Seventeenth Century Life in the Country Parish: With Special Reference to Local Government
By: Eleanor Trotter (author)Paperback
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Originally published in 1919, this book constitutes an attempt to show how the ordinary business of local government was maintained during the seventeenth century, taking into account the social and political upheaval created by the Civil War and its aftermath. Although it focuses mainly on the North Riding of Yorkshire, the observations made in the text are presented as broadly reflective of circumstances in other areas of the country. A bibliography and map of the North Riding region are also included, together with extensive notes. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the development of local government, British history and early modern history.
Introduction; 1. The parish, the unit of local government; Appendix A. A journey of a lame soldier with his certificate from London to Yorkshire; 2. The churchwardens; Appendix B. Cost of re-casting the great bell at Houghton-le-Spring; 3. The Anglican priest and the church; 4. The overseers of the poor; Appendix C. Indenture of an apprentice; 5. The petty constable; Appendix D. Precautions taken by the Justices to prevent the spreading of infection of the plague; 6. The repair of highways and bridges. The work of the surveyor; 7. The labourers and apprentices; Appendix E. Table of wages paid in 1658; Appendix F. My Lord Finch's custom for (sheep) clipping; 8. The rogues and vagabonds; 9. The social life of the village community; Appendix G. Compensation for loss by fire. Briefs; 10. The justice of the peace; Appendix H. Charge to the high constables at Thirsk 1608; Appendix I. Letter from Mr Will. Aldbrough to Sir Timothy Hutton regarding the dearth of corn in 1623; Appendix J. Note regarding the order of the Privy council about alehouses; Appendix K. Agreement of Justices; Appendix L. The engagement; Appendix M. The oath of abjuration; Appendix N. The oath administered to a Justice of the Peace; Preface to bibliography; Bibliography; Index.
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