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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

A room attached to the chancel of a church which is used for the keeping of vestments, etc. The vestry is now usually reserved for the minister, but it was originally the room where parish meetings were held. Membership of the vestry comprised the minister, churchwardens, and leading parishioners, who were either co‐opted (under a ‘close’ or ‘select’ vestry system) or elected (‘open vestry’). In the 16th and 17th centuries the vestry assumed many of the old functions of the manor ... ...

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