¶ARTICLES TO BE enquired off, within the prouince of Yorke, in the Metropoliticall visitation of the most Reuerend Father in Go [...] Edwin Archbishoppe of Yorke, primate of England and Metropoli­tane.

In the .xix. and .xx. yeare, of the raigne of our most gratious souereigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England, Fraunce and Ireland Queene, defendor of the Fayth, &c. 1577. &. 1578.

¶Imprinted at London by William Seres.

¶ARTICLES TO BE ENQVIRED off within the prouince of Yorke, in the Metro­politicall visitation of the most reuerend Father in God Edwin Archbishoppe of Yorke, Primate of England and Metropolitane. In the .xix. yeare of the raigne of our most gra­tious soueraigne Lady Elizabath by the grace of God of England Fraunce and Ireland Queene, defendour of the Faith, &c.

FIrst whether Commō praier be sayd in your church or chappel vpon the Sundaies & holy dayes at con­uenient houres, reuerently, distinctly, and in such order without any kinde of alteration, as is appoynted by the booke of Commō prayer? And whether your Minister so turne himselfe, and stande in such place of your Church or Chauncell, as the people may best here the same? And whether the holy Sacraments be duely and reue­rently ministred in such manner, as is set foorth by the same booke? And whether vpon wednesdayes and Fri­daies, the Letany and other prayers be sayd accordingly, & the comminatiō against sinners redde thryce yearely.

2 Whether you haue in your Church or chappell, all things necessarie and requisite for common prayer & administration of the holy Sacramentes, specially the booke of Common prayer with the newe Kalender, the Psalter, the Bible of the largest volume, the Homilies, bothe the firste and seconde Tome, a comely and de­cent Table standing on a frame, for the Communion Table, with a fayre linnen cloth to lay vpon the same, and some coueringe of Silke, Buckram or other such like, for the cleane kéeping thereof, a fayre and comely Communion Cup of Siluer, and a couer of Siluer for the same, which may serue for the administration of the LORDES BREAD, a comely large [Page] Surples with wyde sléeues, and of fine lynnen cloth for your Minister to weare, & all other things necessary for the premisses, with a comely pulpet conueniently placed, and also a Chest or Boxe for the poore?

3 Whether your Person, Vicar or Curate, at all tymes in saying the common prayer vpon sundayes and holydayes, and in administring of the Sacraments, doth vse and weare the Surples, yea or no? or doe suffer any other to saye the common prayer, or minister either of the Sacraments in your Church, not wearing the same?

4 Whether any Person or persons not being or­dered at the least for a Deacon, or lycenced by the Ordi­nary, do saye common prayer openly in your Church or Chappell, or any not being at the least a Deacon, do so­lemnize Matrimonie, or administer the Sacrament of Baptisme, or deliuer vnto the communicants the Lords Cup at the celebration of the holy communion, & what he or they be that so do? And whether the Person, Vi­car, or Farmer of your benefice, doe cause any Curate to serue your Church before he be examined and admit­ted by the Ordinary, or his deputie in writing?

5 Whether your Person, Vicar or Curate, hath or doth maintaine any doctrine contrary or repugnant to any of the Articles agréed vpon by ye Clergie in the Con­uocation holden at London, Anno Domini. 1562. And whether they haue publikely or secretly taught any doc­trine tending to the discredit and disprayse eyther of the Booke of common prayer, or of the receiued order, for gouernment in the Church, or make any other innoua­tion? And whether they haue permitted any man so teaching or making such innouation, and what be their names?

6 Whether your Person or Vicar haue any mo benefices than one, how many, and in what countrie be they, and what are theyr names, and who is the Pa­trone [Page] of his benefice or benefices. And whether he be re­sident vpon his benefice, and kéepe hospitalitie or no, and if he be absēt, whether he doth relieue his parishioners, and what he giueth them, and if he may dispend twenty pounde or aboue by yeare, and be not resident, whether he doth distribute the .xl. part of the benefice where he is not resident among the poore of the Parish, or no? And whether any vittaling, typling, or ale selling be had and kept within the mansion house of any Person or Vicar.

7 Whether any person or persons be admitted to aunswere as Godfathers or Godmothers at the Christe­ning of any childe, except he or she haue before receiued the holy communion, and can say by heart the Articles of the Christian faith, the ten commaundements of God, and the Lords prayer▪ and will recite the same before the Minister, if he or she be therevnto required?

8 Whether for the retayning of the perambulation of the circuite of your parish, the Minister and Clarke, with the Churchwardens, and certaine of the substanti­all men of the parish in the dayes of Rogations, walke about your parish according to the Quéenes Maiesties Iniunctions?

9 Whether the Register booke of al Christenings, Mariages, and Burialls, that happē in your parish from tyme to tyme, be duely kept and the same Christenings, Mariages, and Burialls, entred into the same Booke by your Minister, according to the Quéenes Maiesties In­iunctions? And whether ye haue one Coffer with two lockes, for the kéeping of the same Register Booke, or no?

10 Whether your Person, Vicar, or Curate, doe kéepe any suspected woman in his house, or be an incon­tinent Person, giuen to dronkennesse, or idlenesse, or be a haunter of Tauerns, Alehouses, or suspected places, a Hunter, Hawker, Dicer, Carder, Tabler, Swerer, or o­therwyse giue any euill example of lyfe? And whether [Page] his apparell be comely and graue? And whether he be diligent in visiting the sicke, especially if he be therevn­to required?

11 Whether when any christiā body is in passing, the Bell be tolled, to moue the people to pray for the sick person, especially in the greater townes, where the sicke person dwelleth néere vnto the church? & whether after the tyme of his or hir passing out of this world, ther be any more ringing but one short peale before the buriall and another short peale after the buriall? And whether on all Saints day after Euening prayer, there be any ringing at all in your Church or Chappell, or any other superstitious ceremonies vsed, tēding to the maintenāce of the popish purgatorie, or praying for the dead, & who they be that vse or doe the same? And whether there be any ringing on Sundayes or holy dayes in the seruice tyme, or betwene morning prayer and the Letany, or at any other times, contrary to good order or lawe?

12 Whether your Minister do at the least euery second Sunday, & euery holy day openly in the Church, (especially when it is fayre weather) here, examine, and instruct the children, apprentices, and seruaunts of both the sexes, that be of conuenient age within your parish, in the Catechisme allowed and set foorth with certaine additions, or at the least so many of them by course as cannot say the same by hart, and as he may well heare and instruct, for an houre at the least before or after the Euening prayer? And whether for that purpose he doth take the names of them all, and by course call certaine of them by name euery seconde sunday and holy days to come to the teaching of the same Catechisme, vntyl they haue learned the same?

13 Whether all fathers, mothers, masters, and dames, of your parish, cause theyr children, seruaunts, apprentizes, both mankinde & womankinde, being abou [...] [Page] sixe yeares of age & vnder twentie, which have not lear­ned the Catechisme, to come to the Church on the Sun­dayes and holy dayes, at the times to them appointed, or at the least such and so many of them as your Mini­ster shall appoint, and there diligently and obediently to heare, and to be ordred by the minister vntill such tyme as they haue learned the same Catechisme, and what be the names of those that do not cause theyr children, ser­uaunts, and apprentices so to come to the Church to be instructed and examined, and how many of the sayd chil­dren, seruauntes & apprentices, be in your parish, which being aboue seauen yeares olde, & vnder twentie yeares of age, cannot saye by heart the sayde Catechisme, and what be their names and age, and with whome they dwell?

14 Whether your Person or Vicar hath preached or caused to be preached foure sermons at the least eue­ry yeare in your Church and what be the names of him or those that so did preach? and whether they were law­fully licenced so to preach, if any other than your Per­son or Vicar did preach the same? and whether if ther be no Sermon, your Minister do reade for the moste part euery Sunday distinctly and plainlye, some part of the Homelies appointed to be reade? And whether any Minister not admitted by the Ordinary, do expounde a­ny scripture or matter of doctrine, by way of exhortati­on or otherwyse, and thereby omit and leaue off the rea­ding of the Homilies already set out.

15 Whether your Minister hath admitted to the receiuing of the holy Communion, any open and noto­rious sinner or euill liuer, by whome the congregation is offended, without due penance first done, to the satis­faction of the cōgregation. Or any malicious person yt is notoriously known to be out of charitie, or yt hath done any open wrōg to his neighbour, by word or déede, wtout [Page] due reconciliation first made to the partie that is wron­ged, according as is required by the Booke of common prayer?

16 Whether your Minister hath admitted to the holy Communion any of his parish being aboue twenty yeares of age, either mākinde or womankinde, that can not say by heart the ten commaundements, the articles of the fayth, & the Lordes prayer, or being aboue twelue yeares and vnder twentie yeares of age, that cannot say by heart the sayde Catechisme? And whether he marry any persons which were single before, that cannot saye the sayde Catechisme? And whether he vseth to examine his parishioners at conuenient tymes, to the intent he may know whether they can say the same which is re­quired or no?

17 Whether your Minister doe Church any vn­maryed woman after they haue bene deliuered of theyr children begotten vnlawfully, before they haue acknow­ledged theyr faultes openly, occording to the order pre­scribed by the Ordinarie, or his deputie?

18 Whether there be any in your parish, man or woman, being of conuenient age, that hath not receiued the holy Communion thrice at the least this last yeare, and namely at Easter last or ther about for once, & what be theyr names? And for what cause they do abstayne from the holy Communion? And whether yearely be­fore Easter at conuenient tymes, & namely on Sundayes in Lent at afternoone, or such other dayes in the wéeke next before Easter, such of your parishioners as the Person, Vicar, or Curate shall appoint, & require to come vnto him, do come and recite vnto him the Catechisme, or at the least, the Lordes prayer, the articles of the chri­stian beliefe, and the ten cōmaundements by hart in En­glish, and if any so required do wilfully and stubburnely refuse to come & recite the same? Whether the Church­wardens [Page] and sworne men or any of them do assist the Minister therein, that such stubburne persons may be re­buked and expelled from the communion at that tyme, and so presented to the Ordinarie?

19 Whether the people of your parishe, especially householders, hauing no lawfull excuse to be absent, doe faithfully and diligently endeuor themselues to resorte with their children and seruants to their parish Church or Chappell on the holydayes, & chiefly vpon Sundaies, to Morning and Euening prayer, and vpon reasonable let therof to some other Church or Chappell, wher com­mon prayer is vsed, and then and there abide orderly & soberly during the time of common prayer, Homelies, preachings, and other seruice of God there vsed, reue­rently and deuoutly giuing themselues to the hearing thereof, and occupying themselues at tymes conuenient in priuate prayer, and who they be that either negligēt­ly or wilfully absēt themselues or come very late to the Church vpon Sundaies especially, or that walke, talke, or otherwise vnreuerently behaue themselues in the Church, or vse any gaming abroade, or pastime in anye house, or sit in the stréets or Churchyard, or in any Ta­uerne or Alehouse vpon the Sunday or holydaye, in the tyme of common prayer, Sermon, or reading of the Ho­melies, either before noone, or after noone?

20 Whether the forfeiture of twelue pence for euery absence from common prayer, appointed by a sta­tute made in the firste yeare of the Quéenes Maiesties raigne, & set foorth in the beginning of the booke of com­mon prayer, hath bene leuied and taken according to the same statute, by your Churchwardens of the last yeare, of euery person that so hath offended, and by them be put to the vse of the poore of the parish, and if it be not, by whose default it is not leuied, and what perticular summes of money haue bene forfeyted that way, and by whome, since Easter in ye yeare of our Lord 1575. vntill [Page] the daye of giuing vp the presentment concerning these Articles, and so from time to time as the sayd Church­wardens and sworne men shall be appointed to present in this behalfe, and how much of such forfeytures haue bene leuied by the Churchwardens, and by them deliue­red to the vse of the poore of the parishe, and to whome the same hath bene deliuered?

21 Whether your Church or Chappell & Chauncell, be sufficiētly repayred & clenly kept, & the mansion house of your Parson & Vicar, with ye buildings therevnto be­longing, likewise sufficiently repayred, & your Church­yarde well fenced and clenly kept, and if any of ye same be ruinous and in decay, through whose default it is so? whether the Churchwardens of the last yeare were en­ioyned to haue repaired any part of the Church, or fen­ced the Churchyard, & did neglect to do the same?

22 Whether there be any Inkéepers, Alewiu [...]s, Vi­tailers, or tiplers, that suffer or do admit any person or persons in their houses to eate, drinck, or play at cards, Tables, or such lyke games, in time of commō praier or Sermon on the Sundaies and holydayes? and whether there be any shoppes open on Sūdayes or holydayes, or there be any Butchers or others that vse to sell meate or other things in the tyme of cōmon prayer, preaching, or reading of the Homelies? And whether in any Faires or common Markets falling vpon the Sunday, there be any showing of any wares before the diuine seruice be done in the forenoone?

23 Whether for the putting of the churchwardens and sworn men the better in remembraūce of theyr du­tie in obseruing & noting such as offend in not cōming to diuine seruice, your Minister or reader do openly eue­ry Sunday after he haue read the second lesson at Mor­ning and euening prayer, monish & warne the Church­wardens & sworne men to looke to theyr charge in this behalfe, and to obserue who contrary to the sayde statute [Page] offende in absenting themselues negligētly or wilfully from their parish Church or Chappell, or vnreuerently as is aforesayd, vse thēselues in time of diuine seruice?

24 Whether the Churchwardens of the last yeare haue giuen to the parishe a iust account of the Church-goods that were committed to their charge, and what Church goods they haue solde, & to whome, and whether to ye profit of the Church or no? And whether any person suppresse the last wil of the dead, & performe not legacies bequethed to the Church, or to Orphanes, poore Maides mariages, high wayes, schooles, or any other godly vse?

25 Whether there be in your parish any that be ma­licious, contencious, or vncharitable persons, séeking the vniust vexation of their neighbours, scoldes, common swearers, or blasphemers of the name of god, any forni­catours, adulterers, incestous persons, bawdes, or recey­uers of such incontinent persons, or harbourers of wo­men with childe which be vnmaried, conueying or suf­fering them to go away before they haue done any pe­naūce, or make satisfactiō to ye cōgregation, or any persōs that are vehemētly suspected of such faults, or that be not of good name & fame, touching such crimes & faultes, any cōmon drūkards, ribawds, or other notorious euil liuers?

26 Whether there be any that be maried in degrées forbidden, or that haue maried two wiues, or two hus­bands both liuing, or that liue not together with theyr wiues, and what be theyr names? any maried that haue made precōtracts, any that haue maryed without banes thrise solemly asked, or yt haue maried foorth of their pa­rish church wher they ought to haue solēnised mariage?

27 Whether there be any man or woman in your parish that vseth witchcraft, Sorcery, Charmes, or vn­lawfull prayer, or inuocations in Latine or English, or vpon any christian body, or beast, or any that resorteth to the same for counsell or helpe, & what be their names?

28 Whether any person or persons within your [Page] parish haue committed vsury, contrary to an Act against Vsury, made in the xxxvii. yeare of the raigne of the late King Henry the eight, and lately reuiued, and what are the names of such Vsurers? And what is the maner of their Vsury?

29 Whether the Scholemasters yt teach in your pa­rish either openly, or priuateli in any Gentlemans house or others, be of a good & sincere religion & conuersation, & be diligēt in teaching of youth? whether they be exami­ned, allowed, & licenced to teach by ye Ordinarie or his deputie? and whether they teach the Catechisme allowed & cōmaunded by ye now Archbishop of Caunterbury both in English and Latin vnto their scholers, accordinge to their capacities, and what be their names?

30 Whether there be any among you that is a hin­derer of true religion, or a fautour of the romish power, or that stubburnly refuseth to come to the church, or to cōmunicate, or otherwise will not conforme himselfe to vnite & godly religion, set forth by cōmon authoritie, or any that wilfully or obstinately doth defend or maintain any heresies, errours, or false doctrine, cōtrary to the ho­ly scriptures, and what be his or their names?

31 Whether in your churches & chappels all alters be vtterly taken down & cleane remoued euen vnto the foundation, & the place where they stoode paued, and the wall whervnto they ioyned, whited ouer, and made vni­forme with the rest, so as no breach or rupture appeare? And whether your roode lofts be taken downe and alte­red so, that the vpper parts therof with the soller or loft be quite taken down vnto the crosse beame, and that the said beame haue some conueniēt crest put vpon ye same?

32 Whether all & euery Antiphoners, masse bookes, grailes, portesses, processionals, manualles, legendaries, and all other bookes of late belonging to your church or chappell, which serued for ye superstitious latine seruice, be vtterly defaced, rent, and abolished, and if they be not, [Page] through whose default that is, & in whose kéeping they remaine? And whither all vestmentes, albes, tunicles, stoles, phanons, pixes, paxes, handbells, sacringbells, cen­sers, chrismatories, crosses, candlestickes, holy water­sticks, ymages, and such other reliques & monumentes of superstition and idolatry be vtterly defaced, broken, and destroied? And if not, where, and in whose custody they remaine?

33 Whether there be any man or woman in your parish, yt resorteth to any popish priest for shrift or auri­culer cōfessiō, or any other within thrée yeares nowe last past hath bene reconciled vnto the Pope, or to ye church of Rome, or any yt is reputed or suspected so to be? And whether ther be any ye refuse to come to ye church to hear diuine seruice, or to cōmunicate accordīg to ye order now established by publique authoritie, and what be their names?

34 Whether there be any person or persons ecclesi­astical or temporal within your parish or els wher with­in this diocese, that of late hath reteyned or kept in their custody, or that reade, sell, vtter, disperse, cary, or deliuer to others any English bookes, set foorth of late yeares at Louain, or in any other place beyond ye seas, by Harding, Dorman, Allen, Sanders, Stapleton, Marshal, Bristow, or any of them, or by any other English papist, either a­gainst ye Quéenes meiesties supremacy in matters eccle­siastical, or against true religiō, & catholique doctrin now receiued & established by common authoritie within this realme, and what their names and surnames are?

35 Whether your Hospitals, spittles, & almesehouses be well & godly vsed according to the fundatiōs & aūcient ordinances of ye same? whether ther be any other placed in them then poore impotēt and néedy persons, that haue not wherewith or whereby to liue.

36 Whether ye Deanes Ruralles & Sumners, or any, of them do pay annual rent fée or pension for their [Page] offices, [...] pay and to whom·

[...] Adulteries, Incestes, and For­ni [...] within your Parishe or [...] of Easter 1577. How many [...] bene put to open pe­ [...] how many haue ben [...] [...]aue fined and payed [...]cellor, Commissarye, [...] to the Deanes, Regi­ [...] to escape open punish­ [...] what theyr names and sur­ [...]

[...]che deacon, cōmissarie, officiall [...] ecclesiasticall iurisdiction in [...] or actuaries, apparitors or [...] time wincked at, and suffered [...], incests, or other faultes [...]maine vnpunished and vncor­ [...] bribes, pleasure, friendship, [...]tionate respect, or any of thē [...] in this dioces, by exacting [...] excessiue procurations, any re­ [...], or any other like wayes, or [...]

[...] the Archdeacon hath any Summer [...] doth wéekely finde out offendors and [...] before the Archdeacon, and whether the [...] do heare or determine any matter other [...] [...] are presented by the church wardens and sworn [...] his visitation [...]den yearely next after the feast of [...] the iurisdiction of a Bishop in [...] Archdeaco [...]rie▪

Whether any morice dauncers, [...]ish [...] [...]earers▪ [...] any others haue come vnreuerntly in [...] the church or churchyard, and there daunced, or played any vnséemely [Page] [...] [Page] [...]

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