A huge and incredibly rare five volume set, this is *the* history of Surrey book. If there is a better, more comprehensive one we'd love to see it!
It contains an enormous amount of information about every place in the county, historical details as well as superb topopraphical descriptions plus dozens and dozens of superb quality illustrative plates.
This book was very kindly loaned to the Project by The Reading University Library.
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.
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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The full set of this incredibly rare and expensive set of books. This is probably one of the most useful London history books ever written and has been an invaluable reference tool for generations of eminent London historians.
Superb historical account of towns, villages and hamlets within twelve miles of the capital with numerous references to family names, extract from registers and dozens of beautifull illustrations. Each volume carries its own excellent index.
Originally published in 1791, this set has been bound into six books with the contents as follows:
Volume one - part one: The county of Surrey.
Volume one - part two: The counties of Kent, Essex and Herts.
Volume two - part one: The county of Middlesex. Acton - Heston.
Volume two - part two: The county of Middlesex. Hornsey - Wilsdon.
Volume three: Those parishes in the county of Middlesex which are not described in The Environs of London.
Volume four: The counties of Herts, Essex and Kent.
We are extremely grateful to The Barnet Archives for the kind loan of this wonderful set of books.
A comprehensive history of Camberwell with chapters covering it's geology, old families, population, political history, local names and places, churches and chapels, schools, local places and their associations and more.
Full of illustrations this book will be of great interest to those with Camberwell ancestors. A wealth of background information on the place they lived and what life was really like there.
The book explains the Inclosures Act and details the results of the act in Croydon. The act was passed to re-organise farm land, mainly to the benefit of the landowners who exchanged small pieces of dispersed land for large areas of land in one place. This allowed them to increase their agricultural output considerably and made them wealthier. In theory, people who had land taken from them to be redistributed should have received another piece of land as compensation, however this was not always the case and many small farmers and tenants were illegally evicted from their homes without compensation.
The list of awards details all those people who had land confiscated and were compensated, their new area of land can be seen on the vast map of Croyden Parish. So, you can see which section of land your ancestor's originally owned and where, if they were lucky, they were moved.
A history of Croydon town from around 1100 to 1800, with illustrations. It contains chapters on Early History and the Present state, Manors and Parks, Addiscombe, Charitable Institutions, The Palace, The Church, Benefactions to Croyden. Probably the most interesting section is the Chronology chapter containing interesting snippets of information about the goings on of the town between 1185 - 1744. Examples include,
"1200 - Two women, having stolen some clothes at Croindone, were pursued to South fleet where they were seized, imprisoned and afterwards tried by the Lord Henry de Cobham and other gentlemen of the county, who adjudged them to undergo the fire-ordeal. By this cruel and superstitious test of innocence one was acquitted, the other condemned and afterwards drowned in a pond called Bikepool."
"1728 - On the 12th of May, so violent a storm of hail and rain, with thunder and lightning, fell at Croyden as to strike the hail stones, which were from eight to ten inches round, some inches into the earth. The cattle were forced into ditches and drowned, the glass windows facing the storm were shattered and other great damage done"
An excellent history and topography of Croydon from Roman times through to the time of writing (1882).
Also contains extracts from the Domesday Book and some of the more sensational events recorded in the parish registers (please note that this book does NOT contain full transcripts of the whole of the parish register).
An excellent 19th century guide book which provides historical and geographical information about the following places in Surrey;
Wimbledon, Kew, Richmond, Kingston-On-Thames, Weybridge, Chertsey, Egham, Bagshot, Croydon, Caterham, Reigate, Dorking, Betchworh Park, Leatherhead, Epsom, Esher, Woking Junction, Guildford, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere.
Read about these places as your ancestors would have viewed them.
First published in London by Methuen in 1903 and republished here is the second edition of John Charles Cox's Surrey. Containing more than 200 printed pages, with many sketches and photographs by Edmund New, Surrey recalls the history and descriptions of what was still very much a rural county before the out break of WWI, from a historian who had spent much of his life fighting for the political rights of the rural labouring poor.
The Rev. Dr. John Charles Cox (ca. 1844-1919) was a renowned historian of English rural life and is now best-remembered as a topographer, antiquarian, local historian and publisher of church records. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Cox was editor of the Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist. In his seminal work, How to the Write the History of a Parish, published in 1905, Cox frequently emphasises the need to give the poor of the parish a voice and this need witnessed his prolific collection and publication of parish records, notably vestry minutes, where the poor of the parishes under his gaze often found a voice.
Published towards the end of his career, Cox's concerns over a rapidly changing and industrialising rural landscape and the negative impact these changes had on the rural labouring classes find their way into Surrey, which is essentially a topographical dictionary of the county. Cox believed that Surrey was probably the most beautiful of the home counties, with its still-exceptional ancient market towns, buildings, churches, manor-houses and cottages. However, he believed that outside of the county these superb attractions were little known and in order to make these more widely recognised and to provide means of access to their delights it was decided to publish Surrey in the mode of a 'gazetteer'.
Surrey begins with a general introduction providing statistical details on the county, its population, area and divisions, before embarking on descriptions of the county's flora and fauna, history, industries, antiquities and ecclesiology. The majority of Surrey is given over to an alphabetical descriptive dictionary of notable places in the county. Beginning with Abinger and ending with York Town and Camberley Cox's concerns over a rapidly changing landscape find voice in the pages of Surrey. Of Dulwich, he can still say that 'this is a beautiful urban hamlet'. Detailing the foundation of the famous college, an adjacent picture gallery and the creation of Dulwich Park in 1890 and only the mere hint of Dulwich's rapid growth and absorption into Greater London is given towards the the entry.
All-in-all Surrey is a most satisfactory publication. Replete with contemporary photographs and etchings of a county that has now changes out of all recognition, Cox's sympathetic descriptions of places and people and New's illustrations and photographs make this a highly recommended publication for the county.
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A charming little book, originally published in 1903 with this being the 5th edition from 1926. It contains detailed descriptions of each place in Surrey as well as general information about the area, population, history and the physical features and scenery.
There are many photographs and illustrations of churches and other places of interest as well as an extremely detailed county map.
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