Ref NoPE-WM/GN
TitleGOVERNORS OF THE POSSESSIONS, REVENUES AND GOODS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH'S FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN WIMBORNE MINSTER.
Date1510-1973
LevelSub-Fonds
AdminHistoryThe endowment of a chantry to St Mary in Wimborne by the executors of Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, 1510/11 provided for a house for a chantry priest who would teach grammar. A charter of Elizabeth I 1562/63 provided for twelve Governors to be appointed who would appoint three priests and clerks to perform church services and also granted the Governors tithes to support these officials. The charter of Charles I 1639 provided for twelve Governors who would appoint a schoolmaster, choir and ministers and granted them tithes to maintain these men. Later administration was based on the terms of this charter.. Wimborne Minster is the only parish in Dorset where there is a body of Governors. They exercised a controlling influence in all aspects of church business often dealing with matters that were usually the concern of other parish officers. They were the rectors and lay inproprietors of the Minster and owned much property in the area..
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