MADELEY VESTRY BOOK - SRO 2280/6/95
[Noted in the back of the book after a list of parish
15 March 1797 Rules and Regulations for the
Singers in Madeley Church*
|1st. That the Singers be Chosen
by the Parish & to have the use of the two Seats No 3 & 4
in the Gallary the key to be kept at Geo: Perks, or where the
Church wardens shall direct.
|2nd. When any new member is
wanted they shall first give their name to the Church Wardens for
the time being, & if approved of at the next Vestry Meeting to
|3rd. The Singers to keep to plain
Tunes in Generall no Anthems or Odes to be sung except upon
Festivals or Particular Occasions & then not without the
consent of the Minister.
|4. That one of the Singers do
meet the Minister in the Vestry each Sunday Morning before the
Service to consult with him on the Hymns or Psalms to be sung that
|5. No Singing after the Morning
Service without the approbation of the Minister.
- The following persons are made choice of
- Robert Poole
- George Perks
- William Perks
- George Longmore
- Richd Turner
- Josh Dorrall
- Thomas Handley
* VCH XI notes that "The
Evangelical tradition produced an austerity of worship apt for the
new parish church opened in 1797. [page
Madeley was a "Mecca" of Methodism
prior to the schism with the Church of England.
29 December 1824
. . . It was resolved also that the sum of ten guineas be
allowed to the singers for their attendance at the church &
for instructing the children & others during the week.
27 December 1827
. . . A Bill of Mr W Smith's for Musical Instruments and
Books having been presented resolved that the charge of Four
Guineas for a Clarionet be disallowed, no Authority for purchasing
it having been given by the parish, and that henceforth no Bill
for music or singing be allowed without he written Oder from the
. . . Resolved further that the Sum of ten guineas
<annually> voted to the Singers by the Vestry of Decr. 29.
1824 be discontinued.
. . . And it was resolved that the thanks of the Vestry be
given to Mr Sam Welsby for his past exertions and attention to the
. . . Resolved also that all musical Books and instruments
heretofore purchased at the expense of the parish be marked
forthwith as the property of the parish under the directions of
the Church wardens.
26 September 1833
. . . In consideration of John Price as Parish Clerk having
proved himself Serviceable in leading the Singing, a gratuity of
£5, is hereby granted to him, & is to be continued as long as
he thus exerts himself, & to be considered due at Lady's day.
17th December 1835
. . . Mr John Price having tendered his resignation on 25th of
[March ?] , as Parish Clerk, the same is accepted.
|9 February 1837
. . . Resolved that the $5 allowed by a Minute in this Book
dated September 26th 1833 Allowing £5 annually to John Price then
Parish Clerk having been discontinued on his leaving that office -
it is hereby directed that the Churchwardens charge the like Sum
for the purpose of advancing Psalmody in the Church.
. . . Proposed by Mr Chune and seconded Most Cordially by Mr
Smith that our thanks are due thereby offered to Mr Cookson for
his regular attendance & gratuitory and efficient performance
on the Seraphim during the last twelve months.
|20 June 1839
. . . thanks of this meeting are hereby most cordially offered
to Miss Pattrick for her generous conduct in presenting an Organ
to the Parish Church & erecting the same at her own & sole
expence & that a due acknowledgement of the gift sh'd be
marked on the Benefaction table.
1. Minutes checked for entries until 1856, and no
relevant entries found.
2. The Chunes were timber merchants in Madeley, Coalbrookedale and Shrewsbury.
Info from Mary Mitchell of Edinburgh.