carts, and Horses, which each Proprietor would willingly appropriate for the removal of such Infirm Persons, Women, and Children as are unable to move themselves.
|PROPRIETORS||For their||own use.||- For the||Service||of the||Parish -||WHERE TO
|Sarah Soame,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||2 Waggons,||5 Horses||-||-||Hungate Street|
|Edward Starling,||1 Cart,||2 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||-||-||Hungate Street|
|Richard Jex,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Cart,||3 Horses||-||-||Millgate|
|William Robins,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||4 Horses||-||-||Market Place|
|Edward Plane,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||Market Place|
|John Soame,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||Market Place|
|John Peterson,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses||2 Waggons,||6 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||Millgate|
|Edward Piggon,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||-||-||Market Place|
|Edmund Scottoe,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||-||-||Millgate|
|John Cook,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses||2 Waggons,||6 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||Red Lion-Street|
|James Beevor, Esq.||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||1 Cart,||2 Horses||Millgate|
|Robert Copeman,||1 Waggon,||4 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||-||-||Millgate|
|Edward Moore,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||3 Horses||-||-||Market Place|
|William Hurnard,||1 Waggon,||3 Horses||1 Waggons,||4 Horses||-||-||Millgate|
||1 Cart and
[Therefore] In conformity to the Instructions received, Tickets of removal will be delivered to each Person intended to be conveyed, and the Carriage-room cannot be allowed to any Person or Family not producing a Ticket; those to whom no Tickets are delivered, are expected to walk; but in retreating, the Walkers must go before the Carriages, for the purpose of receiving Relief in case of Sickness or Fatigue.
N. B. It is necessary that it should be distinctly understood, that the Superintendant has received Instructions, and is fully authorised to give directions in the Parish to shoot or destroy all Horses and Draft Cattle, and to break to pieces, or damage as much as possible, all Wheel Carriages that are in evident danger of falling into the Enemy's Hands, except such as are wanted for some of the above purposes ; it will therefore be the particular duty of the Agents to attend to this point. It is hoped that the Proprietors will see the necessity of this Regulation, and will of themselves take measures for the speedy removal or destruction of their Property of this description, particularly of Supernumerary Horses; and also of their Stock, whenever there may be evident danger of its falling into the Hands of the Enemy; and if there be no such danger, it is to be reserved for the use of his Majesty's Troops; and in every case of Losses sustained by Individuals in the execution of these measures (except in that of inattention or negligence on the part of the Proprietor), the most perfect assurance of Indemnification is given under the authority of Government.
PRINTED BY BACON, Number 12, COCKEY-LANE, NORWICH.
[End of Census Document]
- Schedule No. 2 asked :-
Persons appointed for the removal of Cattle, Waggons, Horses and Live Stock as well as to take charge of the Dead Stock.
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