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From Vestry Minute Book P92/SAV/449, 1557-1581:
1557 July 25 Sunday:
'John Sadlar clerk and Lawrence the sexton' sent to the Counter 'for their disobedience in serving of God within the choir'.
1559 August 31 Thursday:
The schoolhouse is to be 'erected up in the church house late in the parish of St Margaret's', and the 'old chapel' behind the chancel is to be let out toward the benefit of the same school. Thomas Noble the sexton is to have [have] £3 6s 8d.
p.19: 1561 March 25 Tuesday:
the sexton mentioned.
p.62: 1566 April 29 Monday:
Richard Baptist, dyer, undertakes to promise that 'Lawrence Robbins, sexton of this church', shall 'from henceforth during his service behave himself truly in his office and charge in and about this church and the service thereunto appertaining'.
p.85: 1571 October 13 Saturday:
'Agreed that [blank] Stanmore shall have the reversion of the sextonship in this parish after the death of Lawrence, now being our sexton, and to have 40s yearly until the death of the said Lawrence'.
p.89: 1572 April 21 Monday:
Lawrence Robynson to be paid a stipent of £4 yearly, and 'no further to have to do or meddle with anything that doth pertain to the office or duty of the sexton'. 'Stanmore our sexton' to have 26s 8d for his wages 'so long as Lawrence Robynson doth live'; but 'the whole vails and commodities' of the office to be only 'to the use of the said Standmore'.
p.140: 1578 June 9 Monday:
The sexton mentioned.
From Vestry Minute Book P92/SAV/450, 1582-1628:
p.352: 1601 July 15 Wednesday:
Garrett Smythe chosen to be sexton in place of Thomas Sherle deceased.
p.369: 1603 May 9 Monday:
'Robert Loward basketmaker was chosen to be sexton if upon trial he shall be found sufficient and to have the fee thereunto belonging, as the same shall be ordered by the house when a new table shall be made'.
p.371: 1603 September 15 Thursday:
'Mr. Gabriel Bolte clerk' sealed an obligation in the Vestry to the use of the churchwardens of the penalty of £40 with condition to this effect viz 'to make a true and just account unto the churchwardens and their successors of all such money as he shall receive to their use when and so often as he shall be by them thereunto required and not to do anything which shall or may be prejudicial to the said churchwardens or their successors at any time hereafter'.
'Robert Loward sexton' sealed an obligation of £20 to the use of the churchwardens with condition to the effect following viz 'well and truly to discharge the office of a sexton so long as he shall be sexton and to yield and make a true and just account unto the churchwardens and their successors of all such things as have been or shall be by them or by their appointment committed to his charge whensoever he shall be by them thereunto required and not at any time to do any act or thing that may be prejudicial or hurtful to the said churchwardens, or their successors or other the parishioners'.
p.377: 1604 April 23 Monday:
mention of a 'bond' made 'by John Boston clerk', and another bond made 'by Robert Loward sexton'.
p.426: 1610 April 23 Monday:
A table to be drawy up for the ordering of 'the minister's fees, and the clerk's and sexton's.'
p.437: 1611 July 8 Monday:
The 'sexton's bond shall be sought out to see what he is bound unto concerning the bells and keeping of them', because they are cracked.
p.441: 1611/12 February 19 Wednesday:
'Also it is ordered that the churchwardens shall by the sexton's black cloth or another at their discretion to be laid over the corpse carried forth to burial, and that the sexton or any other officer shall not anymore use a cloth for that purpose.'
p.508: 1621 August 29 Wednesday:
'Also it is referred to the discretions of the churchwardens either to buy basins to be used to receive offerings at weddings, or to let the new sexton which shall be chosen to provide them and to take the benefit thereof.'
Also on this day 'widow Loward' mentioned as having hearsecloths, presumably her husband the sexton is dead, and they belonged to his office.
Also on this day 'Christopher Collinson was chosen to be sexton during his good behavior, in place of Robert Loward deceased, and to have such fees as belongeth to the place, He with a surety entering bond well to behave himself in the place.' Also ordered 'that Christopher Collinson shall employ Edward Stokes which was the former sexton's man to help him in the execution of his office in ringing or otherwise as need shall be, and shall give him reasonable pay after the discretions of the churchwardens.'
p.529: 1623 December 23 Tuesday:
'It is also this day ordered That the officers belonging to the Church shall not make any bills or receive any duties for burials, but only such as are allowed and set down in the table, and that the clerk or sexton shall take two of the churchwardens' hands to the bill.'
p.530: 1623/4 February 17 Tuesday:
'At this Vestry is ordered That the sexton shall not chime any bells at any knell unless the friends of the party deceased will have the bells run at their own charges. And that the sexton shall not demand money for any knell at the burial of any which have no knell at the time of their burial.'
p.547: 1625 October 7 Friday:
'This day Lambert Daggett and Richard Cliff were in choice for sexton, and Lambert Daggett was chosen. '
This day Lawrence Lunne and Mark Webster were in choice for the conductor's place, and Lawrence Lunn was chosen, and withal to keep Mr. Mayhew's gallery, the Vestry house, and a bearers place.
'The bearers are chosen to be these viz: the sexton; the conductor; the gravemaker; Henry Abbott.
And where one or two bearers will serve at a time, the other two are to succeed next, and everyone to have his fee. If any Nihill shall happen, each one is to bear a part; if any dissension be amongst them, then the house is to hear it and dissolve it if they see occasion.'
'John Rice, this day, after he hath read a chapter openly in the Church and tuned a psalm, both were well liked of, he was with a general consent made choice of to be parish clerk in place of Mr. John Boston.'
[same day:] 'It is ordered, That the parish clerk shall be bound in the sum of £100 to perform the condition to be made according to the ancient form. It is also ordered, That the sexton shall be bound in the sum of £40 to perform the condition which is to be made according to the ancient form.'
p.560: 1626 December 6 Wednesday:
'It is this day ordered, that the parish clerk shall from henceforth have the churchwardens' hands to their bills for burials, and that care be had that no exaction be used by the sexton touching the duties required for bells or otherwise.'
'It is also ordered, that Mr. Stapeley shall survey the month's bills between this day and next Vestry day and then make known to the house, what hath been taken by the sexton Daggett for bells at burials in the Church more than was due, and of whom in particular, to the end further order therein may be taken.'
p.561: 1626/7 February 27 Tuesday:
'This day also Mr. Stapley sent into this house the note of the names of such as the sexton Daggett had taken more than he ought to do for ringing of the bells at their burials, containing in number 13 several persons, for which this house thinketh fit that the said Daggett shall repay back the sum of 4s apiece, which money is to be brought into this house forthwith. The names of the persons buried are these viz: Alice Nichols, Alice Morryce, Elizabeth Corney, Benedict Mores, Barbara Babington, Elizabeth Woodstock, Richard Pyne, Katherine Belton, Mary Geldinge, Tomlinson Carsey, Joan Angell, Mary Ackland, and Edward Nevett, which were buried in the Church.'
'This day Mr. John Rice came into this house and made complaint that his means or profits arising by his office of parish clerk is not sufficient to maintain him, pretending that the whole profits thereof doth not arise to any more than £28 yearly, whereupon this house doth think fit (in respect of his long sickness, and [his] removing household being new come to the said place, that he shall have paid unto him (for this time only) as a free gift from this house the sum of £4.
p.572: 1628 August 23 Saturday:
'It is ordered that the sexton shall cause the Church and chapel to be kept clean at his charge and the gravemaker at his proper charge make clean the Church ways and Churchyard and the gutter about the Church and the house of office by the Park Gate for the fee of 44s the year and Bromridge's wife is to have for keeping the pews 20s yearly, and for looking to the Church in time of divine service it is ordered that Daggett shall see that good rule be kept in the chancel the gravemaker by the font Mr Lunde in the southeast side of St Margaret's Chapel Churchyard. And Abbot is to look to St. John Chapel. And it is ordered that all those which have to do with the pews in the Church shall constantly make clean the Church and pews every Saturday morning.'