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Diocese of Norwich: Anthony Harison's Collections

  • DN/HAR
  • Fonds
  • 1214-1687

Compiled between 1603-1636, with some late additions. Volumes of notes and transcripts and extracts of documents relating to episcopal property.

Anthony Harison; 1565-?; clergyman; Catfield, Norfolk

Diocese of Norwich: Consistory Court Deposition books and files

  • DN/DEP
  • Fonds
  • 1499-1788

Depositions, informations, examinations and interrogatories brought to the bishop's Consistory Court. Typical causes involved such issues as breach of marital promises, the restitution of marital rights, and the examination of disputed marriages either through consanguinity or bigamy, along with the probate of wills, and other testamentary issues such as the authorization of nuncupative wills, the examination of additional will clauses, and disputes over unpaid legacies, or corrupt executors. Other societal issues such as slander (defaming another's good reputation or standing within the community) were tried at the Court. Sexual morality was also regulated by the Church, with causes concerning charges of adultery and fornication (pre-marital sexual activity) frequently being brought before the Court, and accusations of the same were often at the root of defamation causes. In addition, the Court heard causes relating to the defense of church rights and property, particularly issues such as the non-payment of tithes, the misappropriation of church goods, the dilapidation of benefice buildings, church chancels and glebe property and the rights to certain pews in local churches. Matters of heresy and irreverency against the church, its ministers and buildings, along with parishioners' non-attendance at divine service were all within the Court's purview. In addition, faculties and other licences were issued by the Court, including those regulating mid-wives and schoolmasters. Of course, the Consistory Court was also the body in which matters of clerical delinquency might be addressed. Immoral, drunken, schismatical, contentious or otherwise scandalous clergy could all be reported (by their parishioners and other observers) to diocesan officials, and if action was taken, it would be in the Consistory Court that their causes would be heard.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Testimonials

  • DN/TES
  • Fonds
  • 1660-1794

Testimonials for holy orders, for schoolmasters, surgeons and midwives and for curates' licences.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Archdeaconry Debt Books

  • DN/DET
  • Fonds
  • 1729-1843

Contain accounts of fees due etc. for Norfolk Archdeaconry, Norwich Archdeaconry, Suffolk Archdeaconry and Sudbury Archdeaconry. Covering dates are approximate.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Visitations: Consignation Books

  • DN/VSC
  • Fonds
  • 1602-1852

Books prepared for use at Visitations in which were entered particulars of licences which the clergy were required to exhibit, detailing such things as their dates of ordination as deacon and priest and the name of the ordaining bishop, the dates of institution and induction, and also noting the details of licences of schoolmasters, surgeons and midwives.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Dissenters

  • DN/DIS
  • Fonds
  • 1567-1852

Certificates and Registers of meeting houses, returns of papists and Anglicans and dissenters, Census of strangers' churches in Norwich and King's Lynn. By the 1689 Toleration Act, Protestant dissenters were entitled to register their meeting houses with the bishop, the Quarter Sessions or their local archdeaconary. Applications to register took the form of certificates of the locations of these meeting places. By the 1812, Act certificates of registration became compulsory until 1855 (1852-1855 certificates issued by the Registrar General).

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Glebe Exchanges

  • DN/GLE
  • Fonds
  • 1680-1853

Original deeds of Exchange of Glebe lands, sometimes accompanied by related papers such as earlier deeds, petitions, surveyors' reports, commissions of enquiry and plans.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Miscellaneous Probate Papers

  • DN/PRO
  • Fonds
  • 1630-1857

Miscellaneous papers including: Commissions to take oaths, Renunciations of right to probate etc, Administration bonds, Administration Act Book, Index of Marriage bonds, Stamp Office Returns, Wills and probates with list of testators, Executors' and administrators' accounts and receipts.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Visitations: Visitation Books

  • DN/VSB
  • Fonds
  • 1706-1894

Books prepared for use at visitations in which were entered notes of matters presented or detected. Documents exhibited before the visitor such as glebe terriers, parish register bills and presentments were noted, but not their contents. The names of old and new churchwardens were entered as well. Occasionally the dates of institution and induction of a beneficed clergyman are recorded, though these were more usually entered in the consignation books: see list DN/VSC. Lists of citations of parishioners and clergy summoned to appear before the visitor record the reason for the summons and can include schoolmasters, surgeons, physicians, midwives, and executors of wills or administrators of goods and chattels.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

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