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the said messuages and premises unto the said seven persons so
nominated, and the survivors of them, for the uses above mentioned ;
and that the same order for electing of feoifees, &c. should be ob-
served as occasion should require ; and that the feoffees should take
care, that the buildings and fences upon the lands should be kept
in sufficient repair.

PARTICULARS AND RENTAL OF THE PROPERTY :—



Property.



Under Broadley's gift, in
Hipperholme township, &
hamlet of LightcUffe :—

House and land, 3 acres .

Cottage

Cottage I

Cottage

Cottage I

Cottage .... :

Building used for a Sun- <

day School \

hi LightcUffe :—

Four closes, being the r
property formerly call- V
edBrooftroyd, Hieroyd-^
Ing, and AUenroyd Ing J

Rent charge of £5 men-
tioned in the will of
Mr. Broadley

Rent charge of £11 a year

Rent charge of £1 10s. a
year



rith a C
len&3
ng al-j
Up. (



Under Sunderland's en-
dowment ; —

1st for master, &c.
The school-house, with
cottage, barn, garden
7 Closes, containini
together, 17a
A house, barn, & garden
and 2 closes, contain- '
ing altogether, 2a. 1r.-
■32 p. now called Helli-
well Syke (

2nd. for the poor.

A dwellinghouse. barn &
7 closes, containing, in (
the whole,1.5A.and 17p.
called Birks close Farm"
and situate at Norwood!
Green '



Tenant and Term-



James Batty, year to year . .
John Naylor, year to year,
Richard Mitchell, year to >

year " 5

Nat. Hirst, j^ear to year . .
Thomas lllingworth year J

to year 5

Wm. Gray, year to year . .
Wm. Pries'tley , as trustee, J
year to year 5



Sir Joseph Radcliffe, bart
under lease for 200 years
from 2nd February, 1657,
granted by Samuel Sunder-
land, ihe donor

Paid out of estate at Lane
Ends, Hipperholme, the
property of Miss A. Walker

Paid by William Earn-
shaw, owner of the proper
ty charged

Paid by Mr. Greenwood
of Leeds, owner of the pro-
perty charged ,



Rev. Richard Hudson, mas-
ter of the school



Richard Woodhead, year to
year



Joseph Brook, under lease
for 11 or 14 years, at £28
a year. Th:s lease was
granted about two years



20

5 5

5 6 2

2 12 6

2 12 6

2 12 6

3 10



-600

-500
-II
- 1 10



) Rent free

worth
'about£90
) a year

full value
■"13 2



Part of the property,
leased by Sir Joseph Rad-
cliffe, being one acre less
by about 200 yards, has
been taken for the Hud-
dersfield and Bradford
turnpike road; the com-
pensation to be paid is
not yet settled, but is
expected to be about lOOi.

Recognized in a deed
respecting the proper-
ty, dated the 16lh of
April, 24 Charles II.



- This last lot, in the
occupation of Joseph
Brook, was let m 1806
for £14 a year. In Ja-
nuary, 1807, it was let
for 2*0i. a year, the
sum of 120/. having
been laid out in build-
ings, &c. arising from
surplus rents, and
money from sale of
wood.' It was after-
wards let at 30/. a year
but the tenant left the
property in very bad
condition ; it was ne-
cessary to turn him
out by ejectment, and
■the suit cost about 100/



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 191

"The school estates were last conveyed to new trustees in 1824.

"The property which is in the occupation of tenants, is let for
the full annual value.

" The rents and income of the school estates and property are
received by the agent of the trustees, and are paid by him to the
master of the school.

"In 1804, some coal, under part of the school property, was
sold for £705, part of which was laid out in converting an old malt-
kiln and barn into cottages, and the remainder, amounting to
£437 Os. 3d. was placed and remains in the bank of Messrs. Rawson
and Co., of Halifax, at interest, and the interest is paid to the
master. It was the intention of the trustees to lay out the fund in
a purchase of land, and the money was placed in the bank, to be
ready for that purpose.

"The school has been kept up as a grammar school by the masters
for the time being, with the assistance of an usher, appointed by the
master, and properly qualified to instruct boys in the elements of a
classical education; boys of the township of Hipperholme cum
Brighouse being admitted as free scholars, to be instructed in Greek
and Latin. The school has also been attended by boarders or foreigners
the number of whom has at different times been very considerable ;
but, since Midsummer 1826, the master, who is of advanced age,
has discontinued to receive boarders. The boys are also instructed
in writing and accounts, by masters for that purpose ; the charge
for such instruction to the free scholars being Is. a week, for writing
and arithmetic, and 9d. a week, for writing only.

" It is represented, that the number of free scholars has been
frequently from 20 to 40 ; and that at the time of this enquiry there
were about 20 attending the school : but that number, we apprehend,
exceeds what may be fairly considered the fair average attendance
of scholars at the present time.

"Some complaint has been urged as to the management of the
school in this particular, that the boys entitled to the freedom of
the school are not instructed gratuitously in writing and arithmetic,
and instances are referred to, as having occurred, of boys of the
poorer class not having been required to pay for such instruction ;
allowing, however, that such instances have occurred, we find no
reason to conclude, that the school has ever been conducted in the



192 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

main otherwise than as a regular grammar school ; and regard heing
had to the conduct of it, and more particularly to the footing on
which it was placed as a grammar school, by the deed of 1661, and
the recognition of such its establishment by the decree of the com-
missioners of charitable uses, it appears to us that the school cannot
otherwise be properly conducted than as an institution for teaching
the superior branches of education in the usual way, and that the
master cannot be required to supply gratuitous instruction in such
elements of knowledge as are not properly subservient to that
general purpose .

" As to that part of the property at Norwood Green, now called
Berks close Furze, which was given by Samuel Sunderland, by the
deed of 1671, to the use of the most indigent poor people of and
within the township of Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse, we find that
it had been let for a term of 200 years, which expired in 1806, at
£8 a year ; that in 1806, the rent was advanced to £14 ; that in
January 1807, the sum of £120, arising partly from the sale of
wood, was laid out in buildings, &c., and the rent was advanced to
£20 a year ; and that some time afterwards the farm was let for £30
a year, but that the tenant having mismanaged the property, and
refusing to give up possession, a considerable expenditure was incurred
in law charges to recover possession, and a further expenditure was
made in buildings and repairs ; and that there was due at the time
of this inquiry, to the executors of the late James Lister, esquire,
who M-^as one of the trustees, and to another person, for money
advanced for the above purposes, the sum of £86. 8s. l|d. Net-
withstanding the advance of the rent, the trustees have never
distributed more than the old reserved rent of £8 a year among the
poor since the expiration of the term of 200 years, the management
of the trust having been involved in considerable difficulty, and
attended with considerable loss. It appears to us, from the accounts
exhibited, and the explanation given on the part of the trustees,
that the loss has not been occasioned by neglect or misconduct of
the trustees for the time being, although they have not held regular
meetings at stated times, as they ought to have done."



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 193

brooksbank's gift.

"James Brooksbank, by will, dated 25th January 1706, gave the
yearly rent-charge of 6s. 8d. out of a messuage, with the lands and
appurtenances thereto belonging, at or near Norwood Green, in the
township of Hipperholrae, payable at Midsummer and Christmas,
by equal portions, unto Samuel Riddlesden and Eliezer Tettley,
their heirs and assigns, upon trust, to distribute the same to the
poorest inhabitants in and about Norwood Green, most in need.

"This annuity is paid out of a farm, the property of John Holland,
in the occupation of William Rhodes, and is regularly distributed.



WHITLEY S GIFT.

"By indenture, dated 3d February, 32d Charles 2d, reciting that
Thomas Whitley, by will dated 17th November, 7th Charles 1st,
gave to the poor of the township of Hipperholme £40, to be distri-
buted amongst them, by Francis Gates, Michael Whitley and John
Whitley, all then deceased ; and that the interest thereof having
been neglected to be distributed, the inhabitants of the township
had applied to Sir John Armitage, bart. and others, the commission-
ers under a commission of charitable uses, who, by decree, dated
29th August J 662, had decreed that Joseph Fournish, and Phoebe
his wife, and Judith Whitley, Richard Law, and Esther his wife,
and Grace Whitley and Joshua Whitley, and Thomas Lister, should
pay to the poor of Hipperholme £40 and three years' interest, to be
kept as a stock, the interest thereof to be distributed, yearly, amongst
the poor people there, with the assistance of the churchwardens and
overseers of the said town ; and further reciting, that neglect having
been made in payment of the said interest, and thereupon complaint
having been made to the said court, a writ of subpoena, in the
nature of a scire facias, had been granted against the persons therein
named, to show cause why they should not perform the said decree ;
and further reciting, that the said Samuel Lister, Joshua Whitley.
James Gates and Benjamin Law, being served with copies of the
said writ, and having inquired after and informed themselves
concerning the truth of the premises, and being rather inclinable to
promote so charitable a gift, and having met together, had agreed



194 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

to perpetuate the said charitable gift out of their own estates equally,
not knowing they had any assets belonging to the said legacy in
their hands ; it is witnessed that the said Samuel Lister, for his part
of the said sum of £40, and in pursuance of the said decree, granted
unto Richard Langley, Stephen Ellis, Jonathan Priestley, and six
others, therein-named, their heirs and assigns, a yearly rent- charge
of 10s. out of a messuage called Kirktrees, in LightclifFe, with the
ground thereto belonging, payable at Martinmas, with power of
distress, to the intent that the said yearly sum of 10s. should be
yearly distributed by the said Samuel Lister and others, on St.
Thomas's day, at the Free School at Hipperholme, to the poor
people of the said township, with the assistance of the churchwardens
and overseers of the town ; and if none of the trustees should be
present before the hour of ten o'clock on the said day, then by the
churchwardens and overseers ; and also to the intent, that when the
feoffees should by death be decreased to the number of two, the
survivors should, with the assistance of four of the principal inha-
bitants of the township, appoint seven of the most able and discreet
inhabitants within the township, and assign the rent-charge of 10s.
unto the said seven inhabitants, and the surviving feoffees, in trust
for the use above-mentioned.

"It does not appear that the residue of the yearly interest of the
gift of £40 was charged or secured in a similar manner, with the
sum of 10s. a year, secured by the above deed, but the payment of
the whole interest of the £40 has been usually made as a rent-charge
issuing out of lands, in the proportions and out of the estates
following; viz. — ten shillings a year out of an estate called the
Harby Head, in Hipperholme, now the property of John Walker
esquire ; 10s. a year out of the Yew Tree Farm, in Hipperholme,
now the property of Captain Lister, both which payments are
regularly made ; and £1 a year which used to be paid out of a farm
called Dearden's farm, in Hipperholme, now the property of Mrs.
Susan Hokoyd, widow of the late Mr. Joseph Holroyd, and which
was purchased by her husband from Mr. John Dearden, in 1814,
but since the time of the purchase, the sum of £1 a year has not
been paid.

"The money paid has been duly distributed by the churchwardens,
and overseers of the poor, amongst poor persons of Hipperholme-



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 195

cum-Brighouse. We have applied to Mrs. Holroyd, respecting the
sum of £1 a year, formerly paid out of her property, and have
intimated to her, that the payment ought to be resumed and continued.



GIBSON S GIFT.



"Michael Gibson, esquire, left by will, dated 17th April, 1731,
the sum of Is. a week, to be distributed in bread every Sunday,
among twelve poor persons resident in Hove Edge and Upper-lane,
by the minister and chapelwardens at LightclifFe chapel.

"The yearly sum of £2 12s. is charged on an estate called Pear
Trees, in LightclifFe, and the money is duly distributed in bread by
the churchwardens.



SUTCLIFFE S GIFT.



"The Rev. Richard Sutcliffe, by wUl, dated in 1782, gave 203.
a year to William Walker, esquire, of Crow-nest, and the minister
and chapelwardens of LightclifFe, and their successors, to be by
them distributed to 20 poor persons, not receiving parochial relief,
at LightclifFe chapel on Christmas day.

"This yearly sum is paid in respect of an estate at Sheard Green,
in Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse, belonging to the incumbent of
LightclifFe Chapel, having been purchased with Queen Anne's
bounty, in 1749, and the money is duly distributed.



GLEDHILL S GIFT, AND WILLIAM WALKER S GIFT.

"James Gledhill, by will, dated in 1789, gave to William Walker,
esquire, of Crownest, and his successors, the sum of £50, to the
intent that one half thereof should be distributed in linen cloth to
eight poor women, and the other half be applied to the use of the
Sunday schools, but if the Sunday schools should be discontinued,
it should be distributed to the poor at LightclifFe chapel, on Christ-
mas day.

"William Walker, of Crownest, esquire, by his will, dated the
19th August 1809. gave to his executors and trustees, and their
o 2



196 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

heirs, an annuity, clear yearly rent or sum of £10, upon trust, that
they or the survivors or survivor of them, and his heirs, should
distribute the same at the chapel at LightclifFe, on Christmas day,
in every year, amongst such poor persons of the township of
Hipperholme, as they should think fit : the sum of £2, part thereof,
being the interest of £50 paid to him under the will of the late
James Gledhill, and the residue thereof he declared to he a donation
from himself; and he also charged his estates thereafter given to
his brother John Walker, with the payment of the same ; and as to
all the remainder of his real estates, subject to the payment of his
debts, annuities and funeral expenses, he devised the same to his
said brother John, his heirs and assigns ; and he appointed his
brother John Walker, and his nephews William Priestley and John
Priestley, joint executors of his will.

"The residuary real estates devised to the testator's brother,
John Walker, are now the property of John Walker, esquire, son
of the devisee, who is entitled also to the testator's personal estate,
subject to the payment of debts, &c.

"The sum of £10 a year is regularly paid, and £8 thereof is
distributed by the executors of the testator at Christmas day,
among poor people of Hipperholme, in money or clothing, and the
sum of 40s. a year, under Gledhill's gift, is applied, one half in
linen, to eight poor women, 'and the other half to the use of a
Sunday school.



LOST CHARITIES.



"We find that a Mrs. Mary Bedford, in or about the year 1735,
gave £200 to a school at Brighouse, and that several proceedings
were had, under a commission of charitable uses, concerning the
charity ; but on examination of the documents which exist relating
to this subject, we find that the fund has been long irrecoverable.

"We also find it mentioned in Watson's History of Halifax, that
William Birkhead, in 1638, gave £5 for charitable purposes in
LightclifFe and Hipperholme, and that in 1651, the money was in
the hands of Samuel Hoyle. but of this charity we can obtain no
further account.



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 197

TOWNSHIP OF OVENDEN.
bowcock's charity.

"The yearly sum of £6 received for the poor of Ovenden, under
this charity, of which an account is given among those for the poor
of the tovv^nship of Halifax, is distributed by trustees chosen for the
township at Christmas, yearly, among such poor persons thereof,
as have received no parochial relief within the year.



SOMERSCALE S CHARITY.



"An account of this donation is given among the charities in
the township of Halifax.



FOURNESS S CHARITY.

"By indenture, dated the 3d June 1 701, Phoebe Fourness enfeoffed
unto William lUingworth and four other trustees and their heirs, a
cottage in the township of Ovenden, and a parcel of common land,
containing by estimation one acre,, adjoining upon Somerscale's
charity lands, upon trust, to pay the yearly sum of 1 Os. to some
ecclesiastical person, as should every Sunday read divine service,
and preach in Illingworth chapel, and to dispose of the residue of
the yearly rents and profits of the premises amongst such poor
persons, inhabitants of the township of Ovenden, as should frequent
the said service and sermons on the feasts of Saint John the Baptist
and Christmas day, yearly by equal portions ; and it was directed,
that when the trustees should be reduced to two, the premises
should be conveyed to three, four, or more substantial persons,
inhabitants of the township of Ovenden, upon the like trust.

"It does not appear, that new trustees were ever appointed, and
it is unknown in whom the legal estate is vested.

"The cottage mentioned in the indenture is supposed to be the
same with a cottage now divided into two tenements, in the
occupation of Thomas Mitchell, and Thomas Robertshaw, in respect
of which, the yearly sum of 10s. is paid to the minister of the chapel



198 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

in Ovenden, but the same annual sum having been invariably paid
by Mitchell and his ancestors, in possession of the cottage, he claims
the property as his ovi'n, subject only to a fixed payment ; and though
little doubt exists as to the insufficiency of his title, from the small
value of the property, and the expense of proceedings to recover it,
an attempt to regain the cottage by process of law, would scarcely
be warranted.

"The acre of land is let with Somerscale's charity land adjoining
and is in effect treated as part of that estate.



POOR S COTTAGE,



"A cottage at Swillhill, in Ovenden, understood to be given by
Isaac Walton, for the poor of Ovenden, is at present occupied by
poor people, put in by the overseers.



TOWNSHIP OF NORTHOWRAM.

THE FREE SCHOOL.

''This school, which is under the management of trustees chosen
from the inhabitants, was established under the will of Joseph
Crowther, in or about the year 1711, for the teaching of 12 poor
children of Northowram, whose parents are least able to pay for
their education, and its emolument consists of a school, dwelling-
house and croft, in the occupation of the master, rent free ; and a
farm, comprising a house, bam, cottage, and 10^ acres of land, in
the township of Northowram, let by the trustees to Abram Toodolf,
as yearly tenant, at the rent of £21 per annum, which is the full
annual value. The trustees out of the rent of the farm, pay a
stipend of £16 a year to the master of the school, and he teaches
12 poor children, nominated by the trustees, as free scholars, to
read, and instructs them in writing and arithmetic, on payment of
a moderate quarterage, together with others, who attend as pay
scholars.

"The stipend of the master was increased from £7 to £16 in



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 199

the year 1811, at which time the rent of the school estate was raised
from £8 to £21, and the surplus rents have been since retained,
for the purpose of making repairs and improvements on the farm
and buildings thereon : these have been partly applied, and it is
apprehended that the balance remaining in hand, which, at the time
of this inquiry, was £20 14s. lid,, will not be more than sufficient
for their completion.

"The account of the rents and expenditure is kept by one of the
trustees, and examined by the others, at meetings held for the
purpose.



HALL S CHARITY.



"Jeremiah Hall, M. D,by his will, dated in 1687, directed two
sums of £50 each, to be laid out by his executors and trustees, in
purchasing ground in Booth Town, and erecting dwellings thereon,
for two old men and two old women, natives of Booth Town, and
a schoolhouse ; and he gave the further sum of £100, and the sum
of £230, then secured upon mortgage, to provide for the mainte-
nance of the poor people, and for payment of a stipend of £5 to a
person who should teach ten poor children, natives of Booth Town,
in the school, gratis.

"This charity is under the management of twelve trustees. The
almshouse and school, erected in pursuance of the testator's direction,
were rebuilt about twenty-five years ago, and comprise four tenements
for the almspeople, a school and house for the master ; and the
estates purchased with the funds given for the support of the alms-
people and teacher, consist of the following particulars, and are let
by the trustees, as follows : —

"1. — A farm called Moor Falls, in the township of Northowram,
containing 14 acres of land, or thereabout, let to James Wood, as
tenant from year to year, at £36 per annum.

"2. — Two farms in Ovenden, called Brockholes, one containing
a house and 17a. 2r. 16p. of land, and the other a house and 12a.
2r. 12p. of land, let respectively to John Bancroft, and James
Priestley, as yearly tenants, at rents amounting together to £78
per annum.



200 PUBLIC CHARITIES.

"3. — Two allotments on Ovenden Moor, containing together
about five acres and a half, awarded about seven years ago.

"These allotments are held by the tenants of the farms in Ovenden,
rent free, on consideration of their inclosing and bringing them into
cultivation, which has been partly done.

"The farms are let for their full annual value. The trustees pay
to each of the four almspeople, who dwell in the almshouse, and are
chosen by the trustees, £10 a-year, and to a schoolmaster £28 a
year, as a salary for teaching five poor children to read and write,
and twenty-five others to read. The remainder of the rents has been
retained for and laid out by the trustees in making some recent
considerable repairs and improvements upon the charity estates, and
as these are nearly completed, it may be expected, that the stipends
of the almspeople will shortly be increased.

"The accounts are kept by one of the trustees, as treasurer, and
are examined by the trustees at their meetings, held half-yearly.



TOWNSHIP OF SOWERBY.

THE ALMSHOUSES.

"Elkana Norton, of Thornton, in the parish of Bradford, by will,
dated September 19th, 1728, after setting forth that he had erected
six apartments at Sowerby for the habitation of three men and
three women, born in the chapelry of Sowerby, and inclosed some
ground before the same, to be divided into six gardens for their
several uses, and a middle room, or oratory for their daily assembling
in for prayers, he gave the same to the six men and women in the
apartments and their successors, to be chosen by his trustees, and
such other as their counsel should advise ; and he willed, that the
three men and three women should be of the age of sixty and
unmarried, and remain so during the continuing in their apartments ;
and he gave unto each of the six two shillings and sixpence a month,
to be paid to them at the end of each calendar month; and he willed
that one of the three men should, twice every day, assemble the
other five persons, by ringing a bell, and read a chapter out of the
New Testament, and a proper prayer, to which reader he gave five



PUBLIC CHARITIES. 201

shillings quarterly for doing it ; and he willed, that so much of his
real estate, or as much other estate be purchased, as would raise
yearly sufficiently for paying the said allowances clear, and also
keep the buildings in good repair for ever ; and if more be set out
than will do it, the overplus to be divided equally amongst the said
six, and be settled in trust as counsel should advise.

"The almshouse mentioned in the will, consists of six small



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