Poltimore, Deanery of Ailesbeare

Chanter 225A, 252-253

  1. Population and dissenters: In our Parish, are 39 families: we have no meeting-house of dissenters; not one dissenter, of any Denomination whatsoever.

  2. Public or charity schools: We have no Publick nor Charity-School.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: No Lands nor Tenements have been left for ye rep[ai]r of our Church. We have an Alms-house (founded by John Bampfylde Esqr) Anno Domini 1630) Endow’d with Lands, which bring in £8 per Annum clear: which ye poor {therein} regularly receive according to ye will of ye charitable donor.

  4. Residence upon cure: I reside, at present, personally, upon my Cure, & in my Parsonage-house.

  5. Curate: I have a residing Curate; Mr Renatus Hele; duly qualified according to ye Canons in that behalf: he lives with Sr Richard Warwick Bampfylde Bart: ye allowance I make him, is £30 per Annum, Easter-dues, & ye perquisites when he is in place to officiate.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I do not.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Divine service is perform’d in our church, on all occasional days appointed by Civil-Authority; Sometimes on Saints days twice Every Lords-day, generally; with a Sermon both in ye forenoon & afternoon, throughout ye year.

  8. Frequency of communion: The Holy Sacrament of ye Lord’s Supper is administred in our Church four times in ye year.

  9. Number of communicants: In our Parish are about 80ty Communicants upwards of 30ty usually communicate: Easter-last, (as I remember) were 39, or 40ty Communicants.

  10. Catechising of children: The Children are Catechis’d in our Church, (on Sundays, in ye afternoon, after ye 2d {Lesson} Lesson) during ye whole season of Lent & my Parishioners, (ye Heads of families) are for ye most part careful to prepare <& to send forth> their Child:n & Apprintice’s for yt purpose.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is no Chapel in our Parish, either standing, or in ruins.

    William Bradford

    Poltimore R.--- W: Bradford, A.B.
    Inst: Jul: 25. 1721. Presb. Dec: 18. 1715. Ofsp: Exon. [Explanation]