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The Compleat Parish Officer is a handbook for those who had to apply and interpret the increasingly complex laws enacted to deal with the various social problems as they arose, its starting point being the Great Poor Law Act of 1601 and its various amendments. The wording of the Act under which action could be taken, is quoted in extenso giving chapter and verse and, where appropriate, cases are quoted in interpretation.
The general approach and format are still in use today, in handbooks used by the Police and Magistrates. The handbook will be equally useful to today's family historians as they delve into the 'parish chest' material after the ancestor who was the Surveyor of the Highways, or who had become entangled with the laws about Settlement
A5, 104 pages, ISBN: 978-1-898714-21-5