England Additional Examples of Quarter Sessions Cases (National Institute)
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Appointments of parish officials, as well as scrutiny of their reports and their accounts fell to the county clerk and magistrates.
All adult males took their turn as unpaid parish officers, and were reimbursed for expenses. An important advantage to holding such an office for a year was that it conferred the right of settlement in the parish, and the holder could not be evicted later if he fell on hard times.
| Berkshire Quarter Sessions 1795 Film 0088145|
John Elisha of Shinfield, farmer, is appointed one of the Chief
Constables of the Hundred of Charlton in the room of [taking over
from] Thomas Toms.
| Kingston, Surrey Quarter Sessions 1793 Film 0993053|
Persons qualified to serve the office of Tithingman for the parish of Windlesham in the stead of James Lane.
Joseph Chapman - shopkeeper
Richard Dale - carpenter
*Edward Hammond - yeoman
| Bromley Petty Sessions 3rd May 1784|
Present: John Cator esq., Benj. Harene esq. Film 2145577
The persons whose names are hereunder written were appointed
|Bromley||Keston||St. Pauls Cray|
|Willm Lascoe||John Wiffen||Phillip Mosyer|
|George Shorter||Thos Chapman||Edwd Everest|
|| St. Mary Cray|
| William Langlands
|| Willm Bath
|| Chrisr Farrant|
| George Barringer
|| Will: Spencer
|| Thos Chapman|
|| West Wickham
| John Hills
|| Edwd Hudson
|| John Glover|
| Edwd Everet
|| John Cooper
|| Wm Youmans|
| James Collins
|| William Burr
|| Bathw Jackson|
| Willm Firminger
|| William Phipps
|| Anthy Crane|
| North Cray
| John Bannister
|| John Smith
|| Robt Woodmass|
| Robt Eves
|| Edwd Elliott
|| John Curteis|
| Geo: Whiffen
|| Stephen Brooker
| Stephen Cook
|| Saml Rush esq.|
| Parish Officers’ Reports Faversham Borough Session Files Film 1851039|
October 14 1794
John Benstead made diligent survey of meats and found them sweat and good for mans body and not very fatt at times in the market
Presenter of Butchers John Benstead.
October 23 1784
Roads and Bridges
Sessions records contain matters relating to the creation and maintenance of the main roads and bridges.
| Berkshire Quarter Sessions 1799 Film 0088145|
Philip Mate of Thatcham, keeper of a turnpike gate fined 40/- for
taking a greater toll than he was authorized.
| Essex Quarter Sessions 1827 Film 0853352|
It is ordered by the Court that the treasurers of this County or one
of them do pay to Mr Matthew Gardner the sum of seventeen
pounds fourteen shillings and six pence being the amount of his
late Bill for repairing the Bridge called Long Bridge situate in
Little Coggeshall in the said County, which Bill hath been now
produced to and allowed by this Court.
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