Norfolk: Kirstead - 1764-1767 - 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]

Disbursements of Roger Kerrison Overseer from Michaelmas 1764 to Easter 1765.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
Oct 7th Paid Smith for Rent  
  Expenses after Kemp  
15th For Carring Mary James to the Doctor and boarding her 0.2.0
Dec 3rd Spent at Naggs after Gill 0.0.9
Jan 17th Uttin  
29th Old Utton 15 Blocks 0.7.6
  Widow Muffett 90 faggots 5 Blocks 0.10.0
March 4th Paid to Mr Holt? 0.2.6
  Paid to Mr Garwood for Uttings rent 0.15.6

William Hemnall 26 weeks at 1/- = £1/6/0
Boy Muffett

Disbursements of Jno Rayner Overseer from Easter 1765 to Michaelmas being 26 weeks and a half.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
May 11th Widow Harvey  
June 23rd Sent by the Revd Mr Widworth?[Wadsworth] to bury
James Lovewell To 4 Bearers
  To Beer for the Bearers to Drink 0.1.0
  Paid to Fenn of Norwich for Rent 1.1.0
July 28th Paid Stephen Read for his fees
for burying James Lovewell

[Names] Widow Harvey, Widow Riches, Widow Naggs, Widow Lovewell

Disbursements of Jno Rayner Overseer from Michaelmas 1765 to Easter 1766.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
Nov John Folkard  
  Goody Folkard  
  Boy Benjamin Muffit  
  Isaac Gills for his girl when ill  

[Note other names barely legible at this point in accounts]

Disbursements of Robt Whall Overseer from Easter to Michaelmas 1766.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
  Goody Naggs  
  Bought the Widow Muffit Stuff to cure the Ague 1/1d
  Paid Mary Nights for the Girl Gills Board
and Laying her forth
  Paid Henry Riches towards Burying his Wife 10/6
  Paid Robert Harvery towards Burying his Mother 10/6
  Paid Mr Wadsworth for burying the Girl Gills 1/-
Aug 15th Delivered half a Hundred of Wood to the Town House 15/-
  Paid Matthew Kerrison for the Girl Gills Coffin 18/-
  Paid Fenns Rent 10/6

Rate raised in Oct 1766

[13] John Beaumont for Mr Coke St Giles in Norwich

Disbursements of Robt Whall Overseer from Michaelmas 1766 to Easter 1767.

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
  Expenses after Henry Riches to Horning 6/6
  Paid the Overseers at Horning for Henry Riches 7/6
  Paid Goody Fenn Towards Rent 5/-
Oct Shirts for the Boy Muffit 2/-
  Paid Mr Hinsby 2/10

Disbursements from Easter 1767

Date [Disbursements] £.s.d
  Paid to Richard Naggs for boarding Isaac Gills £1/9/3
  Expences at Richard Naggs after Town Business 2/8
19/Oct Paid to the Workhouse [at Heckingham] 13/9/3½



[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, Muffit/Muffet, Rayner/Reyner
  • Good'n and Goody are contractions for good-man and good-wife used as 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