Cookebury, Deanery of Holsworthy

Chanter 225A, 308-309

  1. Population and dissenters: Twenty nine Familes or thereabouts but no Dissenter of any Denomination whatsoever.

  2. Public or charity schools: No School of any kind.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: No Hospital or Alms House, but a small field given by Bickford Esqr of Dunsland in the Parish of Bradford for the Maintenance of an Isle in the Southside of the chappel, for the maintenance thereof, which is now let by the Parish at the yearly Rent of ten shillings.

  4. Residence upon cure: Yes. There is a little Cottage at Cookbury of the yearly value of Six Pounds, which goes by the name of the Tenement, but when or by whom given I can learn no (even traditional) account. It is rated as the other Tenements belonging to the Parishioners both to the Church and Poor, as a Lay-Estate; and as I’m informed has been granted in Lease by the former Rectors, but whether justly is beyond my Knowledge, it wou’d be a Favour if your Lordship wou’d be pleased to acquaint me with the nature of it.

  5. Curate: No.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: On Sundays, chiefly in the afternoon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times of which Easter is one.

  9. Number of communicants: The number of those who are sixteen years of age amounts to seventy nine or thereabouts, and of the communicants particularly at Easter last past to twenty five or therabouts.

  10. Catechising of children: In the afternoon on Sundays in the Summer.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: Cookbury is a Chappel annex’d, betwixt five and six miles from the Parish-Church, which is generally served in the afternoon, excepting Sacrament Days, every Sunday, tho' I don’t hold myself obliged to serve it above once a month.

    Walt: Elford Rect:r