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Rothbury All Saint's Parish Census (c. 1816)


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Rothbury All Saint's Parish Census - Click for bigger imageThis is an extract from a parish census conducted by the Reverend L. V. Vernon Harcourt in 1816. This particular page concerns the household of Anne Turnbull. When she and her late husband moved to the house, they received visits from an apparent poltergeist. This ghost would throw things across the room and one time attacked a Presbyterian minister who called to see the family. Many of the Rothbury parish records are deposited with Northumberland Archives Service. Previously they were kept at the church. For many years church records were stored in the Parish Chest. This tradition dates back to medieval times. The Chest would usually be found in the vestry and kept under lock and key. All church records would be stored there. For example, baptism registers, poor relief records and churchwardens' accounts would all be found within the Chest.