Swymbridge near Barnestaple

Chanter 225C, 1182-1183

  1. Population and dissenters: Near thirty Familys, exclusive of Some Few cottage Houses no Dissenters of any Denomination.

  2. Public or charity schools: No Charity School.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: There are Lands bequeathed for the repair of the Church about the yearly value of Five Pounds. The Trustees for ye same are ye Churchwardens in Succession. No Fraud or mismanagement has ever been complained of. There is a Charitable endowment of Six pence to be distributed in Bread weekly, & forty Shillings a year to Poor Labourer[s]. The Managers are ye Churchwardens for ye time being.

  4. Residence upon cure: I Reside at Landkey. No Parsonage house belongs to the Cure.

  5. Curate: [No answer given]

  6. Divine service at other churches: At no Church besides my own. Your Lordship will receive further Satisfaction by examining my answer to the Articles for the Parish of Newton Tracey, in the Deanery of Barnstaple.

  7. Frequency of divine service: On every alternate Festival on every other Wednesday in Lent, on every Saturday before the Sacrament Sunday & on every Lord's Day Service is performed in the morning with a Sermon. As ye Curate has likewise ye care of Landkey with a Small Salary, your Lordship sees ye Reason why service is not performed twice very Lord's Day in the Same Church. However, on Sacrament Sundays I perform Duty Twice at Swymbridge only.

  8. Frequency of communion: Five times in the year.

  9. Number of communicants: Fifty Communicants. Near that Number the Last Easter.

  10. Catechising of children: Thirteen times in the year during the Summer Season. The Parish[ione]rs take Care to send their Children & Servants.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: No Chapels.

    Swymbridge Cure. Wm Prince A:M: Licensed March 24th 1735: Presbyter: July 12th. 1730 Stephan: Exon: [Explanation]