James Woollin (d. 1604) by his will
gave £5 in trust for the parish poor. (fn. 84) The capital
may have been added to the parish stock by 1683,
when the churchwardens held £17 and the overseers
£8 8s., sums which had been given long before by
unknown donors and which were transferred each
year from the outgoing to the incoming officers. (fn. 85)
The sums may later have been lost in the general
expenditure of the parish. Thomas Kirke (d. 1640),
mayor of Newnham in 1608, gave 8s. a year for the
poor besides 2s. a year for church repairs. Elizabeth
Keen (d. c. 1678) gave £5 in trust for the poor, but
by 1683 her executors had paid nothing. (fn. 86) Both
charities were recorded c. 1703 (fn. 87) but had evidently
been lost by 1828. (fn. 88) James Jocham of Bristol by will
dated 1764 gave £1,000 stock in reversion, charged
with £3 3s. a year for sermon charities, towards
clothing 15 poor boys of Newnham, any residue to
be used as a lying-in charity. In 1828 the endowment
yielded £33 16s., and in the mid 20th century was
represented by £1,188 of 2½ per cent. stock. Samuel
Hawkins (d. 1805) by his will gave £200, part of the
income for a sermon charity, £1 1s. a year for bread,
and any residue for the servants of named persons
and their descendants. In 1828 part of the income
of £7 12s. was distributed among seven servants.
The charity was regulated by Schemes of 1899 and
1929 and an Order of 1935, directing it to the general
benefit of the poor; the capital was £282 of 2½ per
cent. stock. John Harvey Ollney by will dated 1836
gave, for coal and blankets, a sum later represented
by £324 of 2½ per cent. stock. James Cowmeadow
by will proved 1873 gave £100 for the aged poor,
which was invested in £108 of 2½ per cent. stock.
William Rudge Mayo by will proved 1914 gave
£100 for the poor, which was invested in £106 of
3½ per cent. stock. (fn. 89) In 1968 the income from the
charities for the poor was distributed mainly in the
form of vouchers. (fn. 90)
||Par. reg., anno 1635.
||G.D.R. Newnham terriers, charitable gifts.
||Ibid.; cf. Smith, Men and Armour, 47.
||Bodl. MS. Rawl. B. 323, f. 115v.
19th Rep. Com. Char. 106-8.
||Ibid. 106-7; Newnham par. rec., charities; Char. Com.
||Ex inf. the vicar, the Revd. Canon R. J. Mansfield.