Dodbrooke, Deanery of Woodley

Chanter 225B, 539-540

  1. Population and dissenters: The number of Families seventy three. Of these six persons only are Dissenters. Three Presbyterians. Two Quakers. One Anabaptist.

  2. Public or charity schools: [No answer given]

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is an Alms-House maintain'd by a Poor-rate rais'd on ye Parish. Some Lands & Tenements have been left for ye Repair of ye Church. And the direction of them is in some of the Parish appointed for yt Purpose. I do not know, nor have I heard of any Abuses or Frauds &c.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do not reside Personally upon my cure, but in the adjoining Parish of Kingsbridge, (which is not more than half quarter of a mile distant from ye church of Dodbrooke) having your Lordship's leave for so doing, when your Lordship ordain'd me a Priest.

  5. Curate: [No answer given]

  6. Divine service at other churches: I perform Divine Service at ye Church of Kingsbridge once a day as Lectuerer of ye said church.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Every Sunday once a day, & on Xmas day. I doubt not but your Lordship would Ask me why I do it not oftner. My Lord, when I came first to ye Parish, I resolv'd to read prayers every Holy-day appointed to be observ'd, & accordingly attended several such days, but could not get a Congregation. The Inhabitants of ye Parish being mostly Labourers or Tradesmen.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times in a year. At the three Grand Festivals, and on ye Sunday before or after the Feast of St. Michael.

  9. Number of communicants: How many Communicants are in ye Parish I know not. I have not had more at a time since I came to ye Parish than ten or twelve; and thereabouts was ye number at Easter last.

  10. Catechising of children: Every Sunday in June, July, & August. The Parishioners send their Children & Servants.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: [No answer given]

    Lancelot Elford Student of Laws Presb. Sept. 25. 1743. N: Exon. [Explanation]