Collecting the parish rate also fell to the churchwarden who had responsibility for repairing parish roads and bridges and paying performing bellringers.
The restoration/renovation of the churchwarden 's house ensures the continued existence of this building.
Today, aged 77, he is taking more of a back-seat in local affairs, choosing to stay on only as a parish councillor although he has recently become a churchwarden at the village's Church of the Epiphany.
Extra chairs had to be carried in from the churchwarden 's house to accommodate visitors from neighbouring parishes.
On 27th June 1665 he left London to escape the Great Plague and settled at Hersham, having been appointed churchwarden at the parish church of Walton-upon-Thames.
A trusted churchwarden who embezzled nearly £30,000 from a charity was able to lie and cover his tracks for seven years, a long-awaited report has revealed.
His surprise decision to leave, and the news that the churchwardens are to resign, was broken to parishioners by the Archdeacon of Richmond at the end of yesterday's packed morning service.
A conference to promote church tourism, held recently in Lastingham Village Hall in Ryedale, attracted churchwardens and clergymen from all parts of North Yorkshire.
The duties of the post include regular meetings of the clergy of the 12 parishes in the deanery and advising and helping churchwardens of parishes without a parish priest.
There is nothing here that will be new to historians in the field, but it provides a good general introduction to the problems and possibilities of churchwardens ' accounts in general, and these accounts in particular.