Each parish after the great Highways Act of 1555 was responsible for the repair of the roads within its boundaries. This Act with later modifications was in force until a new one in 1835.
Every person who occupied land or kept horses etc. had to provide some of the following:- days of labour, carts etc. People who occupied houses and cottages had also to provide labour in some form either as unpaid labour by themselves or others.
In later years this was commuted to a Surveyors' Rate upon the inhabitants which was then spent repairing its highways. The main roads also saw the introduction of turnpike trusts where those that used them paid for their maintenance.
For more information on these records see the Parish Accounts page.
This is one item from Norfolk Record Office document [with the reference PD 164/41 and microform MF962/12] and is from the Surveyors account book (1820-1839) and these are the payments for the years 1820-22.
|- Churchwardens' Accounts -|
|- Overseers' Accounts -|
|- Surveyors' Accounts -|
[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]
The Disbursemants of B H Baker Surveyor from Michaelmas 1820 to Michaelmas 1821.
Note that not every item has been transcribed in full.
|Oct 11||To Bills and Labour due on Roads||5||4||9|
|Journey to Blofield to take presentments||4||0|
|Nov 27||Expences at Meeting||8||6|
|Dec 23||Mr Jas Neave being the Balance|
due from the Parish to him
|Dec25||Thorpe scraping 301 Rod (*) at 1½d||1||17||7½|
|Jan 8||Mr Shingles for Gravel||4||10||0|
|Feb 9||Mr Dawson||1||2||9|
|Liffen 107 Rod at ¾||6||8|
|Mar 9||Thorpe 40 Do 1½||5||0|
|23||Liffen 188 Rod at ¾||11||9|
|Do turning up mould||1||6|
|23||Dale 20 Rod at 6d||10||0|
|Dale 39 Rod at 3d||9||9|
|Dale 12 Rod at 2d||2||0|
|Dale 146 Rod at ¾d||9||0½|
|Dale 7 Days||7||0|
|Liffen 190 Rod at 1½ (Jan 26)||1||3||9|
|June 15||To Dale||1||6|
|Oct 7||Mr Moore||15||1|
|41 Load Materials at 1/6||3||1||6|
|Mr Shingles (Gravel omitted last acct.)||6||6||0|
|Dec 2||Mr Moore||8|
|12||Cash to Mr Wigg 12£|
to Mr Start £11.16s.3¼d
Note that only extracts have been done for the next set of accounts for 1821-22.
Disbursements of Geo Wigg Surveyor from Michaelmas 1821 to Michaelmas 1822.
Paid for work at the rate of 1/- per day.
Scraping roads at 1½ per Rod and other bills including turning up mould.
Names which occur (some more than once) are Frosdick, Chapman,John Liffen, Gallant,Mr Barnes, Mr Start, Beach for Gravel, Furrence and Russel.
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See also the Acle parish page.
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