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indenture mentioned, provided that when there should be only five
acting trustees, the vacancy should be supplied by the appointment
of so many additional persons, being protestants of the church of
England, as vi^ould make up the number of fifteen trustees, such
appointment to be made by the major part of the protestants of the
tovs^nship of Heptonstall, with the consent and approbation of a
majority of the surviving trustees, present at a vestry meeting, con-
vened for that purpose.

"The several sums or payments to charitable uses, mentioned
in the deed, amounting in the whole to £18. 13s. 6d. a-year, have
been regularly paid since the death of the donor in 1823, by the
trustees, out of the rents of the estate, and applied according to
the directions contained in the indenture.

"The master of the Sunday school performs the duty enjoined,
and a sermon is preached yearly, on Whitsunday, in aid of the

"The sum of £5. 4s. directed to be laid out in bread, is applied
by the churchwardens in a weekly distribution of loaves at the
church every Sunday morning, among 23 poor persons, if so many
attend divine service, each poor person receiving a cake or loaf.
The surplus, if any, is given amongst the children attending the
Sunday school.


"Henry Pollard, by will, dated in 1608, gave the yearly sum
of £2 7s. out of a farm in Stansfield, called Jump's Farm, the
property of Mr. Richard Naylor, 9s. thereof to the minister of
Cross Stones Chapel in Stansfield, and £1 18s. to the use of the
poor of Stansfield.

"These payments are duly made and applied.


watkinson's charity.
The Rev. Edicard Waihinson, D. D. by deed dated June 2,


1732, conveyed to John Dearden, and Stephen Atkinson, and
their heirs, a messuage with the appurtenances in Vicar Lane, Leeds,
of the yearly rent of £4, and two cottages, with the appurtenances
belonging to the said messuage, and standing in the fold adjoining,
of the yearly rent of £1. 6s,, and two cottages with the appurten-
ances, at Hunslet, in the parish of Leeds, of the yearly rent of
£1. 10s. in trust, that they should, with the rents and profits,
purchase twelve two-penny loaves, weekly, for the benefit of 12
poor widows ; viz. six within the township of Midgley, and six
Avithin the township of Warley ; and in default of such number of
widows there, then for the benefit of the most necessitous persons
in the said townships to be distributed by the chapelwardens of
Luddenden, every Sunday in the year, soon after morning service ;
six of the widows or necessitous persons to be chosen out of the
township of Midgley, by the chapelwarden of that township, and
six of them out of the township of Warley, by the chapelwarden of
that township, the poor to be personally present at the distribution
of the bread, unless prevented by sickness or some bodily infirmity ;
and that each poor person should have, upon Trinity Sunday, 6d.,
and upon Sunday next before Christmas, 12d., and upon Easter
Sunday, 66.,, over and besides the bread ; and the remaining clear
yearly rent should be detained by the person who should take the
trouble to collect the rents, and look after the said premises.

"There has been no conveyance of the property to fresh trustees
since the execution of the deed above mentioned, and the charity
is under the management of the minister and chapelwardens of

"The premises in Vicar-lane, in Leeds, now consist of a house
and some cottages behind, and those at Hunslet, of six small houses.
The whole property was held by a person named Whitehead, under
a long lease, which expired about ten years ago, the rent being
about ten pounds a year ; and after the expiration of the lease, it
continued to be held for some time by the representative of the
lessee, at the old rent ; and then the premises in Vicar-lane were let
to James Kaye, by lease, for 21 years, at the rent of £21 a year,
subject to a condition to rebuild, but that condition not being per-
formed, and Kaye having become insolvent, the chapelwardens, in
1824, entered into an agreement with Joseph Pickering, to let the


premises in Vicar-lane to him, on a building lease for 21 years, to
commence the 1st May 1826, at the yearly rent of £21, on con-
dition that he should previously rebuild that part of the premises
which adjoined Vicar-lane, and the remainder of the premises within
four years after the commencement of the lease ; these terms being
the best that could be obtained. The house fronting into Vicar-
lane was built before the lease was executed, and the lease was
executed in April 1826. The six cottages at Hunslet are let to
different persons, at rents amounting to £13 16s. a year; but the
tenants being poor persons the rents cannot be regularly or fully
obtained, and the cottages being in bad condition, it would be ex-
pedient to let them on a building lease, which is intended to be done,
when a proper opportunity arises.

"There was no rent received for the Vicar-lane premises for one
year previous to November 1825, and Messrs. Robert Midgley, and
Thomas Kitchen the chapelwardens, advanced £10. lOs. each, for
the continuance of the charity during the year 1825, and the sum
of £6. 12s. 8d. received lately for rent of the Hunslet cottages, has
been applied towards re-payment of the money advanced by them.

"Part of the rents of the property have been applied in buying
bread for poor widows, distributed Aveekly in the chiirch at Ludden-
den, and since the rent has been advanced, the number of widows
has been increased to twenty, and such part of the rent as has not
been applied in buying bread, has been distributed among the poor
widows in money, on the days mentioned in the will, no charge
having been made hitherto for collecting the rents.


law's charity.

"Mary Law, by will dated February 4th, 1701, devised her
real estates at Lower Woodhouse, and in Rastrick, to Thomas
Hanson, his heirs, and assigns, and to the minister of Rastrick,
and his successors, in trust, as to a messuage and tenement at
Lower WoodhousC; to the maintenance of four poor widows, to be


chosen within the town and township of Rastrick, at the discretion
of the said Thomas Hanson and his heirs, and the minister of Ras-
trick, and his successors ; and as to all the testatrix's messuages,
lands, and tenements in Rastrick, to the use of a school at Rastrick,
for teaching 20 poor children to read and write, to be chosen within
the town of Rastrick and Brighouse, at the discretion of the trustees
above mentioned.

" The present trustees are Messrs. John Pitchforth and Samuel
Freeman, as the husbands of the two co-heirs of Thomas Hanson,
and the minister of Rastrick.

"The property at Lower Woodhouse, which comprises a house,
barn, fold, garden, cottage, and about 5a. and IOp. of land, is let
by the trustees to James Iredale, as tenant from year to year, at
£18 a year, the full annual value, and the rent is divided equally,
and paid in pensions among four poor widows, properly selected by
the trustees. The property in Rastrick consists of a house, out-
buildings, and 11a. and 39p. of land, let to John Preston at £28
a year, the fair value ; two cottages, let at £9. 2s. a year, the fair
value ; and two other cottages, lately erected by the trustees, and
not yet occupied, but worth, to let, about £14. a year.

"The trustees pay a stipend of £22. 10s. a year to the master
of Rastrick school, for instructing 20 poor children of Rastrick and
Brighouse, nominated by the trustees, two thirds being usually
from Rastrick, and one-third from Brighouse, in reading and writing.
The number of free scholars is properly kept up ; they are taught
arithmetic when required, on payment of a charge for such instruc-
tion, and are taught with other children, brought up at the expense
of their friends.

"The trustees have of late years expended the whole of the
surplus rents, and also a sum of money arising from the sale of stone
out of a quarry in a close, called the School Croft, in rebuilding
the school and farm-house, and one of the cottages, erecting the two
new cottages, and effecting other repairs and improvements by which
the value of the property has been greatly augmented. The
repairs are not quite completed, but it is expected that means will
shortly exist of increasing the stipend of the schoolmaster. Part
of the money produced by the sale of stone, amounting to £83 9s. 9d.
was placed in the bank of Messrs. Brooks and Co. of Huddersfield,


who lately became bankrupts. Some dividend has been paid, and
at the time of this induiry there was a balance of £5 or £6 only
in the hands of the trustees.



"Sarah Gledhill, by will, dated 13th October, 1657, bequeathed
£200 to be laid out by her Executors in the purchase of lands to
be vested in feoffees, in trust, to pay the yearly rents to a school-
master in the town or township of Barkisland, to teach such number
of poor children of the town and township to read English, and write
or cast accounts, or further learning, as the feoffees and their heirs
should think meet, and the funds would extend to.

The legacy was laid out in 1658, in the purchase of an estate at
Gomersall, comprising a house, barn, and about 14 acres of land,
which is vested by deeds, dated in 1822, in the Rev. Joshua Horton
and William Horton, Thomas Norton, Francis Hackitt, and Nathan-
iel Wainhouse, esquires, the present trustees.

"The estate is let to Wooller, by lease granted in 1807, for

twenty-one years, at the yearly rent of £31 10s., and on the
expiration of the lease may probably be let at £40 a year.

"The rent is paid with the sanction of the trustees, to the
master of a school, kept in an ancient school-room at Bai'kisland,
to which a dwelling-house for the master, a garden and play-ground
are annexed. The dwelling-house, it is stated, was built about
40 years ago, at the expence of the late Mrs. Bold and Joshua
Horton, esquire, the then proprietors of Barkisland Hall.

" Twelve poor children, the number determined by the trustees,
are instructed as free scholars in reading, writing, arithmetic, and
other branches of learning, and have the opportunity of being taught
Latin when required, and the school is attended by upwards of 40
other children, educated at the expense of their friends.





By will of ElizabethHor- 1
ton, 13th July, 1670, V-
for the poor J

Ditto for minister of Rip- 1
ponden, for a Sermon >-
on Good Friday 3

By will of William Hor- )
ton, 8th October, 1713, >
forpoor of Barkisland. )

And for minister of Rip-^
ponden for a Sermon V-
on the 24th of June. . . . j

By will of James Riley
6th May, 1733, for the
poor of Barkisland. . . .

And for seven widows,
or widowers, or poor
persons of Sowerby . .


s. d.


1 10

1 10



Property charged.

'The Pearce Hay farm
) at Barkisland, the
property of P. Pat-
"old. Esq


i Jackson'sing, inSow-
>- erby, the property
V of Mr. Clay

I Farm at High Moor,
belonging to Sir
George Armitage

I baronet

Application and

Distributed according
to the will

Paid to the minister . .

Applied according to
the will

C Duly applied and
3 distributed by the
^ respective overseers
' ot the poor

" Mention is made, in the returns of 1786, of a further donation
of 30s. a year to the poor of Barkisland, under the name of Mary
Turner's charity; and from Watson's History of Halifax, p. 556,
the annuity appears to have been secured by a deed, dated 16th
February 1743, enrolled in Chancery, out of a messuage on Stain-
land green, caUed the New Laith, and three closes of land, thereto
belonging ; but we do not find that the charity was ever paid, nor
have we been able to ascertain the identity of the premises described
in the deed, as charged with the payment.*


"The sum of £170, given for the minister of Ripponden chapel,
and £50, given for the poor of Barkisland, by the will of Thomas
Gledhill, in 1656, were laid out in the purchase of a farm, con-
sisting of a house, barn, and 11a. 3p. of land, and the rents thereof
are appropriated, in due proportion, to the use of the minister and
of the poor.

"The farm is let, by the minister of Ripponden, and the overseers
of the poor of Barkisland, to John Wilson, as tenant from year to
year, at the yearly rent of £34, being the fair value : and the sum
of £10 a year, being the portion of rent for the poor, is distributed

' Watson says "the money is yearly distributed by the present owner of Howroyd.
The original deed is at the seat of Sir Watts Horton, at Chaderton."


at Christmas, by the overseers and some of the principal inhabitants,
among poor persons of Barkisland, not receiving constant parochial


"An almshouse in Barkisland, containing two tenements,
occupied by two poor widows, has an endowment attached of £3 a
year, issuing, as supposed, out of a farm called Cat Edge, the
property of the family of Bold, and the annuity is divided between
the widows ; but no writings are known to exist respecting the
origin of the charity, or the endowment.



"Edivard Wainhouse, by will, dated September 18th, 1686,
gave to the old people and poor persons of the town of Norland, a
messuage or tenement, called Butterise, in Norland ; and he directed
that the rents should be paid to the overseers of the poor of the town,
and that they should take one or two of the heads of the town to
the distribution of the rents, and that but a little thereof should go
to those persons which should have allowances, or nothing at all of
it ; and he authorized the overseers of the poor, with one or two of
the heads of the town, to let the messuage or tenement as often as
need should require.

"The devised premises now consist of three cottage houses, and
between two and three acres of land, with a barn, in Norland.

"The land, two of the cottages, and barn are let to Thomas
Howard, as yearly tenant, at the annual rent of £17 ; and the other
cottage to the overseers of the poor for the use of the township, at
the yearly rent of £1 Is. ; and the property is let at its fair annual
value. The rent is distributed by the overseers of the poor, with
the assistance of some of the inhabitants, among poor persons of
the township of Norland, a preference being shown and larger sums
given to such as do not receive parochial relief ; from the sum dis-


tributed each time, however, a deduction of from 5s. to 10s. has
been usually made, for the expense of refreshment allowed to the
persons who attend at the distribution, with the overseers. Some
allowance for refreshment is probably expedient, as an inducement
to attend at the distribution ; but an allowance to more than three
persons, at the most, seems scarcely requisite for effecting the
testator's object."

All the charities included in the foregoing Report, with one or
two exceptions, are referred to by Watson ; but there are several
Benefactions mentioned by that gentleman, which are omitted in the
Report : these it will be proper to notice. Mr. Watson's account
is considerably abbreviated, but without altering the material facts.


FRANCES Grantham's SEauEST.

Frances Grantham gave and bequeathed, by will, to the poor of
EUand and Fixby, to be paid on Christmas day, yearly for ever, one
shilling a piece to twenty poor men, and twenty poor women, and
one shilling a piece to tAvelve poor boys : and to secure the payment
of the money directed that fifty-two pounds shouid be jilaced in such
hands as her sister Thornhill should think meet, that the interest
thereof might yearly pay the same.

It is also said, that Mrs. Grantham gave ten shillings yearly to
the poor of EUand, and the same sum to the poor of Rastrick and

Joseph Brookshank, citizen and haberdasher of London, by in-
denture, dated Oct. 4th, 1712, conveyed to trustees, a messuage
or tenement, with a barn, an orchard, a yard, and a croft, contain-
ing one acre, in or near a street in EUand called the Westgate :
and also four selions of land in a field at EUand, called Longmanslands,
or Lowmost-town-field ; and also four lands in the middle or
Stainland- steel-field : and also four lands lying in the High-town-
field : and two other lands, lying from Oyl Mabb-top ; also six
messuages or tenements at the west end of the town of EUand, in
a street called the Town-end ; also a messuage or tenement called
the Little Upper Harper Royd, in the township of Norland, contain-
ing, by estimation, ten days Avork : in trust that the said trustees.


and the survivors and survivor of them, and the heirs and assigns
of such survivor, should permit a certain messuage or tenement in
EUand, (mentioned in the above indenture as having been in the
occupation of one Lavprence Manknowles, school-master, and in-
tended by the said Joseph Brooksbank to be settled as for a free
school, for the educating and teaching forty poor children, boys
and girls, belonging to the town of EUand,) to be from time to
time, for ever hereafter, used and enjoyed as and for the school-
house of the said free school. And should yearly out of the rents
and profits of the said messuages, lands, and premises, (after the
necessary charges in repairing and supporting the same should be
from time to time deducted) pay by equal quarterly payments, unto
a schoolmaster, for teaching the said forty poor children to read
the English tongue, till such time as they could readily read the
bible, and repeat without book the catechism, (commonly called the
assembly's catechism) the clear sum of ten pounds, without deduc-
tion. And upon farther trust yearly to expend the sum of thirty
shillings in buying ten bibles and twenty catechisms, (commonly
called the assembly's catechisms,) to be yearly distributed amongst
the said forty poor children, in such manner as the major part of
the trustees, for the time being should think fit. And if, after the
above-mentioned trusts should be fully satisfied and discharged,
there should out of the clear yearly rents, issues, and profits of the
said premises, remain in the hands of the said trustees more monies
than were sufficient to discharge the said trusts, and such necessary
charges of repairs as aforesaid, and after incident charges in execu-
tion of the said trusts, then upon farther trust to pay yearly the
overplus, if any, unto such schoolmaster, for the time being, as an
addition to his allowance, or salary, for teaching the forty poor
children above-mentioned, and for no other use, intent, or purpose
whatsoever. And to the, end the trusts mentioned in the said in-
denture might be the better performed, it was therein declared, that
the school-master of the said free school should be, from time to
time, chosen by the said trustees, or the major part of them ; and
that upon every vacancy of the schoolmaster's place, or office, by
death or otherwise, another school-master should by them be elected
within three calendar months next after such vacancy. Also, that
the said trustees, or the major part of them, for the time being.


should have the sole power, of nominating and electing the said
forty poor children, to be taught to read as aforesaid, and of re-
moving or displacing the same, from time to time, and of putting
others in the room of those who die, or are dismissed, or go away
from the said school. And also that in case the said schoolmaster
should be negligent or careless in the discharge of his duty, or
otherwise misbehave himself in his said office, it should be lawful
for the said trustees, or the major part of them, for the time being
from time to time to remove such schoolmaster, and to elect another
in his room. The said schoolmaster also, for the time being, was
not at any time to receive or take any fee or reward from the pa-
rents, relations, or friends, of the said poor children, for or in res-
pect of their being taught to read as aforesaid, (the wages, or salary
thereby allowed him only excepted,) under the pain of forfeiting and
losing his place or office of schoolmaster. When the trustees were
reduced to two or under, the survivor or survivors were to convey
to others ; and if at any time the trustees for the time being, should
not be suffered to perform the trusts reposed in them, or the said
school-master should in any wise be obstructed in the performance
of his office, then, and in either of the said cases, the said trustees
for the time being might, and they were directed and enjoined, to
re-convey and assure the above messuages, lands, and premises to
the use of the said Joseph Brooksbank, his heirs and assigns for


Frances Thornhill by will, dated July 3 1st, 1718, gave and be-
queathed nine hundred pounds to be laid out to pious and charitable
uses in the manner following ; the sum of one hundred and fifty
pounds, and the interest thereof, into the hands of the heir and chief
of her family of Fixby, her nephew, Thomas Thornhill, Esq ; to be
the first trustee. And her will was, that his heirs, being the prin-
cipals of her name and family of Fixby aforesaid, should successively
for ever be trustees to see the said one hundred and fifty pounds laid
out in a purchase, for building or making a proper habitation for
teaching and improving ten poor girls in spinning wool, knitting.


sewing, reading, and writing, and to be taught the catechism of
the church of England, and private prayers for them every morning
and night. And for the continuance of that her good intention for
ever, she devised four hundred pounds, being further part of the
said nine hundred pounds, to rest in the heir of Fixby's hands for
the time being, whom she desired to consult with the minister of
Elland for the time being, to chuse a proper master and dame to
teach and instruct the said ten poor girls ; the interest of which
said sum of four hundred pounds to be annually laid out, and paid
for the salaries of the said master and dame, and maintenance of
the said poor girls, in such manner and proportion as the said heir
of Fixby, or trustee for that her charity for the time being, should
see proper and convenient. And the said testatrix's desire was
that the said poor girls might, from time to time, be chosen out of
the greatest objects of charity which should then be living in Fixby,
and the town and parish of Elland, so as the said school may be
preserved and kept up for ever for the purposes aforesaid ; and that
the heir and owner of Fixby for the time being, should take great
care in his choice of a master and dame as aforesaid, for the good
teaching and looking after these ten poor girls, so that they may
have all necessaries provided for them, and that the said master
might read unto them the prayers of the church of England every
night after the girls gave over work. And the said testatrix also
devised two hundred pounds more, part of the said nine hundred
pounds, to rest in the heir or owner of Fixby land for the time
being, for ever, to the end that the minister of Elland, for the time
being, might receive the interest thereof, as an augmentation for
his better subsistence : and that in consideration of the said interest
to be paid to the said minister, he should read every morning, in
the church of Elland, the common prayers of the church of England
at six o'clock in the morning in summer, and at eleven o'clock in
the morning in winter, and the charity girls, with their master and
dame, might attend and be present at the said times and hours of
devotion : and in case the minister of Elland refused to attend and
read prayers, according to this request and intent, then the said
interest of the said two hundred pounds, designed for the minister
aforesaid, should go to the said poor girls, for their better mainte-
nance and subsistence. Also, her will and mind was, that that


part of her will only that related to the charity school of EUand, and
the minister of the same, should be read every Christmas-day in the

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