Bury Pomeroy, Deanery of Ipplepen

Chanter 225B, 575-576

  1. Population and dissenters: Here are in this Parish two hundred families; of these, seven of Dissenters; one family of Quakers, and all the rest are Presbyterians; here is no Publick Meeting-House within this Parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: Here is no Publick nor any Charity School endowed or otherwise maintain'd in this Parish.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: We have here one <Little> Alms-house; but no Hospital for the sick, nor any other Charitable Endowment. I never heard of any Lands or Tenements being left for the Repair of the Parochial Church {here} &c.

  4. Residence upon cure: I reside personally upon my Cure, and in the Vicarage house; and have done so, ever since I was Instituted and Inducted into the Living.

  5. Curate: I have hitherto kept no Curate, but have always Supplied the Place myself.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I perform Divine Service at no Church besides my own; and <am> never absent from my own Parish on Sundays, unless it be to officiate for a Neighbouring Clergyman one part of the Day in case of Sickness or necessary Absence, and this I do but Seldom.

  7. Frequency of divine service: I Constantly perform Divine Service in my Church on Sundays and all Holy: days Enjoin'd by Publick Authority; and I read the Prayers of the Church & Preach also twice every Lord's Day.

  8. Frequency of communion: I administer the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in my Church four times in the year.

  9. Number of communicants: Here are about a hundred Communicants in this Parish. Seventy usually receive. And I believe eight at least, if not more, Communicated at Easter last past.

  10. Catechising of children: Ye Children are Catechiz'd in my Church every Sunday in the Afternoon after the Second Lesson during the Summer: season. I cannot say, that the Parishioners are so Carefull to teach their Children & Servants their Catechism or to send them to be Instructed by me, as I endeavour to exhort & excite them to their Duty in this particular. I observe this with regard to truth only.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: Here are two Chapels in Ruins, one belonging to a Private Gentleman of this <Parish> called Lyde, two miles Distant from the Church; the other lying in ruins in the Borough of Bridgetown within this Parish, where the Vicar (as I have heard) did formerly Perform Divine Service once a moneth; but this report is very uncertain; as the said Chapel has been quite in ruins in all likelihood upwards of a hundred years. Bridgetown is a mile Distant from ye Church.

    Berry: Pomeroy V.- Joseph Fox A.M. Inst. Octbr 12th 1723. Presb. June 8th 1718. [Explanation]

    Joseph Fox, Vicar of Berry:pomeroy.