Chanter 225A, 112-113

  1. Population and dissenters: About eight years ago I went from House to House throughout this Parish, and at that Time it appear’d that there were in it seven hundred and sixty Families, and Three Thousand Five hundred and eighty six souls, of which there were seven hundred twenty eight Dissenters, viz. Five hundred and eight Presbyterians – One hundred Thirty-three Anabaptists, and Eighty Seven Quakers; – The number of Dissenters is since that Time somewhat Decreas’d, – of the Quakers considerably; – I have Baptiz’d Thirty two adult Persons who had been Bred Anabaptists, or Quakers; and some Presbyterians have since conform’d. – The Dissenters of each Denomination have a Meeting-house Here, suppos’d to be licenc’d; – The Presbyterians have had no settled Teacher for about a Twelve month past, but some One or Other of the neighbouring Towns attends Them weekly; The Anabaptists have Three or Four mean Mechanicks for their Teachers.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no such school in this Parish; but such a One is very much wanted.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: I know of no Charitable endowments; – There is an Estate charg’d with Twenty shillings a year to be Layd out in Common Prayer Books &c for young People, which Money as Receiv’d is duely so Apply’d.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do Reside upon my Cure, and in my Vicaridge-house, about seven months in the year, the Rest of My Time in My Parsonage-House at Monk-Zeal.

  5. Curate: I have a Residing Curate, – His name is William Saunders, – who is duely Qualified according to the canons in that Behalf; He does not live in my House, but lives in the Town; – I allow Him Thirty five Pounds a year.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Lord’s-Day, with a Sermon in the Morning, and afternoon; and on all Holy-days, and every Wednesday, and Fryday.

  8. Frequency of communion: Monthly.

  9. Number of communicants: I cannot say how many Communicants There may be in all; – Between Sixty and Seventy is the usuall number monthly; – at Easter Last a Hundred and Thirteen; the Easter before a Hundred and Fifty.

  10. Catechising of children: The Children are Catechiz’d severall Sundays Every year, More or less as I Can prevaile on Them to Attend; – To that Purpose, Finding my Parishioners negligent, about Three years agoe I went from House to House, and shall be oblig’d to have Recourse to that method again; (usually about eight Sundays a year).

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is an Old Ruinous Chappel on a Manour belonging to Corpus-Christi College, in which there has no Divine Service been Perform’d for Time Immemorial.

    Cullumpton V. – John Wilcocks A.M. Inst: May 27 1733 – Presb: Aug: 13. 1727. Steph. Exon. [Explanation]