Norfolk: Kirstead - 1768-1772 - 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 Jno Hinsby Overseer

We nominate Mr Jno Garwood Overseer for the Year ensuing
[signed] Jno Reyner       Robert Whall
John Beaumont       Roger Kerrison
Jno Hinsby "x" his mark

A list of the Poor in the Parish of Kirstead

[Names] belong to
[Place of
[No in
Thomas Smith & Wife 2 Chin Howe   4
Joseph Redgrave & Wife 4 Chin Kirstead   6
Wm Riches & Wife 4 Chin Kirstead   6
James Fish & Wife 2 Chin Burghapton (Bergh Apton)   4
John Jubb & Wife Kirstead   2
Benjimin Layen 1 Chil & W Burghapton (Bergh Apton)   3
Robt Minns & Wife 1 Chid Topchraft (Topcroft)   3
Wm Harman & Wife 2 Chin Woodton   2
John Sagon & Wife 4 Chin Loddon   6
John Hart & Wife Topchroft (Topcroft)   2
Joseph Long & Wife Seething   2
Stephen Burghes & Wife 5 Chin Kirstead   7
Wm Knits & Wife 2 Chin Kirstead   4
James Simson & Wife Brook(e)   2
John Pain & Wife 4 Chin Flording?   6
Wm Reyner Chradgraft (Chedgrave)   1
Joseph Knights Flording (Florden?)   1
[No of people]   61

Disbursements of John Garrard Overseer.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
1768 Mr Whall journey to Thetford   1/11/6
  First quarterly payment (to Workhouse) 13/9/3½
  Journey to the Industry Hous(e) [at Heckingham built 1763]   -/1/6
  Journey to Ditto to al(l)ow A Gill   -/1/6
  Journey and expenses after Phil Knights   -/2/-
  for carr(y)ing Wido(w) Fenn to the Industry   -/2/6
  paid the girl Symonds in the small pox   -/1/6
1769 Jan 31    
  Ladys Levy   -/12/6

4/Apr/1769 - Accounts Allowed by his Majestys Justices
Ld Bedingfield
Wm Smyth

1768 - Rec'd from Mr Rayner Spooners Dole 1-0-0

Disbursements of Davy Windett Overseer from Easter 1769.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
  Midsummer Levy Money paid -/12/6
  September Levy Money paid -/16/8
  C(h)ris(t)mas Levy Money paid -/16/8
  Fourth Payment to the House of Industry 13/9/3½
  Ladys Levy Money paid -/12/6
[Income] Rec'd the Rent of Edward Holl for the Town House 1/0/0

16/Apr/1770 - Nominate Mr Robert Whalpole Overseer for the year ensuing.
Jno Reyner
Davy Windett
John Hunter

Disbursements of John Garrard Overseer for the year 1768.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
  Mr Whall journey to Thetford   1/11/6
  First quarterly payment 13/9/3½
  Journey to the Industry Hous(e) [at Heckingham built 1763]   -/1/6
  Journey to Ditto to al(l)ow A Gill   -/1/6

Disbursements of Robert Walpole Overseer from Easter 1770 to Easter 1771.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
  Constables Accounts for carrying Riches Wife to Brid(e)well 0/15/0
  For carrying Mrs Cuningham to the Workhouse
to be sworn to her settlement
[Income] 1771 Rec'd Spooners Dole 1/0/0

[signed] Jno Reyner, Robt Walpole, Roger Kerrison
William "T" Thurstons mark, Jno "X" Hinsby mark

Disbursements of John Hunter Overseer from Easter 1771 to Easter 1772.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
  For going to House of Industry with Mr Kerrisons Hous(e)ke(e)per -/2/-
  For carr(y)ing of Smyth to House of Industry for Relief -/2/-
  For carr(y)ing Meek to Loddon for Surtici_e_? (Certificate?) -/1/-

Disbursements of Roger Kerrison Overseer from Michaelmas 1771 for Hunter.

Date [Disbursements] £/s/d
  Paid for Stephen Franklen Journeys after the Small pox 0/10/0
  My Journey to Bungay after Franklin -/1/-

Paid to the Late Overseer Roger Kerrison £1/3/9
Paid the Blacksmith Bill for the Stocks £0/8/0


[End of Document]


  • In other rate documents the following alternative spellings have been seen which appear to refer to the same people/places:-
    Rayner/Reyner, Walpole/Whalpole
  • 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