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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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The Handy Book of Parish Law 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9781108024839
Published: January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback reissue
Price: £20.99

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William Andrews Holdsworth was the author of several popular legal handbooks, which ran into many editions. They were aimed at non-specialists, explaining topics such as landlord and tenant rights, will-making and acting as an executor, bankruptcy and married women's property legislation. The Handy Book of Parish Law was first published in 1859, and ran to twelve editions, of which this is the third (1872). The parish is still the lowest level of local government, particularly in the countryside, and parish councils formerly made many of the decisions which affected day-to-day life in their locality. Regular changes in the law required frequent updating, and the significance of certain bodies altered over time. This is a useful source for local and family historians, which helps unravel the complexities of parish law, which applied not only to church management but to poor law unions and aspects of local government.

Legal History
1. Of the parish and parishioners
2. Of the parish church and churchyard
3. Of the parson and clergymen of the parish, and church services
4. Of the churchwardens
5. Of the church trustees
6. Of the parish clerk, sexton, and beadle
7. Of the parish vestry
8. Of select vestries
9. Of metropolitan vestries
10. Of constables
11. Of the preparation of jury lists
12. Of highways
13. Of highway districts under the Highway Acts of 1862 and 1864
14. Of tramways
15. Of the watching and lighting of parishes
16. Of the removal of nuisances
17. Of church rates
18. Of county and borough rates
19. Of poor rates
20. Of the rating of tenements let for short terms, and of small tenements
21. Of parochial assessment
22. Of the powers of the local government board in the administration of the Poor Laws
23. Of the board of guardians
24. Of metropolitan district asylum boards, and metropolis common poor fund
25. Of the powers of justices of the peace in the administration of the Poor Laws
26. Of the overseers
27. Of assistant overseers and collectors
28. Of the audit of union and parish accounts
29. Of the union officers
30. Of the relief of the poor
31. Of the workhouse
32. Of settlement and removal
33. Of parish apprentices.