CHARITIES FOR THE POOR.
Leonard Wilmot's charity (fn. 6) included 13s. 4d. a year to the poor
of Aston and Cote, received in the late 17th
century and, irregularly, in the early 19th. (fn. 7) In
the later 17th century annual distributions were
made from bequests by Thomas Cox (33s. 4d.
to the poor of Cote by will proved 1614), John
Palmer (£50 to the poor of Aston and Cote by
will proved 1650), and John Moulden of Cote
(£5 to the poor of Aston and Cote, date unknown), but by the late 18th century all were
lost. (fn. 8) A bequest of £5 by Robert Dale of Cote,
by will proved 1659, had not been received by
1680 when his wife's executor was ordered to
give it up, and that, too, was lost by 1787. (fn. 9) The
outcome of a claim in the late 17th century to a
share in Sir William Coventry's apprenticing
charity, itself later lost, (fn. 10) is unknown.
By deeds of 1709 and 1713 Thomas Horde (d.
1715) charged 5½ yardlands in Aston and Cote
with £10 a year to provide 10 woollen coats and
10 pairs of stockings for men, and 10 canvas
shifts and 10 pairs of stockings for women,
recipients to be elected by the Sixteens and the
lord of the manor. Arrears of that and other
charges on the lands were repaid c. 1731 after a
Chancery suit, and part (£109) was invested. (fn. 11)
Only £8 was received for clothing 'for many
years', but in the early 19th century more was
paid than required. (fn. 12) Bequests by Horde of £10
each to Aston and Cote for apprenticing 2 boys
and girls were lost. (fn. 13)
Thomas Fox of Aston, by deed of 1721 and
will proved 1731, left a 10s. rent charge distributed in the early 19th century to poor widows;
payment was refused from c. 1811. (fn. 14) William
Monk of Aston, by will dated 1848, left £30 at
interest for poor widows and £50 at interest to
provide coal. (fn. 15)
In 1888 (fn. 16) the only Aston eleemosynary charity
was Horde's, (fn. 17) incorporated that year into the
Bampton Consolidated Charities. In 1969 c. £31
was distributed in Aston and Cote, which also
shared in the consolidated educational charity,
and in 1972 Horde's charity, still providing £10
a year, was incorporated into the Bampton Welfare Trust. Poor allotments totalling c. 9 a.,
awarded at inclosure, yielded insufficient income
to allow distributions to the poor in 1965; under
a Scheme of 1970 income from the balance of c.
£200 was to benefit poor persons in Aston
Bampton and Shifford. (fn. 18)
||Above, Bampton and Weald, charities.
||O.R.O., Misc. WA 1/1, f. 9v.; Char. Don. 966-7; 10th
Rep. Com. Char. 355.
||P.R.O., PROB 11/124, f. 381 and v.; PROB 11/214,
ff. 230-2; Char. Don. 966-7; Giles, Hist. Bampton, 89; 10th
Rep. Com. Char. 355.
||P.R.O., PROB 11/288, ff. 242v.-243; Giles, Hist.
Bampton, 152, 154; Char. Don. 966-7.
||O.R.O., Misc. WA I/1, f. 9v.; above, Bampton and
||P.R.O., PROB 11/551, ff. 254v.-255, revoking a deed
of 1707; Giles, Hist. Bampton, 94-6; 6th Rep. Com. Char.
H.C. 12, p. 406 (1822), ix (2). Cf. above, manors (Aston
10th Rep. Com. Char. 354.
||Ibid.; P.R.O., PROB 11/551, f. 252v.
||O.R.O., MS. Wills Oxon. 128/1/41; 10th Rep. Com.
Char. 355; cf. Char. Don. 966-7, stating £50 by deed.
||Giles, Hist. Bampton, 100.
||Para. based on O.R.C.C., Kimber files.
||Recorded as £24 a year, apparently through confusion
with a different rent charge: above, manors (Aston Pogges). A
second charity was for church repairs: Giles, Hist. Bampton, 101.
||O.R.C.C., Kimber files; O.R.O, incl. award.