Sessions report - From the Herts Quarter Sessions 1658-1700

PUBLISHED: 11:48 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

Complaint by the overseers and constables of Royston, that Mr Job Brockett, vicar there, refuses to pay the rate assessed upon his vicarage, as duly confirmed by the justices. It is ordered that Mr Brockett shall pay the rates now due from him, as they we

Complaint by the overseers and constables of Royston, that Mr Job Brockett, vicar there, refuses to pay the rate assessed upon his vicarage, as duly confirmed by the justices. It is ordered that Mr Brockett shall pay the rates now due from him, as they were confirmed, but that, as he alleges that he is over-rated, for the future he shall only be rated for his vicarage at £36 per annum.

- January 13, 1690

- Complaint to the Court by Mr Job Brockett, Vicar of Royston, that the overseers have taxed him for his "Ecclesiastical" promotion or Benefice at Royston at the rate of 9d in the pound. He appeals against this rate, alleging that "his whole spiritual promotion of benefice, except his vicarage house with the backside which is not in his possession, is a rent charge granted to the Vicars of Royston by an Act of Parliament.

The overseers answer that, although it is a rent charge, yet is also a tithe, or in the nature of a tithe and should, therefore, be rated.

As this is a question of law, the Court, with consent of both parties, refers it to Sir John Holt, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench, Judge of Assize.

- July 14, 1690


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