Medway Council Heritage Services catalogues
  • Title
  • Reference
  • Date
    mid-15th century-1974
  • Level of description
  • Extent
    171 boxes
  • Administrative history / biography
    Until 1835, a chamberlain dealt with the accounts of the city. The order of 1581 states that one treasurer and two chamberlains were to be chosen yearly to 'keep 2 several books of Accounts' and the treasurer was 'not to make payment without a warrant with the Mayor's hand and 2 more of his Brethren'. Looking at the records, one can see that one or two chamberlains undertook these duties. With the passing of the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835 the office of treasurer was made compulsory, and Thomas Sidden was appointed to the post in August 1837. The accounts were also to be made public. The treasurer was responsible for all accounts. He administered the borough fund and from 1877 the district fund as well. The latter relates to health matters (drainage, sewage, prevention of diseases, provision of open spaces, etc.). In 1929, both funds were merged into one fund called the General Fund. The rating system was also altered: the poor rates and general district rates were superseded by the general and water rates. A water bailiff had responsibility over the River Medway between Hawkwood and Sheerness. His role was to inspect ships and barges, execute warrants, and collect fines and amercements.
  • Scope and content
    This sub-collection comprises records of the chamberlain, the treasurer's department and the water bailiff's accounts books.
  • Related material
    Some chamberlain records are found in RCA/Z1/1-3.