Devon Record Office - Exeter Diocesan Records/Moger/Church Rates/[Parkham]

Transcribed by Arthur Dark

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Undated letter accompanying the 1674 and 1675 Parkham Church Rate Returns and headed:


Mr. Cooke,
This bearer Jasper Shute Church-Warden and Mr. Will. Prance apply themselves to you for the confirmation of the new Church-rate which att the Bishops visitation att Great Torrington you granted us a Commission to make I assure you we have taken time enough and pains enough about it, we mett three severall Daies about it before publication, And it was published three Sundaies following according to order, And nothing that I know omitted which is required by the Commission, I myself being unacquainted with the worth of every mans titular estate did refer myself to the Major part of the [Raters?], I [conveyed?] all the [Instructions?] and Injunctions I could upon them, that they should proceed with as much Equity and impartiality as possible, Yett I hear there will be opposition made, the objections are that some are too hard rated and some of the Commissioners too easy There was nothing done hastily and without due deliberation and the assent of the Major part, you if you shall think anyones complaint just and reasonable I leave it to the judgement and discretion of the Chancellor and yourself to determine, what you think fit, If you renew the Commission and give us 3 Months time more, we shall never please all, but some will murmur How unjust and unequal the former rate was I leave it to the bearers to relate and we have had one meeting since the publication of the Rate made to the end that we might if possible quiett and pacifie all opposition, when it was agreed upon by most voices that Mr. Vigures should be abated 2d. of 4s. and 6d thus with my humble servise to Dr. Marston and my kind respects to yourself I remain
                        Your affectionated friend
                               to serve you
                                      Fran: Nation


  S. D.
Dorothy Hawkes widow 01 01
John Clark 01 11
Johan Lynch 00 10
John London 00 06
The occupiers of Thomas Haines Tenemt 01 15
Barbara Trick 00 02
Mrs Honour Porn 00 00
The occupier of a Tenemt that was Mathew Knills in Parkham Town              01 04
Bartholomew Crellack 01 05
Martha Robins wid 00 05
Giles Trick 00 03
Frances Keene wid 02 02
Mr Hammons Tenemt in Gulworthy 01 00
Elizabeth How wid 01 06
Dunes Fortescue wid 01 00
Mr Shebber of Lower Worthyeat 02 00
The occupiers of Bowden 04 09
Mr Hill for the South Downs 00 01
William Bruton gent 03 02
The occupiers of West Gulworthy Barton 06 00
Mr Thomas Smith 00 09 3/4
Hugh Veale 02 06
The occupiers of John Cawses Tenemt 01 10
William Preston for one Tenemt in Pepercombe 01 00
Henry Pow for one Tenemt in Pepercombe 01 00
Anthony Grigg for Haines Tenemt in Slew 01 00
Mary Vigures widow for a Tenemt in Parkham Towne 00 06
Item for parte of Bochum 00 08
Item for Slow ground 00 07
The occupiers of Chantrells pke 00 04
Anthony Robins 00 02
John Dunn 00 05
Mary Arnoll 00 03
Nicholas Palmer 00 01
The occupiers of Mrs Aires Tenemt 01 00
Anthony Raymer 00 06
Bartholomew Earle 00 02
Levy Southwood for wordland 01 02
Agnes Britton widow 00 09
Thomas Tardrew for Paines Cleave 00 03
Willmott Lucas widow 00 03
Samuel Braddon 00 02
John Collins 00 02
John Cleverdon and Bartholomew Earle 00 02
Thomas Praunce oo 02
John Glover sen for estate in Holliwell 00 01
Gulworthy Close given to the poor 00 01
Bartholomew Dannell 00 01
William Praunce for a Tenemt in Ash 01 00

We whose names are subscribed being chosen Arbitrators by the Dissenting Parties of the Parish of Parkham upon a church rate, in pursuance of an Order from the Lord Bishops Court having heard what can be said by all parties, do determine this to be an equall rate and do certifye to the Court to have it confirmed according march the 20th 1675.

                        [Oliver?] Nayler K.T.
                        Michael Ogilby R. B.
                        Jon: Meddon
                        John Short

Brian Randell, 7 Oct 2011 2011