CHARITIES FOR THE POOR.
Anne Ward, wife
of a former rector of Edgeworth, left £5 in 1644, the
interest to be paid to the poor. (fn. 9) Thomas Ridler,
rector 1684-1701, left an equivalent sum for the
same purpose and the income from the combined
charities in 1826 was allowed to accumulate and was
distributed in money to the poor every six years. (fn. 10) A
charity founded by John Ridler in 1724, by which
the interest on £50 was to be given to the poor, was
recorded in 1791 (fn. 11) but appears to have been
discontinued by 1826. Anne Ridler, by will dated
1774, left the interest on £100 to the poor, but after
the appointment of new trustees in 1819 legal
complications prevented the distribution of the
charity until at least 1826 when steps were being
taken to remedy the situation. (fn. 12) In 1864 the Revd.
Geoffrey Fausett left £100, the interest to be
distributed in coal to the cottagers of the parish. (fn. 13)
The combined income of the charities was allowed
to accumulate in 1971 and distributed triennially in
coal to old age pensioners. (fn. 14)
||Bigland, Glos. i. 553; cf. Cat. Glouc. Wills, 1541-1650,
||14th Rep. Com. Char. (1826), 60; Bigland, Glos. i.
||Bigland, Glos. i. 553.
||14th Rep. Com. Char. (1826), 60-1.
||Board in ch.
||Ex inf. the rector.