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Both the Eton and Westminster grammars are used.

Mr. StainclifFe, who received his education at this seminary,
left £100 to repair the school.

Brian Crowther, of Halifax, by his will dated the 9th September
1606, bequeathed to the governors, to the use of the Free Grammar
School, an annuity of £20, issuing out of lands and tenements,
within the manor of Armyn, to be paid half yearly, for ever, by even
portions.

Thomas Milner, Clerk, Vicar of Bexhill, in Sussex, formerly
fellow of St. Mary Magdalen College, in Cambridge, by will and
codicil, bearing date in 1 722, gave to the said College, a reversionary
grant of £1000, for the maintenance of three bachelor scholars, till
masters of arts or fellows, to be chosen from the schools of Heversham,
Halifax, and Leeds.

And in the year 1736, Mrs. Mary Milner, his sister, added £200
to his benefaction, to be applied by the College to the same uses.

A scholarship is now about £40 a year.

Among the eminent men, who have been educated at this school,
may be enumerated : — John Milner, B. D., the learned divine. Dr.
Cyril Jackson, the late venerable Dean of Christ Church. William
Jackson, D, D., his brother, late lord bishop of Oxford. The Revd.
Edward Ellis, M. A., the present second master of Westminster
School. The Revd. Mr. Sharpe, the present Vicar of Wakefield.



SOMERSCALE S CHARITY.



"Richard Somerscale, by will, dated 17th March 1622, devised
his estates in Halifax and Ovenden, in the occupation of the persons
in the will named, to six trustees, in trust, after deducting the
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necessary charges for repairing the buildings on the estates, and
other disbursements in defence of the trust, to distribute the yearly
rents and profits among the poor and needy of the towns of Oven-
den and Halifax, at the discretion of the trustees and their heirs,
and of the churchwardens of the said two towns for the time being.

"By an agreement of the trustees, acting on behalf of the town-
ships of Halifax and Ovenden, dated in 1644, it Avas arranged that
such part of the charity estates as lay within the township of Halifax,
should be held and ajjpropriated to the use of the poor of Halifax ;
and that such parts as lay within the township of Ovenden, should
be appropriated to the poor of that township, and this agreement
and division have ever since been acted upon.

"The property in the township of Halifax consists of a messuage,
barn, and 7a. 2r. of land, and also two email tenements in the town
of Halifax, and is let to William Fletcher, as yearly tenant, at the
rent of £36 per annum, being the full annual value.

"For many years previous to 1813, the estate was under the
management of the churchwardens and overseers, and the rents
were applied in aid of the poors' rates ; but in pursuance of an order
of the court of Chancery, made on a petition presented for the pur-
pose in that year, by some of the inhabitants, five new trustees,
four of whom are now living, were appointed, and a conveyance of
the estate was made to them by the heir at law of the last surviving
former trustee. The rents have been regularly received by the trus-
tees, but owing to the expenses incurred in the proceedings in
Chancery, and consequent thereon, and the outlay required to put
the buildings and fences on the farm, which have been much neg-
lected, into proper condition, there has been hitherto little or no
surplus left for distribution ; there was a balance, however, in the
hands of the trustees, in October 1826, of £14 9s, which it was
intended to distribute among the poor at Christmas following, to-
gether with the rent which would then become due.

It appears, from the account of the receipts and disbursements
of the trustees, from the time of their appointment, that the re-
ceipts, including the rent which would be due at Christmas 1826,
amounted to £403 14s. lOd. and the disbursements altogether to
£353 OS. lOd. leaving a surplus of £50 9s. to be distributed as
above mentioned.



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"The property in Ovenden appropriated to the poor of that town
ship, consists of a farm-house, barn, outbuildings, and 1 6 days
work, or between 11 and 12 acres of land, and is under the manage
ment of four trustees chosen as vacancies occur, by the survivors
from inhabitants of Ovenden. The premises are let to Joseph Wilson
as yearly tenant, at a fair annual rent of £20, and the rent is dis
tiibuted, yearly, on Christmas day, at the chapel in Ovenden
among poor persons of the township, not receiving parochial relief,
at the discretion of the trustees.



HOPKINSON S AND CROWTHER S ALMSHOUSES AND SCHOOL.

"These almshouses and school, whith are situate near the old
church, in Halifax, were originally founded, as appears by an
inscription in front of the building, by Mrs. Ellen Hopkinson, and
Mrs. Jane Crowther, for the residence of 18 poor widows of Halifax,
and a master to teach poor children, and consisted at first of twenty
rooms only, but they have been rebuilt at the township's expense,
and contain at present 24 apartments, 21 of which are appropriated
to the use of as many almswomen, and three to the use of the school-
master and school.

"No provision appears to have been made for the support of the
almswomen : but by custom, an allowance has been made to them
out of the church-rates, and they now receive out of that fund 2s.
6d. each, once a month, and a gown once in two years. They are
appointed by the churchwardens, being usually poor widows of the
township.

"The sum of £100 appears to have been given by Mrs. Jane
Crowther for the school ; and in satisfaction thereof, a rent-charge
of £5 a year was granted by Thomas Lister, by deeds dated the 16th
May, 1657, out of a farm in Southowram, called Haines, now the
property of Mrs. Prescott. This rent-charge the master receives,
and also the interest on £160 secured on the rates for lighting and
paving the town of Halifax, with interest at £5 per cent ; but we
are not informed from whence the latter fund arose. The master
instructs the poor children who reside in the almshouse, (each of



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the widows being permitted to take a child to reside with her,) and
the poor children sent to school from the workhouse by the church-
wardens.



ALICE CROWTHER S CHARITY.

"Alice Crowther, by will, dated 12th October 1722, devised a
cottage, outhouse and four other cottages, situate in the Dean
Clough, in Halifax, unto Joshua Mercer and Timothy Scholefield,
and their heirs, in trust, to distribute the rents and profits among
poor housekeepers and other poor people within the town and town-
ship of Halifax, having no relief from the township.

"Of the premises devised three cottages only now remain, which
are occupied as almshouses for poor persons put in by the church-
wardens and overseers.

"A fourth cottage, which was standing in 1792, appears, from
a memorandum in the overseer's book, to have been sold and taken
down about that time, in order to make a road to a mill belonging
to Messrs. Waterhouse, of Halifax ; but to what purpose the purchase
money was applied is not stated, and cannot now be ascertained.

"The charity ha§ long been under the management of the church-
wardens and overseers, the repairs of the cottages being provided
for out of the township rates.



BRIAN CROWTHER S CHARITY.



"Brian Crowther, by will, dated 9th September 1606, devised
to John Favour, then vicar of Halifax, and other trustees, a yearly
rent of £10, out of messuages and lands in Armyn, to be yearly
distributed amongst the poor of the town of Halifax, at the discretion
of the vicar and churchwardens, and three other honest and sufficient
persons of the town.

"By indenture, dated 16th August, 9th Charles 1st, the rent-
charge was, with the consent of divers of the inhabitants in Halifax,
released to Sir Arthur Ingram the elder, and Sir Arthur Ingram the
younger, and in lieu thereof, a yearly rent- charge of the same
amount was granted by them to Henry Ramsden, then vicar of



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Halifax, and others, their heirs and assigns, out of two messuages
and two water corn-mills, in Siddall, Southowram, and Skircoat, or
some of them, payable at Michaelmas and Lady-day ; and the rent-
charge is paid in respect of the Flour Mills estate, belonging to the
Marchioness of Hertford, and distributed by the churchwardens
yearly, among poor persons of the township of Halifax.

"The yearly sum of £6 15s. is also paid out of land in Halifax,
called Goldsmith Grave Closes, being a rent-charge secured by an
indenture, dated 4th January 1654, and granted in obedience to a
decree of commissioners of charitable uses, in satisfaction of certain
arrears of the former rent-charge.

"This annuity is paid by the owner of the premises charged to
the overseers of the poor, and has hitherto been applied in aid of the
poors' rates, but the amount will in future be distributed with the
annuity of £10.



BATES S GIFT.

"The yearly sum of 20s. is mentioned in the benefaction table
for Halifax, to have been given by Brian Bates, out of an estate in
Blackledge Steel (called Yeathouse) formerly the property of Sir
Watts Horton, of Chadderton, bart., by whom the payment was
made for many years. There are entries of the receipt of the
payment in the overseer's account book, down to the year 1813,
since which time it has not been received. The estate is now the
property of Captain Rhys, who married the only daughter of Sir
"Watts Horton, but is stated to be in the possession of J. B. S. Morritt,
esquire, as mortgagee, and an application has been made to the agent
of that gentleman on the subject of the charity.



HAWORTH S AND TURNER S GIFTS.



"The sum of 20s. a year, given by Alice Haworth, to the aged
and impotent poor of Halifax, is paid as a rent-charge out of houses
in Halifax, called Parkinson's houses, the proi)erty of Holroyd



184 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

Spencer, esquire, and is distributed accordingly ; and the sum of
40s. a year given by John Turner, for bread, to poor prisoners in
Halifax gaol, is paid out of premises in Back-lane, formerly called
Cheapside, in Halifax, belonging to Nathaniel Waterhouse, esquire,
and is applied according to the intent of the donor.



BOWCOCK S CHARITY.

"Isaac Bowcock, by will dated the 11th February 1669, gave to
the townships of Halifax and Ovenden, his lands in Osset, that the
rents might be yearly bestowed by his feoffees in the will named,
being seven in number, 'for preferring and putting forth five poor
men's sons to trade, yearly, as are not to be put forth town prentices,
or for the relief of such as are in necessity, not through wasteful
expense, or such as have relief from the parish or for setting up in
trade, or stocking hopeful young persons to make good use of it, at
the discretion of the said trustees, and that £6. thereof should yearly
be given to Ovenden.

"New trustees of this charity have been appointed from time to
time, the last appointment being in 1825.

"The charity estate consists of a farm called Osset Street Side,
comprising a house, a barn lately erected, and a garden, croft and
some closes of land, containing, in the whole, 23a. 3r. 26p.

"The farm is let to Timothy Wheatley and Charles Wheatley,
on lease, for 29 years from the 2nd February, 1826, at the annual
rent of £60 ; and, by a lease dated 13th January, 1826, the trustees
also demised to the said Timothy and Charles Wheatley, the upper
or top bed of coal underneath the farm, (except the buildings, gar-
den and croft,) for the term of 29 years, at the yearly rent during
the first 10| years, of £35 per annum, for half a statute acre of coal,
whether wrought or not ; and in case of the lessees getting more
than half an acre, then at the rate of £70 an acre for all the coal
taken ; and also at the rent, during the last eighteen years of the
term, or until the whole of the coal should be gotten, of £70 for
every statute acre of coal whether taken or not ; and in case the
lessees should get more than one acre of coal during the last eigh-
teen years, then, during those years, at the rate of £70. an acre
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"The lease of the farm was granted for the above-mentioned
length of time, in order to enable the lessees to work the coal,|]and
the land has been let, and the coal sold on proper and advantageous
terms, for the benefit of the charity.

"Previous to 1826 the farm was let for £60. a-year, which was
the full annual value.

"Out of the rents of the charity estate are paid the following
yearly sums : viz. £6. distributed among poor persons of Ovenden ;
£3. for the expense of a dinner for the trustees and their assistants ;
and £1. 5s. 6d., or thereabouts, as an allowance to the deputy con-
stable and overseer of the poor, for assisting the trustees in the
selection of proper objects for the charity, and for other necessary
expenses ; and the remainder of the rents is distributed among poor
people of the township of Halifax, not receiving parochial relief, in
sums varying from Is. to £1.

"The accounts are settled by the trustees at a yearly meeting.
It has never been usual to apprentice children, or set up young per-
sons in trade by means of the charity.

"It is proposed to invest the money arising from the sale of the
coal in the purchase of stock, and to distribute the annual dividends
with the rent of the farm ; and, when a purchase of land can be made
with advantage to the charity, to apply so much of the stock as
may be necessary in effecting such a purchase ; and it appears to
us, that such a scheme is proper to be carried into effect.



TOWNSHIP OF HIPPERHOLME-CUM-BRIGHOUSE.



THE FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL.^ SUNDERLAND S CHARITY.

" Matthew Broadley, of London, gentleman, by will, dated 15th
October, 1647, devised to his brother, Isaac Broadley, and his heirs,
his tenements, with the appurtenances, in Hipperholme, provided
he pay out of the same, yearly, £5. per annum towards the main-
tenance of a free school, to be erected near Hipperholme, where
his executor should appoint ; and he gave, towards the erecting of
the said free school, the sum of £40 , and he gave to his nephew.



186 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

Matthew Broadley, £1,000, provided that he should bestow £500.
thereof, partly upon settling a convenient yearly means for the said
free school, and partly in providing 52s. in bread, yearly, to be given
by 1 2d. each Sunday, at Coley Chapel, to the poor of Hipperholme
town, and the Lane Ends ; and he constituted the said Matthew
Broadley sole executor, and made Mr. John Drake, of Brazenose
College, in Oxford, overseer of that his will.

"By indenture, dated the 22d May, 1661, reciting the will of
Matthew Broadley, and that the said Matthew Broadley, the nephew,
having received the said sum of £1,000, and being willing to perform
the will and good intention of Matthew Broadley, deceased, had
with the advice and consent of William Farrar, Esq. ; John Lake,
clerk ; Abraham Mitchell, Stephen Ellis, Richard Langley, Nathan
Whitley, Joshua Whitley, Joseph Hargreaves, Henry Brighouse,
John Scholefield, and Joseph Lister, being principal inhabitants in
Hipperholme and Halifax, contracted with Samuel Sunderland, for
the purchase of the messuages, lands and hereditaments therein
mentioned, for £500. bequeathed by the said Matthew Broadley,
for settling a convenient means for the said free school, and for
providing 52s., to be given in bread, yearly, according to the tenor
of the said will ; it is witnessed, that the said Samuel Sunderland,
in consideration of the said £500. granted and enfeoffed unto the
said Matthew Broadley, and William Farrar, and others above named,
their heirs, &c. two messuages, with the appurtenances, in Hipper-
holme, two barns, two stables, two gardens, two folds, and all the
lands and hereditaments to the said two messuages belonging, and
one close in Lightcliffe, called Brookroyd, then made into three
closes ; another close called Highroyd Ing ; another close, called
Heyroyding; and a yearly rent-charge of £11, issuing out of a
messuage at Brookfoot, in Southowram, with the lands thereto
belonging ; and a water corn mill, at Brookfoot, which had been
granted by deed, dated the 15th February, 1650, as therein men-
tioned ; and another yearly rent-charge of £1 10s. issuing out of
the messuages, lands and hereditaments, in Shelfe, in the county of
York, therein mentioned, which rent-charge had been bought by
the said Samuel Sunderland, as therein mentioned ; all which said
messuages, lands and annuities, were then together of the clear
yearly value of £25, to hold the same to the said Matthew Broad-



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ley, William Farrar, and others, their heirs and assigns, upon trust
to dispose of the said messuages, lands, rents, and premises, at the
best yearly value, so as no lease of the premises should exceed
twenty one years in possession, or at least not above two years
before the expiration of the old leases thereof, and that at the an-
cient and accustomed rents ; and upon trust, to apply the rents and
income of the premises and annuities, as well for the yearly pay-
ment of 5 '2s. at the chapel of Coley, by J 2d. to be laid out in bread
every Sabbath day, for the most poor, aged, and impotent people
of Hipperholme and the Lane Ends, or so many of them as the said
Matthew Broadley, &c, should think meet to be relieved therewith
so as at no day there should be under the number of four poor per-
sons to have the weekly allowance, and also for the maintenance
and keeping in repair of the school- house for the said free school,
to be erected and established in or near the town of Hipperholme ;
and to employ the residue of the yearly rents, profits and income,
together with the annual sum of £5, issuing out of the tenements
of Isaac Broadley, in the will mentioned, for the maintenance and
wages of a learned and sufficient person, being a graduate of the
degree of bachelor of arts at the least, of one of the universities, to
be schoolmaster of the said free-school, to educate and instruct in
grammar and other literature and learning, the scholars and children
of the township and constablery of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse,
only, gratis, and without any other reward : and it was thereby
concluded and agreed, that every increase of the rents and profits
of the said premises, should be employed for the maintenance of
the schoolmaster, except that the expense of any suits or other
trouble concerning the premises, should be deducted out of the
yearly profits ; and that whenever the place of schoolmaster should
be void, the trustees for the time being, should, within one month
after such avoidance, by writing under their hands and seals, appoint
another learned and fit person, qualified as aforesaid, in the room
of such schoolmaster ; and in case of their not appointing a school-
master within two months after such avoidance, it should be lawful
for the vicar of Halifax for the time being, by writing under his
hand and seal, to appoint a fit person, qualified as aforesaid, to be
schoolmaster; and it was thereby agreed, that the schoolmaster
should be allowed, ordered, directed, placed or displaced by the



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said Matthew Broadley, &c. according to such rules and orders as
should be appointed and made by the trustees, or the survivors of
them for the time being, or the greater number of them, for the
rule and government of the said free school, schoolmaster, and poor
people, under their hands and seals, in writing ; and that such rules
should be binding upon aU persons concerned ; and that the trus-
tees, or the greater number of them, should have power to visit
the schoolmaster, and reform all abuses in the school, or in the
schoolmaster or poor people ; and that whensoever there should be
but three of the trustees living or resident within the township of
Hipperholme or vicarage of Halifax, the three survivors, together
with the non-residentiaries of the said trustees, should convey the
rents and premises to nine other sufficient persons inhabiting in
Hipperholme, or the vicarage of Halifax, to the use of such nine
persons, and of the survivors and residentiaries of them the trustees,
so as there should be at least six of the trustees inhabitants of Hip-
perholme, upon the trusts above declared.

"By an inquisition, dated the 29th August, 1662, under a com-
mission of charitable uses, it was found, that the testator, Matthew
Broadley, had made his AviU to the effect aforesaid, and that the
sum of £40 in the will mentioned, had been laid out in erecting a free
school ; and that the sum of £500 had been laid out upon lands for
the maintenance of the same : and that the sum of 52s. part thereof,
was bestowed weekly in bread at Coley Chapel ; and that the lands
and tenements, in the will mentioned, came to the possession of
Isaac Broadley, but he had not paid the said sum of £5, to the use
for which it was intended, in respect that the free school was not
erected until Michaelmas then last past ; and by the decree of the
commissioners in the commission named, it was ordered, that the
several sums of £40. and £500. disposed of according to the will
of the said donors, should stand firm for the maintenance of a school-
master, to teach the said free school within and for the township of
Hipperholme, whereof 52s., be laid out in bread, to be given by
1 2d. on each Sunday at Coley Chapel, to the poor people of
Hipperholme and the Lane Ends ; and that the said charitable gift
of £5. per annum, should be kept up for ever ; and that the said
Isaac Broadley, his heirs and assigns, should pay unto Wm. Farrar,
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Nathan Whitley, Joshua Whitley, John Scholefield, Henry Brig-
house, Joseph Hargreaves and Joseph Lister, feoffees, for the use
of the free school, nominated and appointed by the commissioners,
the yearly sum of £5. for ever, towards the maintenance of the free
school, to be paid out of the rents and profits of the lands and
tenements in Hipperholme aforesaid.

" By indenture, dated 30th. June, 1671, Samuel Sunderland,
of Harden, in the parish of Bingley, Esquire, enfeoffed and granted
unto Richard Hooke, vicar of Halifax, Stephen Ellis, Richard
Langley, Nathan Whitley, Joshua Whitley, William Brook, and
Joseph Lister, their heirs, &c. a messuage, part whereof was con-
verted into a school house, and the buildings, gardens, lands and
hereditaments usually occupied therewith in Hipperholme, in the
occupation of John Coates : and also another messuage, with the
buildings, lands and hereditaments, commonly occupied therewith
at Norwood Green, within the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brig-
house, in the occupation of Samuel Waddington, to the use of the
said Samuel Sunderland, for life ; and after his decease, as to the
said messuage, lands and hereditaments in Hipperholme, in the
occupation of John Coates, to the use of the schoolmaster for the
time being, teaching a free grammar school within the said school-
house for the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse, the same
schoolmaster being thereunto lawfully licensed, and being of the
degree of bachelor of arts, at least, provided that the said school-
master should pay forth of the profits of the said lands and tenements,
the yearly sum of £6. to an usher master, to be nominated by the
feoffees therein named, and their successors, and to be lawfully
licensed and admitted thereunto ; and as to the messuage, lands
and premises at NorAVOod Green, in the occupation of Samuel Wad-
dington, to the use of the most indigent poor people of and within
the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse, the yearly rent thereof
to be distributed unto the said poor people, on the feast days of St.
Thomas and St. John the Baptist, at the school-house, by the
minister, churchwardens and overseers for the poor within the chap-
elries of Coley and Lightclifte ; and to the intent, that as the seven
feoffees should by death be decreased to two, the survivors should,
within three months afterwards, appoint the vicar of Halifax for
the time being, if not one of the surviving feoffees, and six of the



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most discreet inhabitants of the township of Hipperhohue-cum-
Brighouse, or seven, if the vicar be one of the two surviving feoifees ;
and that the two surviving feoffees should, at the request and costs
of the said minister and churchwardens of the said chapelries, convey



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