was levied from 1603 to 1605 but after that the account
of the stock ends and the remainder appears to have been used up in
casual payments to the poor.
It is impossible to make even a guess at the number
of poor in any year. Each overseer made a list of every payment made and
the same names occur many times in the list and sometimes in the list of
more than one overseer. The payments vary from 4d. to a poor vagrant to
quite large sums for the support of children and widows. From 1607
onwards, the overseers acted as trustees for the
of Streitfield and John Pellsatt of £2 12s. 0d. a year.
The accounts are still kept in the parish church. They are
a valuable source for the social history of Chiddingstone and provide an
almost continuous history of poor relief when such records are
comparatively scarce. Chiddingstone appears to have been a model parish
in carrying out the provisions of the Elizabethan and Stuart Poor Laws.