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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0747 on request slip.

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Records of varying provenance transferred from Centre for Kentish Studies, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, comprising:

printed matter pertaining to operation of Education Act 1944 by Gillingham Borough Council, 1946-1962 (1 bundle)*;

letter from Frederick A. Stigant, clerk, Chatham Local Board of Health, [Military Road, Chatham] to F. Russell, clerk, Kent County Council, Sessions House, Maidstone, concerning declaration of roads connecting Chatham Hill, Chatham and New Road, Rochester [i.e. New Road and New Road Avenue] to Chatham Railway Station as Main Roads under the Local Government Act 1888, with plan, 1890 (1 bundle) (UFP);

stray Board of Trade half-yearly account of voyages and crew of home trade ship for lighter Victoria of 27 tons, owned by William Stow, The Medway Company **, Tonbridge, employed on the River Medway, 1889, transferred to Kent Archives Office in 1988 by Mr. S.D. Hobbs, Senior Archivist, Somerset Record Office, Obridge Road, Taunton, Somerset, as acquired from Registrar General of Shipping, with covering letter from Mr. Hobbs (2 items).

[* For the records of the devolved Gillingham Education Committee, please see education records C/ED and the Gillingham Borough Archives;
** For the list of the Medway Navigation Company records, please click here]

File updated by Archives Assistant 11 April 2007


Date: 1889-1962 [1988]
Quantity: 3 bundles
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1078 on request slip.

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Title deeds to Restoration House, 17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, parties Prentis, Balderson, Shirley, Vinson, Berridge, Shepherd, Messrs. Stone, Garraway and Tassell, Knapp, Mullinger, Coles, Aveling, Browne, Aldis, Gibbons, Turner, Maclean, Budden, Hook, Prall, Pope, Boucher, Palmer, Dickinson, Freeland, Mackey, Burke, Robins, Winch, City of London Building Society, Paterson, Moreton and Hull 1799-1930s with site plans

Facsimile drawings of proposed works to Restoration House prepared by George Clay Partnership,198 Parrock Street, Gravesend 1988 (2 sheets);

List of owners of Restoration House 1607-1909 with covering letter from Colonel P.L. Norcock, Somerton, Somerset to Rod Hull of Restoration House c.1988 (3pp.);

B/w photographs of Rod Hull and his wife Cheryle Hylton-Hull at Restoration House c.1988 (2 items);

 Judges colour postcard photographs c.1970 and 2 black and white photographs c.1890 of Restoration House, all of the west front

Photocopies of photographs and engravings of views of Restoration House and Rochester, supplied by Guildhall Museum, Rochester, with covering letter from museum curator 1989 (10pp.)

[See also DE167/1,3,4,5 & 7 which may also relate to Restoration House]

File updated by Borough Archivist 16 August 2006


Date: 1799-1989
Quantity: 1 bundle (102 items)
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1094 on request slip.

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Additional (mingled) records of King’s School, Rochester and the Old Roffensian Society, comprising:

group photographs of cricket, hockey and athletics teams, members of castes of school dramatic productions and members of combined cadet force (CCF), studio portraits of individual old Roffensians, photographs of junior and preparatory school activities, headmaster’s correspondence, correspondence about wartime evacuation with Taunton, Somerset, air raid shelter list, programmes of dramatic productions, prize lists, papers pertaining to founding of pre-preparatory school 1988, video tapes of farewell service for Dr. Michael Turnbull, Bishop of Rochester 1994 and enthronement of his successor Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali 1995, handbooks, annual reports, printed booklets and pamphlets, rules, Old Roffensian biographies and obituaries, sermons, service sheets, visitors’ book, drawings and examples of art work, school prospectuses, posters, press releases, dismounted exhibition items and artefacts including handbells, hockey sticks, mortar board tassels [cf. trenchers], striped sports blazers, school badges, Old Roffensian bow tie, collars, freemasons’ gloves, caps, boaters, girl’s velour hat, master’s mortarboard, boater bands, clerical collar and stock, Victorian chorister’s collar, blazer pocket badges, VIth form suits, Art Society striped shirt, school play dress, boarder’s dressing gown, CCF uniforms, swagger canes, and officer’s George boots, prefect's cane, School House rubgy [cf. rugger] jersey, Zetountes waistcoat, physical education vests, Friends of Rochester Cathedral reports and newsletters, school calendars, school Christmas cards, Old Roffensians’ war service record, Marconi Avionics calendar featuring historic buildings of Rochester 1979, Sunday national newspaper colour supplements and local Medway Towns newspapers containing articles or advertisements pertaining to school or Old Roffensians, school application register 1961-1974, visitors’ book 1950-1971, correspondence about staff appointments c.1937-c.1975, General Certificate of Education results 1951-1960.

Box listed. Hand list available on application.

For previous deposits of the Old Roffensian Society see DE455, DE470, DE571 and DE608 and for previous deposits of the King’s School, Rochester see DE463, DE464 and DE617

NB various other King's School objects are on loan to the Guildhall Museum, Rochester 01634 848717

File updated by Borough Archivist 27 October 2006


Date: 1848-2006
Quantity: 40 boxes and 14 packets
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: 08_MEDWAY_COUNCIL_MTC_MR_SERIES/MTC_MR_118 on request slip.

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Records comprising part of the collection of the former Gillingham Urban Heritage Centre, Napier Road School, Gillingham and donated to Medway Council by Mr. Ronald A. Baldwin of 36 Stuart Road, Gillingham, local historian, transferred by assistant curator, Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester, Libraries, Archives and Museums Section, Leisure Division, Education and Leisure Directorate, Medway Council, comprising:

Two printed books entitled A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, etc. 13th.edition, 1746 inscribed by Frances Mary Randty [?] of Bath, Somerset and J. Godden, 1904 and A Century of Select Psalms, etc. by John Patrick of Charterhouse, London, 1688, inscribed by Mrs. Elizabeth Cartlitch 18 January 1706/1707 and W. Shepherd.

Call number: MTC/EL/LEI/LAMS/GM/3

Date: 1688; 1746
Quantity: 2 volumes
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: Synopsis_of_Medway_Area_Charters/01_Synopsis_of_Medway_Area_Charters on request slip.

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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 6 - Please quote Reference: CH108_Hospital_of_Sir_John_Hawkins_Kt_in_Chatham_1500_1984/CH108_203 on request slip.

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Hospital of Sir John Hawkins Knight in Chatham

Ann Phillips' Charity c1822-1869

Deed of Transfer

(i) George Patey Parkin of the Admiralty, Somerset House, London, Esq. John Parkin of Battersea, Surrey, Esq., acting executors of Thomas Fordar Hawkes, Assistant of Master Shipwright of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham.

(ii) Francis James Laire, Master Shipwright of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham Oliver William Lang and John Inman Fincham, Assistants of Master Shipwright as above.

To stand possessed of and comply with trusts of will of Ann Phillips of Brompton, Gillingham, widow, deceased, subsequent to deaths of her original executors Edward Sison, Master Shipwright of Chatham Dockyard, Thomas Mitchell, Master Shipwright of Sheerness Dockyard and John Peek of Chatham Dockyard, Painter's Measurer all deceased.

Yearly dividends and interest of £300 3¼% Bank Annuities for relief of widows and orphans of shipwrights employed at Chatham Dockyard at times of their death, apportioned 2/3 to families of men dying in Chatham, 1/3 to families of men dying in Gillingham.
Date: 21 January 1850
Quantity: 4 membranes


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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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Appointments of Beadsmen or Almsmen

James Downing who hath served his Majestie in severall of his Frigatts [i.e. frigates] , and particularly in the Fortune Fireshipp [i.e. fire-ship] where he had the Misfortune in the yeare One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Three to lose the use of his left Arme and having a wife and three children besides an Aged Mother to maintaine is reduced to Poverty .

Signatures: Thomas [Tenison], Archbishop of Canterbury, [William Cavendish] Earl of Devonshire, [Chalres Seymour] Duke of Somerset, [Thomas Herbert] Earl of Pembroke, [Edward Villiers] Earl of Jersey and [John Egerton] Earl of Bridgewater and Lord Charles Montague.
Date: 15 June 1699
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Letter. Richard Ryche* to the farmers and tenants of the dissolved monastery at Rochester: Order to pay unto the deane [i.e. dean] or Gardean [i.e. guardian] of the Cathedrall Churche [i.e. cathedral church] of Rochestre [i.e. Rochester] all such Rents Issues proffitts and customes as ye and every of youe stonden bounden to paye and yelde by Indenture copie of Courte [i.e. court] Roll or otherwise beyng due and leviable at the Feast of Mydsomer [i.e. midsummer] last paste ... London

* Sir Richard Ryche or Rich was a particular friend of King Henry VIII and for his zealous support for the suppression of the monasteries was made Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations in 1536. From then onwards he worked closely with Thomas Cromwell, but unlike Cromwell, he survived and enjoyed high office. He was created Baron Rich of Leigh Priory in Essex in 1547 and Lord Chancellor in 1548. He served all the Tudors - King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I, always turning another's misfortune to his own good account. He perjured himself against Cromwell, Fisher and More, organised Somerset's downfall and supported Lady Jane Grey but confessed catholicism and served under Mary. He died in 1567 aged about seventy.
Date: 6 July 1540
Quantity: 1p. (paper)


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Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Draft letter of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector about the application of money for alms and repairing highways.
Date: 23 March 1548
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Fair copy of draft letter of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector about the application of money for alms and repairing highways.

....We certifie your Grace that twenty pounds are apoynted yerely by the said Creation for Repairing the highe ways [i.e. highways] and twenty pounds yerely to be distributed in almess [i.e. alms] .... An as for the twenty pounds for highe wais [i.e. highways] we have the same yeven unto us by ower statutes... for fyve yeres space to buyld and Repaire Lodgyngs [i.e. lodgings] for the mynysters [i.e. ministers] of the said cathedrall churche [i.e. cathedral church] whych fyve yeres shal end at the Feast of Saynt Michaell [i.e. saint Michael] next ensuyng....
Date: 23 March 1548
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Order from King Edward VI to furnish one horse and man for the war against Scotland.

... And being crediblie enformed that ther is greate aid put in a readines to be sent shortlie by the sees [i.e. seas] into Scotland. In the which there shalbe as we be also certainlie advertized a nomber of men at Armes [i.e. arms] sent for defence of the sayd Scottes [i.e. Scots'] empechement of our affaires And further annoyance of our Dominions and subjectes. Like as we have alreadye with thadvise and consent of our dearest Uncle the Duke of Somerset governour of our person and protectour of our Realmes Dominions and subjectes and the rest of our privie counsaile [i.e. privy council] , both forseen this matier and prepared for the same... We have thought good and necessary to have oute of hand put in ordre a sufficient nomber of horsemen of sondry sortes. We have with thadvise and consent aforesayd thought mete to praye and require youe among others of that our countie of Kent to have in full arredines by the tenthe of June next ensuing one good and hable horse or gelding mete to serve in the feld for a light horsman [i.e. horseman] with one mete and apte man to be employed upon the same harnessed weaponed and furnisshed in all thinges as apperteinith putting the same in suche ordre and arredines as uppon oon [i.e. one] houres warning after the sayd tenth of June they may be in full redines to set forwardes to any suche place as by use or our sayd dearest uncle and counsaile shalbe appointed unto youe... Signet, Westminster [Middlesex]. Stamped: Edward and Signed: E. [i.e. Edward Seymour, Duke of] Somerset.
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester: Official Royal and Decanal Orders

Order from King Edward VI to furnish one horse and man for the war against Scotland.

....Having now occasion for the renforce of our power of horsmen [i.e. horsemen] agaynst the Scottes [i.e. Scots] and suche others as be comme hither from the Bishop of Rome [cf. Italy] and others for their ayde agaynst us, to employe the same. We require you as ye have to harte our honour and thadvauncement of our great and weightye affaires, and neverthelesse straytly charge and commande you to set further the said horseman in good ordre immediatly upon receipt herof to marche to Newcastell [i.e. Newcastle, Northumberland] so as he may be there by the 12th day of the next moneth at the furthest...

Signet, Hampton Court [Middlesex]. Stamped: [King] Edward [VI] and Signed: E. [Edward Seymour, Duke of] Somerset.

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Date: 22 July 1548
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

 

Finance records: treasurer

 Treasurers' books (DRc/FTb )

 

 

Treasurer's book* - Edward Clerke

 

Includes 1s paid to 3 poor seamen by pass from Bridgwater, Somerset 19 September 1677

 

Includes 2s 6d paid to Mr. Sidway that came over from the Church of Rome to the Church of England 24 November 1677

 

Latin and English

 

* In 2 parts, disbursements and salaries. There is a separate alms section under disbursements.

 

Bound and wrapped in fragment of feoffment between Thomas Fulstone of Dover, shipwright and George Wiggens junior of [Dover?], boatmaker, respecting land in [Dover?], abutting lands of George Parker, the heirs of Sir Richard Bingley kt. to the north and the King's Highway, 1628-1629.

Date: 1676-1677
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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: 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 expenses: allowed the Receiver the 2s he paid Mrs. Stanley for carrying the church's [weather] vane to London to be mended, 22 May 1712

 

Includes 6d alms given to a poor man from New England [America], 31 January 1712

 

Includes 1s 6d alms given to several poor soldiers from Spain, 9 February 1712

 

Includes 1s alms given to a poor woman of Barbados [West Indies] with several children, 29 February 1712

 

Includes 5s alms given to Mrs. d'Assigny a poor clergyman's widow, 7 July 1712

 

Includes 1s alms given to 2 poor lads going to New England [America], 25 July 1712

 

Includes 1s alms given to a poor cripple from the Bath [Somerset?], 2 August 1712

 

Includes 1s alms given to 2 poor women from Virginia [America], 23 August 1712

 

Includes alms given to disbanded, discharged, sick, lame, maimed and poor soldiers and seamen, some returning from Flanders and Dunkirk [France]passim

 

Includes alms given to released prisoners from France, Irish persons and many women and children, some returning from Flanders and Dunkirk [France]passim

 


Date: 1711-1712
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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 - John Grant.

 

Includes expenses: memorandum concerning removal of the church's arms to the chapter house, 2 May 1716

 

Includes expenses: received of Mr. Hill, deputy treasurer ten shillings for ringing on the thanksgiving day. For the blessing of God upon His Majesty's councils and arms in suppressing the late unnatural [Jacobite] rebellion; received I say the said sum by me, John Osmotherly, 8 June 1716

 

Includes expenses: to Mr. Robinson of Strood, bookbinder ten shillings for mending the church Bible; and five for his expenses in going to London to seek for a Book fit for the church; which though he could not find 'twas thought but reasonable to pay him his charges in going to look for it, 21 July 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to Thomas Friar of Lidsing (Lidgeon) [cf. Lydsing] in the county of Kent, 30 December 1715

 

Includes 1s alms given to William Wills and James Barton 2 poor sea boys that had been cast away, and set on shore at Reculver, 15 January 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to John Williams that had been taken by the Algerines [cf. Algeria, Sally, Algiers, Barbary, Africa], 24 January 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to one Thomas Hikfield [cf. Hickfield], that had served in Lord Windsor's Regiment, 12 June 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to John Mills, a Turkey slave from Tunis [cf. Tunisia, Africa, Barbary]

 

Includes 4s alms given to 4 poor Palatine [cf. Palatinate, Germany] women with 4 little children, 21 June 1716

 

Includes 5s alms given by order of the chapter to John Ballard of Cranbrook, a sufferer by fire, 11 July 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to Robert Stout and John Boules with a pass from Algiers [cf. Sally, Algeria, Africa, Barbary] signed by William Thomson, consul, 16 August 1716

 

Includes 2s alms given to Henry Sheridon [cf. Sheridan] and John Price 2 poor Algerine [cf. Algiers, Sally, Algeria, Africa, Barbary] slaves, 30 August 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to Thomas Stevens and John Mills with a pass from St. Ives (St. Jives) in Cornwall (Cornwell), 11 October 1716

 

Includes 6d alms given to Lawrence Sword a Scotchman (Scotheman) [cf. Scotland], 15 October 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to the prisoners in Rooke's jail, 20 October 1716

 

Includes 3s alms given to Mary Bartlet [cf. Bartlett] with 5 children, with a pass from Minehead (Minhead) in Somerset-shire, 26 October 1716

 

Including 6d alms given to James Cross from the hospital in Ghent [cf. Belgium, Flanders], , 26 October 1716

 

Includes 5s alms given to Thomas Bright of the parish of Bethersden a poor sufferer by fire, 9 November 1716

 

Includes 1s alms given to 4 poor Algerine [cf. Algiers, Sally, Algeria, Africa, Barbary] slaves, viz. James Hooe [?], James Harrison, Richard Jones and William Lewis, with a pass from Leghorn [cf. Livorno, Tuscany, Italy], 17 November 1716

 

Includes 2s alms given to one Thomas Bowles a poor scholar from Dublin [Ireland], 28 November 1716

 

Latin and French.

Date: 1715-1716
Quantity: 1 booklet
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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.

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 - Edmund Barrell

Includes under expenses necessary and uncertain: 7s 6d paid to William Holmes, smith, for making a new eye to the clapper of the fourth bell, 17 June 1728

Includes expenses incurred in restoring the cathedral (pp.39-40 and passim)

Includes 1s alms given to William Groves and William Lankstone from the Clink (Chink) prison in Southwark [Surrey], 18 January 1728

Includes 1s 6d alms given to a poor Turk [cf. Turkey] turned Christian, 24 January 1728

Includes 1s 6 alms given to George Tomlin, a poor decayed tanner of Town Malling [cf. West Malling], 7 February 1728

Includes 6d alms given to Stephen Petitoe another discharged soldier, 13 February 1728

Includes 1s 6d alms given to Robert Stout with his wife, child and servant, taken by the Turks [cf. Turkey], 23 February 1728

Includes 1s alms given to William Benstead a poor soldier from Gibraltar, 7 March 1728

Includes 6d alms given to George Thomas of Bristol [cf. Somerset, Gloucestershire] with a pass, 25 March 1728

Includes 3 guineas alms given to the Rev. Mr. Painter, a necessitous clergyman, in order to make his creditors easy with him, 26 June 1728

Includes 6d alms given to Hugh Montgommery [cf. Montgomery] and Richard Stackburn, poor seamen, 13 August 1728

Includes 1s alms given to John Augustin, a Neapolitan [cf. Naples, Campania, Italy] shipwrecked on the coast of France, 26 August 1728

Includes 6d alms given to Thomas Day of Bristol [cf. Somerset, Gloucestershire] with a pass from New Romney, 2 September 1728

Includes 6d alms given to William Newton, a prisoner in Reading [Berkshire] Jail, 18 September 1728

Includes £1 1s alms given to Mr. Charles Harris, son of Dr. Harris, late prebendary of this church, 21 September 1728

Includes alms given to numerous discharged soldiers and shipwrecked French * sailors, passim

Latin and English.

[* cf. France.]

File updated by Borough Archivist 13 November 2001.

Date: 1727-1728
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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.

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 expenses incurred in restoring the cathedral (p.39 and passim)

Includes 2s 6d alms given to Patrick Lea a decayed physician with a recommendation certificate from Wexford in Ireland, 20 December 1728

Includes 1s alms given to Daniel Cumming, a wife and two children with a pass from Faversham, 24 December 1728

Includes 1s alms given to William Baker a poor man discharged out of Southwark [Surrey] prison [cf. Clink, Chink] given by order of the dean, 2 February 1729

Includes 2s 6d alms given to James Ignatius a poor foreigner, a scholar, 22 March 1729

Includes 5s alms given to Charles St. John with a wife and family who were bound to Virginia [America] in a ship that foundered at sea, but taken up by a ship in company, and landed in Norfolk, and had a pass to go to his friends at Canterbury, 10 April 1729

Includes 5s alms given to John Fielder and Elizabeth Mills the one a malster, and the other a farmer's widow with several children, sufferers by fire, 14 April 1729

Includes 5s alms given to John Martin, Francis Wall and George Smithson, great sufferers by fire from lightning, 21 April 1729

Includes 2s alms given to Jemima Brown with four children two of which are blind, a great object of charity, 24 April 1729

Includes paid my servant John the five shillings he gave Mary Marden to take a bastard child into her house to nurse, born in Mr. Beresford a minor canon's house, who not concerning himself at all in the disposal of it, the whore had the impudence to lay it at Dr. Hill's door, he being then the church's treasurer for that year [several lines obliterated]. I hope the Dean and Chapter will take it into their consideration how these two persons shall be punished for putting such an affront upon the church's treasurer, one for her notorious insolence in laying a bastard child at the church's treasurer's door, and the other for his [text obliterated] not concerning himself, nor taking any care to prevent it, 14 May 1729 [see also DRc/FTb 64]

Includes 1s alms given to John Palacio and Anthony Fabeono, Neapolitans [cf. Naples, Campania, Italy], sufferers by shipwreck, 29 May 1729

Includes 2s alms given to Francis Porliss and John Goulder, farmers and graziers, sufferers by an inundation in Somersetshire [cf. Somerset], 7 June 1729

Includes alms given to discharged soldiers and their families and shipwrecked French and other sailors and passengers, passim

Latin and English.

Date: November 1728 - June 1729
Quantity: 1 volume/55pp. used
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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.

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

Treasurer's book - Samuel Cheetham

Includes under miscellaneous payments, Includes expenses incurred on account of Minor Canon Row, the organist, verger and schoolmaster's houses and the porter's lodge [cf. Chertsey's Gate], Rochester (p.24);

Includes expenses incurred on account of repairs to the cathedral fabric, ordinary payments (p.26);

Includes expenses incurred on account of choristers' school buildings (p.27);

Includes under alms and donations, £15 contribution towards repair of tower of Eynsford Church, paid Rev. A.S. Hutchinson, 30 November 1888;

Includes under alms and donations, £20 promised donation on laying foundation stone, paid to Delce Mission Church account at London and Provincial Bank, 16 May 1889;

Includes under alms and donations, £10 contribution to fund for providing harmonium for Stoke Church, paid F. Miskin, July 1889;

Includes under alms and donations, £20 donation to Bath [Somerset] and West of England Agricultural Society as per chapter minute of 31st. May 1889, 16 August 1889;

Includes under alms and donations, £61 11s balance of solictors' costs for purchase of Paddock and mortgage of school estates, paid treasurer of Paddock fund, 18 October 1889;

Includes under alms and donations, £100 donation to fund for building St. Barnabas' new church, Gillingham, pursuant to order of chapter of 6 December 1887, 5 November 1889;

English.


Date: 1888-1889
Quantity: 1 volume/49pp. used
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Treasurer's bills and vouchers 1552-1867 (DRc/FTv 1-231)

Treasurer's vouchers, typically comprising beadsmen's receipts, receipts for payment of bishop's Xenium for visitation, bills for tradesmen’s work, bills for liturgical and sacramental supplies, bills for candles and tapers, bills for communion wine, bills for stationery, bills for giving of sermons, ringing the bells on anniversaries and special occasions, lists of quitrents and tenants, receipts for litigation and legal opinions, accounts of alms distributed, receipts for payments of Land Tax, receipts for water supplies, parish clergy pension receipts, receipts for alms disbursed, receipts for payments to bedesmen, receipts for apprenticeship agreements for children apprenticed out by the Dean and Chapter, receipts for officers' salaries and maintenance of children (foundlings) in the care of the cathedral. Vouchers give corresponding treasurer's book page number.

Includes bill from John Harrison, carpenter, for work including north tower of west end and spire, settled 24 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/3)

Includes bill from Elizabeth Scudamore, glazier, for work to cathedral and organist's house in 1759, settled 25 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/4)

Includes bill from John Harrison, carpenter, for various repairs including the bells and for making a new form for the singing men, settled 24 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/6)

Includes bill from Isaac Dent, mason, for repairs to chapter house, pinnacle, parapet and north-west tower, etc., settled 25 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/7)

Includes estimate for making trunks to drain the tower to the roofs, 13 Septembeer 1760 (DRc/FTv 117/8)

Includes bill from Claudius Hogsflesh, bricklayer, for work at cathedral including stopping the cracks at the west end, settled 23 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/10)

Includes bill from John Pluckwell, plumber [and glazier], for work to north and south roofs abutting the tower, settled 25 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/11)

Includes bill from Nicholas Clegg, baker, for sacrament bread, settled 21 November 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/15)

Includes receipts from George White for payment for forms of prayer on the surrender of Pondicherry, India, 23 July 1761 and 13 November 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/22, 28)

Includes receipt from George Lawrance for ringing bells on occasion of arrival of Princess Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany, 8 September 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/26)

Includes receipt from George Lawrance for ringing bells on occasion of taking of Belle Isle (Bellial), Brittany, France, 15 June 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/29)

Includes bill from William Stubbs for alms costs associated with removal of Thomas Saxby, his wife and three children back to Yalding, for treating [Thomas] Hasp for his broken rib and his stay in Bath, Somerset and for John Parr's paving the College Yard, settled 24 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/34)

Includes bill from Edward Dyne for treating Thomas Hasp for medicines and attendance in a contusion of his back and reducing his shoulder with medicines and attendance, settled 25 June 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/35)

Includes receipt from Dr. Chardin Musgrave [Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Oxfordshire] for 10 guineas in favour of Rev. Mr. [Thomas?] Barrett, curate of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, in consideration of the great losses he sustained by the late unhappy fire at that place, 15 July 1760 (DRc/FTv 117/36)

Includes bill from John Harrison, carpenter, for viewing repairs waiting to be done at Madam Pratt's, Burnt House Farm, Frindsbury [?], and for measuring and marking timber on the chapter estates, settled 24 July 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/37)

Includes carpenter and bricklayer's bills for work at Minor Canon Row, passim

Includes receipts for Window Tax, Land Tax and water supply for Minor Canon Row, Manor of Ambree and organist's house, passim

Includes bill from George White for forms of prayer on occasion of taking of Montreal, Canada, settled 26 June 1761 (DRc/FTv 117/74)


Date: 1759-1761
Quantity: 1 bundle/96 items
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General Pardon Granted by Henry VIII 1509

General pardon for all faults committed up to 23 April 1509 addressed to William Fresell, Prior of Rochester, late Prior of Bingham in Norfolk, and the convent of Rochester.

No reason is given for the pardon. A very large number of such documents were issued between 1509 and 1510 and there are no reasons given on any of them*.

The King at Westminster 3 October 1509.

* See Calendar of Letters and Papers Foreign and Domestic: Henry VIII, Volume I, Part I, 1509, p. 203 et passim.

Endorsements

1. Figure 10 enclosed in a circle.
2. Irrotulatur in Memorandis Scaccarii inter Recorda de termino sancti Michaelis Anno Primo Regis Henrici octavi Rotulo quarto. Ex parte Rememoratis Regis . [Contemporary].
3. Placitum est ad quandam inquisitionem inter Recorda de termino sancte Trinitatis anno 23 cio Regis Henrici VII Rotulo 6. Ex parte Rememoratis Regis. [Contemporary].
4. Rochester (Contemporary)
5. Perdonacio Henrici Regis Prioris et Conventus Sancti Andree Roffensis October 3, 1 Hen, 8* (? 18th Century)

Seal

Small fragment of the great seal of Henry VIII of very similar design to that of Edward VIII apart from the gothic lettering of the legend all of which has disappeared apart from ...NGLIE. ET. F... on the reverse. At the base of the throne are three quatrefoils and to the (left and) right a spray of flowers. The seal is attached to the document by a parchment tag, on which is written an abbreviated form of the worked Irrotulatur.

The letters H, R, D and H in the king's style are ornamented with interlacing pen work, as is the initial S of the word Sciatis in the top line. Other words at the beginnings of new parts of the text are emphasised in bold capitals. On the turned up edge is written Soluta ... Mascall 20s. 4d**.

* Sic

** The initial is indeterminable.

Exemption from Admiralty Jurisdiction

Record of an inspection of the records of Rochester Priory by John Wodhall, Commissary and deputy to Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle, KG *, deputy and vice-admiral to Henry, Duke of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham **, Admiral of England, Wales, Ireland, Gascony, Normandy and Aquitaine [France] to discover whether any of the priory possessions were in any way subject to the jurisdiction of the Admiral. He proved that they were all totally exempt***.

* Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle was the natural son of Edward IV by Elizabeth Lucie. He was born about 1480 and in 1511 married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Grey, Viscount Lisle. He obtained a grant of this title in 1523. He died in 1542.

** Henry, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Earl of Nottingham was the natural son of Henry VIII by Anne Blunt. He died in 1536, it is said by poison.

*** Sciant... quod ego Johannes Wodhall... vidi inspexi et perlegi omnia et singula privilegia concessiones ac donaciones concessa ab illustrissimo rege anglie Ricardo primo Monasterio Sancti Andree apostoli in Civitate Roffense antedicta et priori et Conventui eiusdem et successoribus suis Necnon et omnes confirmaciones omnium regum a tempore predicti Regis Ricardi primi unacum ea fundacoine illustrissimi et metuendissimi principis ac fidei defensoris regis moderni Henrici eius nominis octavi Quorum quidem previlegiorum (sic) vigores terre possessiones et portus omnes et singule tam per terras quam per aquas et mare Necnon tenentes firmarii et ceteri Homines omnesque et singuli infra dominia libertatis Prioris et Conventus Monasterii antedecti in Comitate Kancie pertinentes ab omnimodo Jurisdictione et poteste Admiralli anglie pro tempore existentis et officialium eius quorumcumque plenarie sunt exempti In tantum quod omnes punciones correcciones diodandis waveson' flotteson' Jetteson' Legason' et Wrak' ac alia omnia casualia contingencia quccumque quandocumque et qualitercumque per terra aquas et mare cum omnibus et singulis suis pertinentibus (sic) prefatis priori et Conventui Monasterii antedicti existentibus Necnon exconsuetudine prescripta a tempore et per tempus Immemoratum usitatum pertinere apertissime dinoscuntur.

The inspection was carried out at Rochester on 30 November 1526 and the document was sealed at London on 4 December 1526.

Endorsements

1. Our previleges by land and water allowed by the Lord Admirals commissary anno Regis Henrici octavi octodecimo [16th Century]
2. Lord Viscount Lisle, Lord High Admiral of England, his Confirmation of the Privileges of the Convent of Rochester December 4 1527. 18. Henry 8. [18th Century]
3. Several accounts of the officers etc. of the several Priors and Convents etc. viz Rochester Ledys [i.e. Leeds] Strood Hospital. [18th Century]

The seal was probably attached to the document by a parchment tag but both are now lost.

The document itself is rather worn and in many places the ink has faded so far as to render it illegible even under ultra-violet light. The initial O of the first word Omnibus has been thickened but not filled in and the ascender of the letter b in the same word has been decorated with interlacing penwork. Words at the beginnings of sections have been emphasised in bolder lettering. It would appear from the third endorsement noticed above that the document has as some time been used as a wrapper for other documents. This would account for its present condition.

Latin
Date: 1509
Quantity: 1 item


Result number 23 - Please quote Reference: DRc_Rochester_Priory_and_other_Religious_Houses_1080_1541/DRc_FZ4 on request slip.

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Memorandum: 1426-1438

Memorandum that the Lord of Cobham * holds in chief of the prior of Rochester 54a. 6 dayworks land lying within the prior's fee and pertaining to his manor of Darenth for which he owes 12s. 1½d.; and a further 3s. 2½d. for services due for 14 acres land called Swengedeawesland and 4 acres land called Garlemannesland, altogether 15s. 4d. a year.

* Sir Thomas Brooke of Brooke, in the county of Somerset, husband of Joan, suo jure Baroness Cobham and considered jure mariti Lord Cobham. He died in 1439. From 1408-1434 his mother in law, Joan, suo jure Baroness Cobham, was lord of the manor.

The rent and services have remained unpaid for twelve years: from Easter 1426 - Easter 1433 when Thomas Slysherst was farmer of the manor; from Easter 1433 - Easter 1434 - Easter 1438 when Richard Bokeland [cf. Bocland, Buckland] was farmer of the manor.

Endorsements:

1. Darenthe [i.e. Darenth] . A memorandum of a Quitrent payable by Lord Cobham 1432-1438. and No.11 [John Alleyn, c. 1670]
2. pro redditu domini Cobham [15th. century but very faint. Visible under ultra-violet light]

Document torn.

Latin.
Date: 1426-1438
Quantity: 1 membrane


Result number 24 - Please quote Reference: P109_DARENTH_1678_1989/P109_13_01 on request slip.

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Settlement

“A list of certificates remaining in the church chest”: 51 names, with place of settlement and date of certificate. Parishes include Sutton-at-Hone, Horton Kirby, Seal, Cobham, Longfield, Southfleet, Cuxton, Westerham, Dartford, Frindsbury, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Swanscombe, Ightham, Chelsham and Lingfield (Surrey), Lupon (Somerset) and St. Pancras (Middlesex)

[Document found in P109/1/3]

On microfilm 576


Date: c.1780
Quantity: 1 document
Result number 25 - Please quote Reference: P272_NURSTEAD_1561_1998/P272_01D_07 on request slip.

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Additional Nurstead Parish Records Letters from General Register Office, Somerset House, London WC (1913) and Superintendent Registrar's Office, Strood District, c/o Arnold Tuff and Grimwade, solicitors, The Precinct, Rochester (1914), to Rev. K.M. Ffinch of Ifield Rectory, arranging closing of old and issue of new marriage registers, removed from P272/1D/1 q.v.
Date: 1913-1914
Quantity: 1 bundle/3pp.
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