Norfolk: Kirstead - 1763-1764 - Overseers' Payments


Kirstead 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 300/34 and microform MF990/17] containing the Overseers' accounts (1763-1801).

Note that only extracts have been transcribed but this includes most items which mention surnames. Some names occur many times and not all of these are listed here.

The amount of some of the weekly payments (present on original) have been omitted here.

Other accounts available

- Churchwardens' Accounts - 
Rates 1741 
- Overseers' Accounts - 
Rates 1764 1788 
Payments 1763-1764 1764-1767 1768-1772 
- Land Tax Accounts - 
Payments 1801-02 
- Tithe Accounts - 
Amounts due 1734 1747 1767 
- Land Survey - 
Owners & Occupiers 1817 


[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

Overseers Names [Year]
John Beaumont 1763
Roger Kirison 1764
John Rayner 1765
Robert Whall 1766
John Hinsby 1767
John Garrard 1768


The names of the persons that
have served Overseer
Mr Jno Hinsby Easter 1767 to Easter 1768
Mr Jn Garwood   Do   1768   Do   1769
Mr David Windett   Do   1769   Do   1770
Mr Robert Whalpole   Do   1770   Do   1771
Jno Hunter? and
Mr Cerrison? Senr
Hospital Farm
  Do   1771   Do   1772
Robert Whall for ___n?   Do   1772   Do   1773
Rayner   Do   1773   Do   1774


[Recipient] [Amount]
Spooners Dole disposed of
as follows at __?[date]
[ s d ]
Joseph Waites   4 0
Widow Symonds   1 0
Jno Folkard   4 0
Edward Flatman   2 0
Widow Riches   2 0
---- Utting   3 0
Tho: Glover   2 0
Tho: Meek   2 0
[Total] 1 0 0



[Recipient] [Amount]
Spooners Dole disposed of
as follows at Easter 1765
[ s d ]
Joseph Waits   3 0
Widow Symons   1 0
Jno Folkard   4 0
Edward Flatman   2 0
---- Utting   3 0
Tho: Glover   2 0
Tho: Meek   2 0
[James Lovewell](crossed out)   1 6
Widow Riches   1 6
[Total] 1 0 0


First half years Disbursements of John Beaumont Overseer of the Poor from Easter 1763 to Michaelmas being 27 weeks.

[Names only]
Widow Muffit
Mr Whall
Mr Gardeners bill clothing for clothing Girl Symonds
Goodman Smyths Wife
Girl Gyls
Mr Grymes upon Riches account
Mr Kerrison upon Smyths account
Girl Smyths
Mary Camp
Goodman Roy
Widow Plummer
Widow Abraham
Wench? Smyth
Widow Naggs
Widow Hembling
Doctors bill for Mary Camp
Burying of Goodman Roy

Disbursements from Michaelmas 1763 to Easter 1764.

Mr Bird for the girl win.
Samuel Frost and Stephen Rade
Pd Thomas Naggs for beer
Widow Muffit One Hundred and a Quarter of Wood 1/17/6d
Goodman Utting (see notes)
Expences after Samuel Smyth
William Hambling 28 weeks at 1/-d = £1/8/-
Paid Mr Osbourne for Seven Years Quit Rent for the Town House at 6d per Year

Disbursements of Roger Kerrison Overseer from Easter 1764 to Michaelmas being 24 weeks.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
May 11th Two stone of meal
half a pint of butter
13th Figgs saffron currens raisings sugar _almi_?
and a bottle of wine
14th Half a pint of Butter. Pound of Loaf Sugar 0.1.1
15th Wine Candle nutmeg 0.1.1
June 3rd Mr Rainer and self spent 0.0.7
  [other entries re. nursing Smith family]  
July 20th Paid at Nagges for bear (beer) for nurses  
Aug 20th Paid Mr Fulcher for Doctering of Smith and family 1.16.6
  Doctor Fulcher bill for Mary Kemp 0.15.0

Collectioners - Widow Plummer, Widow Abraham, Girl Penn, Widow Muffett, William Hembling, Widow Naggs.


[End of Document]


  • In other rate documents the following alternative spellings have been seen which appear to refer to the same people/places:-
    Kirison/Kerrison/Cerrison, Kemp/Camp, Muffit/Muffett, Nagges/Naggs, Rayner/Reyner/Rainer, Symonds/Symons and Waits/Waites
  • In 1630, Thomas Spooner left by Will 20s a year, in trust to the Churchwardens and Overseers, for the poorest people of Kirstead. It came from land now belonging to G. S. Kett Esq. according to the White's directory of 1845.
  • The Bethel Hospital, Norwich owned a farm here.
  • Good'n and Goody are contractions for good-man and good-wife used as a universal address of simple cottager and his spouse according to the book "The Vocabulary of East Anglia" by "Robert Forby".

See also the Kirstead parish page.

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February 2010