Plymstock, Deanery of Plympton

Chanter 225B, 433-434

  1. Population and dissenters: Two Hundred & Thirteen Families; of which Two are Anabaptists; one Presbyterian; no Meeting House in the Parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: No Publick, or Charity School endowed; But there is usually a School for Writing & Arithmetick, where Children are instructed in the Catechism of Church of England.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is an Alms-house in a Village call'd Guswell for Five poor Persons founded by Sir Christopher Harris Knight endowed with Ten Pounds a year, payable out of the said Manor of Guswell, directed by the Head of the Family; In which I know of no Fraud &c.

  4. Residence upon cure: I reside in Plymouth being Lecturer of St Andrews in that Town; To which I hope your Lordship will be please'd to consent; as your Predecessours have done for upwards of Twenty years. There is no House for the Minister at Plympstock.

  5. Curate: Mr William Cookeson is my resident Curate, & licens'd, I allow him Thirty Pounds a Year and upwards.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Lords Day, with a Sermon in the Morning & usually in the Afternoon; & on State Fasts & Festivals, & Prayers generally on the other Holidays.

  8. Frequency of communion: On all the great Festivals; & monthly in the other Parts of the Year.

  9. Number of communicants: There are usually Forty or fifty Communicants. And upwards of Fifty received Easter last past.

  10. Catechising of children: The Children are Catechiz'd in the Church on Sundays in the Afternoon betwixt Easter & Whitsunday; When most of the Children & Young servants of the Parish are sent.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: None.

    Plymstock Curate Robert Forster, A:B. Licens'd
    Aug: 23. 1714 Ofsp: Exon. Presb: July 25. 1714. Gil: Sarum. [Explanation]

    Plymouth, July 11th 1744 Yr Lordships most dutyful son & servt Robert Forster.