Lydford, Deanery of Tavistoke.

Chanter 225A, 386-387

  1. Population and dissenters: About twenty. No Dissenters.

  2. Public or charity schools: No.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: We have a small estate about five pounds yearly value; ye profits thereof allways aply’d to ye use of ye Church: ye Benefactors name to me unknown.

  4. Residence upon cure: Not allways, but only two months or thereabouts at different times; when Resident, in ye Parsonage House where I keep necessary’s for my use, such as beds &c. My Residence is chiefly in Cornwall; I have ye Hon[ou]r to be Chaplain to Ld Falmouth about whose person (when in ye Country) I do attend.

  5. Curate: I have no Resident Curate. A Gentleman whose name is Jno Ellis, & inhabiting about 2 miles or 3 from ye Church of Lidford, & who has no other engagements in ye Church; qualify’d according to ye Canons to preach &c. He lives in his own house at Lewtrenchard, he constantly attends ye Service of ye Ch in my absence & I make him Suitable Satisfaction for his trouble.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: The forenoon constantly every Lords day with a Sermon & prayers frequently in ye afternoon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Three times Xtmas Easter & on Whitsunday.

  9. Number of communicants: About 36. Whereof about 8 Communicated at Easter as inform’d by my Assistant. I did administer to 10 last Whitsunday.

  10. Catechising of children: This necessary duty has been but too much neglected formerly. Since ye knoweldge of ye Lordships design to confirm diligence herein has been used, and a tolerable appearance of persons ye Smallness of ye Congregation consider’d. For ye future greater care shall be taken.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: No.

    Lidford Rectory. Hugh Tonken A.B.
    inst: August 22d 1740. Presb: Novembr 29th 1730.
    Stephan Exon. [Explanation]