Fonds PD 540 - Parish Records of New Buckenham

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PD 540


Parish Records of New Buckenham


  • nd [early 13th century]-2013 (Creation)

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29 boxes, 1 outsize roll

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In Rockland Deanery. New Buckenham was a perpetual curacy held by licence from the Bishop of Norwich; the minister was elected by the inhabitants of the town who paid scot and lot.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 14 November 1985 (numbered PD 540/1-2); 22 January 2002 (ACC 2001/282 numbered PD 540/3-17); 7 April 2008 (ACC 2008/3 numbered PD 540/18); 20 January 2009 (ACC 2008/328 numbered PD 540/19); 24 August 2017 (ACC 2017/71 numbered PD 540/20-40, 42-208); 25 May 2018 (ACC 2018/35 numbered PD 540/41); and 4 January 2019 (ACC 2018/177 numbered PD 540/209-210). List amended October 2018 (TT and JW); amended January 2019 (IRP).

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Many of the churchwardens', overseers', charities', high bailiffs' and other borough records have become confused with one another over the years. When the collection was being catalogued a number of envelopes were found containing mixed papers apparently relating to the functions of more than one official. In some cases it has been impossible to determine where papers belong (particularly loose accounts and vouchers) especially given the apparent overlap in roles and responsibilities of the churchwardens, overseers of the poor and borough officers regarding matters such as the administration of poor relief and charities, and the payment of the minister's stipend. It also seems to have been the practice for the churchwardens, overseers and officers administering charities to submit their annual accounts to the High Bailiff at the New Buckenham Portman Court for approval, which may explain the presence of accounts apparently compiled by these officers amongst the High Bailiff's accounts. Where possible, papers have been returned to the series to which they appear to belong, but documents relating to poor relief, charities, the minister's election and his stipend are scattered amongst the various series relating to the churchwardens, overseers of the poor, borough and charities, as well as where one might normally expect to find them.

Documents are arranged by series; document references are not necessarily in numerical order.

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See also records of A.T. Clowes and Son, Solicitors, New Buckenham, 1542-1931, MC 343 (E.N. Clowes was a churchwarden and the firm may also have acted for the parish in legal matters), which include parish records, amongst them documents concerning the church fabric and benefice, minister's election and stipend, New Buckenham charities and also including a landgable rental reviewed by the borough's Portman Court of 1542. Other records of the borough and manors of New Buckenham are listed under MC 22 and MC 1833.

For the lists of the New Buckenham parish records, compiled by Revd H.G.B. Folland on behalf of the Bishop's Committee for Books and Documents in 1970-1971, see DN/BBD 50. Mr Folland's 'small books' for New Buckenham give more detailed descriptions of some of the documents, including the settlement papers, bastardy papers and apprenticeship indentures (see DN/BBD 81/1). There are also extracts from the vestry minutes, 1802-1909, churchwardens' accounts, 1709-1851, overseers' accounts, 1695-1828, and high bailiffs' and bailiffs' accounts (see DN/BBD 81/2). Mr Folland used a card index compiled by Dr and Mrs Gripper Grey (PD 540/19) to help him to compile his lists.

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Created 05/03/2003 by Drome. Modified 14/01/2019 by Drojr.


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