Loddiswell, and Buckland Chapell, Deanery of Woodley

Chanter 225B, 515-516

  1. Population and dissenters: There are about 80 Families in my Parish one of which is a Non-jurors. I bless God there is no meeting-house of any kind in it.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no Publick, nor Charity School in my Parish.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is in my Parish an Alms-house, but no Hospital. An estate of Land of about 20 a year call'd Luperidge in the Parish of North=Huish is given to our Poor forever, the Revenue of which is yearly distributed among them on St Stephens Day by the Feoffees. There are lands of about 15 a year left for the Repair of the Church. The Church-wardens have the direction of this Benefaction. I neither know, nor have heard of any Abuses, or frauds committed in the management of either of them.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do reside personally in my vicarage-house.

  5. Curate: I have no residing Curate, having had a large family of twelve Children, and brought up ten. I have serv'd the Parish I hope faithfully fifty five years, & upwards and now the neigbouring Clergy & my own sons are so kind as to assist me.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I am not able to perform Divine Service at all on account of my infirmities, & great Age, being in the 84 year.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Divine Service is perform'd once at least every Sunday in my Church with a sermon, & Sometimes twice with a Sermon in the forenoon, & Afternoon. And Pray<ers> are read on all Holy-Days, when a congregation attends.

  8. Frequency of communion: The Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is administred six times a year in my Church. viz: twice at Easter, once at Whitsunday, once at Michaelmas, & twice at Christmas.

  9. Number of communicants: There are about 50 communicants in my Parish. Twenty of them usually receive. I believe there were about 30 that communicated at Easter last past.

  10. Catechising of children: It was my usual custom, whilst I was able to catechise & expound on the Catechism the whole Summer Quarter. The Children have been Catechis'd about sixtimes this Summer.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is a Chapel belonging to my Parish call'd Buckland Toutsaints about 4 miles distant from the Parish-Church. It has been in Ruins 60 years & upwards and therefore no Divine Service is perform'd in it.

    Loddeswell. V. Francis Freke A:M: inst. Octob. 7 1685. Presb: March 4. 1682. Peter B: & Wells. [Explanation]

    July 13 1744 Francis Freke Vicar.