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Title or Nature of Record.

Year. Shelf. 2300 Paving Commissioners' Accounts, Parochial Ledger ... 1799 to 1818 46 2301

1818 to 1824 2302

1824 to 1832

1832 to 1834 2304

... 1835 Armed Patrol, List of Members (see also Box 4)

... 1798 2305

... No date. 2306 Armed Patrol, Subscription Books ...

1782 to 1802 2307 Armed Patrol, Accounts of ... ..

... 1782-4 2308 Subscription List for relief of families of soldiers ... ... 1815 2309 Subscription List for suppression of rebellion

... 1745 2310 Subscription List for repairing St. Margaret's Churchyard and erecting Watch House

1747 2311 Subscription List for enlisting men (2 books) ... No date. | Subscription for immediate relief of poor (2 books)

1776 2312 List of persons relieved (2 books) ... .

1776 | Subscription for poor

1789 2313 Relief List (2 books) ... ...

... No date. 2314 Subscription for poor, accounts and proceedings (parcel) ... 1814 2315 Subscription for distressed manufacturers (2 books) ... ... 1827 2316 Paving and Lighting Ledgers, District Board of Works 1856 to 1860 2317 ,

1861 to 1866 2318 Paving works Ledgers, District Board of Works ... 1867 to 1876 2319

1877 to 1881 2320 Sewerage works Ledgers, District Board of Works 1856 to 1860 47 2321

1861 to 1865 2322 Paving Accounts, District Board of Works ...

1856 to 1860 2323

1860 to 1864 2324

1864 to 1867 2325

1867 to 1870 2326

1870 to 1874 2327 Paving Committee, is. Rate Account, Cash Book 1771 to 1808 2328

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1771 to 1798 2329 . „ Cash Book

1809 to 1829 2330 Collectors' Irrecoverables, St. Margaret's Ward 3 ... 1882 to 1885 2331 Kensington Trust Accounts

1766 to 1776 2332 »

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1766 to 1799

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Title or Nature of Record.

Year. Shelf. 2333 Kensington Trust Accounts, Journal

1777 to 1799 47

1800 to 1813 2335 Paving Commissioners' Accounts

... 1778 Workhouse Accounts

... Missing 2336 Paving Commissioners, Contract Book

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1768-9 ... 1769 48

... 1771-2 2340 Paving Commissioners, list of streets paved ... 1763 to 1786 2341 Paving Commissioners, Inspector's Trench Books ... 1772 to 1776 2342 Banker's Pass Books, Guardians of the Poor, Vestry ... 1869 to 1871 2343

» Poor Rate, Vestry ... 1869 to 1874 2344

1873 to 1877 2345

General Rate, Vestry... 1873 to 1877 2346

Consolidated Rate, Vestry 1873 to 1876 2347

1876 to 1877 2348 School Board, Vestry

1873 to 1877 2349

Sewer, Vestry ... 1873 to 1877 2350

Montpelier Square, Vestry 1873 to 1877 „ Rector's Rate, Vestry...

... 1877 2352 Board of Works' Precepts on Vestry ... ... 1856 to 1867 2353 ,

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1867 to 1883 2354 ,

1884 to 1888 2355 Register of Mortgages, District Board of Works 1852 to 1887 2356 Register of Contracts, District Board of Works 1856 to 1887 2357 Liability Book, District Board of Works

1856 to 1871 2358 Wages or Pay Book, Vestry ... ...

1888 to 1891 2359 License Account, Vestry

1888 to 1894 2360 Collectors' Payments to Bank

... 1891 to 1894 2361 Clerk's Petty Cash Account, District Board of Works ... 1856 to 1860 2362

„ ... 1860 to 1866 2363 Clerk's Cash Account, Wages, General, and Petty Cash, District Board of Works ... ... ...

... 1866 to 1868

. ... 1869 to 1871 2365 Vestry Petty Cash .

1878 to 1888 2366 Clerk's Cash Book, District Board

1874 to 1879 2367 1

... 1879 to 1884

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Title or Nature of Record. 2368 Clerk's Cash Book, District Board 2369

» Vestry 2370

» 2371 2372 2373 Receipts, Ledger, District Board 2374 2375 Payments 2376 2377 Street Cleansing 2378 Receipts 2379 Works 2380 Finance 2381 Receipts 2382 Works 2383 Street Cleansing 2384 Finance 2385 Receipts 2386 Works 2387 Street Cleansing 2388 Finance 2389 Receipts 2390 Works 2391 Street Cleansing 2392 Finance 2393 Receipts 2394 Works 2395 Sanitary 2396 Finance 2397 Street Cleansing 2398 Receipts 2399 Works 2400 Sanitary 2401 Finance 2402 Works

, No. 2, “D” ... 2403 Libraries and Baths „ “E” ... 2404 Cash Book, District Board

Year. Shelf. 1885 to 1888 48 1888 to 1891 49

... 1891-2 ... 1892-4 ... 1895-6 1856 to 1859 50 1859 to 1867 1858 to 1867 1866 to 1870 1870 to 1873 1866 to 1874

... 1870-4

... 1870-3 1874 to 1884 1875 to 1885 1874 to 1884 1874 to 1885 1885 to 1888 1885 to 1888 1885 to 1888

... 1885-8
... 1888-92

1888-92
1888-92 51
1888-92
1892-5
1892-5
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VESTRY MINUTES. Just as the church wardens' accounts afford an insight into the management of the affairs of the church, and the overseers' accounts reveal the development of the poor laws, so the Vestry minutes exhibit the unfolding of the present system of local self-government. This important series commences in 1585-91, so that three centuries of parochial self-government are disclosed. In these simple annals may be traced the gradual formation of a system of local management which, however its imperfections in minor details may be magnified, may claim to be without a parallel.

A large share of attention was given by the Vestry in its early days to matters relating to the fabric and the services of the church. The precise seat which a parishioner should occupy would be the subject of a protracted debate, the hours at which Divine service should be held would be appointed by the Vestry, ministers would be chosen or displaced, the chimes would be regulated, the precise position of a sconce for the candles would be settled by a resolution, the refreshment to be provided for the preacher would be deliberately discussed, not to speak of countless other details in the same connection. But besides all this, almost every branch of the civil administration in its early stages, if not in its origin, may be traced to these annals. Here are to be found the germs which, under the fostering care of the ancient vestry, have grown into the water supply, the drainage, the preservation of the peace, the highway maintenance, the public lighting, and the charity administration of to-day; and here, too, the forefathers of the present system may be found enforcing the observance of the Sabbath, suppressing drunkenness, promoting the national defence, guiding the electorate in the choice of Parliamentary representatives, issuing dietary regulations in times of scarceness, and concerning themselves in a multiplicity of matters which would to-day be resented as a usurpation of the rights and privileges of the people.

As illustrations of the diversity of the powers the Vestry exercised at different times, extracts have been made and prefixed to the catalogue of the minutes. The majority will be found to require but little explanation, so that only occasional annotations are added. The first extract, dated in the year of the Spanish Armada, relates to the national defence, and is from the fly-leaf of the volume dated 1591 :--

1588.-A note of money received by the Churchwardens to the payment

of Robt. Carre, High Constable, for money wh. he laid out about the

Setting forth Soldiers,
Received first of Mr. Ffyscher, which remayned in his
hands

. ... iijl. xijs. vjd. Wch. iijl. xijs. vid. he the sayd Mr. Ffysher had of George

Lee and Ric. Fferris out of the Church boxe .. Recevide of Mr. Peireson wh. he did collect in his warde for the same purpose ... ...

... ... ... xxixs. ijd.

Recd of certen Constabulls wch remayned of a some

delivered to them to bye soldiers appell (apparel) ... iiijs. Reced of Mr. Collier and Mr. Lee for their ward ... ... xiiijs. xd. Receved of Mr. Lynd wh. he hath gathered of certen con

stabulls and by him paid to us the said Churchwardens... iijl. iijs. xd.

Paid at the mustering in tutell field the xxjth April for
powder xxj li.

... ... xxjs.
Pd more for mache the same tyme v li. at iiijd. the pound...

xxd. Pd this same tyme for mending the Armour and the daggers iiijs. viijd. Pd the xxiijthľaprill, 1588, for fyfe sword girdells vs. for

staving of too blacke bills xxd. and for Armyng of xi pickes
xiijs. ixd. ... ... ... ***

XXs. vd.

*** Pd for fyfe ould daggers ... ... .

... ... iiijs. The "better government and benefyte of the church,” particularly in reference to the choice of churchwardens, was among the earliest subjects to engage attention:

Articles of Agreement made and concluded upon the Seventhe daye of

Ffebruarie, Anno Dmi, 1591, by the general assent and consent of the
vestrie men and churchwardens for the tyme now beinge for better
government and benefyte for the Churche as followeth, vizt. :-
1. Imprimis that noe Churchwarden hereafter shall make election or

bringe in anye man to be Churchwarden but by the generall
choyse and election of the vestrie men or the moste pte of
them for the tyme beinge. The said Churchwardens for the

tyme being to be allwaies of the said Electors. Then follow a number of orders relating to burials, of which the subjoined is a specimen :

8th May, 1593.–At a Vestrie the Day and yere abovesaid we the prte of

the Vestriemen whose names are hereunder written it was agreed and ordeyd that whatsoever Inhabitants of this parrishe who shall happen to burrye his wife shall not claim chalendge or have any right unto his wife's pewe after hir death, but to be dysposed by the Churchwardens for the Tyme being except any such pson soe burrienge his wife be or have bene high Constable burgesse or vestrieman and it is further ordered that any such man shall reserve to himself soe that his next wife hir pewe paying within vj wekes after hir death xijd. and yerely also xijd. to the churchwardens for the same. And that whoesoever heretofore hath burried his wife and not paide xijd. according to a former order Shall alsoe lose the beneffitt of there wives pewe and the churchwardens to place whome they shall think good notwithstanding any custom or order to the contrarye confirmed by or.

handes the day and yere abovesaid. The letting of pews and charges for bells is shortly afterwards taken in hand :

An order taken in the vestry for the prises and rates of the belles and

certayne pewes the xij day of January, 1594, in the xxxvij yere of quene

Elizabeth. This order was extended at great length to various other matters relating to the letting of the said pews to women and regulating the “knylls of the grete and seconde belles.”

Other orders were passed in the same year, directing the sale of the “smaller payre of organes,” defining the duties of the sextons, and laying down a scale of charges for interments.

The provision of an isolation hospital, then called 'pest-house,' is undertaken by a resolution passed in 1642.

At a Vestrie holden the 24th day of July, 1642, It was ordered that the

Church wardens shall forthwith proceed to build tenne roomes in Tuthill

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