Re: Decline of Culmstock
Posted by John Avery on 16/6/2017, 11:00 am, in reply to "Decline of Culmstock"
According to Genuki Devon there are a few publications on the History of Culmstock, I am not familiar with the content but suggest any "calamity" such as disease or major fire affecting the population would be recorded. |
Could it be that for some reason the parish church became inactive in that a vicar was absent through sickness etc and the population were using neighbouring churches. The parish was a Peculiar under the jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter [Cathedral] and for example if they were having difficulty replacing a clergy, parishners were encouraged to worship elsewhere? Whilst a disaster such as a wave of TB or smallpox might have attracted the attention of the authors of the history articles they would be less able to spot absent clergy.
For the [lesser] number of entries for the years mentioned, it would be interesting to see if several clergy were involved although I admit the actual handwriting in the registers may not have been from the clergy but a clerk.