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 VESTRY APPOINTMENTS and other events in the parish.

The Vestry Minutes book had three terms of usage.
Firstly to record Vestry appointments between 1862 and 1894.
Then with the introduction of a Parish Council, the was a pause of 23 years, before the book was again used to record
the annual accounts of the Church, and thirdly the annual reports of the Parochial Church Council. These later two uses of the book are
transcribed on a separate section of the website.                                         (Clickfor PCC page)

The Vestry was a committee of parishioners elected to administer the parish.Meetings were called by a Public Notice, and were held at
The Bowl Inn until the early 20th century, when the meeting were held in a building called The Institute  or Parish Room or Mission Room,
though The Bowl Inn continued to be used occasionally.

          Some definitions of terms used:

Constable: an unpaid parish officer assisting in the maintenance of law and order, local administration and the collection of duties and taxes.

Waywarden: In an 1856 ordinance from Canterbury, decreed the creation of Parish post of 'Waywarden'. The duties involved making a list of people and property liable to pay rates, and also the electors list of people qualified to vote.

Show Boundaries: was probably what is known as 'beating the boundaries' and involved walking the perimeter of the Parish and making sure boundary marks, posts and signs were in good order.

Overseers: collected the Poor Rate within the parish, and saw that they were distributed to those most deserving of Poor relief. He also had the duty to remove undesirable visitors/settlers from the Parish by way of arranging removal orders.

Guardians: appointed to care for the relief and welfare of the poor in the parish.



1862 Chairman Samuel John Sankey
. Overseer William Kingsland
. Parish Council Stoddard Fagg
George Tappenden
George Browning
William Kennett
John Brice
George Stickles
. . .
1863 Constable Cubison Stickles
Stoddard Fagg
George Tappenden
. Chairman Thomas Brice
. Parish Council William Kingsland
Stoddard Fagg
George Tappenden
. . .
1863 Overseer Stoddard Fagg
. Chairman Samuel J Sankey
. Overseer James Browning
. Overseer Thomas Flint
. Overseer William Kingsland
. Waywarden Samuel J Sankey
. . .
June 1863 Two people to be selected to be appointed at the quarter sessions to Show the Boundaries of this Parish according to the precept sent by the Clerk of the Peace. Samuel J Sankey :Chairman
George Stickles
Cubison Stickles
. . .
3 Mar 1864 Constable Cubison Stickles
George Tappenden
Richard Hayward
. . .
24 Mar 1864 Overseer James Browning
. Overseer Mr Cook
. Overseer Richard Hayward
. Survey Dean [not sure what this role was] William Kingsland
. Waywarden Samuel J Sankey
. . .
23 Mar 1865 Guardian of the Parish James Browning
. Overseer William Cook
. Overseer Richard Hayward
. Overseer George Browning
. Waywarden Samuel J Sankey
. . .
22 Feb 1866 Constable Marsh Wood
. Constable John Laker
. Constable Jame Sutton
. . .
22 Mar 1866 Overseer Richard Hayward
. Assistant Overseer James Browning
with salary of 5pounds a year on condition of his finding satisfactory bond, to the proper authorities.
. . .
22 Mar 1866 Guardian Mr G Browning
. Waywarden Samuel J Sankey
. . .
5 Apr 1866 Church wardens re-appointed as a rate of 4d[pence] in the Pound. .
. . .
21 Feb 1867 Constable John Laker
. Constable Marsh Wood
. Constable George Stickalls
25 Mar 1867 Overseer Richard Hayward
. Waywarden Samuel John Sankey
. Guardian of the parish James Browning
. . .
20 Feb 1868 Contable George Stickles
. Constable John Laker
. Constable Marsh Wood
23 Mar 1868 Overseer Thomas Flint
. Assistant Overseer Mr J Wilds
. Guardian of the parish Mr G.C. Rolfe of Brabourne
. Waywarden Richard J Sankey
. . .
19 Feb 1869 Constable Marsh Wood
. Constable George Smith
. Constable J Wiles
22 Mar 1969 Guardian Samuel J Sankey
. Waywarden Richard Sankey
. Overseer John Wiles
. Deputy Overseer Richard Sankey
. . .
1870 Parish Councillors Marsh Wood
George Tappenden
Richard Hayward
Alfred Wiles
. . .
23 Mar 1871 Constables Edward Sutton
Marsh Wood
Alfred Wiles
. Overseers Edward Sutton
John Rolfe
. Waywarden R.J.Sankey
. Guardian John Rolfe
. . .
7 Mar 1872 Constables Edward Sutton
Richard Hayward
James Browning
. Chairman Edward Sutton
. Overseers John Rolfe
John Laker
. Waywarden James Browning
. Guardian George Tappenden
. . .
Mar 1873 Chairman John Rolfe
. Waywarden James Browning
. Overseers John Hammond Kirby
James Sutton
. . .
19 Mar 1874 Chairman S.J.Sankey
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden James Browning
. Overseers John Hammond Kirby
James Sutton
. . .
9 Apr 1874 Churchwarden James Sutton
. . .
18 Mar 1875 Chairman John Rolfe
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden Edward Sutton
. Overseer James Sutton
. Assistant Overseer Thomas Brice
. . .
23 Mar 1876 Chairman John Rolfe
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden Edward Sutton
. Overseer Thomas Brice
. Assistant Overseer Stoddard Fagg
. . .
13 Apr 1876 Churchwarden George Tappenden
. . .
22 Mar 1877 Chairman James Sutton
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden Edward Sutton
. Overseer Stoddard Fagg
. Assistant Overseer Robert Marsh
. . .
22 Mar 1878 Chairman John Rolfe
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden Edward Sutton
. Overseer Robert Marsh
. Assistant Overseer James Browning
. . .
24 Apr 1878 Churchwarden George Tappenden
. . .
24 Mar 1879 Chairman John Rolfe
. Guardian John Rolfe
. Waywarden Edward Sutton
. Overseer Robert Marsh
. Assistant Overseer George Page
. . .
25 Mar 1880 Chairman James Sutton
. Guardian George Page
. Waywarden James Sutton
. Overseer Robert Marsh
. Assistant Overseer George Page
. . .
.

Mr Richard Hayward proposed erection of two cottages at Kingsmill Down Farm belonging to Mr R.J. Sankey Esq. That the gross estimate rental be 5.10/- [five pounds ten shillings] each and the rateable value be 4.0/- [four pounds] each.

Seconded by Mr G Tappenden - carried unanimously.

. . .
24 Mar 1881 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Tappenden
. Overseer Robert Marsh
. Assistant Overseer George Page
. . .
24 Mar 1882 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Tappenden
. Overseer Frank Mills
. Deputy Overseer Richard Hayward
. . .
21 Mar 1883 Chairman James Sutton
Guardian George Tappenden
Overseer John Wiles
Deputy Overseer George Stickles
. . .
24 Mar 1884 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Tappenden
. Overseer James Sutton
. Deputy Overseer John Wiles
. . .
01 May 1884 Vestry Meeting at Mission Room at thirty minutes past seven oclock. It was resolved that this vestry approves the proposal of the Rector to sell if possible the existing glebe house, known as Hastingleigh Rectory together with its Barn, Offices, Garden and Orchard. Comprising one acre of land or thereabouts and apply the proceeds of the sale to the erection of the new glebe house lately built in the parish of Elmsted. And this vestry further advises that a faculty be at once procured to enable the Rector to deal with the said house in the manner above described. Proposed George Tappenden, Seconded James Sutton - carried unanimously. It was further agreed that the assessment of the cottages numbered 63 and 64 in the valuation list now occupied as one tenement by Arthur Hawkins be fixed at 4 pounds gross estimated rental rateable value of 3.10/- -proposed by Robert Marsh seconded by Richard Hayward. .
. . .
23 Mar 1885 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Tappenden
. Overseer George Stickles
. Deputy Overseer George Stupples
. . .

25 Jun 1885
Mission Room

Vestry Minutes Chairman:Rev. Anthony Collett - It appearing that the nomination of Mr G Tappenden who was elected at the previous meeting had been sent in too late and the atepayers being anxious that their parish should not be left unrepresented at the board, it was proposed by Mr James Sutton, Seconded by George Stickells that Mr Tappenden be elected this meeting as Guardian for the Parish of Hastingleigh - carried unanimously. .
. . .
22 Mar 1886
Mission Room
Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Tappenden
. Overseer George Stickles
. Deputy Overseer George Stupples
. Assessors Richard Hayward
George Tappenden
. . .

24 Mar 1887
The Bowl Inn

Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian George Stupples
. Deputy Overseer Frederick Marsh
. Assessor Richard Hayward
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. Committee to revise the valuation list of the parish James Sutton
Richard Hayward
. . .
23 Mar 1888 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian James Sutton
. Overseer George Stupples
Frederick Marsh
. Assessors George Tappenden
George Stickells
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. . .

24 Mar 1890-
The Bowl Inn

Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian Robert Marsh
. Overseer Frederick Marsh
. Deputy Overseer William Cobb

Names submitted to magistrate as competent for the office of Overseer:
Richard Hayward of Hassell Street
Thomas Wittwer Barling of Lyddendane

. Assessors George Stickles
George Tappenden
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. . .
24 Mar 1891 Chairman George Tappenden
. Guardian Robert Marsh
. Overseer William Cobb
. Deputy Overseer Richard Hayward
. Assessors George Stickles
George Tappenden
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. Names submitted to magistrate as competent for the office of overseers Thomas Wittwer Barling
George Mills
. . .
25 Mar 1892 Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian Robert Marsh
. Overseer Richard Hayward
. 2nd Overseer Thomas W Barling
. Assessor George Stickels
. Assistant Assessor George Tappenden
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. Names submitted to magistrates as competent for the office of overseers George Mills of Little Coombe
George Moon of Hassell Street
. . .

24 Mar 1893
The Bowl Inn

Chairman Rev. Anthony Collett
. Guardian Thomas Wittwer Barling
. Overseer Richard Hayward
. Second overseer George Mills
. Assessor George Stickels
. Assistant Assessor George Tappenden
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
.

Names submitted to Magistrates as compentent for the office of overseers:
George Moon and Stoddard Fagg

. . .

18 Aug 1893
The Bowl Inn

It was proposed by George Tappenden and seconded by Richard Hayward that the following gentlemen be appointed to form, with the church warden and overseers, a committee for the new valuation of the parish with power to add to their number. George Tappenden
Richard Hayward
George Mills
Mr W Ruffle
Robert Marsh
TW Barling
Stoddard Fagg
George Stickles
. . .

22 Mar 1894
The Bowl Inn

Chairman George Tappenden
. Overseer Mr W Cobb Jnr
As by provision of the Parish Council Bill, the existing guardians remain in office till that bill becomes law, no steps were taken by the meeting for electing to that office.
. Second Overseer Stoddard Fagg
. Assessors George Stickles
. Second Assessor George Tappenden
. Churchwarden George Tappenden
. Names Submitted to magistrate as competent for the office of overseers George Moon of Woodmans Arms
TW Barling of Lyddendane


(Click to go to Parish Council Page following the 1894 Local Government Act.)