About 1710 it was said that four
houses and 5 a. of land had been given to the parish
for the use of four poor women and that 5 a. had
been given by a Mr. Blount, (fn. 80) but no later record of
the property has been found. Before 1735 20s. to
be distributed to the poor in bread on Good Friday
and 20s. for a sermon were left to the parish. In 1735
Ebenezer Harris, lessee of one moiety of Churcham
manor, was liable to pay the sums but had failed to
do so; (fn. 81) in 1750, however, his successor Charles
Barrow was paying them. (fn. 82) No later record of that
charity has been found.
Highnam, Linton, and Over benefited under the
charity estate left by Giles Cox of Abload's Court,
Sandhurst, by will dated 1620; under the trust deed
of 1633 50s. of the profits of the estate were assigned
for the relief of poor householders in the three
hamlets. (fn. 83) From 1822 the hamlets received £5 from
the charity, which was distributed in sums of 3-10s.
among householders not receiving poor relief. (fn. 84) In
1894 the trustees of the charity were paying £3 2s.
in the form of a subscription to a coal and clothing
club. (fn. 85) The capital of another charity given for the
inhabitants of the three hamlets by a Mr. Whitmore
was placed by the overseers in unsafe hands and
was thought to have been lost by c. 1703. (fn. 86) Susannah
Madelin by will proved 1887 left £24 in stock for the
poor of Highnam. In 1970 the income from the Cox
and Madelin charities, just over £7, was distributed
in coal at Christmas. (fn. 87)
||Atkyns, Glos. 337.
||G.D.R. vol. 285B, f. 4.
||Ibid. 381A, f. 2.
16th Rep. Com. Char. 38-42.
Kelly's Dir. Glos. (1894), 210.
||Bodl. MS. Rawl. B. 323, f. 104.
||Ex inf. the rector.