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Result number 1 - Please quote Reference: 05_DE_SERIES_0501_0750/DE0742 on request slip.

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Records of Medway District Branch, Dunkirk Veterans’ Association, comprising:notice of authority for formation of Medway District Branch from Dunkirk Veterans’ Association international HQ, Leeds, Yorkshire 1987 (1 item);
minutes, Gravesend and District Branch and Medway District Branch 1985-1987 (1 bundle);
minute books 1987-1990, 1990-1992, 1992-1994, 1995-1996 and 1996-1999 (5 volumes);
members’ joining forms 1980-1997, giving name and address and service record (1 ring binder) embargoed
branch nominal rolls, giving addresses and service details 1987-1990 (1 bundle);embargoed
Dunkirk Veterans’ Association rule book 1992 (1 booklet) with blank application form c.1990 (1 item);
activity reports, newscuttings and nominal rolls and Stand Down June 2000, 1984-2000 (1 bundle);
Paddle Steamer (formerly HMS) Medway Queen preservation and Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, correspondence and newscuttings etc., 1987-1999 (1 bundle);
commemoration ceremonies, newscuttings, correspondence with participants of Dunkirk evacuation and authors, etc. 1990-2000 (1 bundle);
printed and word processed poems in memory of departed colleagues, including Royal British Legion commemorative literature and promotional material 1997-2000 (1 bundle);
correspondence with Ministry of Defence concerning award of 1939-1945 Defence Medal, 1994-1995 (1 bundle).Further printed matter, newscuttings and photographs forming part of deposit passed to local studies unit, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, available Dewey reference 940.53.

Date: 1984-2000
Quantity: See above.
Result number 2 - Please quote Reference: 06a_DE_SERIES_1001_1200/DE1114 on request slip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

File updated by Borough Archivist 16 March 2006


Date: c.1900-c.1990
Quantity: 1 box, 1 roll
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: 06_DE_SERIES_0751_1000/DE0970 on request slip.

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Records of Rochester Dickens Fellowship, comprising:

CDRoms burned by past chairman on occasion of deposit comprising inventories of branch records as below (2 x CDRoms);

Minute book 1913-1921 (1 volume);
Minute book 1922-1930 (1 volume);
Minute book 1930-1943 (1 volume)
Minute book 1944-1952 (1 volume);
Minute book 1952-1958 (1 volume);
Minute book 1958-1973 (1 volume);
Minutes 1974-1984 (1 ring binder);
Minute book 1982-1986 (1 booklet);
Minute book 1991-1999 (1 volume);
Minutes 1986-1989 (1 folder);
Branch minutes 2000-2004 (1 bundle);

Annual statements of accounts 1948-1989 (1 volume);

Annual receipts and expenditure book 1971-1989 (1 volume);

Membership subscription book 1968-1991 (1 volume);

Treasurer’s journal of expenses, including Swiss Chalet [cf. Switzerland; Eastgate, Rochester] appeal receipts, 1960-1983;

Register of outgoing letters 1973-1974 (1 booklet);

Summer outings receipts and expenditure book 1948-1975 (1 booklet);

Attendance register 1991-2002 (1 volume);

Branch secretary’s committee papers and reports 1990-2000 (1 bundle);

Register of members 1939-1969 (1 volume);

Register of members c.1951-c.1966 (1 booklet);

Printed booklet entitled The Rochester Dickens Fellowship Magazine: Conference Number May 1914 (1 booklet);

Correspondence about proposed demolition of Ordnance Terrace, Chatham 1971-1980 (1 folder);

correspondence about events 1992-1994 (1 bundle);

Accounts and correspondence about events 1995-2002 (1 folder);

correspondence mainly about events 1998-1999 (1 bundle);

Correspondence between Deal Branch, St. Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex, Branch, Francis Bywater of HQ Branch, London and others arranging for talks by Bywater and discussing other Dickensiana, 1985-1997 (1 folder)

Correspondence between Francis Bywater of HQ Branch, London, Professor Michael Slater of Birkbeck College, London, and others, discussing former’s draft history of the Fellowship, various events, conferences and Fellowship business, 1986-1996 (1 folder);

Talk notes by Francis Bywater of HQ Branch, London, talks entitled The Immortal Memory of Charles Dickens, Dickens as a Historical Novelist; G.K. Chesterton: A Centenary Appreciation and Where was Eatanswell [cf. Eatanswill; Sudbury, Suffolk] and other notes, c.1974-c.1986 (1 folder);

Treasurer’s reports and annual accounts 1990-1996 (1 sheaf);

Balance sheets 1973-1993 (1 bundle);

Annual balance sheets and treasurer’s reports 1984-1999 (1 bundle);

Printed leaflets and brochures pertaining to Dickens Fellowship’s Annual Conference, Rochester 2000, Dickens’ Country, Dickensiana, members’ questionnaires, accounts of stall at annual Dickens’ Festival, Rochester (1987), photograph of branch members in Pickwick Ball Room, Bull Hotel, High Street, Rochester 1939 and notes by Miss Amy Butler of Rochester on donation of Dickens MSS by Comte de Suzannet to Dickens’ House Museum, London in 1938 with abridged version of The School-boy’s Story (1853), 1938-2000 (1 folder);

Dickens Fellowship’s annual conference, Rochester, delegate’s folder, containing programme and printed matter pertaining to the surrounding Dickens’ Country, 1980 (1 folder);

Secretary’s correspondence and ephemera pertaining to Rochester Dickens Festival and other events c.1988-c.1993 (1 bundle);

Accounts, correspondence, local museum leaflets and printed Dickensiana, some associated with preparation and conclusion of Dickens Fellowship’s Annual Conference, Canterbury (1990) with other general correspondence and printed Dickensiana used by branch as hosts, 1985-1991 (1 folder);

Correspondence and accounts pertaining to branch’s organisation of Dickens Fellowship’s Annual Conference, Canterbury (1990), 1990-1991 (1 bundle);

Fellowship annual conference agenda papers and minutes 1978-2000 (1 bundle)

Branch officers’ correspondence with Francis Bywater of HQ Branch, London and others discussing events, with printed Dickensiana 1978-1997 (1 folder);

Correspondence of Francis Bywater of HQ Branch, London, copies of Fellowship’s rules and objects and printed Dickensiana, including copy of letter from Walter Dexter, of London, editor of The Dickensian to Comte de Suzannet (1934), [1934] 1982-1997 (1 folder);

Branch secretary’s reports, annual accounts, general correspondence, printed Dickensiana and membership circulars [1999] 2000-2003 (1 folder);

Bank statements of account, balance sheets, invoices and correspondence about accounts 2003 (1 folder);

Invoices, bank statements and quotations 1998-2000 (1 folder);

Notebook containing poems by Charles Dickens transcribed by Miss Amy Butler of Rochester, c.1938 (1 booklet);

Draft brief history of the Branch entitled Full Fifty Years by A.C. Holliday 1953 (1 booklet);

Copy of Chatham Standard article reporting annual meeting of branch 1904, c.1950 (1 sheaf);

Notes on the history of the branch read at the Guildhall Museum on occasion of 40th. anniversary with MS draft press release regarding same, 1943 (2 sheafs);

MS and typescript monographs and talk notes entitled: Charles Dickens as Man, Novelist and Neighbour by Henry Smetham of Newton St. Loe, 78 Goddington Road, Strood, with covering letter to Miss Amy Butler of Rochester 1943; typed transcripts of Charles Dickens’ novel Our Mutual Friend 1864-1865, adapted as play c.1960 (2pp.);

transcript of scenes from The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) adapted as playlet c.1960; talk notes entitled: On the origin and history of the writing of Pickwick Papers by F.A. King of Maidstone, 1945; Humour and Pathos from Charles Dickens [c.1911, author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal] (2 versions), authors not stated [see also above]; Mirth and Sadness from [the Works of] Charles Dickens [1936, author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal] c.1940; Why Do We Admire Charles Dickens? [1929, author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal] c.1940; David Copperfield [1927, author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal]; Wit and Humour [author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal] [1924]; Charles Dickens as Portrayed in his Letters, c.1950, [author Thomas Topping Nashenden Lane, Borstal] (1 sheaf); Humour and Pathos from Charles Dickens c.1950, [author Thomas Topping, Nashenden Lane, Borstal] (1 sheaf) [see also below]; notes on Thomas Topping’s talks (1 p.); Charles Dickens and Hans Andersen: Letters, etc. by T.S. Lascelles of Sevenoaks, 1950; Animals in Dickens and Dickens’ Own Dogs [cf. also Doggie Stories, below] by G.J. Atkins, c.1960; (1 bundle)

Photocopies of articles or monographs entitled Chips: Household Words and English Wills and Christmas in the Frozen Regions with Dr. Robert McCormick author and publication not ascribed or attributed [c.1980] (3pp.);

Stencil typescript message of thanks from Miss Amy Butler of Rochester to Rochester Branch on achieving 30 years continuous service, 1953 (2pp.);

Financial statement, branch annual dinner 1953 (1p.);

Printed branch syllabuses or rule cards booklets c.1972-c.1992 (1 bundle);

Correspondence of Paul J. Allen of Rochester, branch honorary treasurer 1989-1993 (1 bundle);

Correspondence between officers of the branch including Miss Amy Butler or Rochester and Edwin Harris of Hereward, 20 New Road, Rochester (1938), B. W. Matz of London, editor of The Dickensian, officers of the HQ Branch and others, discussing anniversaries and other events, including letter from A.M. Johnstone, Chairman, Publicity and Promotions Committee inviting participation in Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee fair in Rochester (1977), 1914-1993 (1 bundle);

Correspondence of Mrs. M. Dorman, branch honorary secretary, 1982-1991 (1 folder);

Correspondence and printed ephemera 1991-1992 (1 bundle);

Correspondence and printed ephemera 1995 (1 bundle);

Correspondence and printed ephemera 1997-1998 (1 bundle);

Correspondence and printed ephemera 1999 (1 bundle);

Correspondence and printed ephemera 2000 (1 bundle);

Organisers’ forms, draft committee minutes and correspondence, Dickens Fellowship annual conference, Rochester, 2000 (1 bundle);

Photographs of statues of Charles Dickens and Little Nell at Clark’s Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA) c.1980 and photocopies of newspaper articles on Dickensian associations of St. Andrew’s Parish, Holborn, London (1933), Edwin Harris of Rochester, honorary official guide to Rochester Branch, Dickens Fellowship (1927) and Dickens’ Chalet, Eastgate, Rochester (1977) (1 bundle);

Copies of letters from Bernard Wood of Leeds, Yorkshire, photographer and author and others 1963-1970 (1 bundle);

Chronology of Rochester Branch activities and events 1903-1986 compiled by Paul J. Allen c.1985;

Scrapbook containing photographs, newscuttings, letters and printed items pertaining to Rochester Branch 1912-1970 compiled by Miss Amy Butler of Rochester (Scrapbook 1) (1 volume);

Scrapbook composed entirely of newscuttings, except for leaf from catalpa tree, Boley Hill, Rochester (1958), compiled by Miss Amy Butler of Rochester, 1911-1966 (1 volume);

Certificate presented to Rochester Branch by Rochester upon Medway City Council in recognition of contribution towards replacement of trees lost in Great Storm of 16-17 October 1987, c.1987 x c.1990 (1 sheet);

Scrapbook containing photographs, newscuttings, letters and printed items chiefly pertaining to period of presidencies of Mr. and Mrs. R. Evans Prall and Louis I’Anson Cobb including Rochester Historical Pageant 1931, photographs including Edwin Harris, Louis I’Anson Prall, Rev. Canon Sydney Wheatley, Frank Lascelles, Alderman F.F. Smith, John L. Percival, Town Clerk of Rochester, C. Leonard and Earl and Countess of Darnley, 1886-1940, compilation attributed to Miss Amy Butler of Rochester (Scrapbook 2) (1 volume);

Photograph album containing group or individual portraits of branch members, mainly in period costume, at Dickensian events and places with Dickensian associations, subjects including Miss Amy Butler of Rochester and compiled by her, 1911-1959 (1 volume);

Correspondence between Francis Bywater of Rochester and numerous others in connection with research into Percy Fitzgerald of London, first president of the Fellowship, for talks to HQ Branch and Rochester Branch, with talk notes, 1971-1992 (1 folder);

correspondence between Francis Bywater of Rochester and numerous others organising visit to Eatanswill [cf. Sudbury, Suffolk], with printed ephemera, 1985-1986 (1 bundle);

certificate of corporate membership awarded by Friends of Rochester Cathedral to Rochester Branch 1963 (1 item);

branch secretary’s notebook 1986-1989 (1 booklet);

branch and HQ circulars, branch balance sheets, branch officers’ correspondence, ephemera, newscuttings, syllabuses branch and newsletters pertaining to events and promotional work including Rochester Dickens Festivals 1990-2003, ephemera including fabric badge of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, compiled by Paul J. Allen, branch chairman (2 bundles);

correspondence, newscuttings, quotations from caterers, menus, invitation cards and table plan pertaining to Branch’s Golden Jubilee Dinner, Belsey Hall, Maidstone Road, Rochester 1953 (1 folder);

committee officers’ correspondence, membership lists, agenda papers, syllabuses 1978-1989 (1 folder);

branch agenda papers 1984-1990 (1 bundle);

committee officers’ general correspondence including correspondence with the local authority, Dickens’ House Museum, London and Fellowship HQ, London, with printed ephemera, 1943-1977 (1 folder);

committee officers’ general correspondence, copies of Fellowship rules, agenda papers, balance sheets and circular inviting contributions to restoration of the Swiss Chalet, Eastgate House, Rochester (1960), 1960-1989 (1 folder);

Fellowship HQ circulars, conference and council minutes and agenda papers, with correspondence about restoration of the Swiss Chalet, Eastgate House, Rochester (1960-1961), 1956-1973 (1 folder);

Fellowship Council minutes and agenda papers 1978-2000 (1 bundle);

Correspondence with and printed syllabuses of branches around the country and in United States of America (USA) and Australia, 1963-1973 (1 folder);

Newsletters entitled Mr. Dick’s Kite 1986-1998, City of Rochester Society Newsletter February 1995, August 1997 and November 1997, Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia branch’s The Dickens Newsletter 1995-1997, photocopy of programme for performance of Little Dorrit, Rochester Branch 1935 (c.1980), Our House (Dickens’ House newsletter) March 1997, The Dickens Round newsletter of the Dickens Project, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America (USA) and photocopy of Dickens Fellowship’s annual conference programme, Rochester, 1932 (c.1980) (1 bundle);

Newsletters of Melbourne New South Wales, Australia branch, Christchurch, New Zealand and Los Angeles, California, United States of America branches or fellowships (USA) 1998-2000 (1 bundle);

Printed branch syllabuses (membership and rule cards), some named, 1952-1998 (1 bundle);

Printed ephemera and Dickensiana including programme for Dickens Fellowship annual conference, Rochester (1932), 1932-1988 (1 bundle);

A Brief History of the Rochester Dickens Fellowship 1903-2003 by Paul J. Allen (booklet, 2 copies) and branch leaflet c.2003 (2 copies);

Doggie Stories [cf. dogs] compiled or written by Gladys Atkins, c.1970 (1 packet);

printed matter comprising: official souvenir guide to Rochester Historical Pageant 1931; Gad’s Hill School [Higham] Cookery Book, 1992; guides to Rochester Castle and Cathedral, City of Rochester, Rainham, Gavelkind, Dickens’ Rochester, local inn signs and local churches, mostly by Edwin Harris c.1897-c.1921, possibly collected by Thelma Grove (1 folder)

See also:

Dickens Collection of printed books, periodicals, illustrations and monographs, Local Studies Unit (formerly held at Rochester Library)

Couchman Collection click here

Records of the City of Rochester Society click here

Records of the Dickens' Country Protection Society click here

File updated by Borough Archivist 2 February 2005.

Date: [1886] 1913-2004
Quantity: 8 boxes
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: 07_M_SERIES/M040 on request slip.

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Facsimile plan and correspondence between Rochester upon Medway City Council and White Young Prentice Royle of Leeds, Yorkshire, about floodlighting The Vines, Rochester 1986
Date: 1986
Quantity: 3 pp./items
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: 08_MEDWAY_COUNCIL_MTC_MR_SERIES/MTC_MR_041 on request slip.

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Items of varied provenenance from within Gillingham Borough Council and its predecessor authorities,

including: Hand-drawn map of Brompton by Commanding Royal Engineer, showing Black Lion Field, RE officers’ cricket ground, Great Lines, King’s Bastion, Prince Edward’s Bastion, Prince Henry’s Bastion, public footpaths and proposed cricket and recreation ground for the inhabitants of Old and New Brompton, originally accompanying a letter to the High Constable of Gillingham (not present), 1867 [mutilated];
Spiral-bound “Deposited Map” of North West Kent Enterprise Zones (Designation) Order 1986 with covering letter from Tony Steele, Department of the Environment and Transport, London W14 1986 to G.C. Jones, Chief Executive, 1 roll;
Minutes of Council and Reports of Committees January – September 1962, 1 binder;
Signed minutes of Civil Defence Sub-Committee with reports 1949-1953, 1 file;
Minutes and agenda papers, Medway Civil Defence Committee 1955-1959, 1 file;
Minutes, Medway Civil Defence Committee 1953-1960, 1 file;
Minutes and agenda papers, Medway Civil Defence Committee, with lists of attendees 1952-1955, 1 file;
Minutes and agenda papers, Medway Civil Defence Committee 1959-1963, 1 file;
Printed Civil Defence booklets:
Pocket Book No.4: Warden Section 1961;
Pocket Book No.5: Rescue Section 1961
Volume I pamphlet No.1: Nuclear Weapons 1956;
Pamphlet No.6, Atomic Warfare Manual of Basic Training, volume II 1950;
Files of training course circulars, Civil Defence Staff College, Sunningdale Park, Sunninghill, Berkshire, Home Office Civil Defence School, The Hawkhills, Easingwold, Yorkshire and Home Office HQ, South Eastern Region, Tunbridge Wells 1952-1962, 5 files, named to Frank Hill;
Kent and Medway Sub-Division air raid shelter, exercise and finance files, including maps 1950s-1960s, 8 files;
Small scale maps of Borough area showing air raid sirens 1951, c.1951;
Diplomas or Certificates to Harry T. Wookey Royal Society from the Prevention of Accidents 1956 (1) and Kent Division of the Civil Defence Corps 1956 (2);
Civil Defence Syllabus for Local Training No.6: Welfare Section;
Gillingham Borough Council municipal year books, lists of departmental staffs 1962,
Postage book 1964-1985;
Legal Section Petty Cash book 1965-1973;
Hackney Carriage Licences 1965-1967, 2 files;
Newspapers and news-cuttings reporting opening of new (i.e. central) Rochester road bridge by Princess Margaret (15 April 1970), 17 April 1970, 1 bundle;
Cutting from Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham Observer 16 November 1912, reporting dispute over Alderman G.C. Swain, Mayor’s salary;
Paper tissue cover of Incorporation programme, 1903 with associated correspondence
Printed pamphlet, Mayor of Gillingham’s Annual Ball, Sunday 4th December 1993;
Printed pamphlet entitled: Houses for the Aged Charity, Gillingham, Kent, after 1937;
Printed items comprising Port of London and Medway Conservancy and Chatham Sun Pier Acts and associated river and harbour instruments, etc., 1857-1951 with section and plan of Chatham Sewers stormwater outfall to River Medway, W.H. Radford & Son, Nottingham, Chartered Civil Engineers 1927 and stencil TS proceedings of 1st. and 2nd. Days of Public Local Inquiry, River Medway Catchment Area (Re-Organisation Scheme) (Land Drainage Act 1930), 1933;1 bundle
Seal Registers 1971-1992, 10 volumes;
Register of Guarantees to Building Societies 1954-1960;
Roll of Honorary Freemen 1953-1998 (Corps of Royal Engineers 1953, HMS Pembroke 1955, Frederick Frank Arthur Burden 1971, Ronald William Jones 1992 and Philip Frederick Cooper 1998), also containing hand-drawn Coat of Arms

ISAD(G)/collection ref: GBC (uncat)  Notice required

 


Date: 1857-1998
Quantity: several boxes
Result number 6 - 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
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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.

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Relief List. Parishes of origin include Dartford and "Yorkshire". Including abstract at rear after page 198.

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Chatham Garrison Church

Register of services

Giving date of service and day in church calendar, time of service, name of service, name of celebrant or reader, name of Biblical text of reading, number of cummunicants if applicable, offertory accounts and remarks.

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Chapter Book VIII Nos. 29-35

One volume made up of seven small books each of which has been paginated for convenience and indexed separately.

29. 25 November 1788 - 1 December 1791 Pp.1-86
30. 23 June 1792 - 1 December 1794 Pp.1-80
31. 23 June 1795 - 29 June 1798 Pp.1-83
32. 25 November 1798 - 28 June 1800 Pp.1-58
33. 25 November 1800 - 27 September 1802 Pp.1-65
34. 25 November 1802 - 29 June 1805 Pp.1-62
35. 25 November 1805 - 29 June 1808 Pp.1-70

DRc/Ac 9/29

Arrears of rent: Frindsbury, Little Hermitage, 33; Shoreham, 44.

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knights charity: widows nominated, 33, 48, 72; resolutions relating to a widow nominated to a non-vacant place, 9.

Boxley: renewal of parsonage lease referred to Dean and prebendaries in residence, 26.

Burials: no-one except the bricklayer to make graves in the church, 38.

Chapter Clerk: resignation of William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny], senior and William Twopenny, junior and appointment of William Twopenny, junior and Edward Soan Twopenny 1790, 56-57.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to business dealt with in his absence, 1, 3, 17, 18; renewal of leases, 7.

Choir: master, Ralph Banks 1790, 34; choristers: John Kennard, 2; John Dawson, James Titmis, Thomas Down, James Wilkie and William Turner, 11; William Wilkie and Richard Burnett, 37; Thomas Dawson, William Robinson and John Robinson, 53.

Church land: application for identification of, intermixed with Brompton Farm, 30.

Elections of Officers: 8, 25, 52, 79, 85.

Game: order to advertise in the Kentish Gazette in August forbidding unqualified persons from hunting and shooting game on Chapter manors, 71.

Gamekeepers: Shawstead [cf. Sharsted] and Lidsing [cf. Lydsing]: William Booth of Chatham, gunsmith 1788, 4; dismissed; John Petman of Rochester, ironmonger 1791, 71; Dean empowered to appoint, to Chapter manors, 47-48.

Lay Clerks: Ralph Banks 1790, 34; resignation of 1791, 86; Matthew Grain 1790, 34; William Robbins 1790, 37; Charles Stanley 1790, 37; Richard Howe 1791, 86; resignation of Thomas Charles Wood 1788, 9; John Baker and William Robbins fined, 9; resignation of John Baker 1790, 32-33.

Organ: donations toward new organ, 31, 38, 39-40, 48, 60, 77; sale of plate towards cost, 48; proposals for new organ, 31-32.

Organist: salary reduced on account of neglect of duty and misbehaviour; choir teacher appointed, 34; appointment of Ralph Banks 1791, 86.

Overseers of the poor: Sacrist and verger appointed for the Precinct area 1790, 55.

Pensions: resolutions regarding payments. 19.

Poor relief: consideration of allowance for Mrs. Saxby, 26.

Plate: sale of for new organ fund, 48, 79.

Presentations:

Halling: William Dyer 1791, 78:
Hoo, All Hallows: Richard Bathurst 1790, 55;
Strood: John Ward Allen 1791, 84.

Procurators in Convocation: Charles Coldcall and John Eveleigh 1790, 49-50. Renewal of leases: Boxley parsonage, 26; tenements in Eastgate, Rochester, 33; those unapplied for referred to Dean and resident prebendaries, 47, 72, 86.

Repairs: order to respective lessees to repair Stockbury parsonage, 12; St. Margaret's parsonage, Rochester, 73, 84; proposals about a barn in Frindsbury, 23.

Residence: 8, 19, 53, 79.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 10-11, 17-18, 36-38, 51-52, 62-63, 76-77.

School: admissions: 2, 11, 19, 37, 61, 73, 78; exhibitions: Charles Walker to St. John's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 12; John Griffiths and John Stephens to Oxford, Oxfordshire, 39; held over, 53-54; staff: usher, James Jones (post confirmed) 1790, 44.

Surveys: order to survey Goudhurst parsonage, 33; St. Margaret's parsonage, Rochester, 73.

Timber: order to survey, for repairs at: Bearsted, 21; Boxley parsonage, 86; Chatham, 79; Denton, 22, 59; Frindsbury: Reed Court, 2-3; mill on Frindsbury manor, 67; pump on Frindsbury manor, 86; Strood: Hawkins manor, 60; Wouldham, 59; regulation concerning replanting, 4; sale of underwood from Frindsbury manor, 20; and proposals about a barn there, 23.

Waterworks: lease of new land granted Samuel Nicholson as the other proved unsatisfactory, 26-29.

DRc/Ac 9/30

Arrears of rent: Frindsbury manor, 25.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to business dealt with in his absence, 37, 43; renewal of leases after the separation of Chapter, 51, 59, 80.

Choristers: Joseph Pearce, 55; Charles Carter and Joshua Carter, 65.

[Manorial] Courts: 7.

Election of Officers: 17, 47, 65.

Episcopal election: 41-42.

Game: to be sent in future to the Chapter Clerk's office for the use of the Dean and prebendary in residence, 37.

Gamekeepers: Frindsbury, Wouldham, Shawstead [cf. Sharsted] and Lidsing [cf. Lydsing]: John Petman dismissed 1793, 36-37; Wouldham: Benjamin Hubble of St. Margaret's, Rochester, yeoman 1793, 39; Shawstead and Lidsing: William Sibun of Chatham, junior, 1793, 39.

Goudhurst: Thomas Colvill, superintendant of woodlands 1794, 72.

Hardy's charity, Nathaniel; 77-79.

Lay clerks: Charles Carter 1792, 9-10; William Turner 1792, 10; salaries, 77-78.

Presentations

Aylesford: William Eveleigh 1792, 23;
West Farleigh: Thomas Weekes Dalby 1794, 69;
Hartlip: James Jones 1793, 7, 52*

*Apparently presented twice.

Kingsdown with Maplescombe: Thomas Willis 1793, 49;

resolution concerning presentations to vacant livings with particular reference to Stockbury and Bearsted 1794, 73.

Residence: 18, 47, 65.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 14-15, 30-31, 43-44, 53-54, 63-64.

School: admissions: 10, 15, 31, 44, 54, 65; exhibitions: [........] Spry to Christ's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 55.

Survey: order to survey and map Denton manor, 72.

Timber: replanting, in Frindsbury, 8-9; order to survey for repairs at: Ospringe, 16; High Halstow, 38; Moathall, Bearsted, 55; Reed [cf. Rede]Court, Frindsbury, and a wharf and mill there, 70; Chatham, 74.

Waterworks: sale of old waterworks on the Hogshaugh, 39-40.

Woodlands at Goudhurst: Superintendent of, 72; order to survey, 72-73.

DRc/Ac 9/31

Ashford: application for an exchange of land to extend burial ground, 73-74.

Barber, porter and subsacrist: John Summerfield 1797, 57.

St. Bartholowmew's Hospital, Rochester, Knight's charity: widows nominated, 56-57, 81.

Burials: fewer in Cathedral; payment to verger in lieu, 11.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to business dealt with in his absence, 18-19; renewals of leases after the separation of Chapter, 15, 26, 67, 82-83.

Choristers: Henry Smith, 3; William Hodge and Hohn Turner, 19; John Down and Thomas down, 43; Edward Coney and Thomas Smith, 47; Richard Dickenson, Edward Blackfield and Joseph Pearce, 72.

Election of Officers: 19, 39; treasurer elected for remainder of year 1797, 55; Shawstead [cf. Sharsted] and Lidsing [cf. Lydsing]: William Sibun dismissed; William Lester of Chatham, yeoman 1797, 55.

Lay clerks: William Downs 1795, 2; William Robinson, Saffary Middleton and Thomas Whiffin 1797, 68.

Militia: subscription towards raising a troop of Gentlemen and Yeoman [cf. Yeomanry] Cavalry, 55.

Poor relief: allowance to Elizabeth Rolt, 31; allowance to William Turner, a lay clerk who broke his leg, 55.

Precinct: Messrs. Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] to deal with the removal of Edward Bathurst, a minor canon and his family from St. Nicholas into the Precinct, 12.

Presentations

Hartlip: Thomas Gregory Warrent Walker allowed to exchange 1797, 67;
Hoo, All Hallows: Richard Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] 1795 (conditional), 20;
Leatherhead, Surrey: Richard Harvey 1797, 47;
West Peckham: Richard Bathurst 1795, 20;
Rochester, St. Margaret: Arnold Carter 1795, 13.

Procurators in Convocation: 27, 29-30.

Receiver's accounts: error in, resulting in an accumulated balance, credited to church (1775-1795), 3.

Residence: 198, 39, 62.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 17-18, 28-29, 37-38, 45-46, 59-60, 71-72.

School: admissions: 3, 19, 30, 38, 46, 60, 72.

Survey: order to survey lands from which the Malmains [cf. Malmaines] and Tudors portions of tithe issue, 22.

Timber: order to survey, for repairs at: Bearsted, Moathall, 42; Frindsbury: manor farm, 39-65; a cottage at Reed [cf. Rede] Court; refusal to allot timber to build a range of lodges for fatting beasts, 81-82; trees to be felled at: Frindsbury, 66; The Vines, Rochester, 21.

DRc/Ac 9/32

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knight's charity: widows nominated, 57.

Chapter procedure: Dean's consent to business dealt with in his absence, 1, 44, 45; renewal of leases after the separation of Chapter, 12, 28, 43, 57.

Choristers: Charles Hedgecock, 3.

Courts: order to discover why the lessees of sutton Valence rectory provided no dinner when the court was held there, 11.

Election of Officers: 3, 31.

Episcopal patent: Diocesan Registrar: Thomas Moore and Heneage Horsley 1798, 6.

Fee Farm rents: William Barrett's request that his son in law be appointed joint receiver granted 1798, 6.

Fines: threat to refuse fine fixed if lessee fails to pay by 1 August 1799, 25; fines to be charged after the separation of the Audit, 50.

Land Tax: redemption of, 16, 25.

Minor Canons: admonished to attend more constantly on week days, 22-23; James Jones 1798, 11; Henry Thomas Jones 1799, 33.

Precinct: proposal to demolish the Provost of Oriel [College, Oxford, Oxfordshire]'s prebendal house and the Bishop's approval of the scheme, 26-28, 34-36.

Presentations

Darenth: Henry Thomas Jones 1799, 33;
Shorne: Robert Foote 1799, 32;
Wateringbury: Thomas Willis 1800 (conditional), 55;
Wilmington: Hon. Jacob Marsham [cf. Mersham] 1799, 32.

Residence: 31.

Roll of Chapter members: 2-3, 14-15, 29-30, 48-49.

School: admissions: 3, 51, 30, 49; exhibitions: Richard Jones to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 52; Ambrose Rhodes to Worcester College, Oxford, 25; [........] Hawtrey to Oriel College, Oxford, Oxfordshire 25.

Thames and Medway Canal Co.: resolution to remain neutral, 42.

Thanksgiving: order for success of HM arms, 8*.

[*Battle of the Nile, Egypt, Mediterranean 1 August 1798.]

Timber: order to survey for repairs at: Rochester, St. Margaret's parsonage, 39-40; Stockbury parsonage, 41; order to report on fitness of timber at Frindsbury, 8.

Waterworks: order to repair old, buildings, 25-26.

DRc/Ac 9/33

Archdeacon's patent: Archdeacon's registrar: William and Edward Twopenny 1800, 5.

St. Bartholowmew's Hospital, Rochester, Knight's charity: widows nominated, 58.

Chapter procedure: renewal of leases after the separation of Chapter, 11, 25-26, 39.

Chapter Sutton: parsonage alterations improved, 9.

Choristers: John Broad, George Peal and William Blackwell, 2; Thomas Winterton, 16; James Winterton, 30.

Election of Officers: 3, 29.

Episcopal Election: Thomas Dampier, Dean of Rochester elected as Bishop 1802, 61-62; his thanks to the Chapter and Cathedral members and servants on his promotion to the bishopric, for their unfailing support and friendship during his deanship and their reply, 54-58.

Freedom of Rochester: protest against the inadvertent purchase of, by John Summerfield, on the grounds that the Precinct was not within the liberty of the city, 38.

Gamekeeper: Darenth: Rev. Robert Fountaine [cf. Fountain] 1800, 5.

Goal: resolution to oppose the building of a new gaol in the city, 42.

Land Tax: redemption of: Ospringe, 24-25; Sutton Valence glebeland, 30-31.

Minor Canons: William Bagshaw Harrison 1801, 12; resignation of 1801, 19; Richard Jordan 1801, 20, 23; William Staines 1801, 42.

Presentations

Bearsted: Charles Cage allowed to hold it with Leybourne and Bredgar 1801, 33-34;
Darenth: William Bagshaw Harrison 1801, 13; John Willis 1801, 20; allowed to exchange with John Wall for Sutton under Brayled, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 1802, 58;
Goudhurst: William Bagshaw Harrison 1801, 19; presentation not to be used as a precedent but allowed only because the Chapter consider it absolutely necessary that Goudhurst should have a resident minister as it is both populous and extensive , 19-20;
Hoo, St. Werburgh: Richard Jordan 1801, 42;
Kingsdown: James Jones 1800, 5;
West Peckham: Thomas Henry Jones 1801, 13;
Rochester, St. Margaret: Richard Bathurst 1801, 12;
Stockbury: Roger Hayne 1800, 5;
Strood: John Griffiths 1801, 41;
Sutton at Hone: Robert Fountaine [cf. Fountain] allowed to hold it with Horton should he be presented 1801, 42.

Procurators in Convocation: John Eveleigh and Thomas Hey 1802, 63-65.

Repairs: order to survey and repair Boxley parsonage, 32-33; sale of stock to pay for extensive repairs to Bishop's Court, Rochester, 39.

Residence: 3, 29.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 15-16, 28-29, 45-46.

School: admissions: 2, 16, 30, 46; staff: master, John Griffiths 1801, 41.

Survey: order to survey pales and fences on Smithfield Bank, Chatham, 4; gates and timber fences on stonehill manor, Wilmington, 4.

Thames and Medway Canal Co.: sale of land in Denton and Frindsbury to, 25.

Timber: order to mark, for repairs at: Bearstead, Moathall, 19; Cliffe, Cardens manor, 37; Frindsbury, Reed [cf. Rede] Court, 37-38; lessee ordered to return an oak tree removed from thence which was assigned to him to make a role for use there, 38; High Halstow; remainder felled to be sold, 12; Port Barn land, 7.

DRc/Ac 9/34

Alienation: licence rescinded, 35, 44.

Arrears of rent: Cow Marsh, Rochester, 60.

Barber, porter and subsacrist: William Turner 1802, 12.

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester, Knight's charity: widows nominates, 19-20, 40.

Burials: increased cost of, in the Cathedral, 19.

Chapter procedure: renewal of leases after the separation of Chapter, 28-29, 61; 45.

Choristers: John Miles, 2; Edward Godden, William Winterton and Thomas Fletcher, 61; double stipend paid to 2 senior choristers, 61.

Courts: 35.

Election of Officers: 3, 12, 23, 43.

Fines: calculation of, 35-36; fines for leases renewed after the separation of Chapter fixed, 45.

Gamekeepers: Frindsbury: Thomas Smith of Shorne 1803, 18; ..... French of Shorne, 1803, 20; Shawstead [cf. Sharsted] and Lidsing [cf. Lydsing]: Francis Howe 1803, 27; William Lester dismissed, 27.

Land Tax: redemption of: Sutton at Hone, and Dartford glebe, 17.

Lay clerks: Henry Smith and William Allen 1805, 54.

Leatherhead, Surrey tithes: dispute to be put before Church Counsel, 59-60.

Minor Canons: James Lynn 1803, 12; Michael Smith 1803, 26, 27; resolution on the presentation of minor canons to benefices and their duties as minor canons, 49.

Ordnance, HM: sale of part of Frindsbury manor to, 35.

Precinct: request for compensation on account of the Chapter's refusal to renew a lease there, 17.

Presentations

Boxley: Samuel Goodenough 1084, 48.
Leatherhead, Surrey: James Dallaway on exchange with Richard Harvey who took his place at Llanmase rectory, Glamorganshire, Wales 1804, 44;
Rochester, St. Margaret: John Griffiths 1803, 11;
Shorn: William Tolbutt Staines 1804, 49;
Strood: William Staines 1803, 12; James Lynn 1804, 50;
Sutton Valence: William Philip Menzies 1803, 11;
Wilmington: Hon. Jacob Marsham [cf. Mersham] in plurality with Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire 1804, 48.

Repairs: Goudhurst: vicar to borrow money on mortgage to rebuild vicarage, 6; Rochester: order to place iron railing at west end of cathedral, 18; allowance for repair of outhouses of organist's house, 18.

Residence: 3, 23, 43; Mr. Foote's [cf. Foot] forfeiture for non-residence rescinded on account of his death, 44-45.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 13-14, 21-22, 30-31, 42-43, 53-54.

School: admissions: 2, 22, 32, 47, 55, 62; exhibition: Laurence Baker to St. Johns College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 23.

Timber: order to survey for repairs at: Hartlip parsonage, 38-39; Icknor, Stockbury, 48; Bonecakes [cf. Boncakes], Strood, 39; oak for cathedral roof, 19.

DRc/Ac 9/35

Audit: renewal of leases and review of accounts, dates for, 61.

St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Knight's charity: widows nominated, 25.

Chapter procedure: renewal of leases after the separation of Chapter, 13, 24, 51-52, 61, 69-70.

Choristers: Abraham Rilf and Henry How, 17; William Broad, 43; [.....] Broad, 50; William Broad, George Noakes, James Miles and George Cronk, 60.

Election of Officers: 3, 27, 54.

Episcopal lease: confirmed, 35.

Fees: payable to Chapter Clerk, 18-20; for monuments erected in the cathedral, 51.

Land Tax: redemption of: order to request the Exchequer to appropriate purchase money paid by HM Ordnance, for, 32.

Lay clerks: William Aspland and Thomas Smith, probationers 1807, 50; appointed full lay clerks 1808. 70; James Darchy, probationer 1808, 70.

Monuments: fees for; regulations governing rails round, and projection of, 51.

Ordnance, HM: memorial requesting adequate compensation for land in Frindsbury acquired by them, 10-11.

Procurators in Convocation: John Eveleigh and Thomas Hey 1806, 36-38; John Eveleigh and Thomas Hey 1807, 39-40.

Property: proposal to rebuild the Plume of Feathers public house further back in a line with adjoining premises, 69.

Repairs: loans to repair fund, 12-13, 29; order to compel lessee of Shawstead [cf. Sharsted] Farm to repair same, 34.

Residence: 3, 28, 55; dispensation on account of age and infirmity, 8.

Roll of Chapter members: 1-2, 15-16, 26-27, 41-42, 53-54, 63-64.

School: admissions: 3, 16, 27, 42, 54, 64; exhibitions: Arthur Wortham to Christ's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 66; Benjamin Hennicott to Oriel College, Oxford, Oxfordshire 25. Surveys: order to survey: Cliffe, Priors Hall estate, 61; Rochester, Sellars Marsh, 70.

Thames and Medway Canal Co.: investment of funds derived from compensation money, 61.

Timber: order to survey, for repairs at: Bearsted, Moathall, 70; Cliffe, Cardens manor, 57; Grain, Cane Marsh, 8-9; Hoo [St. Werburgh] parsonage, 58; Marden, premises, 25; Stockbury, Icknor Farm, 34; Southfleet, post and rails on a farm, 8-9; Strood, timber fencing on leasehold land, 8-9; Mr. Hogben ordered to investigate an application to grub a hedge at Cardens manor, Cliffe, 57.

Verger: offered a pension in lieu of a lease of property in the Precinct, 68-69.
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Leases

CLIFFE

DRc/Ele 70* Manor of Priors Hall with Rochester Marsh in Cliffe and Snowes Hope in Higham

In 1197 Rochester priory gave their manor of Lambeth, Surrey to the Archbishop of Canterbury in exchange for the manor of Darenth which the Archbishop then held. In addition to Darenth the Archbishop also gave the priory a sheepfold called Estmers' in Cliffe with 220 sheep and certain land in Cliffe belonging to the marsh; and Heimeric, Thomas, widow Hagenilda, Jocelin, Walter the beadle, Eilwin, Martin, William, Adam, and Eilmer the fisherman together with all their lands rents services and rights (See DRC/T54/1-4). This part of the exchange formed the nucleus of what was later to be known as the Manor of Priors Hall in Cliffe. It will be noticed that more often than not, the lessee of the Manor was the Chapter Clerk of Rochester and this may have been connected with the fact that the salaries of the lay clerks were paid out of the revenues of this estate.

Manor of Priors Hall which lies east of Church Street, Cliffe with the rents assign and profits of the court.

DRc/Elc70/1 B Date 8 April 1546

Lessee Richard Browne of Cliffe, husbandman

Term 40 years

Rent 16s plus 12s arrears of rent of assign due last Michaelmas which must be paid by Mid Summer 1546.

Conditions 1. Grace 6 wks; 2b, 4a, 4b but every 3rd year; 4c, 10, 20.6 months.

Rochester Marsh with the cot or sheephouse

DRc/Elc70/2 A Date 6 February 1550/1551

Lessees William Browne and Thomas Browne, both of Cliffe, yeomen

Term 40 years

Rent £7.10s plus rushes and kever for the thatch

Conditions 1. Grace 4 weeks; 2b but excepting the sheephouse for which the Dean and Chapter shall be liable. They will supply timber and board which the lessee must convey to the site; 12

Signed (Walter) Phylips [cf. Phillips, Phyllyppes], Dean, William Harrysonne [cf. Harrison], John Symkyns [cf. Simkins] and John Wylbor [cf. Wybor, Wybarne, Wybarn, Wyborn, Wyborne] prebendaries.

Manor of Priors Hall with the rents of assize and profits of the court and Rochester Marsh with the cot or sheephouse

DRc/Elc70/3 B Date 26 February 1574/1565

Lessee Thomas Browne, senior and Thomas Browne, junior, both of Cliffe, yeomen

Term 41 years

Rent £8.68

Conditions 1. Grace 4 weeks; 2b, 4a-c, 26, 36.6 months. Fee 16s.8d.

Manor of Priors Hall with the rents of assigne and profits of the court and Rochester Marsh, formerly called Priors Marsh with the cot or sheephouse

DRc/Elc70/4 Date 14 May 1569

Lessee Thomas Browne, junior of Cliffe and George Browne, son of John Browne, junior of Cliffe deceased.

Term 37 years

Rent £8.6s

Conditions 1. Grace 28 days; 2b, 4a-c, 12 until George Browne attains 30 years of age but with power of bequeath it by will before then to his wife, children, mother and sisters; 26, 36.3 months. Fee 16s.8d.

Document badly stained and damaged.

Site of the manor of Priors Hall with the manor house to be erected and the rents of assize and profits of the court; Rochester Marsh, formerly called Prior Marsh, with the cot or sheephouse; all in Cliffe; and Snowes Hope in Higham

DRc/Elc70/5 Date 25 November 1580

Lessee Thomas Browne of Cliffe, yeoman

Term 21 years

Rent £9.4s and 2 good fat lambs before Shrove Sunday

Conditions 1. Grace 28 days; 2b, 4a-c, 12. unless the alienee demands a new lease within 3 months. 26, 29

DRc/Elc70/6 Date A,B 22 October 1586

Lessees Thomas Browne of Cliffe, yeoman

Term 21 years

Rent £9.4s and 2 good fat lambs before Shrove Sunday

Conditions 1. Grace 28 days; 2b, 4a-c, 12. unless the alienee demands a new lease within 3 months.; 26, 29.

DRc/Ele 70/7

A,B

Date: 19 December 1631

Lessee: Thomas Browne of Cuxton, yeoman by surrnder of a lease of 22 December 1624 to himself and Andrew Blake, his uncle.

Term: 21 years

Rent: £9.45 and 2 good fat lambs before shrove Sunday or 20s. with power of distraint for non-payment.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 4a-c, 12. except to wife or children; 26, 29

DRc/Ele 70/8

Date: 1 July 1639

Lessees: Elizabeth Browne, daughter of Thomas Browne late of Cuxton, yeoman, deceased and William Pett, Clerk, surviving executor of Thomas Browne.

Term: 21 years

Rent: £9.45 and 2 good fat lambs before Shrove Sunday or 20s with power of distraint for non-payment.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 4a-c, 12, 26, 29

Manor of Prior Hall with the rents of assize and profits of the court and Rochester Marsh formerly called Priors Marsh with the cot of sheephouse.

DRc/Ele 70/9 Assignment of Lease

Date: 28 October 1670

Lessee: Thomas Tunner of Grays Inn, Middlesex, esq.

Alienee: Elizabeth Hardy of St. Martins in the Fields, Middlesex, widow, relict and administratrix of Nathaniel hardy, DD, late Dean of Rochester, deceased.

On 2 October 1667 the Dean and Chapter of Rochester granted a lease of this property to Thomas Tunner for 21 years at a rent of £8.6s. He then also held a lease of Great Linton Rectory, Cambridgeshire granted to him by Robert Mapletoft, DD Master of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge and the fellows and scholars there. Both these leases were made in trust for Nathaniel Hardy, his executors, administrators or assigns and although this was not so specifically stated in the leases it was admitted by the lessee then became lawfully in 1670 and the leases then became lawfully vested in his widow Elizabeth Hardy died intestate in 1670 and the leases then became lawfully vested in his widow Elizabeth Hardy for the remainder of the term. The lessee Thomas Turner therefore assigned them to her. This transaction did not affect the subtenants. Prior Hall manor was sublet to William Perritt on 20 January 1667/1668 for 17 years at a rent of £100 a year. The assignment that Dr. Hardy's dealings were at least unusual. This property may have figured in the great nineteenth century properties occasioned by the Chapter's quarrel with Dr. Whiston.

DRc/Ele 70/10

Date: 25 June 1675

Lessee: Sir Francis Clarke of Ulcombe, kt. DRc/Ele 70/11

Date: 10 December 1684

Lessee: Sir Francis Clarke of Ulcombe, kt. DRc/Ele 70/12

A

Date: 20 May 1692

Lessee: Dame Elizabeth Clarke, widow and relict of Sir Francis Clarke of Ulcombe, kt, deceased. DRc/Ele 70/13/A

Date: 2 December 1700

Lessees: Thomas Lampugh, archdeacon of Richmond, Yorkshire and John Crompe of St. Margaret, Rochester, Esq. subject to the trusts agreed between Dame Elizabeth Clarke, the present lessees and the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, 2 December 1691. DRc/Ele 70/13/A,B

Date: 9 December 1707

Lessees: John Crompe of St. Margaret, Rochester, esq. and John Browne of Rochester city gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/ 10-14

Term: 21 years

Rent: £8.6s.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 4a-c, 9, 12, 25, 26, 29

DRc/Ele 70/15/A,B

Date: 5 December 1711

Lessees: John Crompe of St. Margaret, Rochester, esq. and John Browne of Rochester city gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/16/A,B

Date: 8 December 1715

Lessees: John Crompe of St. Margaret, Rochester, esq. and John Browne of Rochester city gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/17B

Date: 9 December 1719

Lessees: William Head, senior, alderman of Rochester, esq and Henry Barrell of Rochester city, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/18

Date: 15 July 1724

Lessees: William head, senior, alderman of Rochester esq, and Henry Barrell of Rochester city, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/19/A,B

Date: 2 December 1727

Lessees: William Head, senior alderman of Rochester esq, and Henry Barrell of Rochester city, gentleman subject to the same trusts

DRc/Ele 70/20

Date: 26 November 1734

Lessees: Henry Barrell of Rochester City, gentleman and Roger Pilcher, alderman of Rochester subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/21

Date: 2 December 1783

Lessees: Henry Barrell of Rochester city, gentleman and Roger Pilcher alderman of Rochester subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/22

Date: 28 November 1745

Lessees: Henry Barrell and William Gates, both of Rochester city, gentlemen, subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/23

Date: 27 November 1745

Lessees: Henry Barrell and William gates, both of Rochester city, gentlemen subjects to same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/24

Date: 30 November 1759

Lessees: William Gates of Rochester city, gentlemen subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/25

Date: 26 November 1766

Lessee: William Gates of Rochester city, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/26

Date: 1 December 1773

Lessees: William Stubbs and William Twopenny, both Rochester city, gentlemen subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele Ele 70/27

Date: 30 November 1780

Lessees: William Stubbs and William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] both of Rochester city gentlemen subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele Ele 70/28

Date: 8 November 1787

Lessees: William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny], senior of the Bishop's Precinct near Rochester, gentleman and William Twopenny, junior of St. Margaret, Rochester, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele Ele 70/15-28

Term: 21 years

Rent: £8.6s

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 4a-c, 9, 12, 19+, 25, 26, 29

DRc/Ele 70/29

Certificate of the contract for the redemption of land tax on the manor of Priors Hall, Cardens Manor and Gattens Farm and Marshlands called North Hope in Cliffe, 8 February 1804.

DRc/Ele 70/30

Date: 27 June 1809

Lessee: Henry Dampier of Montague Place, Russell Square, London, Middlesex, esq.

Term: 21 years from Michaelmas 1808 subject to trusts agreed with Henry Dampier, 27 June 1809.

Rent: £8.6s plus £10 Land Tax

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 25, 26, 29.

DRc/Ele 70/31

Date: 1 July 1809

Lessee: Henry Dampier of Montague Place, Russell Square, London, Middlesex, esq. Subtenant: William Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] of Woodstock House, [Tunstall], esq.

Term: 21 years

Rent: £230 plus £20 per acre ploughed up or sown except ditch banks or anthills.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b with particular reference to the glass windows and leading; 12

DRc/Ele 70/32

Date: 30 November 1837

Lessee: Edward Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] of the Precinct of the Palace of the Bishop of Rochester, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

See DRc/Ele 70/30

Term: 21 years

Rent: £8.6s. plus £10 Land Tax

Conditions: Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 25, 26, 29

DRc/Ele 70/33

Lessee: Edward Twopenny [cf. Twopeny] of the Precinct of the Palace of the Bishop of Rochester, gentleman, subject to the same terms, from Michaelmas 1833.

DRc/Ele 70/34

Date: 27 November 1840

Lessee: Edward Twopenny of Rochester, gentleman subject to the same trusts.

DRc/Ele 70/35

Date: 26 November 1847

Lessee: Edward Twopenny late of Rochester but now of Woodstock House, Tunstall, esq. DRc/Ele 70/33-35

Term: 21 years

Rent: £8.6s plus £10 Land Tax.

Conditions: 1. Grace 21 days; 2b, 9, 12, 20, 6 months; 21, 25, 26, 29

[* original bundle, partly re-constituted;
+ omitted from DRc/Ele 70/22]

Date: 1546-1847
Quantity: 55 items
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester.

Leases

MAIDSTONE AND MARDEN A, B

Part of River Mead in Maidstone including half the river (2 roods 22 perches) and part of Bridge Meadow in Marden including half the river (2 roods 22 perches)

Exchange under the Acts for the Inclosure, Exchange and Improvement of Land.

Charles Wykeham Martin of Leeds Castle, esq. and the Rt. Hon. Beaumont Hotham, Baron Hotham of South Dalton Hall, East Riding, Yorkshire, surviving devisees in trust of the will of the late Rt. Hon. James Mann, Earl Cornwallis, deceased, The Rt. Hon, Lady Louisa Cornwallis and the Rt. Hon. Lady Elizabeth Cornwallis, both of Linton Park, surviving guardians appointed by the same will of Lady Julia Mann Cornwallis, an infant and the Dean and Chapter of Rochester and their lessee, the Wardens of St. Saviours, Southwark, Surrey.

Schedule and map on deed.

Date: 3 January 1861
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

Cathedral Inventories (DRc/Elf 1-10)

These inventories cover a very short period, only c.1670-c.1743, barely a hundred years (with the exception of one item compiled in 1870) and there is nothing to suggest that any were taken after c.1743. The date of each inventory more or less coincides with the appointment of a new Dean: John Castillion in 1676; Simon Louth or Henry Ullock in 1688 or 1689; Samuel Pratt in 1706; Nicholas Claggett in 1723; Thomas Herring in 1731 and William Barnard in 1743. The inventories were made by the Treasurer and are of considerable interest: firstly in providing detail about the furnishing of the cathedral, about its books and possessions, its music and its plate, and secondly, albeit incidentally, in providing detail about the storage of documents in the Chapter Room or Chapter House as it was then called.

The earliest inventory is merely a list of plate, ornaments and utensils. It is undated but was probably the first such inventory taken. As such it represents the cathedral as it was furnished in the immediate post-restoration period. There were blue damask cushions and hangings with blue and gold fringes for the prebendaries' stalls; and purple beige cushions for the mayor and common councilmen's stalls; there were tapestries behind the high alter; purple hangings with purple and gold fringes and a blue satin cushion with a purple and gold fringe for the pulpit; and purple beige covers on all the seats under the cushions. The bible and common prayer book on the high altar were covered in red velvet. The blue damask was still in use in 1707 but by 1725 had been replaced with purple baize.

Dr. Clarke's inventory of about 1678 is a much more detailed document. Apart from everything in the first inventory which is comprised under the heading in the quire, it lists the furnishings for the high altar, the bishops throne and the stalls and gives a special inventory of the furnishings and goods in the Chapter Room. These include the portraits of King James I and King Charles II, also mentioned in the first inventory, and the great presses and chest in which the books and documents were kept. The library was kept in a great press with three locks. The Chapter leases were apparently bundled up in alphabetical order of parish and stored, probably flat, one bundle on top of another in a chest. The counterparts were bundled up in a similar way and stored in boxes in the chest together with the treasurers’ and receivers’ books, the survey books and the dotation charters.

The most interesting thing, though, about this inventory is that it lists books and documents of all sorts, many of which still survive, some for the priory and some for the cathedral. These include accounts for the bailiffs and collectors, 1605; account roll of William Fresswell, Prior of Rochester, 1514, letters of Princes, noblemen and others to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester; abstract of counterpart leases for the period King Edward III - Elizabeth I Primum Registrum; Tertium Registrum; register of Priors William Wood and Thomas Bourne; a composition relating to tithes and pensions, 1421; a register of leases begun in 1673; a parchment bag of small ancient writings; and old counterparts of leases, charters, grants, patents and papers. Sergeant Barrell is noted as having three registers of Martin Cotes and Mr. Somers in parchment in his possession, as well as a register in leather, the donation in a box, and the statute book.

The third inventory of 1689 mentions a new set of singing books with leather covers and the acquisition of another large chest placed near the portal in the Chapter Room in which were kept old writings of lands, tenements and hereditaments and the treasurers' and receivers' books for 1677-1682. It adds also the new exemplification of the dotation charter acquired in 1671, the statute book, the seven books in the school which included four books of the Whole Duty of Man in latin, and the Cromwellian (1) buff coats and arms left in the cathedral. This inventory is updated to 1695 and notes the acquisition of a new great bible in 1693 and a gift of silk brocade from the bishop at his visitation in 1695. A second copy annotated by David Hill, Treasurer, to 1701 adds the pre-Restoration plate bequeathed to the cathedral by Sir Joseph Williamson in that year.

[(1) These Rochester Cathedral Precincts militia uniforms are now held by the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester.]

The inventory actually taken in 1701 mentions two new books of Common Prayer for the high altar given by Dean Henry Ullock in 1700; a set of service books and anthems for the boys and a set of Mr. Tomkins' books (2). In 1707 there were also six folio singing books called Birds (3) and a gilt service and anthem book for the Dean's use (4). There were two more chests in the Chapter Room by this date, one containing writings and the other full of old surrendered deeds. All the chests are said to have drawers. The Textus Roffensis (DRc/R1) is mentioned for the first time in 1707 as being stored with the Parliament surveys and the leases.

[(2) Either Giles Tomkins, 1568-1668 [?] or his brother John Tomkins, 1586-1638. Both were organists at Kings' College Chapel, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Giles Tomkins was household musician to King Charles I. See Dictionary of National Biography, Local Studies Collection]

[(3) William Byrd, 1538-1623. See Dictionary of National Biography, Local Studies Collection]

[(4) The anthem book had disappeared by 1725.]

By 1725 a new standing brass eagle desk fashioned with baskets had been acquired together with a new bible printed on best paper in 1717. This inventory mentions that most of the singing an service books were worn out: the Tomkins set was still in existence but not the Birds, but there were at this date parts for counter tenor, tenor, base and treble for the first time. In the Chapter Room there were now two presses for books whereof a New Catalogue is now Order'd to be made and a new press for hoods and surplices. The inventory also notes that the Custumale is stored with the Textus Roffensis (DRc/R1) together with the new copy of the statutes (5). There is no further mention of the school books after 1707.

[(5) The copy made by Joseph Bowles, Bodley's Librarian, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, from the original in the library there by order of Bishop Francis Atterbury, and given to the Dean and Chapter by the Bishop before he fled to France. See DRc/As 3 and note.]

A corrected version of this inventory states that the quarter clock in the organ loft had been removed to the belfry and that the new library catalogue had been finished. A new version of the King's arms is mentioned as well as a map of land and houses lying within the fortification lines of Chatham Dock [i.e. Chatham Dockyard]; and some glass lamps for the Dean's yard and the Precincts.

In 1732 the choir was using Dr. Croft's Musica Sacra (6) and there is the first mention of two writing desks in the Chapter Room, one for the Chapter Clerk and one for the Treasurer and Receiver. According to the 174[3] [i.e. 1743] inventory, these were both lockable and the latter was in two portions with two locks. In the additions to the 1732 inventory is mentioned the acquisition of an armchair and twelve other chairs of Russia leather in 1736, three new lamps, Burnett in two volumes (7), Cayley's catalogue of the Cotton Library and a large map of the Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, Estate.

[(6) William Croft, 1677-1727, organist at the Chapel Royal, Windsor, Berkshire 1707, and at Westminster Abbey, Middlesex, 1708. See Dictionary of National Biography, Local Studies Collection.]

[(7) Gilbert Burnett, Bishop of Salisbury, Wiltshire, 1643-1715. This is a reference to his History of the Reformation published in three volumes in 1679, 1681 and 1714. See Dictionary of National Biography, Local Studies Collection.]

The final inventory of about 1743 mentions seven copies of Dr. Green's music books (8) as well as two Dr. Crofts [see above] and indicates the partial reorganisation of the Chapter Room. It states that there were, under one of the two library presses, three places with locks in which were kept the Chapter Books, registers, statute books and other useful writings. Presumably the old chests had been cleared out. And yet there was still another new chest for writings in the outward room.

[(8) Presumably Maurice Greene or Green of London, composer of cathedral music 1696-1755 (see New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians editor S. Sadie, 2001 or possibly James Green, fl. 1743, organist at Hull, East Riding, Yorkshire, author of A book of Psalmody, 1724 See Dictionary of National Biography, Local Studies Collection.]

All the inventories except the first two are in roll form. It would appear from those which survive that the usual practice was either to make a paper draft on the spot and then to draw up two identical fair copies as an indenture (but without any indented top), or else to take one of the copies of the previous occasion's inventory and to annotate it for the drawing up of the next inventory. This list has been compiled with this in mind.

There are also two inventories of the Deanery 1737 and 1743, and a cathedral library shelf list dated 1871.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

General and Miscellaneous Estate Papers

Repairs

Draft letter, Dean and Chapter of Rochester to Thomas Lamplugh*, Archbishop of York: repairs to property in lease to him and which he has sublet.

* Thomas Lamplugh was Dean of Rochester 1672-1676 and retained his lease when he departed first to Exeter, Devon and then to York, Yorkshire, where he was Archbishop 1688-1691.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

General and Miscellaneous Estate Papers

Timber

Power of attorney to the assignees and creditors of Japhet Crooke, a bankrupt to deliver oak plank to the Commissioner of the Navy from Newburgh Park, Yorkshire which the Commissioners had purchased. One eighth part of document missing.

Applied armorial seals.

Date: February 1707/1708
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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral

Gas Lighting in the Cathedral, 1905-1906 (DRc/Emf 72/1-52)

Letter. C. Hodgson Fowler to R.A. Arnold, Chapter Clerk: Dean Hole memorial will not be ready until mid 1906 according to Mr. Pomeroy. The tomb is nearly complete at the carvers' in York, Yorkshire. Is ill with lumbago and cannot travel, therefore, will not visit Rochester at present. Hopes the Chapter will try one or two of the chandeliers before going into the whole scheme.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral

Dean Hole Memorial c.1905-1906 (DRc/Emf 74/1-3)

The monument to Samuel Reynolds Hole, Dean of Rochester, 1888-1904 was designed by Charles Hodgson Fowler and carved in York, Yorkshire, between the years 1904-1906. It was probably placed in the south east transept early in 1907.

Working drawings for the monument to Samuel Reynolds Hole, Dean of Rochester 1888-1904.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral

Dean Hole Memorial c.1905-1906 (DRc/Emf 74/1-3)

The monument to Samuel Reynolds Hole, Dean of Rochester, 1888-1904 was designed by Charles Hodgson Fowler and carved in York, Yorkshire, between the years 1904-1906. It was probably placed in the south east transept early in 1907.

Letter C. Hodgson Fowler [Architect] to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester: The site of the Dean Hole monument in the south transept has been tested. Thinks it will not bear the weight of the monument, about 6 Tons. Suggests other positions.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Estate records

The Fabric of the Cathedral

Dean Hole Memorial c.1905-1906 (DRc/Emf 74/1-3)

The monument to Samuel Reynolds Hole, Dean of Rochester, 1888-1904 was designed by Charles Hodgson Fowler and carved in York, Yorkshire, between the years 1904-1906. It was probably placed in the south east transept early in 1907.

Letter. Francis H. Day, Honorary Secretary to the Committee to the Chapter Clerk: The Executive Committee has resolved that the Chapter should decide where the monument is to go. The mayor, Mr. Wingent, thought it should go in the choir.

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Dean and Chapter of Rochester

Financial records

Receiver general

Manorial courts: court rolls and rentals 1562-1739 (DRc/FRm/4-24A)

Ambree, Rochester

Translation of a Rental and Survey of Ambree Manor, Rochester, with separate headings for St. Margaret's parish and Borstal, written out by John Alleyn on the backs of sheets of paper used to record depositions * in the case of Metcalf versus Alleyn in Chancery. Incomplete.

The following memoranda are written out on this rental and survey.

Memorandum that this Court time out of mind, and allwayes hath been used to be holden and kept in and at a house joyning without, and unto the South the walls on the south side of the body of the Cathedrall Church of Rochester which is over against the Bishops Palace, which house in old time was the house of Almes and called the Almery or Ambrey Bench, but now it is one of the Prebends houses.

Memorandum by the Custome Aunciently of this Mannour, the whole rent is due for a reliefe, and soe hath been allwayes payd aswell upon either death, or alyenation as of also upon transmutation of possession betweene Tennant and Tennant.

Memorandum The Bayliff or Rentgathers doth alwayes of duty warne and serve the Court, and gather the rents, estreates and amercements.

Be it Remembred, that in the order of this Survey I doe begin at the great gate of stone being parcell of the demeasnes, situat on the North side of the Church yard called Cherseyes [cf. Chertsey's] gate, which gate with the houses adjoyning on the west side thereof are bounded to the Lane called Doddingherne Lane [cf. King's Head Lane] in English Deadmans Lane West, and to the Church yard South and East, and the [High] Streete North, and be parcell of the demeas[n]es of the said Mannour: And soe goeing downe along that side of the south side of the street as it lyeth he stand, I come upp on the other side Eastward unto Eastgate bridge, and soe to the gate againe called Cherseyes, and then to St. Margarets and Borstall [cf. Borstal]; Eastgate.

[sic]

The rental gives names of tenants, annual rents, abuttals and orientations. Possibly translated from a 1580 rental and survey modelled on a rental of 1511 [see endorsement].

[* depositions taken at the house of John Metcalf in Hardrow in Wensleydale, North Riding, Yorkshire, 30 August 1630, on behalf of Matthew Metcalf, Richard Metcalf and others, deforciants against Thomas Alleyn and Matthias Alleyn, complainants, before John Thwaites, Christopher Askwith, Richard Garthwait [cf. Garthwaite] and James Metcalf, gentleman. Mentioning Gregory Mallory passim. ]

Date: 1580
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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 Gilman.

 

Includes expenses: received of Mr. Gilman, treasurer, for ringing six several days, viz. the Queen [Anne]'s birthday, the proclammation day, the day the new came of Sir John Leak [cf. Leake]'s victory, the queen's coronation day, the day of Sir Chomley Derings and the Lord Villers' election for knight of the shire, and King Charles 2nd.'s birth and return, the sum of four pounds for the use of the ringers by me Stephen Huggins, 4 June 1705

 

Includes expenses: received of Mr. Gilman the sum of four pounds for the ringers for ringing for the news of the Duke of Malborough's success July 16, for the news of Prince Eugene July 22, for the thanksgiving day July 23, for the news of Barcelona [Spain] October 24th, King William [III]'s birthday November 4 and gunpowder treason November 5th, by me Stephen Huggins, 11 December 1705

 

Includes 2d alms given to James Hamilton a poor man discharged Bedlam [cf. Bethlehem Hospital, Moorfields, London], 19 December 1704

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to one Mrs. Fletcher and other gentlewoman who were with their families taken by privateer, 7 May 1705

 

Includes 6d alms given one G. Bennett a poor wayfaring woman, 21 June 1705

 

Includes 6d alms given one Ann Smith a poor Yorkshire woman, 5 November 1705

 

Includes 1s alms given 2 wounded soldiers discharged from Breda [Holland/Netherlands], 15 November 1705

 

Includes alms given to disbanded, sick, lame and poor soldiers, seamen and prisoners of war, passim

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1704-1705
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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: paid the ringers for ringing... on 11 May (being the day the flags at the [Chatham] dock [yard] were hung out, upon the news brought of the siege of Barcelona [Spain] being raised), 17 May 1706 for the news of the defeat of the French [cf. France] army at Ramillies, by the Duke of Marlborough [etc.,] £4 13s 4d and 27 June 1706 for ringing on the thanksgiving day for the victory at Ramillies, £2

 

Includes 6d alms given to some poor persons that came out of New England [cf. America], 20 February 1706

 

Includes 1s alms given to old Grigsby towards bearing his charges to Canterbury for the getting in of an old debt, 10 May 1706

 

Includes given by order of the chapter twenty shillings to John Chatsfield, towards discharging the jailer's fees and helping him out of prison, 2 July 1706

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to the wife of one George Cooke of Sandwich towards releasing her husband out of prison, 11 July 1706

 

Includes 2s 6d alms given to one Foxcroft, a poor decayed Yorkshire gentleman, 10 September 1706

 

Includes alms given to discharged, sick, and lame soldiers and seamen and released prisoners of war, passim.

 

Latin and English.

Date: 1705-1706
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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 expenses for restoration of cathedral, p.43

Includes 8s alms given to Mary Nicholson, who with her husband and 5 children (homeward bound from Ireland) were cast away; she and her 5 children were preserved by a ship in company with them and set on shore at Whitehaven [Cumberland]; and to Edward Howard and his wife with a young child in her arms; eight shillings to them all, 3 December 1720

Includes 2s alms given to six poor French sailors, viz. Philip Freman, Nicholas Oraie, Laurence Adam, Giles Buy, John Lenoir and Tarquin Vincent, 3 December 1720

Includes 3s alms given to Rebecca Jones, and her sister Anne Bannister with four children, cast away in their passage to Boston in [Massachusetts] New England, and in a very distressed condition, with a pass from Topsham in the county of Cornwall (Cornwell) [sic, i.e. Devon], 9 December 1720

Includes 1s alms given to Francis Richard, a poor Switzer [i.e. Swiss; cf. Switzerland], with his wife Magdalene, 11 January 1721

Includes 1s alms given to one Peter Bruckner, a poor scholar, with a testimonium [cf. testimonial] from Basel (Basil) [cf. Basle] in Switzerland, 14 February 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to Frederick Burgeois with a testimonium from the pastors of Basel (Basil) [cf. Basle] in Switzerland, 23 February 1721

Includes 1s alms given to Peter Steward [cf. Stewart, Stuart] and John Steward that had been slaves 3 years in Barbary [cf. Africa, Algiers, Algeria, Sally], 12 May 1721

Includes 1s 6d alms given to 6 Frenchmen shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland with a pass signed Chammord, who took care of the affairs of France at the court of England, 13 June 1721

Includes 6d alms given to Richard Wilson, a poor sailor, that had been taken by a privateer and being turned adrift, was fortunately taken into a ship that came by, and set on shore, 20 May 1721

Includes 1s alms given to 2 Arabians [cf. Arabs, Arabia] that had been taken by the Algerines [cf. Algiers, Sally, Algeria, Barbary, Africa], 5 August 1721

Includes 6d alms given to one John Andrews with a pass from Brussels; signed William Leathes, His Majesty's Resident at Brussels [Belgium], 14 August 1721

Includes 6d alms given to William Redfern of Ashford in the parish of Bakewell in Derbyshire who coming into Kent for harvest-work, fell sick, and was disabled to work, 13 September 1721

Includes 6d alms given to Antonio Fristo with a pass from Hastings in Sussex, 20 September 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to John Richardson, a poor scholar, formerly of Harthall in Oxford [Oxfordshire], 5 October 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to one in the habit of a gentleman, who applied to me with a paper subscribed after this manner: ego Don Antonius Feducia, et agliati, nobilis eques miles ex insula Malte [cf. Malta, Melita] venio ad supplicandum vestram revertiam, etc., 5 October 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to 2 poor women and 2 small children from Frankfurt (Frankford) in Germany, in a very wretched, poor condition, 13 October 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to Josepho Segaldo, an Italian [cf. Italy] and a valet de chambre [archivist's italics] who was left sick here in England by his master, 2 November 1721

Includes 2s 6d alms given to John Turner, rector of Coverham [North Riding, Yorkshire], in a very poor condition, 18 November 1721

Latin and English.

File updated by Borough Archivist, Medway Council 16 July 2001.

Date: 1720-1721
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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 - John Upton

Includes expenses incurred in repairing Minor Canon Row (p.32);

Includes under necessary but uncertain expenses £3 10s paid Nourse the bookseller for 2 volumes folio of Wetsten's Greek Testament * for the Library, 20 September 1753

Includes expenses incurred in repairing the fabric (p.35)

Includes £1 alms given at various times to the support of the Bloggs family 1752-1753;

Includes £25 alms given by the archdeacon to the Rev. Mr. Finch vicar of Goudhurst towards an augmentation of his living 1752-1753;

Includes £1 1s alms given to Mrs. Buller widow to the Rev. Mr. Buller late curate of Norton, Yorkshire (by the Dean) 1752-1753;

Includes £3 3s paid by advice of Mr. Dean and Mr. Vice Dean to an organist who came from Cambridge [Cambridgeshire], 1752-1753

English.

[*cf. Greece]

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Date: 1752-1753
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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

Includes under miscellaneous payments, £43 15s paid to Benjamin Payne, a bill for 500 church chairs at 1/9, 12 June 1871;

Includes under miscellaneous payments, £7 6s paid to Messrs. Furrell, coal merchants, 27 November 1871;

Includes under miscellaneous payments, £50 paid to Very Rev. R. Scott, Dean, for dilapidations in that part of the Deanery which lies within the old chapter house, 27 November 1871;

Includes under miscellaneous payments, £55 14s 2d paid to Mr. John Sampson, publisher (York) [Yorkshire], for anthem books, 27 November 1871;

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.34);

Includes expenses incurred on account of repairs to the cathedral fabric (p.36);

Includes under alms and donations, £200 given to St. Albans [Hertfordshire] reparation fund, July 1871;

Includes under alms and donations, £25 donation to Castle Garden Fund, A. Hollister, treasurer, 18 September 1871;

Includes under alms and donations, £100 donation to Rochester Diocesan Education Fund, R. Hanbury, treasurer, 18 September 1871.

English.


Date: 1870-1871
Quantity: 1 volume/47pp. used
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Licence to alienate in mortmain 1316

King Edward II to Walter de Fynchyngfeld [i.e. Finchingfield]:

Licence for Walter de Fynchyngfeld [i.e. Finchingfield] to alienate a messuage and 56 acres land in Southfleet to Rochester priory.

The King at York, Yorkshire by writ of privy seal. 10mks.

Endorsement:
Carta Edwardi Rex of Lands in Southfleete [i.e. Souhtfleet] [17th Century]

Large fragment of great seal of King Edward II missing the greater part of the legend only, and attached to the document by pink and green silk strings.

Latin.
Date: 20 August 1316
Quantity: 1 item

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