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 is the rate for the year 1826.
|- Churchwardens' Accounts -|
|- Overseers' Accounts -|
|- Surveyors' Accounts -|
[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]
An Account of Contribution, Daily Highway Duty, Composition, and Penalty, chargeable on the Occupiers and Inhabitants in the Parish of Acle of Norfolk for the year 1826 by
Robert Ward }
& } Surveyors
Joseph Curtis }
Note that only the Rentable values and names are given here and that there is more information including the amounts paid in the originals.
|16||0||Clarke Thos ¾ year|
|23||15||Hewit S_? Exect|
|95||0||Lacey T & J (*)|
[End of Document]
See also the Acle parish page.
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