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Diocese of Norwich; 1095-
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Diocese of Norwich: Presentation Deeds

  • DN/PRE
  • Fonds
  • 1536-1954

Presentations deeds; with some grants of the next turn, resignations, notes of collations and a few other related documents.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Appointments of Officials

  • DN/ADR 19
  • Fonds
  • 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
  • Fonds
  • 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: Curates and Chaplains

  • DN/CUR
  • Fonds
  • 1782-1955

Licences and nominations to act as curates and chaplains with, in some cases, supporting papers such as the curate's subscription to the 39 Articles and testimonials. From 1821 the nominations are filed separately and are listed in the second half of the list.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Dispensations

  • DN/ADR 13
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1955

Applications for dispensations made under the Pluralities Acts 1 & 2 Vic. c.106, 13 & 14 Vic. c.98 and 48 & 49 Vic. c.54. Before legally holding more than one benefice, a clergyman had to send a statement to the bishop giving the size of the population, income and outgoings of the benefices concerned and the distance in miles between them. The bishop certified the correctness of this information and forwarded the application to the Archbishop of Canterbury who granted the dispensation. Successful applications were filed in the Archbishop's Faculty Office.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Dilapidations

  • DN/DIL
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1955

Files of surveys, reports, accounts and correspondence relating to dilapidations to parsonage houses etc., under the Ecclesiastical Dilapidations Measure, 1871, 1923 and subsequent Measures.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

Diocese of Norwich: Consistory Court Files

  • DN/CON
  • Fonds
  • 1528-1956

Citations, libels and allegations, interrogatories and sentence papers

Diocese of Norwich, Consistory Court; 11th century-; ecclesiastical court; Norwich, Norfolk

Diocese of Norwich: Sales and Purchases of Glebe Land and Parsonages

  • DN/ADR 9
  • Fonds
  • 1803-1957

Under the nineteenth-century Ecclesiastical Leasing Acts incumbents were more easily able to sell or purchase glebe land and parsonage houses in order to improve their holdings or residences. Glebe land could also be exchanged. The conveyance or exchange of land often necessitated a re-assessment of its tithe rentcharge.

Diocese of Norwich; 1095-

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