Halberton with Muckesbeer Chapel annex’d in the Deanry of Tiverton.

Chanter 225A, 94-95

  1. Population and dissenters: Two hundred & seventy families: of which about thirty are dissenters. Twenty eight Presbyterians, and two Quakers. There is a meeting house belonging to the former, but as I apprehend not licenced, In which one Mr Bernard Dowdell is the teacher. There is in my Parish one Anabaptist.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no Charity School.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: No alms house or Hospital. Twenty shillings per annum for ye repairs of the Church, under the direction of the Church Wardens for the time being I know of no abuse or fraud in the management of it.

  4. Residence upon cure: As I have another liveing in Somersettshire the greater part of the year I reside there But when I am att Halberton, I reside in my Vicarage House.

  5. Curate: My Curate whose name is Thomas Morgan, lives with his father who is an old and very infirm man at Tiverton and has no other child that can take care of him. I allow him thirty three pounds and ten shillings. He is duly qualified according to the canons.

  6. Divine service at other churches: Not in any.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Lords day, with a Sermon both in the morning and afternoon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times.

  9. Number of communicants: Between thirty and forty at Easter last past.

  10. Catechising of children: On Sundays in the afternoon and as often as any children are sent to be catechised. No children or servants are sent to be instructed at any other time excepting some few days after notice given of a confirmation.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: We have three chapels, one at Muxbeer, another at Bridwell, and a third at Morston, but all of them in ruines, & no Service hath been performed in either of them within ye memory of any man now liveing in the Parish.

    Halberton V. Saml: Rogers MA Inst: 25th August 1730. Presb. Decr. 21 1712. Geo: Bath & Wells. [Explanation]