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 topograhical 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.
A huge volume published in 1902 which is incredibly detailed. The contents include transcripts from the parish register from 1558, court rolls, and early wills, plus details of free and copyhold tenants, topographical and historical information.
Also included are twenty four full plate illustrations and a very large map of lands in the parish.
The original book was written in 1618 by Robert Reyce and this is a transcription from the original manuscript by Lord Francis Hervey.
A superb topogrraphical description and history of the county with genalogies of noteworthy familes, the names of the lords of the manors, knights, justices etc. Hervey also took the time to compile an excellent index which is included here.
Published in 1889. An historical account of Ipswich as it was in 1689.
A miscellany of anecdotes, romantic ballads, descriptive poems and songs, historical and biographical notices and statistical returns relating to the county of Suffolk.
Collected and compiled by John Glyde and published in 1866, this book will prove of great interest to those with ancestors in Suffolk. A great way to find out about life in by-gone times is through the tales people tell, this book in many ways contains the oral history of Suffolk
Published in 1892, a wonderful description of all of the towns and villages in the four counties.
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