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Northam Charities Report c.1839

North Devon Record Office ref: 1843A/PF5

Transcribed by David Carter 2020

 

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Description of Document:

This document consists of two sheets of paper, handwritten in tabulated form.
Entitled: “A List of the Charities in the Parish of Northam, County of Devon”
It is reproduced below as accurately as possible.

There is no date or signature, but from the style of writing and paper, the 1830s is likely.
This would fit with the production of two carved slate Charity Plaques dated 1839 currently in Northam Church. This schedule of surviving charities was probably produced to replace an old schedule of benefactors’ details, painted on the wall of the church, in order that the new 1839 stone Charity Plaques could be produced.

This date is also supported by the names given at the base of this document:
Mr Mill the Vicar and Mr Partridge one of the Churchwardens.
Reverend Thomas Harrison Valletort Mill, served from 1810 to his death in 1844.
Mr Partridge is probably William Partridge of Bone Hill, who died in 1842, aged 84.

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A List of the Charities in the Parish of Northam, County of Devon

Name of the Founder of the Charity     Date of the Foundation     Description of the Charity     For What Purpose
Thomas Leigh and John Beare   1579   Deed - Grant of an annuity of 6s charged on a tenement in Underborough in Youngaton in Northam   For the use of the poor
Thomas Leigh and John Beare   1579   Deed - Grant of an annuity of 16/11 out of a cottage and tenement in Northam supposed to be Rosegill   For the use of the poor
Mr Berriman   1622   Will - Gave £100 which was laid out in the purchase of an Annuity of £6 charged on Lands in Nettercott in Braunton   For the use of the poor
Philip Strange and John Strange   1626   Deed - Grant of an Annuity of 20d charged on certain Lands called Bennetts in Northam   For the use of the poor
John Beaple   Prior 1645   Bequeathed £5 which in this year was laid out in the purchase of an Annuity of 6d charged on 2/3 of West Youngaton in Northam   For the use of the poor
Ann Britton   1661   Will - Gave half the produce of her effects which amounting to £30 were laid out in the purchase of an Annuity of 36s charged on Lands in Shebbear   For the use of the poor
[blank]   1680   The rent of 13/4 payable out of a dwelling house in Northam Village called Harris, now fallen down   For the use of the poor
             
Richard Cholvill   1687   Will - Gave £60   For schooling poor children
John Berry   1687   Will - Gave £50.   For the use of the poor
        These sums were in 1691 applied in the purchase of Colscott Estate in West Putford now let for £16 per annum    
             
James Cock   1700   Will - Gave £200 to be laid out in an estate and the annual profits to be distributed amongst…   Widows and fatherless children
Mark Cock and Elizabeth his sister   1702   Deed - Gave £100   For the use of the poor
        These lands were laid out in the purchase of an Estate in Northam called Tomouth - now let at the annual rent of £47 clear    
Thomas Melhuish and Johan his wife   1702   Deed - Granted an Annuity of 40s charged on a tenement and meadow given by them for the use of the Vicar of Northam but as the meadow was reclaimed or in fact never surrendered the Vicar pays only 30s per annum and keeps in repair the Alms Houses given by them for the dwelling of the poor Maids   For the use of four poor old maids or seamen's widows
Richard Branton   Prior 1695   Gave £50 to the building of Alms Houses. This sum together with other sums advanced by the parish were laid out in purchasing the Ground and building four Almshouses at Appledore    
Thomas Leigh   1592   Deed - Conveyed a messuage in Northam as an Almshouse.   For the use of four poor widows
Mrs Smith   1760   Mr Thomas Smith pays annually by her direction 10s.   To the same widows
John Wood   1752   Will - Gave an Annuity of 20s charged on an Estate called Lower Assells   For the use of the parish school
John Jeffery and Dorothy Docton   1737   Granted 40s a year charged on Jefferys Lands   For schooling 6 poor children
Ann Berry   1716   Will - Gave £20 to be laid out in Land - this not having been done the sum of 20s has been annually paid by her executor.   For schooling poor boys or girls
Ann Berry   1716   Also £30 ditto.   For the use of the widows of the Vicars, and if none, then to the Vicar
Thomas Melhuish and Johan his wife   1702   Deed - Granted an Annuity of 40s to the Schoolmaster of Northam and charged on a tenement conveyed by them for the Augmentation of the Vicarage   For schooling 6 poor children
Etheldred Beaple   1645   Will - Gave £3 which was within year laid out in purchasing an annuity of 3s.7d charged on West Youngaton   For the reparation of the Church
David Best   1791   Deed - Granted an annuity of £4 payable out of an Estate called Commons in Northam   For the Instruction of 20 poor children
David Best   1806   Deed - Granted a further sum of £4 payable out of Lands in Great Torrington called Calvesford and Honey Bays   For the Instruction of 20 poor children
Thomas Melhuish and Johan his wife   1702   Deed - Granted a tenement in Northam called Cocks Land   For the use of the Vicar of Northam


The Trustees of all the Charities except David Bests are dead and the person best qualified to give any information that may be required is Mr Mill the Vicar and Mr Partridge one of the Churchwardens who has lived in the parish and performed his duty in that situation for a great many years.


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