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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