Bradninch, Deanery of Plymptree

Chanter 225A, 136-137

  1. Population and dissenters: There are Three hundred & twenty three Families in my Parish: of these four are Presbyterians, & thirteen Quakers. The Presbyterians have a House <licenced> but no one teaches in it. The Quakers have a Place likewise licenced, but they never meet there except when some of their Itinerant Teachers call upon them.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no Publick or Charity School endowed or otherwise maintain’d in my Parish. There are three Persons that teach Children to read, & one that teaches a few to write.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is no Alms-house, Hospital, or other charitable endowment in the Parish. No Lands or Tenements have been left for the Repair of the Church. But some have been given to the Poor, the Rents of which are distributed amongst them yearly by the Church wardens, overseers, & Feoffees, without any Fraud or abuse that I know or have heard of.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do reside personally upon my Cure but there is no House belongs to it.

  5. Curate: [No answer given].

  6. Divine service at other churches: At no Church besides my own.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Divine service is perform’d in my Church twice every Lord’s Day (with a sermon in the morning & afternoon) every Wednesday & Friday throughout the year, Every Day in the week before Easter, upon all Holy days, & the Days for which there are Form’s of Prayer appointed.

  8. Frequency of communion: Five times.

  9. Number of communicants: I cannot really tell how many of my Parish have receiv’d the sacrament at one time or other. There are between thirty & forty that usually receive: at Easter I generally had near fifty Communicants, but at Easter last past I think not forty.

  10. Catechising of children: I begin to catechize the Children every year the second or third Sunday after Easter & continue till the latter end of August. Most of the Parishioners send their Children & Servants.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There are no Chapels in the parish wherein Divine service is perform’d, there are two standing & kept covered which belong to particular Estates, but I cannot find out when they were consecrated.

    Thomas Callice

    Bradninch Cur: Thomas Callice A.M. licenced July 31, 1733, Presb. Jun: 8 1718. Lan. Exon. [Explanation]