SECTION 6 - DUTIES OF PAROCHIAL OFFICIALS
Duties of the Vestry Clerk.
1 April 1778. Vestry Minute Book, iii, 490. (fn. 1)
To attend all vestry meetings summoned by the churchwardens and make
To write all notices prepared by order of Vestry.
To make the several Tax Books of the Parish at 8 shillings each, and for
confirmations, signing and attendance, 8 shillings and 4 pence more.
To make his charge half yearly to the churchwarden to be inspected by the
vestry for all business done for the parish and to be allowed a salary of £4 per
As clerk to the Guardians of the Parish poor children:
To summon and attend them at their several meetings.
To write all notices ordered by them in execution of their trust or directed
by Act of Parliament and to be allowed for the same 2 guineas yearly.
To attend the meeting of the Trustees when summoned and make proper
To write all notices directed by them.
To write the charge to the several constables yearly and the abstract of their
choice by the parish, to make these tax books at 8 shillings each.
To be allowed six pounds per annum exclusive of other business done for them.
Duties of the Beadle.
Epitomized from Vestry Minute Book, iii, 454. (fn. 2) Approved in Vestry, 4 Sept. 1771.
To set the watch at 10 every night and wait till the constable for the night
comes to the watch-house.
To give notice to each constable of respective Watch nights and if he does not
come by eleven to give notice to treasurer and take an exact account of neglect
of duty by watchmen.
To keep order in parish, prevent beggars and vagabonds lurking in parish,
boys disturbing the inhabitants by gaming, &c., keep the horses out of the
close on Fridays, attend church on Sunday morning and afternoon and prevent
children playing and talking in service time.
Assist churchwardens in collecting their books, attend upper churchwarden
every morning to receive orders, keep him informed, prepare and deliver out
summons for vestry and trustee meetings, give notice to Contractor for the
poor of the meetings of the Guardians.
To convey the poor to the contractor for their maintenance.
For any poor passed into the country to be allowed 3s. a day for himself and
2s. a day for each pauper besides the expense of carriage.
That he be paid £20 a year salary and five pounds more in lieu of all extra
charges in the performance of his duty. That he have a cloak and hat once
in two years and a great coat and hat in the intermediate years, and that five
pounds be paid by the Treasurer. (fn. 3)
Duties of the Sexton.
18 Oct. 1816. From Vestry Minute Book, iv, 372. (fn. 4)
To sweep and keep clean the church.
To ring the bells and open the pews on Service Days and other necessary
To sweep the leads and gutters and the belfry stairs.
To blow the organ bellows, and dig the graves or cause them to be dug.
To sweep and keep in order the churchyards.
To attend Vestry and Trustee Meetings, &c.
To light the church and vestry fires whenever they are wanted.
To attend the rector or minister on all church duties and whatever assistance
he may need in the performance of his duty he must pay for it out of his salary
which he will receive which is Thirty Pounds per annum.
Duties of the Watchmen.
From the Vestry Minutes, 4 Oct. 1744, vol. iii, 228. (fn. 5)
The following regulations were agreed to, with the constables' consent, viz.:
That fastenings be made to the Gates of this Parish, and that they be shut
from the time that the watch are set to the time they go off.
From the 29th of September to the 25th of March the watch to be set from
nine o' the clock in the evening till six o'clock in the morning and from the
25th of March to the 29th of September from 10 o'clock in the evening to four
o'clock in the morning.
That the Watchman be allowed ten pence per night each man from the
29th of September to the 25th March and eight pence per night from the
25th March to the 29th September. If any of the Watchmen neglect to attend
and perform his duty, that night's pay to be deducted, in which he shall so
neglect his duty, and the constable for the time being to hire another man in
his stead on the parish account.
That the number of Watchmen in this parish be so timed.
Ordered—That every Inhabitant in this parish who shall refuse to pay the
Watch Rate be obliged to watch in person.