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to raise the yearly sumn of Forty Pounds for ever, free from taxes, whereof the yearly sum of Twenty-four pounds is to be disposed for the benefit of the poor Prisoners in the Castle in Oxford, in such manner us in the same deed is expressed, and the remaining Sixteen Pounds per annum is to be bestowed in the manner following, Viz: The Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of Aston and Coate are, with

Ten Pounds thereof, to provide yearly ten woollen coats, and ten pair of Stockings for Men, and ten coarse woollen waistcoats, and ten canvas shifts and ten pair of stockings for Women, and to deliver them to the Men and Women upon the feast of Saint Michael the Arch-angel in every year.-The Men and Women are to inhabit within the Villages of Aston and Coate, and are to be elected by the Lord of tbe manor of Aston and the sixteen persons commonly called the sixteens or the major part of them.

The Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, upon the feast of St. Michael in every year, are to give an account to the Lord of the manor how they have disposed of the Ten Pounds that year, and what remains of it is to be distributed, by the same Churchwardens and Overseers, amongst


poor men and women who shall receive the clothes that year.

The remaining Six Pounds per annum is to be paid yearly, by the Church wardens and Overseers of the Poor, to some man or woman, inhabiting in Aston, being of a sober life, to be named by the Lord of the manor and the sixteens, or the major part of them ; who, for that money is to teach twenty such poor children, inhabiting in Aston and Coate, to be elected by the Lord of the manor and the sixteens or the major part of them, to read English until they can perfectly read the Bible; —But if the Master or Mistress shall teach but fifteen such children, then he or she shall receive but Five Pounds per annum; and if but ten such children, then but Four Pounds per annum, and if but five such children, then but Three Pounds per annum. And the residue of the said yearly sum, in every such year, is to be distributed amongst such poor Widows in Aston and Coate, as the Lord of the manor and the sixteens or the major part of them shall appoint. If no man or woman, capable to teach English, shall inhabit in Aston, then any man or woman, inhabiting in Coate, is to be elected in the manner and for the purpose aforesaid.

All the children are to be taught the Church Catechism, and shall, in the hearing of the Master or Mistress, pray every morning at their coming to school, and every evening at their going from thence; and shall be chastised for swearing, lying, or other misbehaviour.

The Lord of the manor, and the Minister of Shifford, and the churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of Aston and Coate or the majo: part of them (as often as they please) are to examine the behaviour of the Master or Mistress, and to displace him or her for such cause as they shall judge reasonable, and to elect another in the room of the person 80 displaced.

Abstracts are to be printed of these Trusts, for the use of the Trustees and others--one of them is to remain in Shifford church and another with the Lord of the manor And as often as seven of the Trus

tees die, the survivors are to renew the trust, and make up twelve Trustees, of whom the President of Trinity College, the Recorder of Oxford, and the owner of Mr. Horde's mansion-house in Coate for the time being, are always to be three.

Mr. Horde's Heir-at-Law for the time being is to have the overplus of the rent, which shall remain more than Forty Pounds per annum. and if the rents fall short and will not yield that sum, then other lands of Mr. Horde's in Eaton Hastings in the County of Berks are charged to make up the deficiency, and while Mr. Horde's heirs duly pay the yearly sum, they are to have the possession of the lands charged with it.

THE NAMES OF THE TRUSTEES—Dr. Dobson, of Trin, Coll. Oxf. Dr. Brathwait, Warden of New College. Dr. Edwards, Principal of Jesus College. Dr. Paynter Rector of Exeter College. Dr. Dunstar, Warden of Wadham college. Mr Allen Hord. William Wright, esq. Recorder of Oxford. Jonathan Castleman, esq. Alderman White. Alderman Pinnel. Mr. Mathew Pinnel. Bampton, Oxon. printed by W. Holloway, MDCCCXIII.

7. Church-lands. Under this name are included certain fields, which belong to the parish, and the rents of which are received by the church-wardens and help to pay the expenses of the church, thereby rendering the church-rates so much lighter upon the inhabitants. The fields are four in number : One at Lew containing about 3 acres, at present let to Mr. Jeeves, — One in Clanfield lane, containing 4a. Ir. 37p. let to Mr. Perkins —Another in Clavfield lane, containing 3r. 7p. let to Mrs. Clare of Clanfield — One near the road to Tadpole, containing la. 2r. 36p. and let to Mr. Fisher.

The rents of these fields at present amount to £24. 155. Od. There is no trust for three of them ; but for the first the last feoffment was made by Mr. J. Banting, the only surviving trustee, June 21, 1831, to eight of the inhabitants, on conditions similar to those before mentioned.

A paper containing an account of the Bampton charities, and printed by Bailey, 116 Chancery Lane, some years ago, says that the house standing in the midst of the Lew close, some land in the Common-field and five COW-commons;

besides four houses, and an acre of land in Weald, also formed part of the church-lands. I have heard it hinted that certain acres of

land awarded in lieu of the cow-commons and land in the common, might still be recovered for the use of the parish.

8. Money lent to the Stokenchurch turnpike-trust. — About thirty years ago, large subscriptions were collected by the Rev. Dr. Richards one of the vicars of Bampton, amounting finally, with other contributions, to £1300. This sum has been since lent to the trustees of the Stokenchurch turnpike-road : the vicars conjointly with the two churchwardens are trustees for the money. The interest of £600 at 4 per cent, viz. £24 a year, is paid to the organist : £20 is devoted to the use of the National School of Bampton, and £8 is given to the poor in bed-linen.

9. Legacies bequeathed by Mrs. Susanna Frederick, 8c. – Mrs. Susanna Frederick, by her last will, dated April 29, 1789, bequeathed the interest of £200 stock in the South-sea annuities [afterwards, by codicil, dated Nov. 9, 1793, increased to £300] for the use of the Sunday-schools. Her executor was the late Edward Whitaker esquire.

Mrs. Elizabeth Snell, by her last will, dated June 29, 1787, left the sum of £200 in the hands of Edward Whitaker, Wm Roberts, and the Rev. Fras. Smith as trustees. This money was afterwards placed out in purchasing £268, 3 per cent consols.

Also the same Mrs Elizabeth Snell, and Mrs. Susanna Frederick, in conjunction with Mrs. Mary Frederick, in the year 1784, purchased £400 Stock in the 4 per cent Bank Annuities, and vested it in the names of William Hawkins, John Mander, William Roberts and Edward Whitaker, for the use of the Master of the Grammar School, on condition that he should teach Reading, Writing, English and Arithmetic to all such boys, not exceeding the number of 10, as should for that purpose be nominated and appointed, after the decease of the said donors, by the said Trustees and their successors &c. In 1829 the amount of Stock was £418. 17s. 6d.

Mrs. Mary Crofts, by will dated on or about March 4, 1717,

left £100 to be laid out in land, and the interest to be applied to the use of the Master of the Free School, for instructing 12 poor boys and girls of the town of Bampton in the English tongue, until they shall be able to read well in the Bible; but, if the School-master refuses or neglects to do so, then the profits shall be applied to the use of such Schoolmaster or Schoolmistress as by the appointment of her executor John Frederick, and his heirs, should yearly teach the said children in the manner aforesaid. The value of this Stock, in 1829, was £135. 7s. 3d.

Concerning all these gifts there is a deed of declaration, dated Dec. 31, 1792, setting forth the objects as aforesaid. The whole of this money, amounting to several hundred pounds, is still lying in that secure treasure-house, the Court of Chancery!

10. Carter's Legacy. - Joseph Carter, mariner, of Bristol, by his last will, dated Aug. 6, 1768, and proved in London, July 8, 1769, bequeathed, amongst other legacies, £50

“ to the Minister and Churchwardens for the time being of the said parish of Bampton in the county of Oxford, to be by them placed out at interest, and the interest thereof annually divided amongst the poor of the parish of Bampton aforesaid, not receiving parish-pay."

This legacy of £50 has, of late years, been reduced to less than half of its original amount; for, having been deposited in the care of the late Mr. Burrow, one of the vicars of Bampton, it remained in his hands until his death, when it appeared that the affairs of the deceased were in a state of insolvency, and only about £20 were recovered for the parish, amounting in 1844, with interest, to £30.3s. 6d., and lying in the charge of the Rev. D. Adams, one of the present vicars of Bampton.

11. Upper Moor close and Brookfast Furlong close. See Mr. Hudson's pamphlet for an account of these lands, which were purchased out of the following legacies, £200 given by John Holloway, 100 pounds by Dr. W. Osborne, 50 pounds by Rev. Edw. Cotton, 5 pounds by Rob. Geeves, 10 pounds by

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