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head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« on: Tuesday 05 February 19 05:07 GMT (UK) »
Found this entry relating to my ancestor ..he was farming but also apparently had other jobs...
"Lately, at Podmore, near Eccleshall, Mr Joseph Steele, aged 79. He was head-borough & surveyor of roads of Podmore, & assessor & collector of taxes for 30 years."

Any info on these jobs or any ideas where I can find out more about them..would be appreciated
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Re: head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 07:37 GMT (UK) »
What era would this be?
You dont give any year/dates
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Re: head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 08:36 GMT (UK) »
The Headborough was basically the parish officer and a sort of policeman.   Joseph was obviously a village "worthy".

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Re: head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 08:45 GMT (UK) »
The free ebook "The parish officer: Comprising the whole of the present law relating to the several parish and union-officers, as well as of the guardians of the poor in England" gives a full description of the duties of these jobs. You can search for the various terms, such as Headborough, assessor and highways.
This is the 1858 edition, there are earlier ones.

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Re: head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 09:33 GMT (UK) »
Surveyor of the Highways was an unpaid parish officer established by the Highways Act 1555. In 1691 the law was altered so that the inhabitants gave the Justices of the Peace a list of landowners eligible for selection. The officer was obliged to survey the highways three times a year and organise the labour to repair the roads.

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Re: head-borough & surveyor of roads and ....
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 17:16 GMT (UK) »
What era would this be?
You dont give any year/dates
Sorry ..1852

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 17:19 GMT (UK) »
The Headborough was basically the parish officer and a sort of policeman.   Joseph was obviously a village "worthy".
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« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 17:22 GMT (UK) »
Surveyor of the Highways was an unpaid parish officer established by the Highways Act 1555. In 1691 the law was altered so that the inhabitants gave the Justices of the Peace a list of landowners eligible for selection. The officer was obliged to survey the highways three times a year and organise the labour to repair the roads.

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Many thanks for the replies that's really interesting I'll go study the link ..he died in 1852 so 1858 would be a good start ..Thank you