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The Miles Charity by Rev. Brian Carne

The Miles Charity by Rev. Brian Carne
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Blankets for Christmas

In 1839 the Reverend Richard Miles established a charity to provide blankets and bed linen every Christmas to the deserving poor of the parish of Lydiard Tregoze. The 'blanket' charity was to last for all time, a brass plate, high up on the south wall of the nave records the establishment of the charity.

The records recording the distribution of blankets is patchy, in some years vouchers were given instead. In 1949 when the camp was turned into housing, the numbers of deserving increased beyond the means of the charity, and they restricted the distribution to the elderly residents. The charity was giving out vouchers instead of blankets into the 1970s, hopefully it will continue 'forever' as the founder wished.

See Items of Interest for the brass plate and Miles memorial tablet in St. Mary's Lydiard Tregoze.

Year:
1971
Creator:
Rev. Brian Carne
Type:
Research Report Article
Taken from:
Report No. 4
Owner:
Friends of Lydiard Park
Copyright:
Friends of Lydiard Park
Last updated on:
Friday 3rd December 2021

Items of Interest

Brass plaque commemorating establishment of Miles charity, 1841
Brass plaque commemorating establishment of Miles charity, 1841

The plaque records details of the establishment of...

Memorial tablet to Mrs Knight & Revd. Richard Miles, St. Mary's Lydiard Tregoze, 1841
Memorial tablet to Mrs Knight & Revd. Richard Miles, St. Mary's Lydiard Tregoze, 1841

The tablet records firstly the death of Mrs Knight...