the Local Government Act was passed, under which
Parish Councils were established to take over the
management of parochial affairs from Vestries.
Vestries had worked reasonably well for centuries
but its members were not elected and membership was
perpetuated by co-option. Whilst the public could
attend Open Vestries, many of the bigger issues were
dealt with behind closed doors by a smaller Select
Vestry, which was usually comprised of the wealthier
and more influential members. The formation of
Parish Councils brought more democracy and
thereafter the Vestry's role was reduced to managing
the affairs of the church.
Littleton’s first Parish Council election was held
on 4th December 1894, when 10 men contested 6
seats. 354 people voted and the successful
candidates were James COX (50 votes, Thomas EVANS
(47), Henry CHIVERS (44), Enos FREE (41), Col.
Barton SCOBELL (36) and Thomas BLANNING (34).
Government Act enabled a parish council, should it
so choose, to elect a chairman who was not one of
the elected councillors. By this means the vicar,
Rev. Ambrose FOSTER, was appointed first chairman of
the council and he remained as chairman until 1901.
outset the minimum number of members comprising a
rural parish council was fixed at five and they were
to hold office for 1 year. High Littleton chose to
elect six. It soon became apparent that annual
parish council elections caused too much of an
upheaval and the Parish Councillors Election Order
of 1901 extended their period of office to 3 years.
Women had been eligible to serve on parish councils
from the beginning but it was not until 1952 that
Marjorie WRIGHT became High Littleton’s first female
councils were empowered to elect 13 members but High
Littleton chose not to elect more than 9.
The Contents of this
Section have come from several sources:
Council Minute Books from the date of the first
meeting 13th December 1894 to 1962.
Meeting Minute Book from 4th December 1894 to 1966.
Overseers' Minute Book from the date of the first
meeting on 6th May 1898 to the final meeting on 20th
Council Accounts for 1944/5, 1946/7 and 1948/9 to
Allotment Rents 1951/2 to 1961/2.
Westminster Bank Statements 1946/7, 1947/8 and
1952/3 to 1960/1.
so many of the topics discussed at the meetings of
the different bodies overlapped, it has been
considered more useful to combine all three sets of
minutes in chronological order rather than
presenting them separately. The wording of the
minutes has been copied faithfully with obvious
errors and additions shown in italics and brackets.
transcription of the minutes there are summaries of
all the councillors and parish appointees, who held
office during the period covered by this section. At
the end there are indexes of Names and Places &
Topics. The Miscellaneous items (4 to 6 above) have
not been indexed.
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HL Parish Council Minutes1894-1927 & Indexes
HL Parish Council Minutes 1927-62 & Indexes
HLParish Council Misc