Parish Council History

Before 1894 the affairs of the parishes were administered by a vestry or meeting of the village inhabitants. Inevitably these meetings were dominated by the “great and the good”, the village squire, the parson and the principal ratepayers in the community.

For a variety of reasons including a general movement towards democracy and the removal of Ecclesiastical power a bill was promoted to create parish councils. In 1894 this bill became an Act and so began the first steps in creating parish councils as we know them.