Chelsfield Parochial Notes by Arthur Thomas Waring - an introduction
We are fortunate to have this book in two volumes about the history of Chelsfield written by Arthur Thomas Waring (1851 to 1920) between 1904 and 1914. It covers the four ancient manors of Chelsfield, the history of St Martin’s Church, ancient Chelsfield families, manorial properties and lots more. It is the painstaking work of a keen local historian with access to a wide range of original material.Arthur Waring was a thorough historian, and the book is a treasure trove of information about Chelsfield’s past. He draws on wills, deeds and manorial records in the possession of the Waring family, and parish records at St Martin’s Church. To understand the book it helps to have some understanding of the sources - parish registers, churchwardens’ books, willIs and court rolls, but the book itself forms a good introduction to the type of information these records contain. The book is the more valuable as the whereabouts of all the original source documents are not now known. The book covers the old parish of Chelsfield, larger than today, and so embraces the ancient manors of Chelsfield, Hewetts, Norsted, and Goddington. Arthur Waring produced three editions of this work in longhand, and photocopies of the earliest version are held for reference only in the Bromley Local Studies Library. (They can be found with Barcodes 30128017111405, and 30128012624501; or at shelfmarks History LGL L265s/LSK and Media Studies LSK 942.23.) The document was transcribed by Sarah Tanner in 1992, and it is thanks to her work and that of Geoffrey Copus in producing a scan of the transcript that the two volumes of the transcribed version are now available on this website in digital form as three pdf files. It is a lengthy document, so do check before you print it out. PDF 1 - History of Parish, Church and SchoolPDF 2 - Assistance to the Poor, Places and PeoplePDF 3 - transcribed Wills and Deeds and IndexThis extract tells of a marriage in 1869, where there was an unusual objection. This is the transcription:The Villagers were amused in 1869 by the somewhat rare event of banns of marriage being objected to by the son of one of the would be contracting parties. – the objector, as is usual in such cases, was requested to go into the Vestry after the Service, and state his reasons.- I have been told by one that was present that when he arrived in the Vestry he gave the following as the grounds of his objection “That his father was an old fool, and had no need of a Wife”. – Which was hardly a sufficient reason for preventing the marriage.To help the reader navigate the material Waring’s original index is reproduced below as it relates to each of the three pdfs. Original spellings have been retained. The INDEX at the very end of pdf 3 is an alphabetical list of subjects, names and places and is a good place to start if you are looking for a particular place or person. •PDF 1 Pages 1 to 87oChelsfieldpage 1oThe Manor of Chelsfieldpage 20oThe Manor of Hewettspage 34oThe Manor of Goddingtonpage 38oThe Manor of Norsteadpage 40oThe Churchpage 42oThe Bellspage 46oChurch Music page 48oChurch Platepage 49oMonuments in the Churchpage 51oThe Churchyardpage 62oRectors of Chelsfieldpage 63oThe Curates of Chelsfieldpage 75 oChurchwardens of Chelsfieldpage 78oParish Clerks of Chelsfieldpage 84oEducation and School page 86•PDF 2 Pages 88 to 127oThe Poorpage 88Guardianspage 90Overseerspage 91oChelsfield Propertiespage 94Lilliespage 94Gilman Brimstonepage 95Bucks Cross and the Five Bellspage 96Fairtroughpage 97Cackets, Hempstallspage 98Picketts, Washnesspage 99Simons Hawepage 100Green Street Green Farmpage101or Chelsfield Hall, CoxcroftWalnuttreespage 102Whiteheadspage 103Cross Hall, Kidderspage 104Rounds, TheEleven Cricketterspage 105The Wheatsheafpage 105Eveshole, Rough Gardenpage 106or Rose Garden with SexteesMount Hall or Walnuttreespage 108Leach Croftpage 108 Riddenshawpage 109Pax, Wheatfieldspage 110The Porcupine Innpage 111oHamlets of Chelsfield:page 112Pratts Bottom, Green Street Green,West hill, Maypole, Bo-peepoWages Rents Cost of living etcpage 113oOld Chelsfield Familiespage 117Alwen, Arrowpage 117Blundel, Bowen, Brookspage 118Dunmall, Frenchpage 119Graves, Hills, Verrellspage 120Whiteheadpage 121Petley pedigreepage 122Wakelenspage 126Brasierpage 127•PDF 3 pages 128 to endoAppendix I 1788 Perambulationpage 128oAppendix II Deeds and wills page 1311448 Wheatfieldspage 1311479 Wheatfieldspage 1311488 Indenturepage 1331509 Will Henry Beverychpage 1341513 Will John Beverychpage 1351522 Deed of sale of Hewettspage 1361522 Will of William Petleypage 1391542 Will of Robert Nishampage 1421572 Will of James Wafer page 1431590 Will of Wiliam Macepage 1431588 Award of Arbitration page 1441597 Will of John Brasyrpage 1461599 Will of William Petleypage 1471600 Lease of Coxcroftpage 1491603 settlement of Bucks Crosspage 1511608 Collets Charity Deedpage 1561623 Collets Charity Deed page 1591631 Will of Abraham Daltonpage 1641646 Will of John Brasierpage 1651668 Will of Robert Petleypage 1661672 Will of Anthony Hobbs page 169oThe family of Goodhayspage 171INDEX [an alphabetical index of subject matter including names and places]
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