St Mary D[ean] & Ch[apter] Peculiar

Chanter 225C, 1279-1280

  1. Population and dissenters: There are one hundred fifty nine families In my Parish, my Lord; & not one Dissenter In it.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is None, My Lord.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: {There is None my Lord}.
    There is an Alms-House, My Lord, In the Parish; but no Hospital, or other charitable endowment, nor any Lands or Tenements left for Repair of the Church, or other pious use, that I know of.

  4. Residence upon cure: I Reside personally upon my Cure, My Lord, & live In my vicarage-House.

  5. Curate: I have a Curate My Lord, Resident In a daughter-Church belonging to me. His name is Strode: He doth not live In my Vicarage-House, I Allow him Thirty pounds per annum besides the perquisites. He is duly qualified According to the Canons.

  6. Divine service at other churches: No, my Lord.

  7. Frequency of divine service: I preach twice, My Lord, & Read Prayers on every Lord's day, & likewise Read Prayers twice, Morning & Evening on every Saint's day &c.

  8. Frequency of communion: I have a Monthly-Communion, My Lord, In my Church: as likewise I Administer the Sacrament, on Xmas, Easter, & Whitsunday & on every good-a-fryday.

  9. Number of communicants: About eight Score Communicants My Lord; & fifty of 'em usually Receive at ye monthly Communion. There were about four Score more that Reciev'd last Easter.

  10. Catechising of children: I catechise the Children, My Lord, Always once a year throughout My Parish, & Commonly begin with it, a little after Whit=Sunday; the Parishioners are pretty forward In Sending their Children & Servants to be Catechised.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: I have two daughter-Churches, My Lord, called Kingskerswell, & Coffingswell, distance about three Quarters of a mile, one from the other, Serv'd Alternately by my Curate.

    St. Mary's Ch. James Salter, A.B.
    Instd. March 19. 1718. Presb. Feb. 11th. 1718. by Jona. Winton. [Explanation]