Bickleigh, Deanery of Tiverton

Chanter 225A, 78-79

  1. Population and dissenters: The no of Families are 62; among which there is not one Dissenter of any sort or Denomination whatsoever.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no School endowed, but a private School is kept by an Inhabitant, where Children are taught to read, write & learn ye Church Catechism; & they attend yir master to Church on Sundays & Holidays.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: No alms house, nor hospital; I know of no other charitable Benefaction than the Rents of a small Piece of Land left by one Lovel for the use of the Poor only; the Direction of which is left to some of ye Principal Inhabitants as Trustees.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do not personally reside on the Cure, but at Haccomb whereof I am Rector.

  5. Curate: Mr Geo: Greenway is the residing Curate, is duely qualified, lives in ye Parsonage House, & has £30 a Year.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Divine Service is perform’d on every Sunday (unless desir’d to assist a Brother in necessity) twice, with a Sermon in the Morning, & likewise Prayers on Saints-Days.

  8. Frequency of communion: The Holy Sacrament of ye Lord’s Supper is administer’d four Times in a year, viz. on Xtsmas Day, Easter Day, Whitsunday & ye Feast of St Michael, or ye Sunday following.

  9. Number of communicants: The No of Communicants in all may be 35; 30 of which usually receive, & I believe about yt no did at Easter Last.

  10. Catechising of children: The Children are catechis’d most part of ye Summer season; & many (tho’ not all) of ye Parishioners send their Children & servants to be catechis’d.

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

    Bickleigh Recr: William Penfound M.A.
    inst: Novr: 11th 1740 Presb: Jul: 18 1725
    Stepn Exon. [Explanation]