The Holy Trinity, Deanery of Xtianity

Chanter 225A, 302-303

  1. Population and dissenters: About 357 Families. Of these about 95 are Presbyterian, 7 Quakers, 2 Anabaptist. There are two licenc’d Meeting-Houses, one Presbyterian, ye other a Quakers. The Teachers in ye Former are Mr Waldron, <Mr Towgood>, Mr Lavington & Mr Green. I know of no unlicenc’d Place of Meeting except Mr Kennedy’s House, where Mr Whitefield & his Brethren assemble ye Mob, & pretend to <teach &> expound ye scriptures.

  2. Public or charity schools: No.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There are three Rows of Alms-Houses. One consists of six Dwellings, erected by Christopher Lethbridge Esqr of this city, who by will appointed fifteen Pounds & twelve Shillings to be annually paid for ye Maintenance of six poor People by ye Mayor & common council, the Feoffees. Another consists of twelve Dwellings founded by William Wynard of this city. The Poor have two shillings weekly paid them, & a crown <each> over <&> above quarterly. The Mayor & Chamber are visitors. The third consists of four Dwellings for ye Habitation of four poor women, each of which are annually allow’d one Pound six Shillings & eight Pence. I know of no abuse or Fraud in ye management of any of these Charities.

  4. Residence upon cure: I reside personally in my Parish, but not in my Parsonage House; yt being much too small & inconvenient for my Family.

  5. Curate: No.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No; unless requested by a sick or absent Brother.

  7. Frequency of divine service: On Sundays twice, with two Sermons; on Wednesdays & Fridays & all Fasts & Festivals appointed to be observ’d by ye Church of England, once.

  8. Frequency of communion: The first Sunday of every Moneth, & always at Christmas Easter & Whitsunday.

  9. Number of communicants: The Number of Communicants are generally upwards of Fourty. The number last Easter were between sixty & seventy.

  10. Catechising of children: I catechize ye Children twice in ye year: Whitsunday and ye Feast of All Saints.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is but one Chapel in ye Parish, called Wynard’s, at a small Distance from ye Church & serv’d by Mr Hicks Priest Vicar of ye Cathedral of St Peter.

    Trinity Rectory, John Byrdall A.M. instituted Sept. 25, 1738. Presb. Septemb. 24. 1738. Stephen Exon. [Explanation]