Awton Gifford, Deanery of Woodley

Chanter 225B, 519-520

  1. Population and dissenters: Including the smal families, consisting of two or three persons only, there are about 125 families. I know but two dissenters, one a Presbyterian; the other an Anabaptist. There is no meeting house of Dissenters within my parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no publick or Charity school endowed or otherwise maintain'd in my parish. But all the male children of poor parents (who desire it) have books provided and are taught to read & learn yir catechism, by a private woman att my expence. And all the female children of poor parents (who desire it) have books provided, & are taught to read, & learn yir catechism, & to knit & sew, by the same woman att the expence of Mrs Dorothy Lane. And both boys & girls are brought to the Church to be publickly Catechiz'd.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: I know of no Almshouse, Hospital, or other Charitable endowment within my parish, nor any lands or tenements left for pious & charitable uses, but some very smal benefactions. to the amount of 2 4s 2d towards the repair of the church... 5s yearly to poor widows.... 3s 4d yearly to poor children in bread... The profit yearly of 20 0s 0d to poor housekeepers who have no pay which sums are rec'd by the parish officers, & an account past by ym, att Easter with the parish. Which we see are duly applyed.

  4. Residence upon cure: I Personally reside on my cure of Aveton Gifford in the Parsonage house.

  5. Curate: I have no curate qualify'd according to the Laws, & canons in yt behalf Mr John Hayne, to whom your Lordship granted a Licence to serve ye cure, & to whom I had undertaken to pay 30 per annum, & allow him ye surplice Fees, whilst he should continue faithfully to serve ye same, having frequently been absent, & neglected ye service thereof, & not having read the Declaration, according to the Act of uniformity 14. Car. 2. his curates place became void, as if he were naturally dead. I have done all the duty myself from 11th of June last, tho' with frequent interruptions from ye said Mr. Hayne, under ye pretence of your Lordship's Licence to him as curate of the parish.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I do not except when I sometimes assist a neighbour, in his absence, or illness. or preach att my other Church of Rinmore.

  7. Frequency of divine service: I perform divine service in my church on the principal Fasts & Festivals & every Lords day twice, with a Sermon in ye morning, & another in ye evening, as well in Winter as Summer.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times.

  9. Number of communicants: I do not know how many communicants there are in my parish about 50 or 60 usually receive. I am told there was a very smal appearance at Easter last of between 30, & 40.

  10. Catechising of children: I generally give notice of my intent of catechizing on Trinity Sunday every year, & appoint certain family's to send your Children on the Sunday following, to be catechiz'd in ye church. I continue catechizing 'till I have gone thro' ye whole parish, & (beside ye two sermons) I catechize & read a catechetical Lecture in ye desk every afternoon during the whole season. The parishioners send <your children> & servts to ye church to be publickly examined, after they have learned yir catechism at home, & not before.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: I know of no chapell either in ruins or otherwise within my parish.

    Aveton Gifford R... Thomas Hesket A.M. inst.. Sept. 28. 1709. Presb. March 20th 1696. Petrus Winton.
    Rinmore R... Tho. Hesket A.M. Inst. March 29. 1697. [Explanation]