Archdeaconry Act Book (ERO D/ACA25)

6.8.1600 (Wednesday 6 August 1600)

document 1700119

the churchwardens of Earls Colne for not presenting the ruins of the church and also in not presenting two harlots with child in the said parish of the churchwardens Wm Ford is accused that the churchyard is in ruin given in their quarter bill midsummer last yet they presented it not therefore the judge ordered the said Ford the next sabbath day upon his knees a white wand in his hand during divine service to confess his faults and to certify at the next and     Abbott the other churchwarden being absent the judge pronounced that the penalty was reserved against him until the next court