DEEDS OF THE READING ROOM
1831 - 1976
The contents noted in the following schedule will be dealt with first.

The remainder deal with the Parish Council and the school.

Contents of folder and brown envelope
  • RELATING TO THE PARISH COUNCIL AND BEFORE
  • Parish Council 000: dated 1786 - Enclosure.
  • Parish Council 001: dated 1846 - Minutes.
  • RELATING TO HARVINGTON SCHOOL
  • Harvington School 001: dated 1848 - Grant.
  • Harvington School 002: dated 1891 - Grant.

  • READING ROOM
    Deeds relating to the Reading Room.


    rr000:         Schedule of documents in a brown envelope. It is attached to the envelope and is not dated but most be either in or after 1928.
    rr001:         A Will of John Edwin, dated 27th January 1831, written on a small sheet of paper. The Deeds state that the Edwin family had owned the land on which the Reading Room was built prior to May 1866. The contents of the Will are most interesting in naming a number of individuals. The Hancocks later lived in Yew Tree Cottage in Grange Lane, Charles Skinner lived in Church House while William Sorrell's son lived in No. 2, Crooked Walls.
    rr002:         A Conveyance made on 14th May 1866 between Thomas Edwin and George Shailer, concerning land upon which the Reading Room was built.

    [Reverse centre:]
    Dated 14th May 1866

    Mr Thomas Edwin
    to
    George Shailer

    Conveyance of a Piece of Land
    at Harvington in

    County of Worcester

    [Reverse bottom centre and right:]
    Received the day and year first within written of and from
    the within named George Shailer the sum of Eight pounds         8 . 0 . 0
    being the full consideration money within mentioned to be
    paid by him to me.

    Thomas Edwin [signed]

    Witness: W.A. Byrch

    Signed sealed and delivered by the within named
    Anne Edwin in the presence of

    Joseph Nicholls
    Cleeve Prior

    Thomas Edwin
    Signed sealed and delivered by the within named
    Thomas Edwin in the presence of

    W.A.Byrch
    Solr Evesham

    [Obverse:]
    This Indenture made the fourteenth day of May One thousand eight hundred and sixty six Between Thomas Edwin of
    No. 49 Belles Street Monument Lane Birmingham in the County of Warwick Builder of the first part Anne
    Edwin of Cleeve Prior in the County of Worcester Widow of William Edwin of Cleeve Prior aforesaid deceased of the
    second part and George Shailer of Harvington in the County of Worcester Inn Keeper of the third part Whereas
    the said Thomas Edwin is and now standeth seized and entitled on fee simple in possession of and in the piece of land
    and hereditaments hereinafter particularly mentioned and hereby granted and released or intended so to be And whereas
    the said Thomas Edwin has agreed with the said George Shailer for the absolute sale to him of the said piece of land
    and hereditaments intended to be hereby granted and the inheritance thereof in fee simple in possession free from all incumbrances at
    the price of Eight Pounds and upon the treaty for the said purchase it was agreed that the said Anne Edwin should
    join herein for the purpose of releasing any right and title to dower she may have therein Now this Indenture Witnesseth that in pursuance of the
    said Agreement and in consideration of the sum of Eight pounds to the said Thomas Edwin paid by the said George Shailer on or before the execution of these presents
    (the receipt whereof the said Thomas Edwin doth hereby acknowledge and from the same doth hereby release the said George Shailer his heirs executors administrators and
    assigns) He the said Thomas Edwin Doth hereby grant convey and confirm and the said Anne Edwin for the purpose of releasing any right of dower she may be
    entitled to in the said hereditaments Doth hereby release and confirm unto the said George Shailer and his heirs All that piece of Land situate in the village of Harvington in the County
    Worcester opposite to the National School House there lately in the occupation of Rhoda Paddock but now by Thomas Edwin fronting to the Highway leading from
    Harvington to the Evesham and Alcester Turnpike Road and bounded thereby and by lands and hereditaments of the Reverend Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram
    and Frederick Knight Together with all fences hedges ditches watercourses liberties easements and appurtenances whatsoever to the said piece of land
    belonging or in anywise appertaining or usually held or occupied therein or reputed to belong or by appurtenant thereto And all the estate right title claim and
    demand whatsoever of the said Thomas Edwin and Anne Edwin in and to the said piece of land and hereditaments and every part thereof To have and To
    hold
    the said piece of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted and assured or expressed so to be unto and to the use of the said George Shailer his
    heirs and assigns for ever And it is hereby declared that if the said George Shailer shall leave a Widow such Widow shall not be entitled to dower out
    of the said premises And the said Thomas Edwin doth hereby for himself his heirs executors and administrators Covenant with the said George Shailer his
    heirs and assigns that notwithstanding any act deed or thing by the said Thomas Edwin or by any of his Ancestors done or executed or knowingly suffered
    the contrary he the said Thomas Edwin at the time of the execution hereby is and standeth lawfully and absolutely seized of the said piece of land and
    hereditaments for a good lawful and redefeasible estate of inheritance in fee simple in possession free from incumbrances And that he the said Thomas Edwin now
    hath good right to grant and assure the said piece of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted and assured or expressed so to be unto and to the use of the
    said George Shailer his heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid And that the said George Shailer his heirs and assigns shall and may at all times hereafter
    peacefully and quietly possess and enjoy the said piece of land hereditaments and premises and receive the rents and profits thereof without any lawful let suit eviction
    claim or demand whatsoever from or by the said Thomas Edwin or his heirs or any person or persons lawfully or equitably claiming from under or in trust for him them
    or any of them or from or under any of his Ancestors And that free from all incumbrances whatsoever made occasioned or suffered by the said Thomas Edwin
    or his heirs or any of his Ancestors or any person or persons lawfully or equitably claiming as aforesaid And further that he the said Thomas Edwin
    and his heirs and all persons having a lawfully or equitably claiming any estate or interest in the said piece of land hereditaments and premises hereby
    granted and assured or expressed so to by or any part thereof from under or in trust for the said Thomas Edwin or his heirs or from or under any of
    his Ancestors shall and will from time to time and at all times hereafter at the request and costs of the said George Shailer his heirs or assigns do and
    execute or cause to be done and executed all such acts deeds things whatsoever for further and more perfected granting and assuring the said piece of land
    hereditaments and premises and every part thereof unto and to the use of the said George Shailer his heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid as shall or may
    by reasonably required. In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

    Thomas Edwin
    The mark X of Thomas Edwin
    Anne Edwin
    the mark X of Anne Edwin

    rr003:         An Indenture made on 14th July 1866 between George Shailer and The Reverend A.H.W. Ingram, concerning land upon which the Reading Room was built.

    [Reverse centre:]
    Dated 14th July 1866

    Mr George Shailer
    to
    The Revd A.H.W. Ingram

    Conveyance of a
    Piece of Land at Harvington
    Worcestershire

    [Reverse top left and centre:]
    Received on the day of the date of the within written         11 . 0 . 0
    Indenture of and from the within named Arthur
    Henry Winnington Ingram the sum of Eleven pounds
    being the consideration money within mentioned to
    be paid by him to me.

    George Shailer

    Witness: W.A. Byrch

    Signed Sealed and delivered by the within named George
    Shailer and Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram in
    the presence of

    W.A. Byrch

    [Obverse:]
    This Indenture made the fourteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
    hundred and sixty six Between George Shailer of Harvington in the County of
    Worcester Innkeeper of the one part and The Reverend Arthur Henry Winnington
    Ingram of Harvington aforesaid Clerk of the other part Whereas the said George
    Shailer has agreed with the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram for the Sale to him of the hereditaments intended to be hereby agreed and the
    inheritance thereof in fee simple in possession free from all incumbrances at the price of eleven pounds Now this indenture Witnesseth that
    in pursuance of the said Agreement and in consideration of the sum of eleven pounds Sterling to the said George Shailer paid by the said Arthur
    Henry Winnington Ingram on or before the execution of these presents the receipt whereof the said George Shailer doth hereby acknowledge and from
    the same doth hereby release the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs executors administrators and assigns He the said George Shailer
    doth hereby grant convey and confirm unto the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram and his heirs All that piece of Land situate in the
    village of Harvington in the County of Worcester opposite to the National School House there formerly in the occupation of Rhoda Paddock afterwards and
    lately of one Thomas Edwin but now of the said George Shailer fronting to the Highway leading from Harvington to the Evesham and Alcester
    Turnpike Road and bounded thereby and by lands and hereditaments of the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram and Frederick Knight Together
    with all fences hedges ditches watercourses liberties easements and appurtenances whatsoever to the said piece of land belonging or in anywise
    appertaining or usually held or occupied therewith or reputed to belong or be appurtenant thereto And all the Estate right title interest claim and
    demand whatsoever of the said George Shailer in and to the said hereditament and every part thereof To have and To hold the hereditaments
    and premises hereby assured or expressed so to be unto and to the use of the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs and assigns
    for ever And it is hereby declared that if the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram shall leave a Widow such writing shall not be
    entitled to dower out of the said premises And the said George Shailer doth hereby for himself his heirs executors and administrators Covenant
    with the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs and assigns That notwithstanding any act deed or thing by the said George Shailer
    done or executed or knowingly suffered to the contrary he the said George Shailer now hath good right to assure the hereditaments and premises hereby
    assured or expressed so to be unto and to the use of the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid And
    that the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs and assigns shall and may at all times hereafter peaceably and quietly possess and enjoy
    the said hereditaments and premises and receive the rents and profits thereof without any lawful let suit eviction claim or demand whatsoever
    from or by the said George Shailer or his heirs or any person or persons lawfully or equitably claiming from under or in trust for him them or any of
    them And that free from all incumbrances whatsoever made occasioned or suffered by the said George Shailer or his heirs or any person or persons
    lawfully or equitably claiming as aforesaid And further that the said George Shailer and his heirs and all persons having or lawfully or equitably
    claiming any estate or interest in the said hereditaments and premises hereby assured or expressed so to be or any of them or any part thereof from under or in
    for the said George Shailer or his heirs shall and will from time to time and at all times hereafter at the request and costs of the said Arthur
    Henry Winnington Ingram his heirs or assigns do and execute or cause to be done and executed all such acts deeds and things whatsoever for further
    and more perfectly assuring the said hereditaments and premises and every part thereof unto and to the use of the said Arthur Henry Winnington
    Ingram his heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid as shall or may be reasonably required In Witness whereof the said practice to these presents
    have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

    George Shailer [signed] A H W Ingram [signed]

    rr004:         Rules for the Working Men's Club daed 6th September 1886.

    [Reverse:]
    Rules

    Copy of Rules of the
    Harvington Working Men's
    Club established Dec 14th
    1885 and transferred
    to the Harvington Reading
    Room Sept 6th 1886.

    [ Reverse:]
    Harvington Reading Room opened September 6th 1886
    This Room called the Harvington Reading Room having been built at the expense of and on a site
    belonging to the Rev. A.H.W. Ingram will be with its furniture and apparatus lent, but not let to the
    Harvington Working Men's Club.

    1. The Club will consist of honorary and ordinary members.
    2. The Rector of the Parish will be as ex-officio president of the Club.
    3. Honorary members to consist of persons who contribute annually five shillings in cash or under take to provide books, publications or newspapers of the value of ten shillings annually.
    4. Ordinary members must be above the age of sixteen residing in the parish of Harvington and elected by ballot or otherwise by the Club on any Monday evening their names having been posted on the notice board in the Reading Room for three days previously and will pay in advance a contribution of two pence a week or one shilling a quarter, and be removable by a vote of three fourths of the Committee constituted according to Rule 5 convened at a meeting for that purpose and voting by ballot.
    5. The management of the Club to be confided to a committee consisting of the President, Treasurer, Secretary and five members elected as stewards at the annual meeting.
    6. The Treasurer shall keep in a proper ledger a true account of all subscriptions received and payments made for cleaning room, coal, lamp oil and such newspapers, books and publications as may be purchased by the Club and for other expenses sanctioned by the members.
    7. The duty of the Secretary shall be to correspond on behalf of the Club and to call meetings and to take proper charge of all newspapers, books, periodicals and apparatus provided for or lent to the Club.
    8. The duty of the stewards shall be to assist the Secretary in the performance of that office for a week in turn and to see that the rules are properly observed.
    9. The Reading Room will be open for the Members honorary and ordinary from nine o'clock A.M. to nine o'clock P.M. on weekdays except at such hours as the owner of it shall require its use for any special purpose Members will be admitted on Sundays from 6 o'clock P.M. to 9 P.M. but only for the perusal of moral and religious publications.
    10. No book, magazine or newspaper shall be introduced into the Reading Room without the sanction of the Rector of the Parish and no religious or political discussion except under conditions approved by him will be permitted.
    11. Smoking, Chess, draughts and other games of skill will be allowed but card playing, gambling, use of intoxicating drinks, intoxication, profane or obscene language and swearing will render members liable to a fine of not less than sixpence or expulsion by a Committee according to Rule 4.
    12. A special meeting of the Club will be convened early in November in every year for the purpose of passing the Treasurer's accounts, the election of officers and Committee for the ensuing year and other general business.
    rr005:         Instructions for the Working Men's Club dated 6th September 1886.

    [Reverse:]
    Instructions

    The Presidents
    Instructions at the
    opening of the Harvington
    Reeding Room
    Sept 6th 1886

    [Obverse:]
    Committee of the Harvington Working Men's Club
    President Rev. A. H. W. Ingram, ex-officio
    Officers of the Club nominated to serve
    until the General Meeting in November.

    Secretary and Treasurer Mr Charles Myatt.
    Stewards William Davis senior, John Hale
            George Ward, Reuben Price
    and
    George Withers, provided
    they be duly qualified by paying
    their subscriptions in advance.

    Members are requested not to touch
    the maps on the walls and on leaving the
    Reading Room to hang the key of the inner
    door when they have locked it, on the lower
    nail behind the outer door.

    This Reading Room will be opened
    for the use of the Members Club on
    Monday September 6th.

    Ordinary Members must pay one
    shilling per quarter in advance.
    Honorary Members five shilling per
    year in advance, or be otherwise
    qualified according to Rule.

    Subscriptions to be paid to Mr Charles Myatt
    Secretary and Treasurer of the Club.

    A.H. Winnington Ingram
    President

    1886 September 2d

    rr006:         List of Subscribers of Working Men's Club dated 9th December 1886.

    [Reverse:]
    List of Members 1887

    Copy of List of Members
    of Harvington Working
    Men's Club to Oct 20th 1886
    & put up in room
    Dec 9th 1886

    [Obverse:]
    List of Members of the Harvington Working Men's Club, with their qualifications and Rates of Admission.

    Honorary Members

    September 6th 1886
    The Rev. A.H.W. Ingram
    Mr Charles Myatt
    The Rev. A.H. Bartholomew
    Mr Henry Jefferies
    Mr William Malin
    Mr John Bullock
    President ex-officio and leader to the Club of Reading Room and furniture, Birmingham Daily Gazette and Illustrated London News.
    Secretary and Treasurer 5/-.
    5/-.
    Lender of Birmingham Daily Post.
    5/-.
    Lender of London Standard.

    Annual Subscription
    Mr George L. Eades 6/-.

    Ordinary Members at quarterly payment of 1/- in advance.
    Admitted Sept 6th 1886
    Charles Best
    Frederick Best
    John Cooke
    Thomas Davies
    Edward Davis
    William Eden
    John Hale
    William Houghton
    Charles Newman
    Henry Newman
    George Newman
    William Westbury
    William Weager
    George Withers
    Frederick Westbury
    Admitted Sept 20th 1886
    Charles Bowlin
    George Ward
    Henry Ward

    Admitted Oct 4th 1886
    William Davis
    William Fowler
    Herbert Ludlow





    Admitted Oct 20th 1886
    James Hancock
    Reuben Price

    Admitted Dec 6th 1886
    John Clarke

    Elected January 24th 1887
    William Davis junior
    William Collis
    Thomas Ward
    Frederick Winter
    George Cresswell
    Charles Harris



    rr007:         Notice of Annual Meeting dated Nov 30th 1886.

    [Reverse:]
    Notice of Annual
    Meeting of Harvington
    Working Men's Club
    convened Nov. 30th 1886.

    [Obverse:]
    Notice

    The general annual meeting of
    the Members honorary and ordinary of
    the Harvington Working Men's Club, will
    be held in the Harvington Reading Room
    on the Tuesday next November 30th at 7 o'clock
    P.M. for the purpose of passing the
    Treasurer's accounts for the past year,
    the election of officers and Committee
    for the ensuing year, and other general
    business. The door will be open for
    the meeting at half past six P.M.

    A.H. Winnington Ingram
    President

    Member 25 1886
    Charles Myatt
    Treasurer.

    rr008:         List of members, un-dated but thought to be between 6th Sept 1886 & March 1887.

    rr009:         Conveyance dated 3rd September 1887 between Mrs Winnington Ingram and the Rector of Harvington Reading Room.

    [Reverse:]
    1217 1. Nov. Williams & James

    Eleven shillings 11/-

    Mrs Winnington Ingram

    to

    Dated 3rd September 1887

    The Rector & Churchwardens
    of the Parish of Harvington

    in the County of Worcester

    Conveyance of Reading
    Room and grounds in the said
    Parish of Harvington

    [Obverse - page 1:]
    This Indenture made the third day
    of September One thousand eight hundred and eighty seven Between
    Sophia Mary Winnington Ingram
    of Long Hyde Littleton near
    Evesham in the County of Worcester Widow of the one part and The
    Reverend Theophilus Sharp
    of Harvington Rectory in the same County
    Clerk and William Henry Stratton and Harvey Hunt of Harvington
    aforesaid Gentlemen being the Rector and Churchwardens for the time being
    of the parish of Harvington aforesaid (hereinafter called the said Rector
    and Churchwardens) of the other part Whereas the Reverend Arthur
    Henry Winnington Ingram Rector of Harvington aforesaid being seized in
    fee of the hereditaments described and intended to be hereby conveyed
    by his Will dated the twenty fourth November One thousand eight
    hundred and eighty four devised his residuary real estate to his Wife the
    said Sophia Mary Winnington Ingram and by a Codicil to his said
    Will dated the third day of May One thousand eight hundred and
    eighty six his directed his said Wife to convey by proper deed to the
    Rector and Churchwardens of Harvington for the time being that piece
    of land which he purchased July fourteenth One thousand eight
    hundred and sixty six from George Shailer Innkeeper and which is
    situated on the other side of the road opposite to the Harvington
    National School together with the Reading Room which he was
    then building at his own cost and all the trees and shrubs then growing
    or to be placed thereon to be held by them in Trust for the
    use of the parish of Harvington the adjacent to the Reading Room to
    be thereon to be entirely under the management to the
    Rector of the Parish of Harvington for the time being the fittings use
    of the room whether purchased with his own money or by such
    contributors of kind friends as he might receive to be held under
    the same on trust for the use of those inhabitants of Harvington
    who by the payment of such sum as the Rector of Harvington
    for the time being might fix might have the privilege of using the
    room as a Reading Room Also whereas the said Arthur Henry
    Winnington Ingram died on the sixth day of March One thousand
    eight hundred and eighty seven and his said Will and Codicil
    were duly proved in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division
    of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice on the sixteenth day of
    April One thousand eight hundred and eighty seven And whereas
    the said Sophia Mary Winnington Ingram is desirous of carrying
    out the direction contained in the said Codicil and the said
    Rector and Churchwardens have agreed to accept the trust created

    [Obverse - page 2:]
    by the said Codicil Now this Indenture Witnesseth that in
    pursuance of the direction in this behalf contained in the said Codicil
    and of such agreement as aforesaid and in consideration of the premises
    She the said Sophia Mary Winnington Ingram as beneficial owner hereby
    conveys unto the said Rector and Churchwarden All that the said
    piece or parcel of ground situate in the parish of Harvington
    aforesaid formerly in the ownership or occupation of George
    Shailer opposite the Harvington National School and fronting
    the Road leading to the High Road from Evesham to Alcester together
    with the Reading Room and premises recently thereon erected with all
    fittings and appurtenances thereof To have and To hold the same unto
    the said Rector and Churchwardens in fee simple Upon the trusts
    nevertheless declared and contained in the said Codicil to the said
    Will of the said Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram of and concerning
    the same piece or parcel of land reading room and premises In
    witness
    whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto
    set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

    Sophia Mary Winnington Ingram [signed]

    Signed Sealed and Delivered
    to the above named Sophia Mary
    Winnington Ingram in the presence of

    Frances Taylor Clerk in Holy Orders
    Vicar of Littleton

    Arthur Henry Bartholomew Clerk in Holy Orders
    Curate of Norton and Lenchwick

    rr010:         Letter dated 2nd September 1887.

    rr011:         envelope without contents apparently dated 3rd March 1888. This envelope is larger and may have contained the conveyance and envelope dated 3rd Sept. 1887.

    rr012:         Letter in blue envelope from the Charity Commission dated 19th January 1889.

    rr013:         Phoenix Assurance Company document dated 1915.

    rr014:         Copy of a letter from Rev. James Davenport concerning the use of the Reading Room, dated 14th May 1928.

    [Page 1:]
    Copy
    Harvington Rectory, Evesham May 14 1928
    Harvington[?] ------- Reading Room

    Sir
    Under the trust deed of the above
    which has no income the Rector is the
    Sole Manager & the Churchwardens are
    the trustees. In years gone by the Rooms
    were appreciated by adults as a reading
    room, but for many years it has become
    a play room for youths who are w-----
    very lukewarm in their desire to have it.

    Some winters it is open from October
    till May other winters there is no request
    for it to be opened and always there
    is a difficulty in calling a sufficient
    number willing to pay the subscription
    of three pence a week.

    Condition of village life have changed
    Nearly every house has its daily paper.
    All motor bicycles have been closer
    for youths than reading, & C---- -----
    object in building the room is m-------.
    It seems to the trustees and me that
    if the room could legally be used

    [Page 2:]
    for other purposes than a reading room
    it would be much service to the Village
    for meetings, classes & the like -
    we think it would be a good thing for me
    to approach the Parish Council & ask
    them to take over the trusteeship and
    management of the room on the
    condition that it is used on weekdays
    alone & for more -------- purposes,
    & we shall be obliged if you will kindly
    let me know whether you would oppose
    of me making ----- a ----- & ----
    ---- consent in the Grant of the Council
    accepting the offer on such ------ as
    you prescribe. Though the Rector is Sole
    manager the room has not been as a Church
    room and the membership has been open
    to all males willing to join irrespective
    of religious uses or politics. Believe me

    Yours faithfully

    (Rev) James Davenport

    To Secretary
    Charity Commissioners.

    rr015:         Copy notes on two sides of a sheet of paper dated 24th June 1928, one crossed out.

    [Page 1:]

    Copy of recommendative to C. C 24 June 1925.

    For reasons for wishing for a new Trust were fully set out
    in our letter of 14 May replied to on 9 June.
    We approve of the suggestion that the new Trustees should consist
    of the Rector and 3 parishioners elected to the P. Council
    we suggest that the election should be for 5 years & that
    Council vacancies caused to any Trustee's death resignation
    or departure from the parish be reported to the P. C within
    view of election to it of a new Trustee at the Council's
    next meeting.

    We desire the property as well as management to be
    vested in the new Trustee. The said property consists of
    only of the small brick building plus a few chairs
    a cupboard & table. There is no endowment.

    [Page 2: - crossed out and ending in body of]
    that 3 trustees elected to P.C. should hold office for 5 years.
    That in case of vacancy caused by death or quitting parish
    the P.C be authorised to elect a successor at the next
    ordinary meeting of the P.C.

    That a body consist of Rector & 3 trustees / parishioners elected by P.C.
    who shall have control ------.

    The Churchwardens are Trustees of the R.R. and the Rector Sole
    manager.

    For reasons given in my letter of May 14 we desire that the
    room may be useable for any ordinary parochial purpose
    decided upon by a ----- body of

    rr016:         Assortment of Charity Commission notices, declarations and cards dated 1928.




    rr023:         Charity Commission Statement of Account dated 31st December 1931. A four-page document but only the first page has been filled in.

    rr024:         Recommendations to Harvington Parish Council.

    rr025:         Report to the Parish Council, dated 25th November 1975.

    rr026:         Note from the Rector.

    rr027:         Bank statements, 31st March 1976.


    PARISH COUNCIL
    Miscellaneous material found amongst the Deeds of the Reading Room.


    pc001:         Copy of the Enclosure Act of 1786. There is a link to this via Histories.
    Enclosure Act
    pc002:         Minutes of a parish meeting dated 29th January 1846. Those present were: the Rev Winnington-Ingram (Chairman), Messrs Thomas Gould Marshall, John Marshall, John Hall, Frederick Tisam, James J Charles, John Bullock and James Ingram. This document is also linked to the PC and School pages.


    HARVINGTON SCHOOL
    Following are two valuable documents relating to the foundation of Harvington School. They were amongst deeds donated by the relatives of the late Sus Coley in 2021. This section can also be accessed from the School page.


    hs001:         A grant from the Rev Winnington-Ingram to The Minister & Churchwardens of Harvington for the establishment of Harvington school in 1848. A large parchment with title and additions on reverse. A seal of the Bishop of Worcester.

    Reverse centre
    [small additions in top corners:] 251 10 Febry / Mr C. Ball

    Dated 15th Day of January 1848.

    The Revd A.H.W. Ingram
    to
    The Minister & Churchwardens
    of Harvington

    Grant of site for School

    Enrolled in Her Majy's High Court of Chancery the tenth day of February in
    the year of our Lord 1848 (being first duly stamped) according to the tenor of the
    Statutes made for that purpose
    S5 R - D Law

    Reverse top left and centre
    We William Brown Clerk Vicar of the parish of Norton and Lenchwick, Henry
    Blackwell Clerk perpetual Curate of the parishes of North and Middle Littleton and South Littleton
    and John Marshall Clerk Vicar of the parishes of Saint Lawrence and All Saints in
    the Borough of Evesham being three beneficed Clergymen of the Diocese of Worcester
    Do hereby certify that Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram Clerk Rector of the parish
    of Harvington within the said Diocese being about to convey a portion of Land
    situate in the parish of Harvington for the purpose of a school under the powers of
    An Act passed in the fifth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria entitled
    An Act to afford further facilities for the Conveyance and endowment of Sites for
    Schools we have at his request inspected and examined the portion of Land and
    have ascertained that the same is situated at Harvington and that the extent
    thereof does not exceed one acre. As Witness our hands this twentieth day
    of December One thousand eight hundred and forty seven at Evesham in the
    County and Diocese of Worcester.

    William Brown
    John Marshall
    Henry Blackall

    Witness
    W.A. Byrch
    Solr Evesham

    Signed Sealed and delivered by the within named
    A.H.W. Ingram in the presence of

    John Hele Clifton
    Chapter Clerk Worcester
    J. Burden, his Clerk.

    Obverse:
    I Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram Clerk Rector of the parish of Harvington in the County of
    Worcester with the consent of The Right Reverend Henry Lord
    Bishop of Worcester within whose Diocese the said parish is situate
    and of the Patrons of the said Benefice testified by their executing this Deed
    under the authority of an Act passed in the fifth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria entitled "An Act to afford further facilities for the Conveyance and Endowment of
    "Sites for Schools" and of the Act of the eighth year of the reign of Her present Majesty explaining the same do hereby freely and voluntary and without valuable consideration grant and
    convey unto the Minister and Churchwardens of the said parish and their Successors for ever All that piece of Land being part and parcel of the Glebe Farm containing by measurement
    half a rood and four poles or thereabouts situated in the parish of Harvington near the village of the same name in the County of Worcester and bounded on the South and West by the road leading
    from the said village of Harvington to the village of Atch Lench on the South and South East by a Field called Gravel Pit Field belonging to Caroline Edwin of Sheriffs
    Lench and in the occupation of John Hall of Bretforton on the East and North East by a ffield called Green Street a part of the Rectory Farm occupied in Allotments by
    certain of the poor of the said parish of Harvington on the North and North West by a road leading to the above mentioned Allotments from the said Road to Atch Lench
    which said road leading to the said Allotments runs between the School site and a ffield called Green Street a part of the Rectory Farm also in occupation of John Hall
    of Bretforton which said premises are delineated in the Map drawn in the margin hereof together with all easements appurtenances and hereditaments corporeal and
    incorporeal belonging thereto or connected therewith and all estate right title and interest in or to the same premises To hold the same unto and to the use of
    the said Minister and Churchwardens and their Successors for ever for the purposes of the said Act And Upon Trust to permit the said premises and all
    Buildings thereon erected or to be erected to be for ever hereafter appropriated and used as and for a School for the education of children and adults or children
    only of the labouring manufacturing and other poorer classes in the parish of Harvington aforesaid and as a residence for a School Master or Mistress and for
    no other purpose, which said School shall always be in union with and conducted upon the principals and in furtherance of the ends and designs of the incorporated National
    Society for promoting the education of the poor in the principals of the Established Church And subject to and in conformity with the declaration aforesaid, the said School and
    premises and where no other disposition is made, the Funds or Endowments thereof shall be directed controlled governed and managed in manner hereinafter specified (that is to say)
    the Minister for the time being of the said parish or in the absence his Curate shall have the superintendence of the Moral and Religious instruction of the Scholars attending the said
    School and case any difference should arise between the said Minister or Curate and the Committee of Management hereinafter mentioned respecting the Religious instruction of the
    Scholars or any regulation connected therewith the said Minister or Curate or any member of the said Committee of Management may cause a Statement of the matter in difference to be laid
    before the Bishop of the Diocese in writing a Copy of such statement having been previously communicated to be said Committee of Management Also to the Minister or Curate if not
    prepared by him, the said Bishop may enquire concerning and determine the matter in difference and the decision of the Bishop in writing thereon when laid before the said Committee
    of Management shall be final and conclusive upon the matter But in all other respects the management direction control and government of the said school and premises and of the
    Funds of Endowments thereof and the selection appointment and dismissal of the Schoolmaster and Schoolmistress and their assistants shall be vested in and exercised by a
    Committee consisting of the Minister of the said parish for the time being his licensed Curate or Curates if the said Minister shall appoint him or them upon the said Committee
    and of three persons of whom the following shall be the first appointed namely Messieurs Thomas Gould Marshall John Marshall and John Bullock who are all
    residents in the parish of Harvington the said last mentioned persons continuing to be members of the Church of England and any vacancy which may occur in the number of
    persons last mentioned by death resignation incapacity or otherwise shall be filled up by the Election of a person or persons being members of the Church of England such Election
    to be vested in the remaining members of the said Committee which the Bishop of the Diocese in which the School is situate shall in writing direct that such person of persons
    shall be elected by the Subscribers to the said School and thereupon the Election shall be vested in the Subscribers to the said School to the amount of Ten shillings per
    annum at least and qualified in other respects as the person to be elected Provided that no default of Election or vacancy shall prevent the other members of the
    Committee from acting until the vacancy shall be supplied And I do declare that no person shall be appointed or shall continue to be a Master or Mistress in the said
    School who is not a member of the Church of England The Minister shall be Chairman of all Meetings of the Committee of Management if present and when not present any
    other member of the Committee selected by the Members present shall preside and in case of an equality of Votes the Chairman for the time being shall have a second or casting
    Vote And I do also further declare that the said School shall be as at all times open to the inspection of the Inspector or Inspectors for the time being appointed or
    to be appointed in conformity with the Order in Council bearing date the tenth day of August One thousand eight hundred and forty. In Witness whereof the said Right
    Reverend Henry Lord Bishop of Worcester hath hereunto set his Episcopal Seal and the conveying and other parties have hereunto set their hands and seals this fifteenth day
    of January One thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

    Arthur Henry Winnington Ingram [signed] J.S. Cocks[?], subdean

    Seals

    Obverse margin:

    Taken and acknowledged by Arthur
    Henry Winnington Ingram Clerk one of the
    parties to this Deed this eighth day of
    February one thousand eight hundred and forty
    eight at Evesham in the County of Worcester
    Before me

    W.A. Byrch
    a Master Extraordinary in Chancery

    hs002:         A grant from the Rev Theophilus Sharp to The Minister & Churchwardens of Harvington for a site extension to Harvington school in 1891. A large parchment with title and addition on reverse, plus two seals of the Bishop of Worcester.

    Reverse centre
    Dated 12th August 1891

    The Revd Theophilus Sharp

    to

    The Minister & Churchwardens
    Harvington

    Grant of Site of extension
    at School.

    Obverse - page 1
    I Theophilus Sharp Clerk M.A. Rector
    of the Parish of Harvington in the County of Worcester
    with the consent of the Right Reverend John James Stewart
    Lord Bishop of Worcester within whose Diocese the said Parish
    is situate, helped by his assenting these Presents and with
    the consent of the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church
    of Worcester the Patrons of the said Benefice helped by their
    execution hereof and under the authority of an Act passed in
    the fourth and fifth years of the reign of Her present Majesty
    Queen Victoria intitled "An Act for affording further facilities
    for the Conveyance and Endowment of Sites for Schools" and of an
    Act of the eighth year of Her said present Majesty explaining the
    same Do hereby freely and voluntary and without any
    valuable consideration grant and convey unto the Minister
    and Churchwardens of the Parish of Harvington and their
    successors All that piece or parcel of land being part of
    a larger piece or field part of the Glebe land belonging to the
    said Rectory, numbered 81 on the Ordnance Plan of the
    District, containing by admeasurement Three hundred and
    fifty square yards or thereabouts situate in the Parish of
    Harvington in the County of Worcester bounded on the
    North and East by a field called Green Street part of the
    said Glebe land on the South partly by the said field called
    Green Street and partly by the Parish Schoolroom
    School House and premises and on the West by the road
    leading from Harvington to Atch Lench Which said hereditaments
    intended by hereby conveyed are more particularly delineated

    Obverse - page 2
    said shown on the map drawn on these Presents and thereon coloured
    pink Together with all easements and appurtenances to the same
    belonging or appertaining To hold the same unto and to the
    use of the said Minister and Churchwardens and their successors
    for the purposes of the said Acts and to be applied as a site for
    the extension to be erected thereon to be for ever hereafter
    appropriated and used in the same manner and to be subject
    to the same union with the National Society for promoting the
    education of the poor in the principal of the Established Church
    and subject to the same management and control in every
    particular as the said Harvington Parish School as set forth in

    Obverse - page 3
    a Deed of grant the fifteenth day of January One
    thousand eight hundred and forty eight to which these Presents
    are intended to be supplemental In witness whereof the
    said Right Reverend John James Stewart Lord Bishop of Worcester
    hath hereunto set his hand and agreed his Episcopal Seal and
    the said Patrons have caused their Common Seal his hand and seal
    this Twelfth day of August One thousand eight hundred
    and ninety one.

    Signed sealed and delivered by the
    abovenamed John James Stewart Lord
    Bishop of Worcester in the presence         J.J.S. Worcester [signed]
    of

    John H Hooper [signed]
    Secretary to the Bishop of Worcester

    Sealed with the Common Seal of the
    Dean and Chapter of Worcester in the         Kmlpott[?] Dean [signed]

    presence of

    John H Hooper [signed]         Theoph. Sharp [signed]
    Chapter Clerk, Worcester

    Signed sealed and delivered by the
    above named Theophilus Sharp in
    the presence of

    John H Hooper [signed]
    Solicitor, Worcester

    T Eusor[?] Sharp
    Clerk in Holy Orders
    Walworth

    Reverse - page 4
    We John Richard Turner Eaton, Clerk, M.A., Rector of
    Church Lench with Abbots Lench, Robert Stratten, Clerk, B.A., Vicar of
    All Saints with Saint Lawrence, Evesham, and Frank Stanley Taylor, Clerk,
    M.A., Vicar of South Littleton with North and Middle Littleton,
    being three beneficial Clergymen of the Diocese of Worcester
    do hereby certify that Theophilus Sharp, Clerk, M.A., Rector
    of the Parish of Harvington within the said Diocese of
    Worcester being about to convey a portion of land situate
    in the said Parish of Harvington for the purposes of the
    School of the Parish of Harvington aforesaid under the powers
    of the Act passed in the fourth and fifth years of the reign
    of Her Majesty Queen Victoria intitled "An Act for affording
    further facilities for the Conveyance and Endowment of
    Sites for Schools" we have at his request inspected and
    examined the portion of land and have ascertained that
    the same is situate at Harvington aforesaid and that
    the extent thereof does not exceed one acre.

    As witness our hands tenth day of July
    One thousand eight hundred and ninety one at Harvington
    in the County of Worcester.

    John R.R. Eaton [signed]
    Senta, 47 Holland Rd
    Kensington W.

    Robert Stratten [signed]
    Eliza Stratten
    married woman
    Evesham Vicarage

    Francis S. Taylor [signed]
    Henry Taylor
    C--t Valetta,
    Watemk,
    Germany