Southwark Police Court proceedings against the defendants F.W. Soutter, H.Quelch, H.J. Glanville and J. Clarke, for disturbing the peace and damage tothe Town Hall, while attempting to gain access to a closed meeting ofBermondsey Vestry.
TRIAL OF F.W. SOUTTER, H. QUELCH,H.J. GLANVILLE AND J. CLARKE
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Administrative / Biographical History
The vestry is a room attached to the chancel of a church which is used forkeeping vestments. The vestry was originally the room where parish meetingswere held. Membership of the vestry composed of the minister, churchwardensand leading parishioners, who were either co-opted (under a 'close' or'select' vestry system) or elected 'open vestry'). In the 16th and 17thcenturies the vestry assumed many of the old functions of the manor court,such as appointing the constable, as well as taking new responsibilities forthe poor and the highways. The vestry lost these responsibilities during the19th century, and in 1894 the civil functions of parishes were transferred toparish councils and parish meetings.
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