He was appointed by the parishioners in vestry, and his wages were payable out of the church rate.
The poor rate is no longer made at the Vestry; the church rate is a thing of the past; and what is then left?
Mr. G. Blake had been summoned for refusal, on conscientious grounds, to pay the church rate.
The first church rate book only begins in 1776, but it is curious as showing to whom the land then belonged.
September 25—church rate contest at Dudley, carried on with all the zeal witnessed at a general election.
Some few bold Puritan souls dared to protest against being forced to pay the church rate whether they wished to or not.
It has been a disgrace to all parties concerned, and an injury to every housekeeper, that a church rate has existed.
But in some parishes the organist is, or was, when paid out of the church rate, selected by the vestry.
Then comes the village school subscription; sometimes a church rate (legally voluntary, but morally binding), &c.
Every forty shillings paid in on the church rate counted one degree.