Trusham, Deanery of Kenn

Chanter 225A, 168-169

  1. Population and dissenters: Thirty, of whom none are dissenters.

  2. Public or charity schools: We have a Charity school endow’d with five pounds a year for ye instruction of ten poor Children of ye parish both The Teacher & ye Children are appointed by Mr. Jn Criddiford of Chudleigh one of ye benefactors, who being much reduc’d placeth & displaceth one & the other according to his own interest or humour, paying little or no regard to ye design of the benefaction specified in the original deed, a Counterpart of which is in my custody.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: We have an Alms-House & other charitable endowments likewise Lands left for ye administration of ye holy sacrament 4 particular sundays in ye year. The direction of all these benefactions is Wm Criddiford’s of ye parish being the only surviving Trustee, who’s abuses & frauds have been complain’d of by ye poor along while; as to ye particulars of ye Charities & ye abuses I should be glad of informing your Lordship on ye first notice of your pleasure in that respect.

  4. Residence upon cure: Yes.

  5. Curate: No.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No, except by way of assistance.

  7. Frequency of divine service: On the occasional days & twice every Lords day.

  8. Frequency of communion: Eleven or twelve times.

  9. Number of communicants: More than forty & at Easter the number of those who communicated might be twenty at least.

  10. Catechising of children: Soon after Whitsuntide every year for a month or six weeks the Children are Catechiz’d in the Church.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: No.

    Trusham R. --- Robert Westcott A.B.
    inst. Sep. 10. 1742. Presb. June 9. 1734. Step. Exon. [Explanation]