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The Gentlemans Magazine 1731-1868 The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Northumberland. The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces. In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index. An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places. Ref 0776 Price £14.50.
The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766nth Price £16.60.
The Story of Some English Shires The Story of Some English Shires. Revd Mandell Creighton 1897. Wonderful historical accounts of seventeen English counties including:Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Lancashire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire. Ref 1028 Price £17.80
the skilled labourer
The Skilled Labourer 1760-1832. Although similar to The Village Labourer (see above) this book deals with specific groups of workers. Its contents include:

The Miners of the Tyne and Wear, cotton workers, woollen and worsted workers, Spitalfields silk weavers, framework knitters and also has sections dealing with Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire Luddites. Ref 0582 Price £21.10
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