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Transcribed by Kay Collins, 2008
Religious Census 1851

The population of the village was 402.

The little church on the hill above Chelveston, close to Caldecott hamlet

St John The Evangelist's Church. An ancient parish church. Consecrated before 1800.
Endowed with land £72, other permanent endowment £18, fees £1.10s.0d. Easter Offerings £1.0s.0d.
Free Sittings gallery 100, other sittings 180.
On March 30th in morning - General Congregation 80, Sunday Scholars 81.
In afternoon - General Congregation 134, Sunday Scholars 81.
Average attendance during previous 12 months - in the morning - General Congregation 80, Sunday Scholars 81.
In the afternoon - General Congregation 160, Sunday Scholars 81.
Remarks - free sittings and ambiguous term; all sittings free of charge but nearly all, save gallery, appropriated by custom. Hence the practical accomodation is nearly represented by average attendance in the afternoon. In the opinion of the churchwardens, the actual attendance on the afternoon of the 30th March much below the average owing to local circumstances.
Signed George Malim, Minister, Higham Ferrers.

PRO Ref: HO 129 173 35
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