Clyst St. Mary, Deanery of Ailesbeare

Chanter 225A, 242-243

  1. Population and dissenters: Twelve familys about nine Single persons, No dissenters nor Meeting Houses.

  2. Public or charity schools: Three pound per annum lately given for teaching four poor children to read.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: About four pound per annum formerly given by one Tantazen for ye repair of ye Church as the Minister and Church-Wardens shall think fitt which has of late years been duly applied though not formerly.

  4. Residence upon cure: I have constantly resided for about twenty five years, but being often afflicted with ye Cholick and other disorders have been advisd to change ye air often and to use ye Bath waters by which I have found great benefitt.

  5. Curate: About July last I made choice of the Reverend Mr Georg Cook in full Orders to serve ye Cure with your Lordships previous approbacion and Licence, and leave for my non residence which was granted by your Lordships predecessor, all which Mr Cook told me was obtained till I found it otherwise at ye Visitacion.

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

  7. Frequency of divine service: The Parish being very small and ye houses at a great distance from ye Church except one Divine Service has been performed only Sundays both parts of ye day with a Sermon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Three times.

  9. Number of communicants: About thirty; ten whereof usually receive: about nine last Easter.

  10. Catechising of children: Usually in Lent, the Children are now {to} very few and so small that they are not capable as yet of being taught.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: None.

    Having lately changd houses and remov’d a great many boxes of writeings have not been able as yet to lay hands upon institution papers and orders. [Explanation]