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The Town Book of Smallburgh.
1777-1837 345pp ms. in various, occasionally difficult hands, on 174 lined folio leaves with Britannia watermark; text a little faded at times, occasional small marginal tears, light worming to lower margins and upper margin of final 20 leaves, paper a little fragile but largely internally good & clean. Contemp. vellum, orig. ms. title on front board faded almost entirely, modern ms. title at upper margin; expertly and almost imperceptibly rebacked.An invaluable primary source recording the poor rate collections, disbursements and expenses for the village of Smallburgh in the County of Norfolk over a period of 60 years. The first page of accounts begin: 'The disbursements of me Isaac Saul Overseer from Michaelmas 1777 to Lastern 1778 as follows weekly collection for 27 weeks'. Recipients include Bretts boy, widow Roll, Window Swanton, and John Cubitt whose family appear regularly throughout the ledger with one relative, George Cubitt, noted as being an Overseer. The disbursements also include expenses incurred by the town: 'Mr Cook's bill for cloathing for the poor', 'paid Robt. Pratt for making a coat & jacket for the girl Emma', 'spent on the town meeting', 'writing the town's accounts', 'letter from Norwich about Nickelson's death', and other payments to those 'in want': 'John Chapman temporary relief having met with an accident from a till'. The record of disbursements is followed by 'a rate made for & towards the relief of the poor of the Parish of Smallburgh', listing all those contributing to the village poor relief fund. In 1777/1778 Francis Read contributed £50, Robert Archer £38, Thomas Archer £25 and William Postle £22. The majority of the 38 contributors pay a rate of £5 or under, mostly only £1 or £2. The books are almost always balanced. In 1778/79 £77.16.10 was disbursed and £77.14.11 collected. In 1783/84 £137.4.7 was disbursed and £138.12.0 collected. By 1826/27 £315.8.9 was disbursed and only £280.9.11 collected; the 'book' was 'in debt' by £34.18.9.In 1801 Smallburgh, 14 miles North East of Norwich, was a village of 63 houses, 85 families and 699 people. A workhouse or 'house of industry' was built in 1725 and extended in 1836. In 1821 it contained 131 males and 107 females; an entry in this volume notes a payment for 'carrying the poor to the house of industry'. Covering a period of 60 years, this ledger provides an exceptionally detailed account of all the payments and collections made on behalf of the villagers, who contributed funds and who received them, either as a person 'in want' or those contributing to the administration of the village.
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