Ancient Order of Foresters minute books

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 KDF/1/2/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      1 volume. Poor condition. The front cover of the volume has fallen off, pages are crumbling and worn; writing has faded and is unreadable in some areas; a page appears to have been ripped out half way through.

Scope and Content

The first two pages of the volume contain a list of the names of members, how much they are paid from the funds per month, and their occupation (town labourer, agricultural worker and miner are common). The list also records their ages when they joined the Order and tracks this through to 1871 (the majority of members are in their mid 20s). Minutes and copies of accounts that were sent to the auditors then run to the middle of the volume.

If opened in reverse, the volume starts with a list of names and occupations of members. These pages are worn and hard to read. Loose papers have also been inserted with the names, addresses and ages of members, along with a collection of minutes, all of which are of a better condition.