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Interwoven Strands 1660-1947: A History of a Country Town and the Role of Solicitors in Developing its Institutions

ISBN: 978-1873257722

19 March 2012

Solicitor, ironmonger and agent for the Guardian Insurance Company. That proud 19th century boast is not one many solicitors could make nowadays, but for the three who are the subject of this book it would have seemed a very ordinary one. Those solicitors – Titus Bourne, Frederick Rhodes and SB Carnley – were all principals in the same firm in Alford, Lincolnshire, and they were extremely versatile. Their working lives spanned much of the last two centuries and they made a huge contribution not only to the life of their town, but also to its governance.

Before the Second World War, Westminster and Whitehall had little to do with local affairs, and country solicitors often filled the gap. From time to time, Bourne, Rhodes and Carnley were stewards of the manorial court and its indirect successor, the court of requests. They were clerks to the local magistrates, and also to the enclosure commissioners, the burial board, the governors of the grammar school, the court of sewer...

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