One Hundred years ago
Health– As a result of the death of a 2 year old girl from Diphtheria in the Monkleigh area the medical officer visited the address. The following details were noted – the wages of the father were 12 shillings a week and the family consisted of nine children all under the age of thirteen . The premises consisted of one downstairs room and two upstairs. The back door would not open and the house was dirty and dilapidated.
The Victoria Park has proved to be a valuable asset to Bideford and the question of providing railings and gates is now under consideration.
An anonymous donor has agreed to pay the cost of the entrance gates- £100.
Pawley’s Charity was distributed this month
in Bideford. This is an annual occurrence and also bears the unattractive name of ‘the Death Sermon’. William Pawley by his will dated 1728 gave £1 1 shilling yearly for the Rector of Bideford to preach a sermon on every St Paul’s Day on the subject of mortality. A similar sum was also to be used for bread to be distributed by the Church Wardens to the poor who may be at the service.
Mike Davy (from Bideford Archives)