As promised, for reader Alison Ball, here’s the entry for Bloxwich Church – All Saints – in the book ‘Visitations of the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1829-1841′ published by the Historical Manuscripts Commission and Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO). This copy was published in 1980, and bears the ISBN of 0 11 440066 0. The work is edited by David Robinson MA, Ph D.
This book, as readers will recall, is a record of Archdeacon George Hodson’s visits to the churches in Staffordshire between 1829 and 1841. The cleric visited most of the churches in the Archdeaconry, and surveyed them for condition, contents, practice and management, and drew to attention any issues that needed attention.
I’m interested in the entry regarding patronage. Can anyone expand upon that?
Of course, for all things Bloxidge, you need a blog by a Bloxidge mon. Check out Stuart Williams excellent Blowich Telegraph, for all your northwest of Walsall needs…
BLOXWICH 17.5.1830 (A/V/ l/2,no.28;/3,no.3)
BENEFICE: Bloxwich. Nature: Originally Chapel of Ease to Walsall – now a Perpetual Curacy. Ecton: £7 clear value. Patron: Inhabitants of Great Bloxwich have hitherto been supposed to have the appointment – the Vicar of Walsall disputes the right – The present Minister was appointed by the Btshop, the Benefice having lapsed. Impropriator: Col. Walhouse and others.
CHURCH: Plain Modern [brick] building, erected 39 years ago. Number it will contain: About 1,000 [-200 added since, in 1833. (1837).) Accommodation for Poor: None, except for the school children and singers and some sittings for the Workhouse poor. Roof: Timber covered with slate – not in very good state. Walls: Brick plaistered inside – upright. Floor: Quarries – even. Windows: Pretty good – casements provided. Doors: Good. Pulpit and Desk: Good. Books: Good. Seats: Neat and uniform. Galleries: On three sides. Organ: None. Font: There is. Chapels: None. Benefaction Tables: Not complete. Vestry: A commodious one. Surplices: Two – good. Linen: Provided. Plate: Provided. Iron Chest for Register: There is one in the Vestry Closet. Register: Two Vols prior to 1813 – oldest date 1733- previously to which period it is probable that the Registers were kept at Walsall. Porch: None. Vaults: –. Cleanliness: Pretty well attended to. Damp: None, except in the ceiling. Dimensions:65ft. by 40ft.
CHANCEL: Table: Oak -good. Ornaments: Red Crimson covering- altar services. Repaired by whom: The township.
STEEPLE: Square brick Tower. State of: Good. Bells: One – good. Clock: In good repair.
CHURCHYARD: Fence: Maintained by the Parish – in good state. Gates: Iron – good. Drains: Sufficiently provided-spouting wanted on the N. stde. Graves: Not too near the Walls. Rubbish: Weeds etc [- grass not properly kept.) Footpaths: None. Cattle: None.
DIVINE SERVICE: On Sundays: Two full Services on Sundays. On other Days: None. Sacrament: Monthly. Communicants: 15 to 20. Catechism: Not in the Church.
INCUMBENT: Name and Residence: Revd John Baghe – in the Parsonage house. What Duty he performs: The whole.
PARSONAGE: Brick (small) building – 3 sitting rooms – 3 bedrooms, kitchen etc. State of: Substantially good. Outbuildings: Stable etc. Gross Value: About £130. Tithes: None. Glebe: Six acres – let for £18. Surplice Fees: £5. Easter Dues and small Payments: Share of an estate at Cannock and £20 per annum from Merchant Taylors School, of which half goes to the National School. Queen Anne’s Bounty: £90 per annum. Terrier: None in the Ministers possession – (at Lichfield there is one as old as 1693 – September 6. GH).
SCHOOLS: Endowed School: None. Subscription Day School: National School. Sunday School: 100 children.
DISSENTERS: Dissenting Chapels: Methodist and Roman Catholic.
POPULATION: About 3000, belonging to the Townships.
MISCELLANEOUS: Parochial Library: None assistance in books much wanted.
PARISH CLERK: Thomas Marshall. Appointed by: The Minister. Salary: Not specified.
CHURCHWARDENS: Mr John James – Edward E Stanley – appointed by Vicar and Parishioners of Walsall.
ORDERS MADE: The roof to be examined and repaired. Benefaction Tables set up. Spouting along the North side of the Chapel. Herbage cleared away [from the Chapel yard). Additional accommodation for the School children in the Gallery strongly recommended.
Spouts to be cleared out. Roof of tower repaired. Roof of Church ditto.
All in excellent order. (I) Outer doors to be painted. (2) Roof looked over and repaired where needful; especially at the West end and over the North Gallery.
[l] A/ V/1/3: ‘None – books for use of poor much wanted.’