Bastardy Bonds were secured between fathers of illegimate children (born or to be born) and the Overseers and/or Churchwardens of the Parish where the child would become chargeable on the poor rates. These bonds would indemnify the Overseers costs.
These are items from a Norfolk Record Office document [with the reference PD 401/40 and microform MF943/6] containing the Bastardy Bonds for 1792. They can be found on printed or hand written forms which usually follow a standard layout. Here just the most relevant facts have been extracted from an order. Note that there are no other bonds surviving for this parish.
[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]
The document contained the following :-
Richard Hall of Southrepps - Husbandman, and John Hall of Tuttington
- Farmer are bound to William Gladden and Stephen Gotterson,
Churchwardens and Lawrence Randall and John Lawrence, Overseers of
the Parish of Tuttington.
Amount = Fifty Pounds
Dated 21/March/32nd year of George III 
Condition of this Obligation is such that Deborah Payn now of Tuttington aforesaid Singlewoman hath in and by her voluntary examination on oath before George Bu__? Esq JP, said that she is with child likely to be born a bastard and be Chargeable to Tuttington and that the above bounden Richard Hall is the Father of the said child.
[Agreement says] One pound towards Lying in and 1/- weekly for ten years (if child lives for this time).
[Signed] Richard Hall "x" (His mark)
John Hall "+U" (His mark)
[End of Document]
See also the Tuttington parish page.
Copyright © Mike Bristow.