Tenants of Great
Tey and Crepping Hall manors attended their
respective manorial courts. The Great Tey court
made no distinction between Great Tey and
Chappel, but the Crepping court elected a rent-
collector for Bridgehall in 1347 and a constable
for Brightlingsbridge in 1457. (fn. 90) From 1541 or
earlier courts baron were held for Bacons manor;
they dealt almost exclusively with transfers of
copyholds, although c. 1580 the farmer of the
manor was ordered to repair his buildings. The
last recorded court was held in 1849. (fn. 91)
An almshouse for two families, on the Tey
road, was repaired by the parish in the later 18th
century. It may have been the workhouse or
poorhouse, or the old poorhouse, both of which
were recorded in 1821. A workhouse continued
in use in 1835. (fn. 92)
The parish spent £104 on the poor in 1776,
and an average of c. £86 a year between 1783
and 1785. (fn. 93) In 1803 expenditure was £198, or
18s. 10d. per head of population, one of the
higher rates in the hundred. All relief was given
in the workhouse. (fn. 94) The amount spent on the
poor rose to £565 in 1813, and total poor rates
to £669, including some money spent on the
roads and the church fabric, in 1821. (fn. 95)
Expenditure peaked at £653 in 1822, then fluc-
tuated between £618 and £446 between 1823
and 1834. The rate per head of population was
one of the highest in the hundred in the early
1820s, reaching c. £2 a head in 1822, and
remained above average for the area. (fn. 96) Some out
relief was being given, perhaps to the sick, in
1821. By 1823 up to 20 people seem to have
received weekly allowances. In the 1820s
clothes, shoes, and coal were bought for paupers;
men were paid for work on the road, and for
'loss time'. In 1831 the overseers paid to appren-
tice a boy. (fn. 97)
No records of vestry government before 1836
survive, but the 'town meeting' which cost £1
in 1822 and £2 in 1823 may have been the Easter
vestry. (fn. 98) In 1899, during the dispute between
the vicar, Alfred Werninck, and his parishioners,
the chairman of the parish council tendered his
resignation, and no guardians were elected. (fn. 99)
||E.R.O., D/DBm M3, rot. 37; M7, rot. 15A.
||Ibid. D/DZa 1, 8, 10-11.
||Ibid. T/P 195/11/17; ibid. D/P 87/12/1.
||Ibid. Q/CR 1/1.
Poor Law Abstract 1804.
||E.R.O., Q/CR 1/10, 12; D/P 87/12/1.
||E.R.O., Q/CR 1/10, 12; Rep. Sel. Cttee. on Poor Rate Returns, 1822-4, H.C. 334, Suppl. App. (1825), iv; ibid. 1825-9, pp. 61-2, H.C. 83 (1830-1), xi; ibid. 1830-4, p. 60, H.C. 444 (1835), xlvii.
||E.R.O., D/P 87/12/1.
||Ibid. D/P 87/12/1.
||Ibid. T/P 181/3/4; below, this par., Church.