The Parish Registers
and other documents relating to Scarning (from 1538 to 1991) are held
at Norfolk Record Office http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/. Some of
the items currently held by the Parish are illustrated here. The bulk
of the papers and documents prior to 1930 are all hand written, some
perfectly legibly and others less so. The earliest typewritten letter
is dated March 1895. (The modern typewriter was invented in 1873 but
clearly did not come into widespread use for many years.)
The overseers were responsible for the collection and distribution of of monies for the Poor Rate.Mr George Lane Miller was also the school master.
OVERSEERS OF THE POOR
The office of Overseer of the Poor was established by the Poor Law Act1597/8 and made obligatory by the Poor Relief Act of 1601.The parish appointed two or more Overseers of the Poor each year. Their duties were to levy a poor rate and to supervise its distribution.The supervision and distribution duties were given to the Guardians of the Poor in 1834 and the Overseers became merely assessors and collectors.The office was abolished by the Rating and Valuation Act 1925. The overseers’ accounts record their expenditure in great detail, Poor Rates were levied annually and the income was recorded in poor rate books. These list parish householders who were not paupers and the amount paid. Parish valuations, included lists of owners and occupiers of properties within the parish.
These three books (1925/6, 1926/7 and 1930/1) record in alphabetical
order cottagers who were entitled to bread in December and January and
indicate the address the family members also entitled. The pages from
the 1930/31 book can be seen here here
Receipt book detailing the Precept.
old Barclays bank book. Covers the period 1907-1922, the page shown
here shows all the transactions for 1913! There are two other similar
Water stained rate book for 1918 detailing occupiers,and owners of land and buildings, the rateable value and rates collected.
Overseers account book
This little Charity Account book details transactions from 1829 to 1907. The main expenditure is for bread for the Poor.
One of many Balance sheets.
Hand written letters interesting jury list and register of electors have lists of residents. The 1921 register has been scanned and converted to text via OCR and is available on the people page on this site.
Yet another account book.
A hand written record of the over 60's club covering twenty years, includes pictures of members with their names. If you would like to see all the pages click on this link wednesday club (this is a rather large file and may take some time to download.)
Inside pages £223 was collected
One of these has been scanned and converted to text via OCR and is available on the people page on this site. There are several more up covering many of the years to 1980.