The John Wood Diary

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The John Wood diary



John Wood made a record of village events which is still kept in the village archive. 


An extract terrier of the Rectory of Normanby June 25 1764

by John Wood


The Parsonage House from North to South is about twenty yards long is built of stone and covered with thatch, the rooms it contains are as follows; a Kitchen, Parlour, Back Kitchen and Milk Pantry with chambers over them.  The Parlour has a boarded floor plaistered (Sic) walls and no ceiling.  The Kitchen, Back Kitchen and Pantry floors are laid with stone.  The Chambers over the Parlour has Plaistered walls and plaistered ceiling.  That over the Kitchen has plaistered walls and a plaistered ceiling.  That over the back Kitchen and Pantry has a plaistered walls but no ceiling.


Before the East side of the house there is a barn about fifteen yards long built of stone and part of Laths and Daubing and a little Room for fewel (Sic) adjoining the barn all covered with thatch.  Before the house is a small garden fenced about with quick wood and behind the house is a little orchard and a close containing about two acres which, except the Church Yard is all the Glebe belonging to the Rectory.  The close is bounded on the East side by the high Road on the West James Sparling on the North by William Hind and on the South by James Sparling.  There is no timbers growing upon the Glebe nor any other trees except a few small Sycamore trees that grow on the Church Yard.


The whole Lordship is enclosed and tyth (Sic)  in kind Easter Offerings and all other Ecclesiastical Dues are due from every farm in the Parish except Rookbargh (Sic) which pays a modus of four pounds a year by two equal payments namely two pounds at Lady Day and two pounds at St Michaels.


The furniture of the Church is as follows; a Cushion for the the Pulpit, but there is no cloth for it or the Altar table, two Bells no Clock a pewter Flagon and Plate for the communion Service, a small silver cup without any inscription which weighs about fourteen ounces.


There has not been any books left for the use of the Parish.  There is no money in stock for repairs of the Church.


The Church and Church yard are repaired by the Parish and the Chancel by the Rector.  The Clerks wage is paid by custom of the Parishioners and he is chose by the Rector.


Witness our hands this Twenty Fifth day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Four.


James Sparling

William Gray

Thomas Huddlestone

William Jackson



Richard Browne Rector

Thos Hawson his Mark X Churchwarden



In 1983 a short history of St. Andrew's Church was produced in memory of John from this research by Bishop George Holderness.




Johnís handwritten record in a school exercise books, meticulous written in long hand with a nib pen and ink (no fountain or biro pens in those days).  More than likely by candle light the record consists over fifty pages with only very minor alterations, a credit to John and Normanby School.


Sample of John's history


(In 2005 Margaret Wood confirmed that the handwriting in the diary was that of her late brother John).


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