The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topographical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Scans of an original document which shows details of rentals of property by people in the parish of Presteigne.
'A Rent Roll presented at the court leet and Veine of Frank pledge Held for the said manner, the 11th Day of may in ye year of Our Lord God One thousand Seaven hundred & five, by the Jury whose names are hereunto subscribed'.
The document goes on to list dozens and dozens of people, some of them are mentioned more than once for several different rentals of land and houses.
This fabulous and unique piece of history was found at a jumble sale and was purchased by a supporter of the project in order to preserve it. The document itself was written on the back of a large indenture which had been cut into several pieces and literally stitched together and rolled up. Velum was an expensive commodity and was seldom wasted!
This is one book from a series of very rare volumes published in 1805 entitled "The Beauties of England and Wales". This volume, for Herefordshire, describes the county, its history & antiquities, and places in great detail. (197pp).
Published in 1904 this is a wonderful history of the ancient county of Herefordshire dating from Roman times.
It contains details of the origin and evolution of the towns, folklore and customs and much more.
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