There were then 39 rateable properties in Salthouse plus 3 'Outlayers' also liable. The total proceeds of the 1742 rate were £5 10s. 6d and the two largest individual payments were £1 2s. 3d and £1 4s. 6d, getting on for half the total receipts. The lowest payment was 4½d. The form of words for setting the rate varied from time to time and sometimes the Church wardens seem to have acted alone. For example, in April 1773 the entry reads merely:
A Rate made by the Churchwardens of the Parish of
Salthouse for the Repairs of the Church at 3d in the pound.
At other times entries, such as the following, refer to a grant:
Whatever the formalities, Churchwardens in the 18th century had a more assured income than their modern counterparts, but they also had civil as well as ecclesiastical responsibilities, as will be clear later.
It is in the expenditure entries that the greater interest lies. The maintenance of the church services figured no more predominantly in the accounts than it does today—for the simple reason that the Rector's income was and is covered from other sources. The purchase of bread and wine for communion cost 11s. 5d in 1742-3 and this item of expenditure occurs annually. A new cloth for the communion table cost £1 8s.10½d in October 1789. Other costs connected with services included such matters as:
26 Oct 1795 to a prayer for the King ................................ 1s. 0d
29 Sept 1796 to a prayer for Thanksgiving....................... 1s. 0d
These special prayers, purchased from parish funds, presumably reflected national concern at King George III's illness and thanksgiving for his recovery. Housekeeping costs figure regularly. Washing the Rector's 'surplis' cost 2s. 6d in 1742—an amount which, with very few exceptions, continued unchanged for 70 years. In March 1743 three brooms were purchased for 6d but one month later another three cost only 4½d—a lower quality or just a harder bargain?
In May 1744 a payment was made for 'cutting the Weeds in the Churchyard' but it was not just the churchyard which had to be attended to; Church Lane also had to be kept clear and clean (possibly from horse droppings). For example, an entry in 1786 reads: