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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1109 on request slip.

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Records transferred by the Local Studies Assistant, Local Studies Unit, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Arts and Libraries Section, Economic Development, Skills and Leisure Division, Community Services Directorate, Medway Council, Civic Centre, Strood, comprising manuscript material transferred from the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester via Local Studies, as follows.

Personal papers of (William) Howard (Lesley) Bell AFRAeS, MSLAE, successively of The Villa, Eastchurch, Sheppey, Back Fields, Borstal Road, Rochester, 11 Bridge Road, Rochester, 111 Cecil Road, Rochester, 132 City Way, Rochester, 38 Looksley Park, Finaghy, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 23 Jeffrey Street, Gillingham, Kent Arms, James Street, Gillingham and 46 Fox Street, Gillingham, successively engineering apprentice, sales representative for and chief inspector of Short Brothers, Rochester, aeronautical engineers, divisional assistant chief inspector of Elliott Automation, Maidstone Road, Rochester and publican, comprising passports (2 booklets), Air Ministry licences (4 booklets), National Health insurance book (1 booklet) (1912), Belfast Special Constabulary identity card (c.1940), notebook on avionics (1937), stencil typescript of lecture entitled Inspection given to Belfast Branch, RAeS 1944-1945, illustrated, with minutes of discussion (1 booklet), [mutilated], testimonial signed by Hugh Oswald Short (1949), contract with Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd., Lewisham SE13 (1957), certificate of election as Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (1942), certificate of membership of Society of Licensed Aircraft Engineers (1945), certificate of membership of Belfast Association of Engineers (1944), lunch menu card for maiden flight of Imperial Airways Short Scylla (1934), menu card for dinner on occasion of conference on municipal airports, Savoy Hotel, London (1929), menu card from Grand Central Hotel [Bundoran, County Donegal, Irish Free State (cf. Ireland)?] 1945, souvenir brochure of royal visit to Shorts’ Seaplane Works, Rochester March 1939 (1 booklet) and off-print of Chatham Observer article on Mr. Bell, with photograph 1968, with covering letter from Richard Stutely of Maidstone Borough Museum, museum technician (1985)

[Guildhall Museum dep. no. 970]

[Archivist’s note. The Chatham Observer article credits Mr. Bell as being the first apprentice in the aircraft industry, July 1909]


Date: 1912-1985
Quantity: 1 folder/22 items
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1114 on request slip.

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Manuscript material of varying provenance transferred from Medway Library Service and the Guildhall Museum, Rochester via Local Studies, comprising:

scrapbook relative to history of Bredhurst and Bredhurst Church, compiled 1964-1968 and 1975 by L.A. Griffith of 152 Barnsole Road, Gillingham and later of 1 Aynsley Court, Wilbury Avenue, Hove, Sussex, member of Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group, to mark occasion of extension of parish of Bredhurst 1964-1965, containing letters received, ephemera, notes, drawings, newscuttings and facsimiles of documents held at Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, British Museum, London and Public Record Office, London, with copy of compiler’s booklet Bredhurst 1966
[Gillingham Library]
(1 volume with loose enclosures)

historical notes on and extracts from records of St. John’s Church of England School, New Road Avenue, Chatham, compiled c.1943 (1 notebook) [Chatham Library KD50.03StJ] (C/ES 85/5 (additional));

Medway Poor Law Union receipts for poor rates levied on Messrs. W. Boots and Co., 24 High Street, Chatham, carriers and naval baggage agents and Alfred G. Browning, Military Road, Chatham, jobmaster 1910 (2 items, paper);

Chatham Borough Council receipt for general district rate levied on Browning as above, 1910 (1 item, paper);

receipted bill from Co-operative Ideal Dairies Ltd., 181-187 High Street, Chatham, to Royal Naval Depot for laundry, 1939 (1 item, paper);

correspondence between Henry Smetham of Newton St. Loe, 78 Goddington Road, Strood and A.A. Arnold FSA of Cobhambury, Cobham, regarding Osterland, Stoke and mentioning Rev. F.J. Hammond of Allhallows and Rev. Canon Dr. Samuel Bickersteth of Canterbury Cathedral, 1926;
letter from H. Lambarde of Ash Rectory to A.A. Arnold asking for assistance in his nephew’s application for membership of the Society of Antiquaries c.1926;
4 items/paper(found in A.A. Arnold’s copy of William Lambarde’s Alphabetical Description of the Chief Places in England and Wales 1730 (local studies collection ref. QK942LAM))

list of members of the elocution class of Strood Working Men’s Club and Institute subscribing towards testimonial to Charles Roach Smith, their president, c.1900 (1 item/paper) [see also strood Institute elocution Class minute book (with loose enclosures) 1894-1902 (Call no.: DE53 (part)]);

Additional records of Christchurch Luton County Primary Junior Girls’ School comprising letters and circulars from J.L. Smith, Divisional Education Officer, Kent Education Committee, Fort Pitt House, New Road, Rochester to Mrs. J.S. Joyce, 18 Connaught Road, Chatham, school manager, 1956-1959 (1 bundle/11pp./items) (C/ES 85/11-);

Printed circular from C.S. Knight, mayor of Rochester on behalf of the local Civil Defence Services, HQ, King Edward Road, Rochester, to W.P.B. Goodfellow of 19 Brompton Lane, Strood, standing him down and stencil typescript circular from head warden to same concerning final parade, 1945 (2pp.) [Donated by the Faversham Society, Fleur de Lys Heritage Centre to the Guildhall Museum, Rochester and transferred to Local Studies 2004] (local studies ref. VF940.53ROC);

Receipted bills or vouchers of Wakeley Brothers (Rainham, Kent) Ltd., Wakeley Lane, Rainham, agricultural merchants, from their suppliers 1934-1936, 1950 (1 folder);

Franked or stamped, addressed envelopes apparently of no common origin and collected as having local relevance, five from Kentish Town, London NW to Madame Rose Wright, 20 Theobald Square, Rochester (one including a letter from a Mrs. Collins at 18 Wincanton Cottages, Sussex Road, Tonbridge and one from Ma and Pa) 1909-1910, one from Bulawayo, Rhodesia, to Mrs. C. Hobart, 36 Richard Street, Rochester 1940, two from Huddersfield, West Riding, Yorkshire to Mr. J.W. Newell, W.C. Holmes and Co.’s representative, C/o Gas Works, Gas House Road, Rochester 1936, one to P.P. Roome, Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Officer, ARP HQ, Maidstone Road, Rochester 1940, one to Mr. D. Albury, Air Ministry Technical Costs Officer, Messrs. Short Brothers, Airport Works, Rochester 1940 and one from Fr. de Winne, Horsemeat Salesman, Kloosterstreet, 55, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium to Mr. R. Hook, horse slaughterer, 220 Chatham Hill, Chatham 1936
13 items

apprenticeship indenture of Cyril Valentine Hayzelden of Deramore, Palmerston Road, Chatham, to Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Ltd., Seaplane Works, Rochester, [aeronautical engineers] (2 items, paper) 1930;

Christmas card from the Royal Aero Club, London W1, illustrated with a photograph of Horace Short, Orville Wright, Oswald Short, Wilbur Wright and Eustace Short at the Aero Club Flying Ground, Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, marking the 50th. anniversary of powered flight, 1953, sent by Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Short (1 item) [Guildhall Museum dep. no. 1292 1984];

Printed booklet entitled A Royal Visit: A Souvenir of the Visit of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the Works of Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Ltd., Rochester by Griffith Brewer, 1939 (1 booklet) [Guildhall Museum gift dep. 632 1976];

Stencil typescript press release issued by Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Aircraft Production, Millbank, London SW1 supplying description and attributes of Shorts’ Shetland flying boat, 17 May 1945 (2pp., foolscap);

Typescript and stencil typescript reports, minutes, printed pamphlets, flyers and correspondence of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) side in Medway Divisional Joint Production Consultative and Advisory Committee meetings with management of Short Brothers, Seaplane Works, Rochester, kept by a Mr. Dickenson of the Engineers’ Department, pertaining to industrial relations, closure of works and transfer of operations to Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 1938-1947 (2 folders) [Guildhall Museum gift deps. 1257 and 1273];

Facsimile plan of Shorts’ Seaplane Works, Willis Avenue, Rochester, showing factory shops, foreshore and deep air raid shelters, c.1942 (1 item, paper);

C.S. Knight, mayor of Rochester’s copy of itinerary for royal visit to Shorts’ Seaplane Works, Willis Avenue, Rochester, with site plans, 1939 (1 folder);

Greetings card bearing colour print of Kenneth Denton’s painting of a Short Brothers’ C Class Empire Canopus flying boat over Rochester 1936, signed by the artist, c.1990 (1 item, paper);

Stencil typescript Short Brothers’ aircraft type and data list 1908-1951 (1 sheaf/6pp.);

Plan of graveyard, High Halstow parish church, compiled by Sarah Cook, Susan Hackett, Tracey Horne and Kathryn Worthen, 1977-1978 (1 roll/83 1/2” x 58” (2120mm x 1479mm)) (call number P167 (additional)) [see also DE83]

Narrative, progress sheets, notes, photographs and facsimile sectional drawing pertaining to renewal of No.2 Rotary Kiln, Cliffe Cement Worls, Alpha Cement Ltd. Cliffe, 1950 (1 folder)

File updated by Borough Archivist 16 March 2006


Date: c.1900-c.1990
Quantity: 1 box, 1 roll
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0787 on request slip.

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Records salvaged from former premises of Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), Chatham District, 6 (part) New Road Avenue, Chatham (St. George's Hotel (part)), comprising, firstly:

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), various Rochester and Medway branches 1953-1993, viz

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) Rochester 5 Branch viz minute book 1963-1993 (1 volume);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) Rochester 7 Branch viz minute books 1964-1967, 1968-1969 (2 volumes) and money steward's cash and receipt book 1958-1959, 1961-1964 (2 volumes);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) Rochester 8 Branch viz money steward's cash and receipt book 1964 (1 volume) and members' contributions book 1989 (1 booklet);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) unstated Rochester or Chatham branch viz minute book 1966-1970 (1 volume);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) Chatham 3 Branch viz minute book 1959-1970 (1 volume) and check book 1953-1957 (1 volume);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) Medway Supervisory Branch viz minute book 1974-1980 (1 volume);

records of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) combined Medway area branches registration book c.1961-c.1968 (1 volume);

and secondly

records of National Society of Painters, formerly Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators, previously National Amalgamated Society of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators, Chatham Branch and Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Branch 1914-1971 viz

minute books (meeting at the Fountain Inn, High Street, Chatham) 1921-1924, 1924-1929, 1929-1935, 1935-1939, 1945-1949, 1949-1952, 1952-1956, 1956-1960, 1960-1966 and 1966-1971 (10 volumes);
secretary's out-letter book 1924 (1 volume)
secretary's cash book 1949-1952 (1 volume);
treasurer's book 1922-1928 (1 volume);
cash books 1932-1936, 1936-1940 (2 volumes);
contribution and benefits record books 1924-1928, 1929-1933, 1934-1938, 1938-1942, 1943-1946, 1946-1947, 1949-1950, 1951-1952, 1952, 1952-1953, 1954 and 1967 (12 volumes);
check book 1934-1938 (1 volume);
money or check steward's books 1928-1935, 1935-1942 and 1942-1948 (3 volumes);
proposition and entrance form books 1947-1948, 1950-1952, 1952-1953, 1953-1955 and 1955 (5 booklets);
local levy account book 1963-1971 (1 volume);
proposition and entrance certificate counterfoil book 1950-1953 (1 booklet);
arrears book c.1924-c.1926 (1 booklet);
registration books 1914-1920 (partly retrospective to 1898), 1919-1920 and 1920-1925 (3 booklets);
paying-in book, in account with Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. 1934-1935 (1 booklet);
print of union banner of the General Union of House-carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain and Ireland with key c.1920 (1 item);
printed matter including National Society of Painters' Journal various editions, alterations to rules, rule books, sample ballot papers (11 items, paper), book The Builders' History by R.W. Postgate 1923 (1 volume);
National Painters' Society, Chatham Rochester and Gillingham Branch, Christmas unemployed fund giving box c.1920 (1 item, wood).

Date: 1914-1993
Quantity: As stated above
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0911 on request slip.

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Additional records of HM Customs and Excise for the Port of Rochester, deposited by Knowledge Services Unit, Library Services, HM Customs and Excise, 4th. Floor West, Ralli Quays, 3 Stanley Street, Salford, Lancashire, via Senior Research Archivist, Centre for Kentish Studies, Sessions House, County Hall, County Road, Maidstone, comprising:

List of names of Royal Navy mates serving as chief officers of coastguard stations (in south of England and Ireland), giving names, stations and ports and remarks, 7 July 1842 (1p.);
Facsimile site plan, elevation and plan of proposed Waterguard Office, Customs and Excise, Port of Rochester, Canal Road, Strood, prepared by Ministry of Works, Forest Road, Tunbridge Wells, 20 June 1945 (1p.);
Facsimile plan, section and elevation of Customs and Excise Office, Port of Rochester, Canal Road, Strood, as revised 23 November 1946 (1p.);
Discharge certificate issued by Melville Hospital for Seamen and Marines [alias Chatham Hospital or Royal Hospital, Chatham], Chatham [cf. Brompton] in respect of Daniel Collins, commissioned boatman of HM Coastguard, Cliffe Creek, on completion of treatment for haemoptysis, 1850 (1p.);
Statement of particulars of trade and business at port of Rochester1877-1880 with letter from P. [?] Costello [?], collector at Rochester, asking for increase in salary, annotated with refusal 1881 (2pp.);
Correspondence pertaining to claim by Richard Coveney, examining officer, for removal expenses in removing from Lowestoft, Suffolk to Rochester 1868 (9 items);
Correspondence between Comptroller of Rochester Custom House, Long Room Branch, Assistant Secretary’s Branch and Captains of HMS Cambridge (1840), HMS Wanderer (1840), HMS Horatio (1852), Customs offices at Plymouth, Devon and Portsmouth, Hampshire and Edward Winch of Rochester (1852) pertaining to duty, Drawback and supply of wine and brandy to Royal Navy at Woolwich and Sheerness 1838-1852 (14 items)

[For previous deposit see DE829]

Date: 1838-1946
Quantity: 1 bundle
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0936 on request slip.

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DE936A

Additional records of Parish of Frindsbury with Upnor, Frindsbury Church only, comprising:

Minute book, Stewardship Committee 1969-1979 (1 volume);
Letter from Miss Kathleen A. Gladdish of 2 Nursery Terrace, Bill Street, Frindsbury to Rev. J.A. Lloyd, Lockington, Maidstone Road, Rochester, concerning use of Parish Hall by Brownies 1937 (1p.);
Letter from Ven. W.M. Browne, Archdeacon of Rochester to Parochial Church Council following his visitation, 1939 (2pp.);
Survey of memorial inscriptions on coping bricks of south wall of no.1 churchyard c.1986 (1 booklet);
Minute book, Frindsbury and Wainscott Girl Guides 1975-1986 (1 volume);
Minutes of Frindsbury and Wainscott District, Girl Guides’ Association 1980-1988 (1 folder);
Typescript history of Frindsbury compiled by Frindsbury Extra Women’s Institute [1955] copied 1967 (1 booklet);

ISAD (G) reference number: P150 additional

DE936B

Records of varying or unknown provenance acquired by depositor acting in capacities as secretary of Medway Heritage Centre Trust and member of City of Rochester Society, records not otherwise differentiated, comprising:

Printed report on and coloured map of proposed Rochester City Council municipal and ward boundaries, map surveyed by Lieutenant R.K. Dawson, Royal Engineers, c.1831 x c.1841 (2 items, paper);
Printed pamphlet comprising supplement to Royal Engineers Journal volume xxxiv no.3 containing obituary notice of George Payne FSA by Colonel B.R. Ward, RE September 1921 (1 item, paper);
Printed sale particulars of Tir na N-Og, Hollywood Lane, Frindsbury 1955 (2 copies, paper) [cf. C.W.W. Thompson, architect’s drawings contained in collection DE779 viz DE779/series B/37 and DE779/Series DE779/A/14]
Photograph of 40th. Medway Scout Jungalaver at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Strood with signed souvenir sheet December 1944 (2 items);
Photograph of fire boats hosing down scene of fire on Rochester Railway Bridge, 30 June 1919 (1 item, mounted on card);
Rules and minutes of Rochester St. Margaret’s Ward committee of Rochester Constitutional [cf. Conservative and Unionist] Association 1878-1891 (1 volume with loose enclosure);
City of Rochester Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden’s sector book (1 booklet);
Guarded volume of vouchers chiefly in successively favour of C.S. Roberts and H.E. Roberts of Bill Street, Frindsbury, builder, contractor and brick manufacturer in respect of building of 7 Garden Row, Bill Street (now Cooling Road), Frindsbury 1903-1904 with studio photographs of occupants Charles and Sarah White by John H. Weekes of High Street, Strood c.1890 (1 ad hoc sheaf);
Printed flyer published by K.A. Horwood, Chief Constable for the City of Rochester, ordering observance of the Air Raid blackout c.1940 (1p.);
Printed pamphlet entitled A Letter to the Clergy of the Church of England on the Occasion of the Commitment of the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Rochester [Francis Atterbury] to the Tower of London 1722 (1 item);
Report entitled A Proposal to Extend the City Conservation Area by Ian Colvin and Andrew Spearman of the City of Rochester Society to the Planning Sub-Committee, Rochester upon Medway City Council, illustrated with colour photographs, 1987 (1 booklet);
Admiralty chart of River Medway between Stangate Creek (Upchurch, Iwade and Lower Halstow) and Rochester 1941 (1 sheet) [cf. deposit DE779];
Word processed article on the Coalwhippers’ Strike of 1889 and Red Medway an index to radical labour and working class activity and individuals in the Medway Towns, both by R. Bruce Aubry of Rochester, formerly of Maidstone, lecturer, c.1988, with covering letter to Medway Heritage Centre (formerly St. Mary’s Church), Dock Road, Chatham 1988 (3 items, paper);
Disrupted clients’ papers and title deeds salvaged from an unknown firm of solicitors, pertaining to properties in Frindsbury including the Cottage on the Cliffe beerhouse, Frindsbury Quarry Estate and land on Frindsbury Peninsula, 1729-1962 parties Harris, Saffery, Fenner, Aubrey, Tingey, Stark, Arkcoll, Conservators of the River Medway, Rochester Bridge Wardens and Church Commissioners (8 items), with agreement between Henry Ludwell Dampier of Frindsbury Brewery and Michael Roberts of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland to take latter’s son Michael Randal Roberts to learn brewing 1881 (1 item paper) and apprenticeship indenture of Harry Charles Cave Dibley to Charles Sydney Roberts of Strood, builder as apprentice carpenter and joiner 1892 (1 membrane)

[See also deposits DE779, DE801 and DE802]

ISAD (G) reference number: DE936B

Date: 1729-1987
Quantity: 1 box
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0978 on request slip.

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Additional records of St. Mary Magdalene’s Parish Church, Main Road, Longfield, comprising:

Portfolio of church notices c.1893 (1 portfolio);
Damp-press out-letter book 1904-1906 (1 volume);
Parochial Church Council (PCC) minutes, accounts and electoral roll 1960-1962 (1 folder);
PCC minutes and agenda papers 1989-1993 (1 roll/bundle);
MS and typescript transcriptions of W.H. Ireland’s description of Longfield, from his County of Kent 1830 (1 sheaf);
Printed order of service for Coronation Day 1902 (1 small booklet);
Faculty for installation of electric heaters 1964 (1 packet);
Insurance policies, mortgage deeds, legal opinion, balance sheets and MS notes pertaining to Parish Hall and Institute 1910-1960 (1 packet);
Correspondence and bills pertaining to sale of old rectory, land, and cottage 1953-1955 and building of new rectory 1956-1960 (1 folder);
Correspondence pertaining to organ repairs and maintenance 1957-1964, building of new vestry 1958-1959 and gambling 1961 (1 bundle);
General PCC correspondence 1965-1970 (1 folder);
Facsimile and original pencil drawings of vestry extension and parish room, architects Farrington Dennys Fisher, London and Rainham Timber Engineering Co. Ltd., Rainham, Essex, with some correspondence, 1974-1978 (1 folder/bundle);
Photographs of church interior and exterior, jubilee hall and beating the bounds, with two printed fund raising leaflets for church enlargement and repair (c.1888), c.1888-1962 and 1982 (1 folder/bundle);
Correspondence about repairs to church roof 1950-1952 (1 bundle);
Fire, burglary, employer’s liability and public liability insurance policies 1911-1944 (1 packet);
Correspondence about Tithe redemption 1887-1924 (1 bundle);
Board of Education draft final order, agreement and correspondence about Longfield Church of England School 1903, 1943 (1 bundle);
Balance sheets 1952-1953 and annual returns 1955-1965 (1 folder);
General PCC correspondence including balance sheet 1953, agreement with Dartford Rural District Council regarding tenancy of land (1959), specification for repairs (1958) and redundant army cadet hut, 1953-1965 (1 folder);
Ven. W.M. Browne, Archdeacon of Rochester’s report on visitation of church 1935 (3pp. and envelope);
Schedule of deeds to land for school forming part of Pescot Farm, reciting 1880-1938 (2pp.);
Pen and ink and pencil drawings of church by Charles C. Winmill, 1 Minor Canon Row, Rochester, FRIBA and W.F. Boucher of Hartley, architect, late of Drake and Boucher, High Street, Rochester, with correspondence about screen, 1934-1935 (1 roll);
Facsimile drawings of rectory 1954, fencing at rectory1959 and proposed vestry 1957, by George E. Clay and Partners ARIBA, Gravesend and Rochester (6 sheets and envelope);
Schedule of decorations for rectory 1955 and correspondence about fencing 1959 (1 bundle);
Faculties (3 items) and petition for faculty (1 item) 1958-1976, with envelope;
Bastardy bond between James Rumbly alias Rommaney of Meopham, woodcutter and overseers of Longfield in respect of bastard child of Ann Weller of Longfield, singlewoman 1786 with covering letter from F. Sedley Andrus of Longfield, 1988 (2 items, paper)

ISAD (G) reference and call no.: P231 additional.

Date: 1785-1993
Quantity: 2 1/2 boxes
Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: 07_M_SERIES/M068 on request slip.

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Photocopy of forged safe conduct pass from King James VII/II and Samuel Pepys at the court at Rochester to the ship The Young Man’s Fortune of Cork, Ireland under Jasper White, Master, from Cork to San Sebastian, Spain, spuriously dated 17 January 1688/1689

[Documentation is held on file including a letter from Professor Ronald Hutton of Bristol University explaining the document served a legitimate function but was falsely dated and signed by James in advance to provide a fictitiously legal basis for government business between James’ abdication and William and Mary’s coronation. Other separate explanatory papers are supplied but should be treated with caution]


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Royal Letters Patent

 

(i) HM Queen Elizabeth II

(ii) Medway Towns District Council

 

Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith:

 

To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting!

 

Whereas certain new local government districts have been established by Orders made under the Local Government Act 1972:

 

And whereas the Council of the District of the Medway Towns are, until the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, a shadow authority who by virtue of regulations made under the Local Government Act 1992 are empowered by provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 to present unto us a Petition praying for the grant of a Charter conferring upon the said District of the Medway Towns the status of a Borough:

 

And whereas a Petition praying for the grant of a Charter conferring upon the said District the status of a Borough has been presented unto Us by the Council of the said District:

 

And whereas We are pleased by the advice of Our Privy Council to grant a Charter for such purpose:

 

And whereas the area of the said District includes the area of the former Borough of Gillingham and the City of Rochester Upon Medway in respect of which divers Charters have been granted:

 

Now therefore know ye that We, by virtue of Our Prerogative Royal and in pursuance of the Local Government Act 1972 and of all other powers and authorities enabling Us in that behalf, have granted and declared and by these Presents do grant and declare as follows:

 

1 The District of the Medway Towns shall have the status of a Borough.

 

2 Any powers to appoint local officers of dignity exercisable immediately before the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight by the mayor, aldermen and burgesses of the former Borough of Gillingham of the Council of the City of Rochester Upon Medway shall be exercisable by the Council of the Borough of Medway Towns in respect of the whole Borough.

 

3 The Mayor of the Borough of the Medway Towns shall have the office of Admiral of the Water of Medway from Sheerness to Hawkwood and the office of Constable of Rochester Castle.

 

4 Subject to any provisions made under or by virtue of any statute in force on the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, all powers exercisable before the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight by the City Council of Rochester Upon Medway in relation to the Rochester Oyster and Floating Fisheries by virtue of the common law, prescription or otherwise, shall vest in and be exercisable by the Council of the Borough of the Medway Towns who shall for this purpose act by a Court of Admiralty consisting of the Mayor of the Borough (who shall preside) and such members of the Borough Council as the said Council may appoint at their annual meeting and the Mayor and the members so chosen shall duly hold a Court of Admiralty at such times and in such manner as may be necessary or proper in like manner as the Court of Admiralty was held prior to the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight.

 

5 Any privileges or rights belonging immediately before the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight to the burgesses of the former Borough of Gillingham or to the citizens of the City of Rochester Upon Medway shall belong to the inhabitants of the whole of the Borough of the Medway Towns.

 

6 This Our Charter shall come into force on the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight.

 

In witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.

 

Witness Ourself at Westminster the first day of April in the forty-seventh year of Our Reign.

 

By warrant under the Queen’s Sign Manual

 

Legg

 

2 membranes with Great Seal, fabric tie and case.


Date: 1 April 1998
Quantity: 2 membranes with Great Seal, fabric tie and case.
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Chronological list of important charters relating to the Medway Towns.

Arranged topographically, by organisation or authority and chronologically within organisation or authority, giving date (many by regnal year), action, source and location. Many of these documents are held in other repositories ( we may only hold facsmiles)

Key to to other repositories

BM British Museum/British Library
KHC : Kent History Centre (Maidstone) MALSC: Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre  RCA= Rochester City Archives, CBA= Chatham Borough Archives- held at MALSC
TNA: National Archives, Kew [prev. the Public Record Office]

TOPOGRAPHICAL

ROCHESTER AREA, PRIORY AND CORPORATION

604
King Aethelberht [cf. Ethelbert] I to St. Andrew's Priory, Rochester Textus Roffensis f119; Liber Temporalium f3
MALSC; KHC

734 & c.845
King Aethelbald of Mercia to St. Andrew's Priory, Rochester; confirmed by Berhtwulf of Mercia c.845
BM Cotton Ch. xvii 1

738
King Eadberht of Kent to St. Andrew's Priory, Rochester; confirmed by Aethelberht of Kent 738 Textus Roffensis ff119-120
MALSC

762 Actually 747
King Eardwulf of Kent to St. Andrew's Priory, Rochester Textus Roffensis f123
MALSC

762
King Sigered of Kent to Bishop Eardwulf of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff122-123;  and Liber Temporalium f4
MALSC; KHC (respectively)

764  
King Offa of Mercia to Bishop Eardwulf of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff123-125; Liber Temporalium f6
MALSC; KHC (respectively)

765
King Ecgberht [cf. Egbert] of Kent to Bishop Eardwulf of Rochester confirmed by King Heaberht of Kent and King Offa of Mercia Textus Roffensis ff126-127;
MALSC

761x764
Sigered, king of half Kent to Bishop Eardwulf of Rochester; confirmed by Eanmund of Kent Textus Roffensis ff125-126
MALSC

778
King Ecgberht [cf. Egbert] of Kent to Bishop Deora of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff129-130; Liber Temporalium f5; BM Cotton Ch viii 34;
MALSC; BM, KHC

779
King Ecgberht [cf. Egbert] II of Kent to Deora Textus Roffensis f130
MALSC

781 Actually 860-866
King Aethelberht [cf. Ethelbert] of Wessex to Bishop Deora of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff130-131; BM Cotton Ch vi 4
MALSC ;BM

788
King Offa of Mercia to St. Andrew's Priory and Bishopric of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff131-132; Liber Temporalium ff4-5
MALSC; KHC

789
King Offa of Mercia to Bishop Waermund of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff133-134
MALSC

789
King Offa of Mercia to Bishop Waermund and church at Rochester Textus Roffensis ff132-133; Liber Temporalium f5
MALSC; KHC

801
King Coenwulf of Mercia and Cuthred of Kent to Swithlun Textus Roffensis ff135-136; Liber Temporalium ff8-9
MALSC; KHC

811
King Coenwulf of Mercia to Bishop Beornmod of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff136-137; Liber Temporalium f4; BM Cotton Ch viii 31
MALSC; BM; KHC

823
King Ecgberht [cf. Egbert] of Wessex to St. Andrew's Priory, Rochester Textus Roffensis ff137-138
MALSC

838
King Ecgberht [cf. Egbert] of Wessex to Bishop Beornmod of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff138-139; Liber Temporalium f3; BM Cotton Ch viii 30
MALSC, BM, KHC

841
King Aethelwulf [cf. Ethelwulf] of Wessex to Bishop Beornmod of Rochester Textus Roffensis f139
MALSC

842
King Aethelwulf of Wessex to Ceolmund Liber Temporalium f4
KHC

850
King Aethelwulf [cf. Ethelwulf] of Wessex sub-king of Kent to Ealhhere princeps Liber Temporalium f9;
KHC

855
King Aethelwulf [cf. Ethelwulf] of Wessex to his minister Dunn; with Dunn's will Textus Roffensis ff139-140; Liber Temporalium f9
MALSC, KHC

860 & 790; actually c.975
King Aethelberht [cf. Ethelbert] of Wessex to Bishop Waermund of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff134-135; Liber Temporalium f3 BM Cotton Ch viii 29
MALSC, KHC, BM

862
King Aethelberht [cf. Ethlebert] of Wessex to his minister Dryhtwald BM Cotton Ch viii 2;
BM

868
King Aethelred [cf. Ethelred] I of Wessex to Cuthwulf, Bishop of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff140-141
MALSC

880
King Aethelwulf [cf. Ethelwulf] of Wessex to St. Andrew's Priory and Bishop Swithwulf Textus Roffensis ff141-142; Liber Temporalium f4.
MALSC, KHC

942x946
King Eadmund [cf. Edmund] I to Bishop Burhic of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff143-144; Liber Temporalium f5.
MALSC, KHC 

955
King Eadgar [cf. Edgar] of Wessex to St. Andrew's Priory Textus Roffensis ff15-152; Liber Temporalium f9; BM Cotton Ch viii 33.
MALSC, KHC, BM

987
King Aethelred [cf. Ethelred] II to his minister Aethelsige BM Cotton Ch viii 14; Liber Temporalium f6;
BM

995
King Aethelred [cf. Ethelred] II to see of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff152-155
MALSC

998
King Aethelred [cf. Ethelred] II to see of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff156-159; Liber Temporalium f8
MALSC, KHC

1012
King Aethelred [cf. Ethelred] II to Bishop Godwine of Rochester Textus Roffensis ff159-162; Liber Temporalium ff6-7
MALSC,KHC

Source for all above: Anglo-Saxon Charters I: Charters of Rochester ed. A. Campbell 1973.
Original sources: Textus Roffensis ref: DRc/R1; Liber Temporalium  ref: DRb/Ar2
(MALSC & KHC)

1086
Extracts from Domesday Book relating to City of Rochester both translations; copy and translations of extracts Translation and Latin extract of Domesday Book entry for Rochester
MALSC  ref: RCA/L2/32   [Westminster copy]

c.1104- c.1109
Notification by King Henry I to barons and ministers re. St. Andrew's Priory; Cartae Antiquae PRO C52 6 no.13; BM Cotton MS Dom AX9 f102 copy; PRO charter roll transcript 3EdI f6vo; Thorpe's Registrum Roffense p34; PRO Deputy Keeper's Report XXX app199 calendar; Landon's Cartae Antiquae no.194; DRc?; see Bartlett pp2 & 87; (Bartlett: Textus Roffensis CXXXI; charter roll 3EdI no2; patent roll 12EdIV pt2m 14; confirmation roll 1 Hy VIII pt.8 no. 2; Cotton MS Dom AX f104b; BM Add MSS MS29437 f7vo ex libro Roff ; printed text in Hearne's Textus Roffensis 172; Col Chart Roll ii 195; Thorpe's Registrum Roffense 527) Translations RCA/L2/ 32
TNA, MALSC ; BM

c.1130- c.1133
King Henry I: notification confirming above DRC?; Thorpe's Registrum Roffense 34-35;
MALSC

c.1142- c.1154
King Stephen: confirmation of above two BM Cotton MS Dom AX9 f181vo; Thorpe's Registrum Roffense 37; Bigelow's Placita Anglo Normannica p165
BM, MALSC

c.1155- c.1156
Pipe Roll 2 King Henry II m12, City of Rochester to Exchequer RCA/L2/32,translation; copy & extract RCA/L2/32 MALSC[copies];TNA

1156-1366
Translations and extracts from Pipe Rolls recording payments by Rochester RCA/L2/32 MALSC,TNA

c.1158- c.1159
Pipe Roll 5 King Henry II roll 9 account for 100 /- for Borough of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 (copy) MALSC

c.1159- c.1160
Pipe Roll 6 King Henry II m7 Kent and Rochester to Exchequer copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC(copy), TNA

 c.1160- c.1161
Pipe Roll 7 King Henry II m9 account for 100 /- for donum of Rochester, copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

c.1167- c.1168
Pipe Roll 14 King Henry II m14 account for £9.13.4 for City of Rochester, copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

c.1175- c.1176
Pipe Roll 22 King Henry II account for 40/- for a murder from Burgesses of Rochester, copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

c.1176- c.1177
Pipe Roll 23 King Henry II account for 40 marks in aid of Rochester RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

  c.1187- c.1188
Pipe Roll 34 King Henry II Exchequer owed 75/- by sheriff for donum of Rochester, two copies and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

1 July 1190
King Richard I to Burgesses of Rochester: charter exempting from page to crown of paage exacted on Crusaders passing through i.e. Quit Claim; Town of Rochester 
TNA copy at MALSC

C52/17 no.29 dorse ( Cartae Antiquae Rolls, Chancery records); translated Bartlett p.17 [NB MALSC copy annotated incorrectly by Bartlett as 1189]

Translation by George Henry Knight, Joint Chapter Clerk in 1865 of printed book The Charters of Foundation & Dotation and the Statutes of Rochester Cathedral ed. by Thomas Rawlinson Esq. FRS, published 1777 (DE373; DRc)
Translations RCA/L2/32

c.1191- c.1192
Pipe Roll 3 King Richard I tallage of 75/- for men of Rochester copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

1192/1193
Pipe Roll 4 King Richard I Great Roll account for farm of City of Rochester, livery of Hugh de Bosco, Constable of Rochester and acquittance for passage of Crusaders translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

1193/1194
Pipe Roll Great Roll 5 King Richard I account for farm of City of Rochester, fortifying City with wall and ditch and in acquittance of passage of Crusaders translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

1194/1195
Pipe Roll Great Roll 6 King Richard I account for farm of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA 

1198/1199
Pipe Roll Great Roll 10 King Richard I account for farm of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC(copy), TNA 

1199/1200
Pipe Roll Great Roll 1 King John I account for farm and customs of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

c.1201- c.1202
Pipe Roll 3 King John I debts owed for farm of Rochester, copy and translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC(copy), TNA

1205/1206
Pipe Roll Great Roll 7 King John I account for farm of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

CITY OF ROCHESTER

1224/1225
9 King Henry III Pipe Roll, roll 12; ; allowance on paage for Crusaders, men of Rochester; translation RCA/L2/32  MALSC(copy)  

1224/1225
9 King Henry III Close Roll pp.17, 43, 34, 108, 201 & 240: references to William Potin and ditch workmen, release of paage for Crusaders, ships laden with corn, timber for making [siege] engines carried to Rochester, the gaol at Rochester, M. de Patishull and Henry de Cobham RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy)

6 November 1227
King Henry III to Citizens of Rochester: charter; also Calendar of Charter Rolls volume 1 p.64. facsimile in Bartlett p.18; translated Bartlett p.19 translation at RCA/L2/32
MALSC
For an image of this document, please click here

1235/1236
Pipe Roll Great Roll 20 King Henry III account for farm of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32 MALSC (copy), TNA

1237/1238
22 King Henry III Office copy extract Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office roll 10 allowance from Henry III to Bailiffs of Rochester, RCA/L2/32/43; translation RCA/L2/32/44-45; translations RCA/L2/32/80/1-2
MALSC (copies)

1240/1241
Pipe Roll Great Roll 25 King Henry III account for farm of City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/119 MALSC(copies), TNA


1243/1244
memorandum roll no. 28 King Henry III copy RCA/L2/32/6MALSC(copy)

1245/1246
Pipe Roll Great Roll 30 King Henry III account for the farm of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/120  MALSC(copies), TNA

1249/1250
34 King Henry III extract from Originalia Roll rendering of account translation RCA/L2/32/46, copy RCA/L2/32/47  MALSC(copies)

1250/1251
35 King Henry III extract from Pipe Roll rendering of account Office Copy RCA/L2/32/48, translation RCA/L2/32/49/1-2   MALSC (copies)

6 February 1266
King Henry III to the City of Rochester: charter; Not recorded at PRO in calendars of charter or patent rolls; calendared Bartlett p21 Remission of £8 per annum of the Fee Farm of £20 Translation RCA/L2/32/121 Two copies; one with red and green silk tag (see collection M62 for photographic negative) and second with parchment tag
MALSC (copies)

1274/1275
3 King Edward I Hundred Roll for Kent m8v Inquisition, dispute over premises of John de la Chambre next gate of City situate next river Medway translations RCA/L2/32/50-51, copies RCA/L2/32/52, 69-70  MALSC(copies), TNA


1278/1279
7 King Edward I Common Pleas, dispute over corn, herrings, sprats and oysters with Henry Parable, Constable of Rochester Castle, absenting of merchants from City and consequent loss to City, translation RCA/L2/32/53   MALSC (copies), TNA

1278
7 King Edward I Common Pleas Prior of Rochester and tolls translation RCA/L2/32/56  MALSC (copy)

4 June 1280
Letters Patent Patent Roll m15 4 June 1280 8 King Edward I to John de Cobeham [Cobham] custody and farm of City of Rochester and King's Castle at Rochester Latin copy and translations RCA/L2/32/85-87
MALSC (copy), TNA

1292/1293
21 King Edward I Common Pleas dispute over diversion of corn, fish and other merchandise from Rochester Key [i.e. Quay] to Strood Wharf, mentioning Ralph Parkyn, Ralph Edmund, John Edmund, Richard Fille, Richard Brid [Bird?], John Bryd [Bird?], John Creye [Cray] Simon Dereboght, Nicholas Dereboght, Ralph de Cobham and Nicholas de Chirgate RCA/L2/32/54
MALSC (copy), TNA

1303-1304
32 King Edward I Fines Roll m11 to Henry de Cobeham [Cobham] the farm of the City of Rochester and Rochester Castle office copy, Latin RCA/L2/32/88
MALSC (copy)

1292
21 King Edward I Common Pleas, various and tolls, translation RCA/L2/32/55
MALSC(copy), TNA

1310/1311
4 King Edward II Fines Roll m20 command to John de Saint Dionisius and John Russell, Collectors in the Port of Rochester concerning Keepers and Searchers of goods and merchandise including cloth imported by foreign merchants translation RCA/L2/32/60
MALSC (copy), TNA

1310/1311
4 King Edward II Fines Roll m14 assignment to John de Saint Dionisius and John Russell as Custodians and Searchers of coinage in Port of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/61MALSC (copy), TNA 
 

1312/1313
6 King Edward II Common Pleas complaint against William Swetyng [Sweeting] of Maidstone and John de Pykenham for sailing in the medway without paying custom to City of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/57 MALSC (copy), TNA

1312/1313
As RCA/L2/32/57 above RCA/L2/32/58 MALSC (copy), TNA
 

1312/1313
6 King Edward II Common Pleas, allowance to John [de Greenstreet], Prior of Rochester of certain liberties and tolls in Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/59 MALSC (copy), TNA

1312/1313
6 King Edward II Common Pleas, concerning diverting of custom i.e. ships' merchandise away from City of Rochester by persons including James the son of Albin of Gillingham, Stephen brother of same and William le Vans, to Gillingham, Andrew at Pette of Rainham, John Romeys and John de Hamme likewise of a ship to Rainham and William Swetyng [Sweeting] of Maidstone and John de Pykenham who did not declare merchandise translation RCA/L2/32/62  MALSC (copy), TNA

18 January 1331
King Edward III to City of Rochester: charter Charter Rolls C53/117 M6 no7; calendar of same vol iv pp200-201; extract only translated Bartlett p22 copy RCA/L2/32/9; translation RCA/L2/32/8; MALSC (copy), TNA

15 March 1354
Letters Patent Part 1 m18 28 King Edward III to William de Clynton [Clinton], Earl of Huntingdon, farm and custody of City and Castle of Rochester translation RCA/L2/32/79; office copy and translation RCA/L2/32/93-94 MALSC (copy), TNA

1 September 1354
Fines Roll 28 King Edward III m11 farm of City of Rochester and Rochester Castle to Jeffry [Geoffrey/Galfridus] de Say, office copy and translations RCA/L2/32/92/1-3 MALSC (copy), TNA

14 January 1359
Fines Roll m11 32 King Edward III at Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland to Henry de Cobham, farm and custody of City of Rochester and Rochester Castle translation and copies RCA/L2/32/89-91  MALSC (copy), TNA 
 

1 July 1359
Fines Roll 33 King Edward III m11 to John de Gray of Codenore [Codnor, Derbyshire] the farm of the City of Rochester and Rochester Castle office copy and translations RCA/L2/32/95/1-3; memorandum concerning, Rochester City Customal, fifth foliated section f.122 recto;MALSC (copy), TNA

20 July 1369
43 King Edward III Patent Roll grant to Prior and Convent of Rochester in exchange for certain liberties, translation RCA/L2/32/63 MALSC (copy), TNA

15 December 1376
50 King Edward III Patent Roll part 2, m6 to Simon de Burgh, Esquire the farm of the City of Rochester and Rochester Castle office copy & translations RCA/L2/32/96/1-3
 MALSC (copy), TNA

6 April 1378
 King Richard II to City of Rochester: Letters Patent; facsimile in Bartlett p24 also Calendar of Patent Rolls p178 PRO ref. C66/301 m25, (facsimile filed at RUMCC/CE/RUMCC versus Selling- MALSC)

22 April 1395
Chancery Close Roll m9 mandate from King Richard II for repairing paving in High Street, Rochester; copy RCA/L2/32/10/1; translation RCA/L2/32/10/2 MALSC (copy), TNA

10 April 1410
Confirmation by King Henry IV of charters of Kings Richard II, Edward III and Henry III of liberties of City of Rochester; Patent Roll Pt. II m28, copy RCA/L2/32/7/1, translation RCA/L2/32/7/2 MALSC (copy), TNA


12 February 1414
Patent Roll Pt. V m14 confirming charters of Kings Henry IV, Richard II, Edward III and Henry III of liberties of City of Rochester; copy RCA/L2/32/11; translation RCA/L2/32/12 MALSC (copy), TNA

14 July 1438
King Henry VI to City of Rochester: charter; a facsimile Bartlett p.26; calendar of charter rolls volume vi pp.2-4; translation at RCA/L2/32/13-16, photocopy at file ref. RUMCC/CE/RUMCC versus Selling; PRO ref. C53/187 m46; translation from charter roll calendars, PRO, filed at ref. RUMCC/CE/RUMCC versus Selling
MALSC MC8c TNA

1 June 1446
King Henry VI to City of Rochester: charter (of incorporation); calendar of charter rolls volume vi pp.61-64 translation at RCA/L2/32/17, photocopy at RUMCC/CE/RUMCC v Selling;  TNA ref. C53/188 m9
MALSC, TNA translation from charter roll calendars, PRO, filed at ref. RUMCC/CE/RUMCC v. Selling

14 December 1461
King Edward IV to City of Rochester: (mayoralty) charter; translated in Bartlett pp.33-35; calendar of charter rolls volume vi pp.176-180; translation RCA/L2/32/18; copy in English in Rochester City Customal (RCA) first foliated section ff.40 verso-49 verso and MF509;
Please click here to view an image of this charter   MALSC (copy), TNA 

[See City of Rochester Charter Celebrations 1461-1961: 500 Years of Mayoralty, 24th June- 8th July 1961, Souvenir Programme ROC352.04223 Local Studies Collection]

14 April 1511
King Henry VIII to City of Rochester: Letters Patent; patent rolls? PRO ref. C56/41 m3, facsimile at RUMCC/CE/RUMCC versus Selling
MALSC TNA

1536 & 1877
28 King Henry VIII Ministers Accounts of the Monastery of St. Sexburgh, Minster in Sheppey, Court of Augmentation with associated correspondence relating to Port of Rochester and River Medway, RCA/L2/32/97/1-8  MALSC (copy), TNA

30 May 1547
King Edward VI to City of Rochester: Letters patent; part facsmilie Bartlett p38; calendared Bartlett pp.39-40; patent rolls?
MALSC

15 November 1559
Queen Elizabeth I to City of Rochester: Letters Patent; patent rolls? part facsimile Bartlett p42 direct colour copy MALSC

4 January 1597/1598
Warrant from Sir William Cecil, 1st. Baron Burghley to Officers of Port of Rochester to allow Monsieur Caron, Agent of the States of the Low Countries [cf. Netherlands/Holland/Flanders] to export 30 demi-culverins, RCA/L2/32/65
MALSC (copy), TNA

11 September 1607
King James I to City of Rochester: Letters Patent part facsimile Bartlett p46 patent rolls? seals illustrated Bartlett p.45
MALSC

25 July 1616 King James I City of Rochester: Commission under Great Seal
MALSC

29 May 1620
KIng James I to City of Rochester: Letters Patent calendared Bartlett p.49; patent rolls?
MALSC

1619/1620
Quo Warranto 17 King James I translations RCA/L2/32/98-99 MALSC (copy), TNA

29 May 1620
Exemplification of Quo Warranto 17 King James I translation RCA/L2/32/100 (copy)
MALSC

7 August 1629
King Charles I to City of Rochester: Letters Patent partly illustrated in Bartlett p.50; translated Bartlett pp.51-75 patent rolls? See also An Authentic Copy of the Charter and Bye-Laws of the City of Rochester with an Abstract of the Customal 1809 ROC352.002; second edition 1816 same ref. Bartlett p.51 also mentions a 1749 translation; copy in English in Rochester City Customal ff.92 verso -112 recto (first foliated section) and MF509;MALSC

23 December 1664
King Charles II to City of Rochester: Chancery Warrant translated/transcribed Bartlett p76MALSC


1676-1677
28 King Charles II [sic] Copy extract from Survey of Port of Rochester, member of Port of Sandwich, made on 3 February 1676/1677 RCA/L2/32/72
MALSC (copy)

1676-1678
Commission and Certificate for setting out the bounds, metes and limits of the Port of Sandwich and Members thereof, viz. Dover, Rochester, Faversham & Deal RCA/L2/32 /103 with abstract of same RCA/L2/32/104  MALSC (copy), TNA

17 October 1686
4 King James II Proclamation for restoring Corporations to their ancient liberties, rights and franchises office copy and copy RCA/L2/32/105-106  MALSC (copy), TNA

9 & 11 February 1687/1688
King James II to City of Rochester: Surrender and Grant Both transcribed Bartlett p77
MALSC

23 January 1781
Extracts from judgments and decrees in pursuance of an act of Parliament to vest certain premises in trustees in connection with the better securing of HM Dock [Yard], ships and stores in Chatham respecting public house known as the Three Horse Shoes owned by the City of Rochester near Star Lane, Rochester RCA/L2/32/108
MALSC(copy) PRO[?]

12 January 1785
King George III to City of Rochester: Letters Patent
MALSC

1820/1821
1 King George IV Commission setting out limits of Fiscal Port of Rochester RCA/L2/32/107 MALSC (copy), TNA


King William IV to City of Rochester: Letters Patent
MALSC

28 January 1836
King William IV to Mayor of City of Rochester: Letters Patent constituting grant of Commission of Peace
MALSC

14 November 1837
Queen Victoria to Mayor of City of Rochester seal obverse and reverse illustrated Bartlett p82
MALSC

12 February 1842
Victoria to City of Rochester: Letters Patent granting separate Court of Quarter Sessions
MALSC

Above sources citing The City of Rochester Charters P.H. Bartlett, 1961.

1 March 1878
Queen Victoria to the Mayor of the City of Rochester: Letters Patent constituting a Commission of Peace Charter apparently missing.
? Seal MALSC

30 March 1961
Address by Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of Rochester to HM Queen Elizabeth II on occasion of her visit to Rochester. Illustrating City of Rochester coat of arms and with pendant wax seal of City of Rochester.
MALSC

18 March 1974
Queen Elizabeth II to City of Rochester: Letters Patent Constituting the area of the City of Rochester as the City of Rochester with effect from 1 April 1974 Illustrating heraldic lion passant guardant holding City of Rochester banner and with illuminated initial E and royal coat of arms.
[ELIZABETH THE SECOND BY THE GRACE OF GOD/ OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN/ Ireland AND OF OUR OTHER REALMS AND TERRITORIES QUEEN/ HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH DEFENDER OF THE FAITH/
To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting Whereas since time immemorial the City of/ Rochester has been a City And Whereas the City of Rochester as at present constituted will cease to/ exist on the 1st April 1974 by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972 And Whereas We are mindful of/ the long history and proud heritage of the said City and for this reason and for divers other good causes/ and considerations Us thereunto moving desire to perpetuate the ancient name of the said City Now Therefore Know Ye/ that We of Our especial grace and favour and mere motion do by these Presents ordain declare and direct that henceforth/ from the 1st April 1974 the area of the City Of Rochester as at present constituted shall be called and styled the CITY OF/ ROCHESTER In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster/ the eighteenth day of March in the twenty-third year of Our Reign./
BY WARRANT UNDER THE QUEEN’S SIGN MANUAL /
Dobson/]
MALSC With pendant seal.
[See copy of Bartlett in Local Studies Collection as above ROC352.002 for typescript transcription; 

31 March 1974
Deed of Transfer, City of Rochester to Medway District Council of land, property, assets, hereditaments, rights and liabilities. Illustrated with City of Rochester coat of arms and with pendant City of Rochester seal attached.
[Whereas:/ (1) By virtue of the Charter of King Edward IV granted on the 14th December 1461/ the Mayor and Citizens of the City of Rochester were created a body corporate/ with a common seal for the business of the said City./ (2) Under the provisions of section 17 (1) (b) of the Local Government Act 1933/ it was enacted that the said body corporate should bear the name of the Mayor/ Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Rochester (hereinafter called "the City/ Corporation") and should be capable of acting by the Council of the said City/ (hereinafter called "the City Council")/ (3) By virtue of the provisions of subsections (10 and 11) of section 1 of the/ Local Government Act 1972 (hereinafter called "the 1972 Act") the City Corporation/ and the City Council shall cease to exist on the First day of April 1974./ (4) By virtue of Schedule 3 to the 1972 Act and of the English Non-metro-/politan Districts (Definition) Order 1972 the area of the said City of Rochester/ shall on the First day of April 1974 become part of the district known as/ Medway./ (5) By virtue of subsections (2) and (3) of section 2 of the 1972 Act there/ shall for the said district of Medway be a council called the District/ Council of Medway and such council shall be a body corporate./ (6) By virtue of the provisions of 1972 Act and of the Orders made/ thereunder certain of the property of the City Corporation will be transferred/ to the said District Council of Medway on the First day of April 1974./ (7) It is desired formally to record the said transfer in manner herein-/after appearing./ Now therefore this deed witnesseth that in accordance/ with the provisions of section 254 (2) (a) of the 1972 Act and of the Local/ Authorities (England) (Property etc.) Order 1973 the City Corporation/ acting by the City Council hereby transfers to the said/ District Council of Medway such of the land, property, assets, heredit-/aments, rights and liabilities as are now vested in the City Corporation/ and are by the said Act and Order properly transferable by law to the/ said District Council./ In witness whereof the Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the/ City of Rochester have caused their Common Seal to be hereunto affixed/ this Thirty-first day of March One thousand nine hundred and seventy-four./ The Common Seal of the Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Rochester was hereunto affixed in the presence of :- Philip W.B. Timms Chief Executive and Town Clerk]

MALSC

16th. century
Extracts from City of Rochester Customal RCA/L2/32/110
MALSC

There is no grant of arms to the City of Rochester. However, the coat of arms as depicted in official documents may be viewed at: click here

CHATHAM AREA

HAWKINS' HOSPITAL, CHATHAM

CH108/1
Royal Charter of Foundation (Letters Patent)
27 August 1594 With seal (Great Seal), seal box and charter box [see also TNA: State Papers Domestic ccxlix Docquet 4 July 1594].
Charter box interior lined with printed, illuminated paper and covered externally with decorated stamped leather. Box has one hook and two eyelets remaining and two iron hinges. Seal box constructed as for charter box with iron hinge, hasp and lock
2 membranes
[See also CH108/2] [For translation see CH108/18]

CH108/2
Copy of Letters Patent from Queen Elizabeth I to Hawkins' Hospital.
[27 August 1594] c. 1839 [Latin]

[See also CH108/1]
1 item/8 sheets

CH108/3
Silver Seal (electrotype) 2" diameter
1809
[A silver seal is also held at the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, which holds a broadsheet describing how the original seal was stolen. The Museum's seal is the replacement seal, of which item CH108/3 is a replica]

CH108/18
Draft case respecting the Governors of Hawkins' Hospital drafted by Twopeny [cf. Twopenny] and Essell, Rochester, Solicitors for the opinion of Solicitor of Admiralty, reciting and translating foundation charter. Endorsed to effect that Solicitor of Admiralty's reply entered in minutes 26 March 1832.
1832 1 item
[See also items /1-2]

BOROUGH OF CHATHAM

CBA/T501
Royal Charter of Incorporation (Royal Letters Patent) (Municipal Corporations Act 1882)
Reciting petition submitted by inhabitant householders of the Local Government District of Chatham in November 1888 (preamble, membrane 1);
22 November 1890 MALSC Granting the Local Government District of Chatham the status of Municipal Borough (membrane 2, paragraph 1);
Granting corporate name of Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Chatham and right to armorial bearings (membrane 2, paragraph 2);
Granting body corporate powers commensurate with Municipal Borough (membrane 2, paragraph 3);
Fixing the no. of councillors at 18 (membrane 2, paragraph 4);
Dividing the Borough into 3 wards (membrane 2, paragraph 5);
Directing that each ward elect 6 councillors (membrane 2, paragraph 5);
Stipulating arrangements with regard to the initial constitution of the Borough Council (membranes 2-3, paragraph 7);
Appointing dates of election of first councillors on 23 March 1891 and of first mayor and aldermen on 30 March 1891 (membrane 3, paragraph 8);
Designating years of retirement of first councillors and aldermen (membrane 3, paragraph 9);
Defining the first mayor's term of office (membrane 3, paragraph 10);
Confirming the applicability of the Municipal Corporations Act to the initial constitution of the Borough Council (membrane 3, paragraph 11);
Also comprising:
1st. Schedule, Part 1 (membranes 3-4)
Proposed metes and bound of the Borough
1st. Schedule, Part 2 (membranes 4-5)
Metes and Bounds of Wards
2nd. Schedule (membrane 5)
Dates of retirement of councillors and aldermen
3rd. Schedule (membranes 5-6)
Substitutions to dates and times named in the Municipal Corporations Act.
Royal Sign Manual applied to foot of m6.
1 item/6 membranes.

CBA/T502
Grant of Arms

(i) Sir Albert William Woods, Kt., Garter Principal King of Arms;
1 August 1891 Walter Aston Blount, Esq., Clarenceux King of Arms
George Edward Cokayne, Esq., Norroy King of Arms
(Their Coats of Arms or badges of office depicted at head of document)
(ii) Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Incorporated Borough of Chatham
Reciting Charter of Incorporation (see CBA/T501 above).
Giving blazoning of Coat of Arms of Borough viz.
Argent a Fesse Chequey Gules and Or between in Chief two Ancient Ships with three Masts and Sails proper Colours flying of the second and in Base a Sword of the fourth pomel and hilt of the third sumounted by a Trident in Saltire and entwined with a Wreath of Laurel also proper And for the Crest Out of a Naval Crown Or a Trident erect enfiled with a Wreath of Laurel proper as depicted in the upper left margin. [The coat of arms depicted includes the motto Loyal and True ]
Endorsed to effect that has been passed by Charles H. Athill, Richmond Herald and as having been recorded in the College of Arms, London, by William H. Weldon, Windsor Herald, Registrar.
[Accessioned as DE47 (DE series) and 63A (pre-DE series)]
1 membrane with three pendant
seals of office in skippets
27" x 21" excluding seals & tapes
(686mm x 530mm)
With box 22 1/4" x 6" x 2 1/2"
(563mm x 150mm x 62mm)
For an image of the document, please click here
MALSC

CBA/T503
Presentation of mace to Mayor and Corporation of Chatham from the Ladies of Chatham , given as a slight token of the warm interest the Ladies of Chatham take in the welfare of the new Borough , signed by several women including Mary C. Winch, Mayoress, Ellen de la Cour and Maria Stigant. (The signatories would appear to be the wives of the first councillors, cf. Chatham 100 by R. Foster, 1990, ref. CHA352)
20 October 1891 MALSC [Accessioned as DE46 (DE series) and 62A (pre-DE series)]
1 membrane
14 7/8" x 10 7/8"
378mm x 276mm

STROOD RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL MALSC

GRANT OF ARMS 1952-1955

SRDC/74
Grant of Arms from the College of Arms to Strood Rural District Council.

Signed by Sir George Rothe Bellew, Principal King of Arms, Sir Arthur William Stuart Cochrane, Clarenceux King of Arms and Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.
6 June 1953

The blazoning is:
Vert two Quill Pens in saltire points downward Or between in chief a Port between two Towers Argent and in base a Cornucopia Gold the Fruit proper two Flaunches barry wavy of six also Argent and Azure And for the Crest On a Wreath of the Colours Issuant from a Saxon Crown Or a Ship's Mast proper the sail Gules charged with a Horse rampant Argent Pennon flying also Gules

[The following description of the coat of arms is quoted from The Coronation Book 2nd. June, 1953 written by Ralph Arnold for Strood RDC, 1953 (Local Studies collection ref. 942STR p.18):

The shield is an heraldic map of the Rural District. The green central portion of the shield, representing the rich agricultural area of the Rural District, particularly the Hoo Peninsula, is placed between blue and white waves representing the [Rivers] Thames and Medway. On the green portion is depicted the main entrance to Cooling Castle, two quill pens crossed refer to the literary associations with Charles Dickens, whilst the Horn of Plenty (Cornucopia) stands for the principal industry, agriculture.

The shield is surmounted by the closed helmet proper to civic Arms with its crest-wreath and decorated mantling (the Mediaeval tournament cloak). The crest includes the Saxon crown in reference to the sites of Saxon settlements in the Rural District, and the ship's sail alludes to the maritime activities on the Medway, the sail being charged with the White Horse of Kent.]

 

With three pendant seals contained in skippets.
1 membrane
For an image of the document, please click here

SRDC/75
Obtaining Grant of Arms and publication of Souvenir 1 book to commemorate Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
1952-1955 MALSC Coronation Celebrations 1953 and Coronation Book (ZE-1)
File of correspondence between Clerk and Anthony R. Wagner, Richmond Herald, College of Arms, London EC4 and others concerning the design of a Coat of Arms and Crest culminating in Strood RDC obtaining Grant of Arms (26 June 1953) and with Ralph Arnold, Constable & Co. Ltd., London WC2 author, and others, discussing preparation and distribution of Strood RDC commemorative souvenir gift book for children in the District, entitled as above.
Includes typescript short history of Vigo Village , Meopham by D.P. Terry, Engineer and Surveyor [?] with extract from Planning Basis for Kent concerning proposed London satellite town at Meopham, January 1953 intended for Ralph Arnold to use in souvenir book.
Includes Copy of letter of request for Grant of Arms from F.C. Laurence. Chairman of Strood RDC, to Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, 7 October 1952.
Includes Three alternative Coats of Arms considered by Wagner January 1953.
Includes Letters and independent design for Coat of Arms from Rowland Bretton, 16 Mayfield Drive, Halifax, Yorkshire 1952-1953.
Includes Letter from Town Clerk to Bretton explaining and blazoning new Coat of Arms and translating Latin motto Spes Patriae Rus as The Hope of the Country is the Countryside , 15 October 1953.
(All SRDC/75/1)
Includes Pencil draft of Strood RDC coat of arms and crest by Wagner, as described in letter 13 January 1953 (SRDC/75/2).
Includes Two printed brochures from printers and scroll writers in connection with Coronation, 1953 (SRDC/75/3)
Includes Printed souvenir programme for Coronation Celebrations organised by Frindsbury Extra Parish Meeting, for 6 June 1953. (SRDC/75/4)
[See also Grant of Arms (SRDC/74)]
1 file /c.300 pp
+ booklets

POST-1974 AUTHORITY

19 June 1974
Queen Elizabeth II to Medway District Council: Letters Patent Granting status of Borough; confirming powers exercisable before 1 April 1974 by City of Rochester to new Borough; confirming privileges and rights likewise; appointing Mayor of Borough of Medway as Admiral of the River Medway and Constable of Rochester Castle; confirming powers of City of Rochester previously in respect of Rochester Oyster and Floating Fisheries and Admiralty Court. Pendant seal attached.

[Elizabeth the Second/by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and/ of Our other Realms and Territories Queen,/Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith:/to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting!/Whereas certain new local government areas known as districts have been/ established by the Local Government Act 1972:/ And whereas a Petition praying for a grant of a Charter conferring/ upon the district of Medway the status of a borough has been presented unto Us/ by the council of the said district:/ and whereas We are pleased by the advice of Our Privy Council to/ grant a Charter for such purpose:/ And whereas the area of the said district includes the areas of the former city of Rochester and the former/ borough of Chatham in respect of which divers/ Charters had been granted./ Now therefore know ye that We, by virtue of Our Prerogative/ Royal and in pursuance of the Local Government Act 1972 and of all other/ powers and authorities enabling Us in that behalf, have granted and declared and/ by these Presents do grant and declare as follows:-/ 1. The district of Medway shall have the status of a borough./2. Any powers to appoint local officers of dignity exercisable immediately/ before the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and seventy-four by the/ mayor, aldermen and citizens of the former city of Rochester shall be exercisable/ by the council of the borough of Medway in respect of the whole of the borough./ 3. Any privileges or rights belonging immediately before the first day of April,/ One thousand nine hundred and seventy-four to the citizens of the former city of/ Rochester shall belong to the inhabitants of the whole borough of Medway./ 4. The mayor of the borough of Medway shall have the office of Admiral of/ the water of Medway from Sheerness to Hawkwood and the office of Constable/ of Rochester Castle./ 5. Subject to any provisions made under or by virtue of any statute in force on/ the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and seventy-four, all powers/ exercisable before the first day April, One thousand nine hundred and seventy four,/ by the mayor, aldermen and citizens of the former city of Rochester in relation to/ the Rochester Oyster and Floating Fisheries by virtue of the common law,/ prescription or otherwise, shall vest in and be exercisable by the council of the/ borough of Medway who shall for this purpose act by a Court of Admiralty/ consisting of the mayor of the borough (who shall preside) and such members of/ the borough council as the said council may appoint at their annual meeting and/ the mayor and the members so chosen shall duly hold a Court of Admiralty at/ such times and in such manner as may be necessary or proper in like manner as/ the Court of Admiralty was held prior to the first day of April, One thousand/ nine hundred and seventy-four./6. The provision contained in Article 3 of this Our Charter is in lieu of that made/ by section 246 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972./In witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent./ Witness Ouself at Westminster the nineteenth day of June/ in the twenty-third year of Our Reign./By warrant under the Queen's Sign Manual/Dobson]colour negative M98 MALSC 1 March 1977   Call no: RUMCC/C1/01

C
Grant of Arms
(i) Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, Kt., Garter Principal King of Arms
MALSC John Riddell Bromhead Walker Esq., Calrenceux King of Arms
Walter John George Verco Esq., Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
(ii) Medway Borough Council
Or on a Cross between in the first and fourth quarters a Cornucopia Gules a Lion passant guardant of the field And for the Crest Out of a Naval Crown Or three Towers Gules, Mantled Gules doubled Argent; and a device or badge The Head of a Trident Argent within an Annulet masoned and embattled on the outer edge rompu in pall or and Supporters On either side a Sea Horse Argent finned and tailed Or gorged with a Collar chequy Or and Gules the dexter supporting a Trident & the sinister an Oar Gold
Includes at top, illustrations of badges or coats of arms of the Heralds
[NB no motto* appears with the illustration or in the text]
[* See City of Rochester-upon-Medway: List of Members of the Council since Day One [i.e. 1973] by Mr. D. Barrow, Administration Section, Chief Executive's Department, Rochester Upon Medway City Council copy in the Archives Library.]
With three attached pendant seals in skippets.
MALSC
Please click here for an image of the grant of arms

3 June 1989
Rochester Upon Medway City Council Cadiz, Spain twinning agreement CEN/GM/24
MALSC

Dated 25 January 1982
Queen Elizabeth II to Borough of Rochester-upon-Medway: Letters Patent
MALSC Confers status of City and rank, liberties, privileges and immunities incident to a City. [TS transcription in Bartlett as above ROC352.002]

A transcript is as follows:

ELIZABETH THE SECOND/ BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN/ AND NORTHERN Ireland AND OF OUR OTHER REALMS AND TERRITORIES/ QUEEN, HEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH DEFENDER OF THE FAITH/To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting Whereas part of the Borough of Rochester upon Medway/being the area of the City of Rochester as constituted immediately before the 1st April 1974 has from that date/been called and styled the City of Rochester by virtue of Our Letters made Patent on the 18th March 1974/And Whereas We deem it meet and proper that the whole of the said Borough and not the said part of the Borough as heretofore should/have the name style and status of a City and for this reason and for divers other good causes and considerations Us thereunto moving/We are graciously pleased to confer on the said Borough the status of a City Now therefore Know Ye that We of our special grace and /favour and mere motion do by these Presents ordain declare and direct that the BOROUGH OF ROCHESTER UPON MEDWAY/shall henceforth have the status of a CITY and shall have all such rank liberties privileges and immunities as are incident to a City/In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the twenty-fifth day of/January in the thirtieth year of Our Reign/BY WARRANT UNDER THE QUEEN'S SIGN MANUAL/Bourne

MALSC

GILLINGHAM AREA

GILLINGHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL

17 August 1903: King Edward VII, charter of incorporation, 3 membranes attached into 6 pages; numerous printed copies also available. (GBC: MTC/MR/16) MALSC

22 April 1904: grant of arms, Clarenceaux and Norroy Kings of Arms to mayor, aldermen and burgesses of Gillingham, 1 membrane, two pendant seals attached.
Blazoning: argent a cross gules in the first quarter an ancient harp, in the second on waves of the sea an ancient ship, in the third issuing out of waves of the sea a rock thereon a fort, and in the fourth quarter a sprig of broom all proper, and for the crest on a wreath of the colours in front of a fouled anchor erect two swords in saltire point upwards that pointing to the dexter sheathed all proper.
(GBC; MTC/MR/13) MALSC
For an image of this document, please click here

Achievement of arms of Gillingham Borough Council including motto: with fort and fleet for home and England from Somerset Herald, Heralds College, London 27 May 1904; parchment mounted on wood.
Facsimiles available. (GBC: MTC/MR/9) MALSC

MEDWAY COUNCIL

Grant of Arms from College of Arms, London to Medway Council, the arms blazoned as follows:
Azure issuing in a base a Bridge of four arches the parapet enarched Argent and statant thereon a Lion passant guardant Or armed and langued Gules And for the Crest Upon a Helm Issuing from a Naval Crown Or three Towers Argent that in the centre wreathed below the battlements with a Garland of Broom proper the outer Towers similarly wreathed with a Garland of Oak Azure Mantled Azure doubled Argent
for a badge: Statant upon two Pallets wavy their apexes conjoined to a chevron reversed wavy Azure a Lion Passant Guardant Or and langued Gules
with for supporters: On either side a Sea Horse Argent the piscene parts Azure each supporting a Trident palewise Or and gorged with a Collar Checky Or and Gules pendent therefrom by a ring a Harp Or stringed Argent.
22 November 1999
Call no.: ACE/DS/CC/2
MALSC

Royal Letters Patent
HM Queen Elizabeth I
Medway Towns District Council
Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith:
To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting!
Whereas certain new local government districts have been established by Orders made under the Local Government Act 1972:
And whereas the Council of the District of the Medway Towns are, until the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, a shadow authority who by virtue of regulations made under the Local Government Act 1992 are empowered by provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 to present unto us a Petition praying for the grant of a Charter conferring upon the said District of the Medway Towns the status of a Borough:
And whereas a Petition praying for the grant of a Charter conferring upon the said District the status of a Borough has been presented unto Us by the Council of the said District:
And whereas We are pleased by the advice of Our Privy Council to grant a Charter for such purpose:
And whereas the area of the said District includes the area of the former Borough of Gillingham and the City of Rochester Upon Medway in respect of which divers Charters have been granted:
Now therefore know ye that We, by virtue of Our Prerogative Royal and in pursuance of the Local Government Act 1972 and of all other powers and authorities enabling Us in that behalf, have granted and declared and by these Presents do grant and declare as follows:
1 The District of the Medway Towns shall have the status of a Borough.
2 Any powers to appoint local officers of dignity exercisable immediately before the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight by the mayor, aldermen and burgesses of the former Borough of Gillingham of the Council of the City of Rochester Upon Medway shall be exercisable by the Council of the Borough of Medway Towns in respect of the whole Borough.
3 The Mayor of the Borough of the Medway Towns shall have the office of Admiral of the Water of Medway from Sheerness to Hawkwood and the office of Constable of Rochester Castle.
4 Subject to any provisions made under or by virtue of any statute in force on the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, all powers exercisable before the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight by the City Council of Rochester Upon Medway in relation to the Rochester Oyster and Floating Fisheries by virtue of the common law, prescription or otherwise, shall vest in and be exercisable by the Council of the Borough of the Medway Towns who shall for this purpose act by a Court of Admiralty consisting of the Mayor of the Borough (who shall preside) and such members of the Borough Council as the said Council may appoint at their annual meeting and the Mayor and the members so chosen shall duly hold a Court of Admiralty at such times and in such manner as may be necessary or proper in like manner as the Court of Admiralty was held prior to the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight.
5 Any privileges or rights belonging immediately before the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight to the burgesses of the former Borough of Gillingham or to the citizens of the City of Rochester Upon Medway shall belong to the inhabitants of the whole of the Borough of the Medway Towns.
6 This Our Charter shall come into force on the first day of April, One thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight.
In witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.
Witness Ourself at Westminster the first day of April in the forty-seventh year of Our Reign.
By warrant under the Queen’s Sign Manual
Legg
Call no.: MTC/CE/CE/2 MALSC
2 membranes with Great Seal, fabric tie and case.

This handlist is not inclusive of all charters held in the Archives.

NB some reference nos. are temporary e.g. CBA/T

Compiled August 1996

File updated by Archivist Nov 2013


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Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: CH108_Hospital_of_Sir_John_Hawkins_Kt_in_Chatham_1500_1984/CH108_114 on request slip.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Loose accounts chiefly comprising receipted bills issued by tax collectors and tradesmen mainly to the Phipp family, tenants of Old Garlands Farm (or Den) at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, on account of the Governors of Hawkins' Hospital, the landlord, in respect of manorial quit-rents (Manor of Fobbing), militia tax, disbanding the Army and repairs to tenants' houses and farm buildings; tenants: Bruty family c.1643 - c.1653, Neale family c.1653 - c1664, Phipp family c.1674 - c.1685.

Includes account for taxes levied in 1943, mentioning payment of £1,17s. towards County of Essex's contribution to providing dragoons (CH108/114/1,5)

Includes receipt for £2.6.6 for two months assessment for Sir Thomas Fairfax 3 April 1645 (CH108/114/3)

Includes receipt to Henry Bruty for 15s.6d for Ireland 3 April 1645 (CH108/114/4)

Includes receipts for taxes for the Militia, Army and disbanding the Army, 1653-1685 passim

Includes bill for glazing with additional accounts and notes implying over-charging by Muster Master, 20 April 1675 (CH108/114/19)

Includes receipt for quit-rent for Fobbing Manor naming William Whitemor Esq. as Lord of the Manor, 1 September 1675 (CH108/114/20)

Includes account of Thomas Phipp's expenditure for militia rates, uniform and pitchfork, mentioning a red coat, 9 December 1676 (CH108/114/23)

Includes receipt for land tax, 14 March 1678, (CH108/114/27) Includes receipt for 2x2s.5d for drums and collars (for the militia), June-July 1685 (CH108/114/48-49)

Includes receipt for £2.17s for a soldier in June and July and for powder, 23 December 1685 (CH108/114/50)

Includes accounts for a soldier for one month £2.16s and 400 [sic] years arrears for the Muster Master (CH108/114/58)
Date: 1643-1688
Quantity: 1 bundle/59 items


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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Deed of Gift

(i) Randal Antony of Gillingham (Jelingh[a]m) [i.e. Jelingham], mariner

(ii) Nicholas Hyll of Chatham, smith and his wife Joan

One messuage and one piece of land in Chatham adjoining land of St. Bartholomew's Hospital to the west, land of Richard Smyth to the west, the King's Highway to the south, and the River Medway to the north.

Consideration = £5.6.8

(Describes Henry VIII as Lord of Ireland and Supreme Head of the Church of England)

[see also CH108/286] One seal on tag

Latin
Date: 30 June 1537
Quantity: 1 membrane


Result number 12 - Please quote Reference: Church_of_England_Historical_Information/List_of_Deans_of_Rochester_1533_Date on request slip.

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Records of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester: historical information pertaining

List of the Deans of Rochester

1533 Walter Phillips [cf. Philippes, Philips, Phyllyppes, Phylyppes, Phylippes, Phillippes, Philyppes, Philypes], 18 June; last prior and first dean; died 1570
1570 Edmund Freake [cf. Freke], 10 April; bishop of Rochester 9 May 1571
1574 Thomas Willoughby [cf. Wollowbie, Willobie, Wilughby, Willowghby, Willowghbye, Willoughbie], 23 June; died 19 August 1585
1585 John Coldwell, 7 January; bishop of Salisbury [Wiltshire], 26 December 1591
1592 Thomas Blague 1 February; died October 1611
1611 Richard Milbourne 11 December; bishop of St. David’s [Pembroke, Wales] 9 July 1615
1615 Robert Scott 13 July; died December 1620
1620 Godfrey Goodman 6 January; bishop of Gloucester [Gloucestershire] 6 March 1624
1624 Walter Bancanqual [cf. Balcanqual] 12 March; dean of Durham 1638
1638 Henry King 6 February; bishop of Chichester [Sussex] 16 February 1641
1641 Thomas Turner 26 February; dean of Canterbury 1643
1660 Benjamin Laney 24 July; bishop of Peterborough [Northamptonshire], same year
1660 Nathaniel Hardy 10 December; died 1 June 1670
1670 Peter Mew, bishop of Bath and Wells [Somerset] 1672
1673 Thomas Lamplugh 6 March; bishop of Exeter [Devon] 12 November 1676
1676 John Castillion 15 November; died 21 October 1688
1689 Henry Ullock; died 20 June 1706
1706 Samuel Pratt [cf. Prat]; died 14 November 1723
1724 Nicholas Clagett 4 January; bishop of St. David’s, [Pembroke, Wales] January 1731
1731 Thomas Herring; bishop of Bangor [Carnarvon, Wales] 1737
1743 William Bernard; bishop of Raphoe [Donegal, Ireland] 1744
1744 John Newcombe; died 10 March 1765
1765 William Markham, dean of Christchurch [Oxford, Oxfordshire] 1767
1775 Thomas Thurlow 8 November; bishop of Lincoln [Lincolnshire] 1779
1782 Thomas Dampier; bishop of Rochester 1802
1802 Samuel Goodenough; bishop of Carlisle [Cumberland] 1808
1808 William Beaumont Busby 15 March
1820 Robert Stevens 17 October
1870 Thomas Dale 23 February; died 14 May 1870;
1870 Robert Scott 16 June
1887 Samuel Reynolds Hole 31 December; died 1904
1905 Ernald Lane
1913 John Storrs
1928 Reginald Thomas Talbot
1932 Francis Underhill
1937 Ernest Morell Blackie
1943 Thomas Crick
1959 Robert William Stannard
1966 Stanley Woodley Betts
1978 John Robert Arnold
1990 Edward Frank Shotter

Sources:
Haydn’s Book of Dignities 1894, reprinted 1969
Rochester Diocesan Directories
Kelly’s Directories

File updated by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 31 July 2001.

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Result number 13 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Dean_and_Chapter_of_Rochester_Cathedral_1541_1994/DRc_Ad_02 on request slip.

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Letters Patent of King Charles II

Inspeximus of King Henry VIII's dotation charter of 20 June 1541.

The King at Westminster [Middlesex] 2 March 1670/1671

Endorsement

An Exemplificacion att the request if the nowe Deane and Chapter of Roffen ' Bathurst

Seal

This is a rather poor example of the great seal of King Charles II. It is broken into eight pieces and part of it is missing.

On the turned up edge is written

Examinatur per nos
(William [.... ])
(et )
R[.….]court)
in Cancellaria Magistrorum duos +

The entire headpiece of the first membrane of this document of this document has been engraved and parts of it inked in. There is an engraved portrait of the King within an oval 6 x 5 inches which itself lies with the enormous capital C 10 x 8 inches which is lavishly decorated with interlacing penwork, scroll penwork and conventional foliage. The capital letters S in Secondus and D in Dei are decorated in the same way and the words Carolus Secundus Dei grati have been inked in. Above these words are arranged from left to right.

1. A lion rampart crowned and holding erect a banner bearing a rose crowned for England; nearby is a large carnation growing out of the ground.
2. In the centre is a circular shield bearing a quarterly 1 and 4, quarterly 1 and 4, 3 fleur-de-lis for France, 2 and 3 3 lions passant quadrant for England, 2.a lion rampart within a tressure flory counter flor for Scotland, and 3-a harp for Ireland, all surrounded with the ribbon of the order of the garter inscribed with the motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, over all a crown and underneath the motto DIEU ET MON DROIT on a scroll on either end of which sits a butterfly at rest; from behind the shield sprout on the left a wild rose for England and on the right a thistle for Scotland.

3. On the right is unicorn rampart, collared and chained holding erect a banner bearing the Irish harp [for Ireland]; nearby is a pink and behind the unicorn another flower.

+ The signatures are not completely legible.

The whole design is uncoloured. It would appear that approximately 1½ inches is either missing from the right hand edge of the first membrane or was not allowed for by the scribe in planning out his first line, as the final a from the word gratia is missing as is also part of the decoration of the heading. Words in the text have been enlarged for emphasis.
Date: 1670/1671
Quantity: 8 membranes plus pendant seal


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Chapter Book VII nos. 25-28

One volume made up of four small books bound together each of which has been separately paginated for convenience. NB the original numbering sequence given continues from DRc/Ac7/21-24.

25. 23 June 1766 - 2 December 1773. Pp.1-86
26. 23 June 1773 - 2 December 1780. Pp.1-76
27. 23 June 1781 - 24 June 1784. Ff.1-7, 8-43
28. 25 November 1785 - 28 June 1788. Pp.1-82

DRc/Ac8/25

Accounts audited: 20, 33.

Arrears: Priors Hall, Cliffe, 34.

Audit: to last one week only, 24; to be advertised in both Canterbury newspapers, 81.

Bailiff of Shoreham manor: William Barrett 1772, 75.

Barber, porter and subscarist: James Simms 1786, 31.

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knights charity: receiver and collector of rents, William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] 1786, 30; widows nominated, 31, 39, 41, 58.

Bricklayer: Samuel Nicholson 1768, 34.

Chapter Clerk: assistant, William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] 1786, 30.

Chapter procedure: Proxy for Dean, 36; Vice-dean's confirmation of Chapter Act, 37.

[Manorial] Courts: 5, 75.

Drainage: order to begin specified work, 62.

Election of Officers: 9, 22, 33, 46, 47, 54, 66.

Fee Farm Rents: rental to be made; recovery of; demand for, from collector, 23, 52; arrears: Frindsbury and Goldocks portion, 23; Maidstone, 75; Ulcombe, 23.

Fines: to be treated and lapsed if set at 1769 audit and unpaid by 14 December, 47; refusal to abate, 63; refusal to renew unless fine set is paid, 70.

Gamekeeper: John Quaife 1772, 71; Sutton Valence: Sir John Filmer unwilling to accept Thomas Shirley; Chapter will accept his nomination only provided they have sufficient game, 76; Sir John Filmer 1773, 81; Wouldham: Thomas Henham 1773, 85.

Goudhurst: order to enquire what lands are titheable, arable or hopgrounds, 53.

Lay clerks: Edward Randall 1766, 9; Claudius Hogsflesh's salary to be stopped at Christmas, 34.

Leases: leases for lives to be converted into leases for years upon death of a life, 40; lease renewed on account of death of lessee before execution of counterpart or delivery of original, 76.

Legacy: Dean Newcome's to church, 5.

Library: legacy with which to buy books, 57.

London, Fleetditch estate : recovery of, 46, 51, 58, 70.

Minor canons: Arnold Carter 1768, 29; Henry Jones 1769, 40; Robert Fountaine [cf. Fountain] 1769, 40; resignation of Thomas Frank 1769, 38; permission granted to Peter Wade to hold the livings of Cooling and Boughton Monchelsea with his minor canonry, 31; houses: bill for painting to be paid but not treated as a precedent, 34.

Poor relief: allowance made to Anne Nichols, 34; additional allowance made to widow Hickman, 40; request from the vicar of Darenth for land for use as a garden for the workhouse granted, 71.

Presentations

Aylesford: Charles Coldcall 1773, 84;
Bearsted: Henry Jones 1767, 24; Arnold Carter 1772, 76;
Boughton Monchelsea: Peter Wade to hold, in plurality with Cooling rectory 1786, 31;
Chart Sutton: Richard Husband 1766, 2; Arnold Carter 1770, 54; Henry Jones 1772, 76;
Darenth: Samuel Denne 1766, 11;
Halling: Thomas Davids 1766, 11; Arnold Carter 1768, 30; Robert Fountaine [cf. Fountain] 1770, 54;
Lamberhurst: Chardin Musgrave 1767, 16; Bejamin Newcome 1768, 28;
Leatherhead, Surrey: Samuel Markham 1767, 22;
West Malling: Richard Husband (presented by Sir Roger Twisden, Bart.; episcopal presentation) 1770, 57;
Overton, Wiltshire: possible presentation to, of Arnold Carter: Bearsted and Chart Sutton exchange. See above, 76;
Rolvenden: Thomas Morphett 1786, 33; represented 1772, 74;
Shorne: John Law 1770, 54;
Stockbury: Thomas Frank 1766, 11;
Wateringbury: John Law 1769, 39; Richard Husband 1770, 54; Robert Style 1770, 57;
Wilmington: Samuel Denne 1767, 12;
Woodnesborough: John Clark 1768, 30.

Procurators in Convocation: John Lawry and Erasmus Saunders 1786, 26-27.

Property: Reimbursement for lessee for land taken into the new road in Chatham, 63.

Records: George Gates asked to return all records retained by the late William Gates, 35; order to enquire after court rolls so that they may be examined before the next court, 81.

Repairs: cathedral roofs, 25, 30; cathedral choir, 70; pantry of Mr. Lawry's prebendal house to be enlarged with stones left over, 35; Dean allowed stones in his garden, 49; paving, 62, 66, 85; order to repair Hoo [St. Werburgh] parsonage buildings , 58, 85.

Rochester, St. Margaret: vicarage to be exchanged in lieu or being rebuilt, 36.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 6-7, 12-13, 19-20, 27-28, 32-33, 37-38, 42-43, 47-48, 53-54, 59, 64-65, 67, 72, 77, 82.

Salaries: church practice over payment of half yearly stipends, 23.

School: admissions: 82; exhibitions: William Hodgson to Queen's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 46; Isaac William Sizar to same, 51; John Thompson to St. John's College, Cambridge, 61; James Bond to Exeter College, Oxford, Oxfordshire 40; Thomas Gates to Oriel College, Oxford, 46; staff: usher, Henry Jones 1767, 22; scholar paid for, 72.

Stove: order to purchase for Chapter House, 62.

Survey: order to, Hoo [St. Werburgh] parsonage, 52; Wouldham Manor, 57 estates renewable next audit and others lapsed, 86.

Taxation: clause to secure freedom from to be inserted in leases, 39.

Timber: order to view timber growing in hedgerows and woodlands, and at Haddenham, Buckinghamshire and to report on repairs necessary on estates, 6; Frindsbury: Burnt House Barn barn floor, 53; Goudhurst: 7½ tons of oak allowed for shingling church roof 1759, 1763, 1770, 68; Lamberhurst: application for, to repair parsonage gates, 24; Marden: for repair of barn floor, lodge and gates, 21; 40; Sutton Valence: 3 trees and a pollard for repairs, 23, 24.

Wilmington: to consider the matter of the vicar's claim, 81.

Ac 8/26 Arrears: Eyhorne hundred, 15. St. Bartholomews Hospital, Knights charity: widows nominated 15, 26, 40, 59. Burials: regulations concerning graves and fees, 69. DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ROCHESTER DRc/Ac 8/26

Chapter Clerk: resignation of William Stubbs; appointment of William Stubbs and William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] 1777, 44-45.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to Chapter business dealt with in his absence, 59.

Chart Sutton: donation towards rebuilding church, 69.

Chatham: valuation of parsonage, 42.

Chorister: 75.

[Manorial] Courts: 68.

Election of Officers: 9, 14, 22, 30, 55.

Fines: certain (specified) abatements considered, 5.

Gamekeeper: Bearsted: Lewis Cage, Esq. 1775, 18.

Lay clerk : Richard Burnett 1775, 17.

Legacy: 9.

Library: money for purchase of books, 9, 40.

Minor Canons houses: 6.

Organist: Richard Howe 1780, 74.

Patronage: voluntary relinquishment of, 6, 11.

Precinct: order to appoint a night watchman, 15.

Presentations

Ashford: James Bond 1774, 5;
Boxley: proposed exchange between Mr. Nance and Dr. Benson of Great Chart and Harbledown 1780, 69;
West Farleigh: Robert Fountaine [cf. Fountain] 1776, 29; permission to Francis Taynton to hold it in plurality with Trottiscliffe 1779, 56;
Halling: John Leach 1776, 29;
Kingsdown with Maplescombe: John Clarke 1775, 20;
Lamberhurst: John Clarke 1775, 20; Charles Tarrant 1776, 30;
Shorne: Peter Pinnell 1776, 30;
Wateringbury: Robert Style granted permission to hold it in plurality with Mereworth 1776,30;
Woodnesborough: James Williamson 1775, 20.

Repairs: fund for Cathedral yard, 48; wall of Mr. Coldcall's prebendal house, 24; schoolhouse, 37; necessary house opposite the Dean's door to be moved, 37; paving, 37; fencing of barnyard of St. Margaret's, Rochester parsonage, 40.

Residence: 9, 30.

Roads: application for land to widen, in Rochester, 11; do. in Chalk, 19.

Rochester: St. Margaret's vicarage, investment of money, 15; repayment of invested money, 49.

School: exhibitions: John Hammond to Queen's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 10; Richard Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] to Oriel College, Oxford, oxfordshire 6, [.....] Ireland to do., 75; John Gordon to University College, Oxford, 35.

Services: during audit week to begin at 2.30 p.m., 68.

Shorne: valuation of parsonage, 32.

Surveys: order to survey Hartlip parsonage, 26; organist's house, 54; Frindsbury ? manor, 63.

Timber: orders to view, for repairs at: Chart Sutton, 69; Luton, Chatham, a farm, 54; Cuddington, Buckinghamshire cowhouse, 33; Denton farm, 18, 45; Frindsbury, 33, cart lodge at Reed [cf. Rede] Court farm, 48, 63; High Haltsow, a barn, 35; Marden, gates, 44; Shawstead [cf. Sharsted], 9; Stoke, Lodge Farm, 10. DRc/Ac 8/27

Arrears: High Halstow, 36a; collector to proceed against defaulters for arrears of fee farm rents, 4a.

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knights charity: steward and receiver, William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] 1784, 37; widows nominated, 7a, 13a, 32a, 42a-43; regulations about priority and recommendations, 40.

Chapter Clerk: resignation of William Stubbs and William Twopenny, senior; appointment of William Twopenny, senior and William Twopenny, junior 1782, 12.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to Chapter business dealt with in his absence, 21a, 22a, 33-34.

Chatham: sale of glebeland to HM Ordnance, 2; purchase of lands in Frindsbury, Hoo [St. werburgh] and Gillingham for the dockyard by Act of Parliament: order to value for compensation, 11a.

Choristers: William Clark and George Smith, 11, 16; Moses Roots and David Bradley, 25; James Haite, 27a; Samuel Lightbody and William Downs, 38.

Counsel: see Steward.

Election of Officers: 13a, 36.

Episcopal patent: Apparitor general: Robert Monk 1782, 10.

Fines: abatement of, because of overvaluation, 7, 8a; do. on account of peculiar circumstances of lessee, 7.

Frindsbury: conditional order about lease of Reed [cf. Rede] Court, 36.

Gamekeepers: Cannons Court, Wateringbury: Robert Foreman's application to be granted if vicar raises no objection, 32; Wouldham: Benjamin Fagg threatened with withdrawal of his patent if he fails to comply with the regulations, 32.

Glebeland: see Chatham; vicar of West Farleigh granted leave to exchange, in same parish, 34.

Haddenham, Buckinghamshire: petition concerning the consolidation of the vicarage of Haddenham and Kingsey, Buckinghamshire 16.

Investment of dockyard compensation money, 2, 7a-8.

Lay clerks: John Fry 1782, 11; Thomas Charles Wood 1783, 18a; William Robbins 1783, 25.

London: Fleetditch: negotiations for recovery of, 24a, 30.

Minor Canons: John Ward Allen 1783, 23; William Philip Menzies 1784, 25a, 27a; Richard Bathurst 1784, 29a; resignation of Richard Husband, 25a.

Options: interpretation of agreement respecting, 19a; 23, 24.

Organist: Richard Howe 1781, 4a.

Poor relief: allowances to Elizabeth Heather, a pauper, 18, 28a; allowance to Elizabeth Martin, a pauper, 25.

Presentations

Aylesford: John Eveleigh 1782, 9; suggested suitable candidates if he did not want the living, 8a-9.
Bearsted: Richard Jacobs 1783, 23a-24;
Boughton Monchelsea: James Andrew 1783, 24a;
Chart Sutton: Joseph Lodington [cf. Luddington] 1785, 38a; 24;
Chatham: John Law 1784, 29a;
Haddenham with Cuddington, Buckinghamshire: Thomas Phelps 1783, 19a;
Kingsdown with Maplescombe: Charles Coldcall 1781, 8a;
Kingsley: Thomas Phelps 1783, 19a+;
Lamberhurst: William Eveleigh 1784, 29; 8A-9; 24;
West Peckham: Peter Wade 1783 (conditional), 20; Arnold Carter 1783, 23a;

+ Separate presentations made to Haddenham with Cuddington, and Kingsley, Buckinghamshire because the bishop of Lincoln refused to consolidate the livings.

Shorne: 8a-9; Richard Husband 1783 (conditional), 23a; Henry Jones 1783 (conditional), 24;
Woodnesborough: Joseph Lodington [cf. Luddington] 1785, 38a.

Procurators in Convocation: Charles Coldcall and Robert Pye 26-26a.

Repairs: order to carry out those recommended, 4; fines to be appropriated to repair fund, 10a.

Roads: application for land to widen, 7a.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-1a, 4a-5, 9a-10, 11a-12, 15-15a, 21-21a, 27-27a, 33-33a, 37a-38.

School: admissions: 16, 27a, 34a, 38; exhibitions: Jervis Whitehead to Jesus College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 4a, 12a; Samuel Ruth to Queen's College, Cambridge, 18; Richard Harvey to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 39; staff: resignation of Upper Master, Thomas Thompson, 38a.

Steward and Counsel: resignation of Joseph Brooke and appointment of Henry Dampier 1785, 41a-42a.

Stoke: Duppa at al. versus Dean and Chapter regarding Malmains [cf. Malmaines] and Tudors tithe portions, 30a, 41-1a.

Survey: order to, Halling parsonage, 7.

Timber: order to survey, for repairs at: Chalk, a wharf, 17; Cliffe, Cardens manor, 35; Frindsbury, Reed [cf. Rede] Court, 40; Stoke manor, buildings, gates and fences, 23; Strood, messuage called Bonecakes [cf. Boncakes], 19a-20, 23. DRc/Ac 8/28

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knights charity: widows nominated, 78-79;

Carpenter: Samuel Baker 1786, 34.

Chalk and chalk rubbish: agreement for sale of from Frindsbury manor, 45.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to Chapter business dealt with in his absence, 28, 29-30, 33, 51, 53; resident prebendaries to deal with business arising before the next Midsummer audit, 14.

Chatham: donation towards rebuilding church, 22.

Choristers: William Sinnock and Thomas Cable, 2; Henry Pluckwell, Thomas Kennard and Stephen Goodwin, 17; James Weekes, 38; Peter Brames, 40; Thomas Bathurst, 68.

[Manorial] Courts: 20.

Election of Officers: 11, 37, 62.

Expenses: presentation of bill for, 22.

Fine: agreement to renew without, as a reward for good service, 12-13.

Gamekeepers: Darenth: William Mumford, junior, of Sutton at Hone, Esq. 1785, 9; Frindsbury: John Carpenter 1785, 14; Philip Boghurst 1787, 44; Stoke: Edmund Chapman 1785, 14; Wouldham: order to dismiss Benjamin Fagg and appoint George Guy of his nominee 1788, 79.

Lay Clerks: William Chapman 1788, 78.

Leases: counterparts and surrendered leases ordered to be delivered, 22.

London: proposed conveyance to the Dean and Chapter of land in and under Bridge Street, Blackfriars, 18-19, 26, 36, 37, 40.

Poor relief: allowance to Elizabeth Heather, a pauper, 44.

Presentations:

Chart Sutton: John Smith 1785, 3;
Hartlip: John Prat [cf. Pratt] permitted to exchange to Monckton in Thanet; the Chapter to appoint when the Archbishop sees fit to nominate 1786, 35;
Hoo St. Werburgh: Evan Rice 1786, 25;
Sutton at Hone: Robert Fountaine 1787 (conditional), 65;
Woodnesborough: John Smith 1785, 3.

Repairs: Rochester: Archdeacon's stables, 81-82.

Residence: 37.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 16-17, 28-29, 39-40, 55-56, 67-68.

School: admissions: 2, 18-19, 30, 40, 56, 68; Staff: Upper Master, Evan Rice 1785, 13; Usher, James Jones 1788, 79.

Stoke: Duppa et al Versus Dean and Chapter of Rochester regarding Malmains [cf. Malmaines] and Tudors tithe portions, 3.

Timber: order to survey, for repairs at: Denton manor 9; Hoo parsonage, 21; Bonecakes [cf. Boncakes], Strood, 26-27; order to survey, on all Chapter estates, 35, 44; order to dispose of, felled at Ospringe by Turnpike Trustees to widen a road, 27; Countess of Darnley, lessee of Stoke manor requested to plant timber there; allowed for repairs, 44; lessee allowed to take down a ruinous mansion at Haddenham, Buckinghamshire; and allowed timber to repair the other, 70.

Verger and subsacrist: Matthew Grain 1785, 4; provision to be made for Thomas Jolly out of the profits of the office, should he survive Grain, 4.

Waterworks and wells: supply of water discontinued in the Precinct on account of exhorbitant prices. Agreement with Samuel Nicholson to provide water, 12-13.
Date: 1766-1788
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Appointments and elections of Deans

John Newcombe

Episcopal mandate to the Archdeacon and vice-dean of Rochester to induct John Newcombe, DD into the Deanery of Rochester vacant by the promotion of William Barnard to the see of Raphoe [Ireland]. 22 June 1744. Endorsed with the vice-deans certificate of induction and installation.
Date: 25 June 1744
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral

James Thomas Irvine and the excavations at Rochester Cathedral 1874 - 1894 (DRc/Emf 77/1-134)

Off-print entitled Notes on the Architectural history of Rochester Cathedral by W.H. St. John Hope, BA, FSA, inscribed by the author 28 March 1882, probably published in Archaeologia.

Includes plan of cathedral showing building phases

With accompanying notes and letter, headed as per editor, The Archaeological Journal, Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, addressed to James T. Irvine.Asks about progress at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

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Date: 1882
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

Repair and Maintenance

Property Repairs 1710-1912 (DRc/Emp 1-39)

Eynsford Church, Chancel, Bells and Organ 1895 (DRc/Emp 31/1-21)

Letter. Rev. A.S. Hutchinson, 4 Martello Avenue, Kingstown, County Dublin, Ireland, Vicar of Eynsford to A.A. Arnold, Chapter Clerk: Sir William Hart-Dyke and his committee have accepted the tender of Mr. Marchant of Farningham. Has let him know that the Chapter want the chancel the architect to make arrangements. Grant received from Canterbury Diocesan Church Building Society. Requests subscription for school.

Date: 22 August 1895
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

 

Finance records: treasurer

 

Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb)

 

 

Treasurer's book - Francis Durant de Breval+

 

+ Oath of treasurer at front of book.

 

Includes payments for apprenticeships of boys and girls, relief of seamen some shipwrecked, nursing, payments to poor travellers, payments to bricklayers, payments for provisions, tobacco, wine, pipes, poultry, bellringers, repairs to bell ropes, coat of arms, cathedral fabric, Polish refugees [cf. Poland], scholars, common prayer books, travellers to or from Dover and Rye, Sussex, to captain Morley his wife & children travilling into Ireland by passe from Lord Arlington [sic], the choir, the poor of Strood, six poor men & women travelling to Flanders by passe [sic] [cf. Belgium], to 4 poor Dutchmen travelling for their owne Countrey [sic] [cf. Holland/Netherlands/Germany], to John Nicholson for 6 soldiers in the Train[e]d Band 1 day; [some individuals named]

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1673-1674
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

 

Finance records: treasurer  Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

 

Treasurer's book - Henry Ullock.

 

Includes 6d paid to a Frenchman [cf. France] a Protestant by certificate 29 March 1678

 

Includes 6d paid to two poor travellers which were in slavery at Algiers, Algeria, Africa [cf. Barbary] by pass of the mayor of Falmouth, Cornwall 11 April 1678

 

Includes 1s 6d relief paid to two poor gentlewomen, inhabitants of Cannon [sic,] Ireland (one of their husbands being in slavery in Turkey) travelling to Dover with their families 28 May 1678

 

Includes 1s paid for the relief of one St. John and his wife and family, travellers by pass from the justices of the peace of Ballynafeigh [?] (Bellaniefoy) [Belfast, Antrim] in the province of Ulster, Ireland who were burnt out of all they had 6 July 1678

 

Includes 6d paid for the relief of a poor sick man who came from Greenhithe to Rochester to be cured of the scurvy and consumption 29 July 1678

 

Includes 1s 6d paid to Captain John Gray and his lieutenant and a son of his (who were burnt out of Breda [Holland/Netherlands] by the French [cf. France]), travellers by pass, 15 October 1678

 

Includes 1s paid to a poor traveller who came out of New England [cf. America] travelling to Bedfordshire by pass from Canterbury, 17 October 1678

 

Includes 1 s paid to two French Protestants who had a testimonial from Dr. Brevall and several other testimonials, 18 Ovtober 1678

 

Includes 5s paid to Jachino Cecilliano, abbot of Cephalonia [cf. Kephalonia], Greece by Dr. Dixon's order, 30 October 1678

 

Includes 1s paid to Jeremy Hogan a Scotchman [cf. Scotland] a lieutenant to the Dutch [cf. Holland/Netherlands] and taken prisoner by the French [cf. France], his wife and two children, travellers by pass from the mayor of Dover, 2 November 1678

 

Includes 4s paid for the relief of Captain Price and William Lynch poor prisoners in the Dolphin at Rochester, by Dr. Dixon's order, 11 November 1678

 

Includes 1s paid to a poor traveller, a minister's son, who was a prisoner in the Fleet Prison, London, 9 December 1678

 

Includes 1 s paid to a Welsh [cf. Wales] gentlewoman who was burnt out of her habitation in Monmouthshire, 11 December 1678

 

Latin and English

 

Bound and wrapped in a fragment of a mortgage between Edward Godfry [cf. Godfrey] of St. James in the Isle of Grain, yeoman and Reginald Rich [of ], in respect of at least 7 acres land named Beacon Field and [W]oodsfield and messuage[s] in Grain, consideration £100 term 500 years, 1654

Date: 1677-1678
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester  Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

Finance records: treasurer

 

 

 

Treasurer's book - Francis Durant de Breval [cf. Brevall]

 

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Includes minutes of a chapter meeting 19 March 1679/1680

 

Includes 2s 6d paid to Lewis Miller an Helvetian [i.e. Swiss, cf. Switzerland] poor scholar, by order of the prebends 10 December 1680

 

Includes 5s paid for the relief of Captain Timothy Crow [cf. Crowe], 24 January 1680/1681

 

Includes 2s 6d paid to relieve a poor decayed minister, one Francis Fowler of Norwich, Norfolk, by the dean's order 14 March 1680/1681

 

Includes 6s paid goodwife Wall for nursing the bastard left in the premises of this church, the mother being run away, the father of it (as is supposed) is the young fellow that lived with madam Barrell, 2 weeks at 3s per week due 18th. instant, 21 March 1680/1681 [further payments pertaining]

 

Includes 4d relief to a poor woman that came out of Bedlam [i.e. Bethlehem Hospital, Moorfields, London], 10 April 1681

 

Includes 1s paid to two poor gentlemen that came from Ireland and lost all they had by fire, 25 April 1681

 

Includes paid 2s towards relief of Captain Denis Breman who was disabled in his body and limbs at the siege of Maastricht (Maestricht) [Holland/Netherlands], 10 May 1681

 

Includes paid 5s paid to a poor woman for the use of a leper which is going to the Bath [Somerset?] for cure, given by order of the chapter, 22 June 1681

 

Includes 5s paid a Jew turned Christian by order of the vice dean and Dr. Clerke, 24 June 1681

 

Includes paid by the order of the vice dean 5s to Mr. Conny and Mr. Orrin towards the releasement of Mr. Gregory, vicar of Bearsted, out of Maidstone Goal, 4 July 1681

 

Includes payments to George Rootes of Trottiscliffe, butcher, for keeping Sarah Cooke [passim]

 


Date: 1680-1681
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Finance records: treasurer

Treasurers' books 1548-1913 (DRc/FTb 1-243)

Each book is as a general rule divided up as follows: salaries paid to the Dean, prebendaries, minor canons, lay readers, choirmaster, organist, choristers, King's scholars, officers, stewards, counsellor, bailiff, and other church officers; the royal subsidy and annuity; pensions to the clergy; episcopal fees (exenia); alms; reparations to the fabric of the cathedral; exhibitions for King's scholars; expenses at law: extraordinary expenses and highway repair; necessaries; wood for fuel; carriage; and other items.

Treasurer's book - John Wyvell. John Wyvell's hand is idiosyncratic but he names recipients of alms more commonly than his predecessors in office, see below.

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

Includes 7s 6d paid to Matthew Padsey a Frenchman [cf. France] and his family, recommended by Dr. Brevall [cf. Breval] 6 December 1681

Includes 6d paid to a poor gentleman who was ruined by water in Norfolk, 21 January 1681/1682

Includes paid 2s to John Alexander a converted Jew, by the dean's order and the vice dean's, 4 April 1682

Includes 1s 6d paid to Daniel Maccabeth a Low Country [cf. Holland/Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg] captain [?], who had the mayors of Dover and Canterbury's passes and according to the vice dean's order, 4 April 1682

Includes 1s given to the sculptor of the monument by the dean's [?] order, 28 April 1682

Includes 4d given to Monsieur Le Pallon a French [cf. France] Protestant, 13 May 1682

Includes 1s paid to Thomas Abraham a Jew newly converted, by order of the dean, Dr. Ullock, 17 June 1682

Includes 1s paid to a poor seaman that escaped out of the Gloucester (Glosster) frigate [wrecked off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 6 May 1682, see Ships of the Royal Navy by J.J. Colledge, 1987, local studies collection], having a pass from the mayor of Gravesend, 21 June 1682

Includes 6d paid to 2 poor men newly come out of prison for debt, by order of the vice dean, 12 August 1682

Includes 6d paid to 4 poor Dutchmen [cf. Holland/Netherlands] who brought a pass from the Lord Mayor of London, 16 August 1682

Includes 1s paid to a poor scholar, Richard Andrews, 23 August 1682

Includes 1s 6d paid to 2 poor Protestant Frenchmen [cf. France], 14 September 1682

Includes 1s 6d paid to 7 poor men taken by the Turks [cf. Turkey] as appeared by a certificate from several justices of the peace of this county, 14 September 1682

Includes 1s paid for the maintenance and present support of a scholar at Brazenose (Brazen Nose) College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, under a certificate of the principal and several fellows of the college, his name John Perkinson [cf. Parkinson], 21 September 1682

Includes 1s 6d given to Mr. John Sheapheard [cf. Shepherd] towards the relief of himself and family who lost all they had in coming from Ireland, having a large certificate of the truth thereof, 3 November 1682

Includes 6d paid to Godfrey Barker a poor traveller that was robbed on Shooters Hill [Greenwich] and wanting relief to carry him home, 16 November 1682

Includes 2s given to a poor Protestant his wife and 2 children coming out of France in great distress; one David Lavaunge, between them, 23 November 1682.

Latin and English.

With leather ties.

Date: 1681-1682
Quantity: 1 booklet
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester   Finance records: Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

 

Treasurer's book - Francis Durant de Breval [cf. Brevall]

 

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Includes 1s given to 2 poor men that came from Ireland in a most poor condition having escaped shipwreck, Heath and Browne [cf. Brown], 2 January 1683

 

Includes 6d given to a poor distressed gentlewoman Mrs. Pannington, almost out of her wits by some hardship[?] and losses sustained, 30 January 1683

 

Includes 4d given to John Jenning who lately came out of Flanders (Flaunders) [cf. Belgium and France] decayed through poverty and want, recommended by Mr. Barrell as an object of charity, 5 February 1683

 

Includes 6d given Mr. Dunston a poor minister that came from Ireland, 4 April 1683

 

Includes 6d given to two poor men late slaves in Turkey, 21 April 1683

 

Includes 1s 6d given to a poor woman who was burnt out by lightning, 29 May Includes 6d given to a poor man shipwrecked upon the Isle of Grain, with Sir Richard Head's pass, 20 July 1683

 

Includes 6d given to Richard Allen a poor man coming from Ireland having broken his thigh, 13 August 1683

 

Includes 6d given to Jacob Baldwine [cf. Baldwin] Dutchman [cf. Holland/Netherlands, being poor, 24 August 1683

 

Includes 1s 6d given to a French man flying for religion out of France with several women in his company on the same account, 4 September 1683

 

Includes 6d given to 2 poor Spaniards [cf. Spain], 18 September 1683

 

Includes 6d given to a poor German Peter Morgan, 25 September 1683

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1682-1683
Quantity: 1 booklet
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

 Finance records: Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

 

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Treasurer's book - Francis Durant de Breval [cf. Brevall]

 

Includes 4s given to Monsieur de Rivena [?] a distressed French [cf. France] Protestant and by order, 10 March 1688

 

Includes 1s given to Germane Hogon a Dutchman [cf. Holland/Netherlands] in distress, 29 Marchy 1688

 

Includes 2s 6d given to three Dutchmen [cf. Holland/Netherlands] that were shipwrecked, 4 June 1688

 

Includes 2s given to William Beol [cf. Beale] undone by fire, 20 June 1688

 

Includes 6d given to Mary Conu a French [cf. France] Protestant, 21 July 1688

 

Includes 1s given to Pietro de Frontos [?], Includes 1s 6d given to John Slingsby [cf. Slyngsby, Slyngisbie, Slyngisbie, Slyngysbie], 14 August 1688

 

Includes £1 given to Mary Grinstead a poor inhabitant of Stoke toward the cutting of her leg, 28 September 1688

 

Includes 2s given to John Brookes a poor distressed traveller from Ireland, 5 November 1688

 


Date: 1687-1688
Quantity: 1 volume
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

  Finance records: Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Treasurer's book - Henry Ullock

 

Includes 2s 6d given to Robert Carquis a poor French [cf. France] Protestant with two others of the same nation and religion, 9 January 1689

 

Includes 6d given to John Stephen a madman, 28 March 1689

 

Includes 1s given to Thomas Bale a poor distressed Irishman, 25 April [?] 1689

 

Includes 2s given to Samuel Coldwell that was forced from his living by debt, 20 July 1689

 

Includes 6d given to a poor seaman cast away at the Land's End [Cornwall], 26 August 1689

 

Includes 2s given to James Chariere, another French Protestant, 24 September 1689

 

Includes 1s given to three Irish [cf. Ireland] Protestants, 15 October 1689.

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1688-1689
Quantity: 1 volume
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

 Finance records: Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

 

Giving lists of names and signatures of recipients arranged under headings as per cathedral officers, canons, prebends, choristers, paupers [beadsmen?] and pupils of the Cathedral Grammar School.

 

Treasurer's book - Daniel Hill.

 

Includes 2s 6d given to William Tenant [cf. Tennant, Tennent] a mendicant parson, 6 December 1693

 

Includes 1s given to James Basken, returning to the north of Ireland, where he formerly had a curacy, but was driven from thence in the time of the late troubles there, 14 February 1694

 

Includes 1s given to one Tallcot [cf. Talcot] a poor Irish [cf. Ireland] schoolmaster, 10 March 1694

 

Includes 2s given to the relief of some that were sufferers in Essex from the inundation of the sea, 9 June 1694

 

Includes 2s given to a poor Irish [cf. Ireland] Protestant that had both his hands burnt by fire, 29 June 1694

 

Includes 2s given to Peter Watson, a poor sufferer by fire in the county of Suffolk, 30 June 1694

 

Includes 1s given to a poor German [cf. Germany] scholar, 5 September 1694

 

Includes 6d given to one that was dumb and deaf, 6 September 1694

 

Includes 1s given to one Alice Seares [cf. Sears], widow, a great sufferer by fire, 10 September 1694

 

Includes 1s given to one Forest [cf. Forrest] a poor Scotch [cf. Scotland] minister, 6 October 1694

 

Includes 1s gven to one Mary Baites [cf. Bates] a poor distressed sufferer taken by the French [cf. France], and retaken by the Dutch [cf. Holland/Netherlands], 27 October 1694

 

Includes 1s given to a poor woman falling in labour, as she was returning home, 5 November 1694

 

Includes 3s given to one Mr. Basset [cf. Bassett] a merchant who had his Majesty's pass from the Hague [Holland/Netherlands], 5 November 1694.

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1693-1694
Quantity: 1 volume
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