Woodley, Deanery of Woodley

Chanter 225B, 523-524

  1. Population and dissenters: There are <but> three or four and thirty Families in my Parish, and they generally small; no Dissenters of any Sort, nor any Meeting-House.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is no publick or Charity School in my Parish.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is not in my Parish any Almshouse, Hospital, or other charitable Endowment. Nor have any Lands or Tenements been left for the Repair of my Church. But I am informed, yt Mr Arthur Parnell of my Parish, who died several years ago left by Will to ye poor of the Parish a Gift of 50 yt Mr Christopher Savery received the Money some years ago & charges his Estate of Lowerday in ye Parish with ye Payment of 35 shillings a year to be applied for the above mentioned uses & Mr N Lucsombe of Woolcombe receives & distributes it in what manner I can't learn.

  4. Residence upon cure: I personally reside upon my Cure, and in my Parsonage House.

  5. Curate: I have no Curate.

  6. Divine service at other churches: I do not.

  7. Frequency of divine service: I performed Divine Service in my Church twice every Lord's Day, with a Sermon in ye Morning and Afternoon; and constantly observe Christmas day and Goodfriday; and likewise the 5th of November, 29th of May, 30th of January, ye Inauguration Day and occasional Days of Thanksgiving & Humiliation, if a Congregation attends; for want of which I am obliged to omit the observation of Saints Days.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times in the year, Sc. on Easter day; Whitsunday, about Michaelmas, and Christmas.

  9. Number of communicants: There are six or seven and twenty Communicants in my Parish; about twenty of ym usually receive, and near that number communicated at Easter last past.

  10. Catechising of children: I catechize a little after Whitsunday, for several Sundays, till all, that are sent me, are examined; and the Parishioners are careful to send me such Children and servants as want Instruction.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: I have no Chapel in my Parish.

    Wooldey R. William Lavers, A.B. inst. June 20, 1728.
    Presb. Aug. 13, 1727. Stephan. Exon. W. Lavers. [Explanation]