Friday, January 17, 2014

The Sandridge Parish Council in 1894

At the end of 1894 the old parish vestry form of local government was abolished, and a parish council, with elected councillors, was established. To record the centenary Reg Auckland, a noted local historian, wrote an account of the first Parish Council meeting. The first councillors to be elected were: John Henry Smith (farmer of Evans Farm)(90 votes), Henry Alexander Taylor (farmer at Hill and farm and former way warden)(87), William Paul (83), Samuel Norman (grocer living in Culver Road, Bernards Heath)(82), Rev. James Alexander Cruikshank (66), James Slimmon (farmer at Marshalswick Farm)(74), Frederick William  Bush (Civil servant living at Dell Field, Sandridge)(83) and Harry Beasney Cox (farmer at Pound Farm and former overseer of the poor)(63).

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