Cost of Living and Dying in 1783

This table was copied as is from The Chilvers Coton Parish register.

Table of fees payable to the minister & clerk of the parish of Chilvers Coton Minister Clerk
s d s d
For every marriage by licence 5 6 2 6
              ditto             by banns 2 6 1 6
Publication of banns 1 - - 6
Certificate of banns 2 6 1 -
Every burial -   churchyard service - 8 1 4
                          ditto                            non-parishioners 1 4 2 8
              ditto -  Church service 1 8 1 4
                         ditto                             non - parishioners        
Every tombstone  (if flat) 13 4 2 -
            ditto           (if upright) 6 8 1 -
Brick Grave 13 4 2 8
Every time the same is opened 6 8 2 4
On the death of every parishioner who hath made a will or died possessed of property to the amount of 20 a mortuary is due of  10 - - -
Ringing of the great bell clothed per hour 2 6 1 -
Every churching of a woman - 6 - 2
Certificate of an entry in the parish register 1 - - 6

Chilvers Coton 1 May 1783 per John Rennie Vicars (rector)

For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with pre - decimal currency
12 d (pence) = 1 s (shilling)
20 s (shillings)= 1  (pound)

1 Shilling in 1783 would be equivalent to about 4 today

A labourer would earn roughly 5 per annum

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