Woodland, Deanery of Ipplepen

Chanter 225B, 585-586

  1. Population and dissenters: Fourty four, of which three are Presbyterians. There is no licenced or other Meeting-House of Dissenters in my Parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is a Charity School endowed in my Parish, & I believe there may be about three at this Time taught in it. There seems to be proper Care taken, to instruct them in the Principles of the Christian Religion, according to the Doctrine of the Church of England & to bring them duly to Church, as the Canon requires.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is an Alms-house in my Parish, and there are some Charitable Donations which are under the Direction of the Minister Church-wardens, and the Four Men. I know not, nor have heard of any abuses or Frauds committed in the Management of them.

  4. Residence upon cure: There is no Parsonage House in my Parish nor do I reside personally upon my Cure. By permission of Your Lordship's Predecessor, I reside at Ashburton, an adjoining Parish to Woodland, & not above two Mile & half distant from the Church.

  5. Curate: I'm allowed twenty Pounds a Year by the Church of Windsor including the Land-Tax & the Parishioners contribute ten Pounds a Year more.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Lords-Day, with a Sermon in the Morning and in the Afternoon.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four Times.

  9. Number of communicants: Between thirty & fourty, of which Twenty usually receive. About thirty communicated last Easter.

  10. Catechising of children: The Children are catechiz'd every Year immediately after Whitsunday. My Parishioners do not send their Children & Servants who have not learn'd their Catechism, to be instructed by me.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There are no Chapels within my Parish, nor any in Ruins.

    Tho Smerdon
    Woodland Cur. Thomas Smerdon
    licens'd Sept: 25 1738. Presb. Sept. 24. 1738.
    Steph Exon [Explanation]