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