Ashton, Deanery of Dunsford

Chanter 225A, 188-189

  1. Population and dissenters: Forty Families; & not one Dissenter.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is a School in the Parish, where sixteen Children are taught to read, & instructed in the Catechism. The poor Children are paid for out of the Offertory, and all come to Church upon Prayer-days.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is an Alms-house in the Parish, & five pound a year Settled upon it, for the better support of those that live in it.

  4. Residence upon cure: I constantly reside upon my Cure, & in my Parsonage House.

  5. Curate: I have no Curate.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I do not.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Divine service is perform’d in my Church twice every Lord’s day, with a sermon morning & Afternoon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Seven times.

  9. Number of communicants: There are in my Parish about seventy Communicants. I have usually between thirty & forty & as well as I can remember about fifty at Easter last.

  10. Catechising of children: I always begin to Catechise the Children of my Parish soon after Trinity Sunday, & examine them seven or eight Sundays.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is no Chapel within my Parish.

    Ashton R. Hugh Yarde A.M. inst. Mart. 21. 1717. Presb. Maii 30. 1708. Ofsp. Exon. [Explanation]