V. of Heavitree

Chanter 225C, 1255-1256

    [Addressed to Mr Charles Hawtree Vicar of Heavitree. The words 'at my approaching Primary Visitation, and may be deliver'd either to the Register, or to my Secretary' crossed through and, 'and sent to me by the General Post' entered in the margin. Dated 26 June 1746. The following text is also entered in the margin: 'An Acct of St Sidwell has been sent me by Mr Gater. An Acct of St Davids by Mr Weston.']

  1. Population and dissenters: About sixty Families; none Dissenters, nor any Meeting in the Parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is a Publick Charity School in ye Parish maintain'd out of a Charity left towards ye Church & Poor of Heavitree: Sixteen Boys or Girls are taught. The Master takes Care to Instruct them & bring them duly to Church.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There is an Alms=house in ye Parish. There are left lands & Tenements, to ye Value of about Thirty pounds a year as near as I can guess, for ye Benefit of ye Church & Poor of Heavitree. The Direction of which is left by ye Deed of Trust, to ye Discretion of ye Trustees, who are to apply them to ye uses therein mentioned. I have no reason to suspect any abuses or Frauds committed in ye management of them.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do reside Personally great part of ye year, & in my Vicarage-House: the other part I keep my Residence at ye Cathedral Church in Exeter.

  5. Curate: I have a residing Curate. His name Mr Robert Tarrant. He is duly qualified. He does not live in my Vicarage house. I allow him Thirty pounds a year.

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

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Sunday with a Sermon morning and Afternoon. On all Holydays, & on Wednesdays and Fridays in Lent.

  8. Frequency of communion: The first Sunday in every month, as well as <on> the three great Festivals Christmas, Easter, & Whitsunday.

  9. Number of communicants: There are about an hundred Communicants in ye Parish about forty usually receive at a time: & about fifty last Easter.

  10. Catechising of children: During ye Lent season ye Children are Catechised; at which time ye Parishioners send their Children to my Curate to be instructed.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: There is one Chapel in ye Parish named Livery dole about a furlong distant from ye Church, served by Mr Wescott. Another Chapel in Ruins wherein no Divine service is performed, called St. Lois.

    Heavitree Vic. Charles Hawtrey A.M.
    Inst. March 3. 1728. Presb. Sept. 23. 1716.
    Wm Sarum. [Explanation]

    Charles Hawtrey