In 1627 William Bennett gave a £3
rent-charge half of which was to go to the minister
and half to the poor. Thomas Bennett by will dated
1630 gave £5 to be invested for the minister and the
poor; in 1677 the capital was used to purchase a
rent-charge of 5s. In 1717 John Mills of Bisley gave
a rent-charge of £2 10s. to buy linen cloth for the
poor. By will dated 1731 Thomas Chandler of
Dudbridge gave £150 with which land was purchased and 2/3 of the rent used for clothes for the poor
and ⅓ for the minister. (fn. 41) Elizabeth Bennett gave £30
in 1761 for a distribution to 30 poor families on
Christmas day. (fn. 42) In the 19th century the poor's
portion of the income from the charities of William
and Thomas Bennett and Thomas Chandler and
from another charity, probably that of Elizabeth
Bennett, was called the Woollen Clothes Account
and amounted to c. £10 a year; in the mid 19th
century coats and gowns were distributed to about
12 people each year, and at the end of the century
6 coats and c. 35 flannel garments. The charity of
John Mills was distributed in calico in the mid 19th
century to c. 30 people. (fn. 43) In 1967 the income
assigned to the poor from the various charities, none
of which brought in more than £5 a year, was
distributed in cash at Christmas. (fn. 44)
16th Rep. Com. Char. 74–80.
||Bigland, Glos. iii, no. 212.
||Glos. R.O., P 263/CH 2–3.
||Char. Com. Reg.; ex inf. the vicar.