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Diocese of Norwich: Visitations: Processes etc.

  • DN/VIS
  • Fondo
  • 1555-1980

Up to 1686 the documents listed under this head consist of Consignation books and Visitation books which are not included in the series of those books listed separately (see DN/VSC and DN/VSB).

From 1686 there are, for most Visitation years, Visitation Processes which include Mandates to hold Visitations, Citations to appear etc., and, for some years, Presentments and proceedings thereon and Comperta books recording the further stages of proceedings for the correction of faults discovered or presented during a Visitation.

From 1777 the Visitation Papers consist mainly of printed Questions addressed to the incumbents of each parish. From 1813 these were accompanied by another series of printed questionaires or Articles of Enquiry addressed to the churchwardens, which were returned to the rural deans for those years when an episcopal visitation did not take place. These Questions and Articles were filed by deanery and have been listed alphabetically by Visitation Centre or Court. In 1837 the archdeaconry of Sudbury with the exception of the deaneries of Stow and Hartismere were transferred to the diocese of Ely.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Visitations: Consignation Books

  • DN/VSC
  • Fondo
  • 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: Diocesan Deeds (Orders in Council)

  • DN/ADR 26
  • Fondo
  • c 1675-2021

The Diocesan Deeds series contains documents relating to, amongst other things, parsonage houses, church sites, benefactions, patronage, grants of annuities and Orders in Council concerning various matters such as ecclesiastical fees and unions and disunions of benefices. The original indexes are held by the Diocesan Registry.

To order a deed, check the indexes and then complete a request slip quoting DN/ADR 26/3/[Index number].

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Consistory Court Deposition books and files

  • DN/DEP
  • Fondo
  • 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: Ordination Registers

  • DN/ORR
  • Fondo
  • 1531-2005

Registers and lists of persons ordained deacon, or priest, occasionally noting the examination of a candidate's literacy (often expressed in terms of their college degree), their title (that is, proof of possession of a curacy, benefice, college fellowship or other means of subsistence suitable to the ordinand's new order) and letters dimissory from the bishop of a stranger's 'native diocese' (that is, a letter from another bishop recommending a candidate for ordination).

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Institution Registers

  • DN/REG
  • Fondo
  • 1299-2014

The Registers of the Bishops containing principally institutions to benefices but also other matters such as ordinations, commissions, letters dimissory, licences and copies of other letters and documents. This list is not an exhaustive survey of the contents of each volume.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Diocesan Quinquennials

  • DN/QQN
  • Fondo
  • 1951-1990

Under the Inspection of Churches Measure, 1955, churches were to be inspected by a surveyor approved by the diocese within five years of the passing of the Measure and every five years thereafter. A quinquennial report was received by the diocese and the parish and can sometimes be found amongst the parish records and the records of the surveyor. Occasionally, a repair specification was drawn up at the time of the inspection and sent with, or instead of, the report. The Diocesan Advisory Committee is now responsible for the administration of these records.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Anthony Harison's Collections

  • DN/HAR
  • Fondo
  • 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: Diocesan Board of Finance

  • DN/DBF
  • Fondo
  • 1873-1980

DN/DBF1 Committees fund ledgers, cash books, journals etc with general receipt books, general payment and cash books, parish quota accounts, miscellaneous accounts and records of related and merged bodies.
DN/DBF2 Diocesan Trust: Minutes, committee minutes, miscellaneous material and war damage claims; Related and Merged Bodies; Printed material: Norwich Diocesan Calendars with Clergy lists, Directories, Conference reports, Fund annual reports, Bishop's Fund reports, Norwich Diocesan Gazette, and Church Assembly News; and Papers of Archdeacon H.K. Percival Smith.

Diocese of Norwich, Diocesan Board of Finance; fl 1873-2018

Diocese of Norwich: Accounts Between Offices

  • DN/ABO
  • Fondo
  • 1744-1915

Files endorsed 'Accounts between Offices' consisting of fees for wills proved and administrations and licences granted in the various jurisdictions.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Bishop's Transcripts

  • DN/BT
  • Fondo
  • 1685-1940

Alternatively known as Register Bills or Parish Register Transcripts. These are contemporary copies of parish register entries made, usually, by the incumbent and presented to the Bishop, or his Visitor, at the episcopal visitation. Returns were made less frequently after the middle of the 19th century.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Appointments of Officials

  • DN/ADR 19
  • Fondo
  • 1763-1954

Letters patent, Archbishop's faculties and other grants of appointment to offices in the diocese of Norwich.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Glebe Terriers

  • DN/TER
  • Fondo
  • 1585-1955

In the late sixteenth-century, the ecclesiastical authorities became increasingly concerned to record, and thus preserve, church land, income and rights from lay encroachment. A canon of 1571 required bishops to ensure the compilation, and deposit in their registry, of terriers of glebe land. This requirement was repeated and enlarged by the 1604 canons (number 87). A few terriers date from the sixteenth-century (see list ANW 15), but the regular series of terriers for most parishes in the Diocese of Norwich begin in the early seventeenth-century.

Terriers describe the land belonging to the living and often refer to the parsonage house, where it exists, tithes and other sources of income or privileges claimed by the incumbent. Inventories of church goods, recording such things as the communion plate, books and vestments can also be found amongst the terriers. A terrier was drawn up by the incumbent and churchwardens, often with the assistance of the leading or elder parishioners. In later years, the terrier may simply confirm the previous version.

The terrier was normally exhibited before the Bishop or Archdeacon at their respective visitations and then sent to their registry for filing. Most of those held by the Archdeacons were later transferred to the Bishop, but a large number of the earlier terriers found their way into the records of the Archdeaconry of Norwich (see list ANW 15). Terriers received by the Diocesan Registry were bundled together by parish up to 1955 (see DN/TER 1-175) whereafter they remain in yearly bundles arranged alphabetically by benefice (see list DN/TER/A).

Some register transcripts are amongst the terriers.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Non-Residence Papers

  • DN/NRM
  • Fondo
  • 1805-1936

Miscellaneous papers relating to incumbents not residing within their benefices. The Act of 43 Geo. 3, c.84 required the registration of all licences after which date registers and files of applications were kept. The Act of 1 & 2 Vict., c.106, s.50 required that all petitions for licences for non-residence should be filed.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

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