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morning, between prayers and sermon, in the parish church of
Elland.



CHAMBERLAIN S GIFT.

Thomas Chamberlain, of Skipton in Craven, who died October
29, 1721, gave by will twenty shillings per annum, for ever, to be
distributed amongst four poor widows in Elland, by the minister and
churchwardens, on the 6th day of June yearly ; the payment whereof
is charged on a house at the south end of Elland, belonging, in
1727, to William Chamberlain, Salter, in Halifax.



RAMSDEN S CHARITY.

Mrs. Grace Ramsden, of Hawksworth in Yorkshire, by will
dated December 13, 1734, after bequeathing to the trustees named
in her will, one clear annuity or yearly rent of three pounds ten
shillings, and after the decease of certain persons mentioned in the
said will, and failure of issue, one other annuity or yearly rent of
thirteen pounds, issuing out of several tenements in the parish of
Bingley, and reciting that her sister (Mrs. Susannah Ramsden) had
it in intention to found a school at Elland, for the instruction of
poor boys in the English tongue, but died without founding the
same, she the said testatrix did thereby give and devise to Sir John
Lister Kay, bart. and others (her trustees) and their heirs, all those
her several farms, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, in the
parish of Bingley, then in the occupations of "William Jennings, and
Thomas Lay cock, or their assigns, with the appurtenances, of the
yearly value of thirty- two pounds, upon special trust and confidence,
that her devisees, and their heirs and assigns, at all times after her
decease, should receive the rents and profits of the said premises,
and order and dispose thereof in manner following :

First, that in case she should not, in her life-time, purchase a con-
venient house or building in Elland, and settle the same in trust.



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to be made use of as a school for the instruction of such poor children
as were thereinafter described, then that her said devisees should,
with all convenient speed, out of the clear rents and profits of the
same premises, raise money, not exceeding forty pounds in the
whole, and should apply the same, or so much thereof as to her
trustees should seem requisite, to the purchase of a house in Elland
aforesaid, and near to the church there, such tenements so to be
purchased to be of the nature of freehold, and the estate therein to
be purchased to be an absolute fee-simple in possession. And if an
house or building, which she would rather have to be purchased it
it conveniently might be, could not be purchased in convenient
time, then that her said trustees, having purchased such plot of
ground as aforesaid, should apply the residue of the said money,
remaining after payments of the consideration of such purchase, to
the erecting an house or building thereon, convenient for the purpose
thereinafter mentioned : and that such building, so purchased or
erected as aforesaid, (all which she desired might be done within the
space of one year next after her decease,) should at all times thence-
forth be made use of as a school-house for the teaching of poor
boys of the township of Elland with Greetland, the children of such
parents lawfully settled there, who in the judgment of her said
trustees should not be of ability to pay for the teaching of their
children : and to that intent she willed, that her said trustees,
should, immediately after the purchase or erecting of the said school-
house, elect a grave man, of good life and conversation, a true
member of the church of England as by law established, a good
grammar scholar, and an expert writer & arithmetician, well qualified
to teach English, writing and arithmetic, and should appoint the
person so elected to be master of the said school ; and at all times
thenceforth, so long as he should continue master of the said school,
should pay to him, out of the rents and profits of the said devised
tenements, yearly, the sum of twenty pounds of lawful British
money, without any deduction thereout on any account whatsoever,
at two usual feasts in the year, that is to say, the feasts of the
annunciation of the blessed Virgin, and St. Michael the archangel,
by equal portions, the first payment to be at such of the said feasts as
should first happen next after his being instituted master as aforesaid.
And that upon the death or removal of the said master, or his ceasing
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to be master of the said school, the trustees of the said school-house
for the time being should assemble at the said school-house, or the
greater number of them who should there assemble, on public notice
of the vacancy of such school, or place of master, to be given in the
church or church yard, on a Sunday, immediately after the morning
service ended, and within fourteen days after such vacancy, of the
time of meeting at such school house, for a choice of a new master
which time of meeting should not be within less than fourteen days
after such notice, should elect and appoint another such fit person, so
qualified as aforesaid, to be master of the said school, and so from time
to time, and as often as the place of the master should be vacant,
a new master so qualified as aforesaid, should and might be elected
and appointed, in the manner, and by the trustees of the said tene-
ments, for the time being, as was therein before directed touching
the election and appointment of a master, upon the first vacancy of
the school or place of master. And that her said trustees and de-
visees, and their heirs and assigns, should, out of the rents and profits
of the said tenements, as aforesaid, pay to the master of the school,
for the time being, such annuity or salary of twenty pounds, as was
therein before directed to be paid to the first master of the said school,
and at the same days therein before provided for payment thereof.
And if any master of the said school should die, remove, or be dis-
placed by her said trustees as was therein after provided, then that her
said trustees, their heirs and assigns, should and might apportion
the salary to become payable at such of the said feasts as should
first happen next after such vacancy of the said place of master,
between the said master so removing or being displaced, or the
executors or administrators of such deceased master, and the person
or persons by whom the place of master of the said school should be
supplied till the appointment of a new master, and such succeeding
master, as her said trustees for the time being, or the major number
of them, in their discretion should think meet : and forasmuch as
the said testatrix would have the school duly attended, she recom-
mended that immediately upon the vacancy of the place of master,
the minister of the church of EUand for the time being should provide
a fit person to teach and instruct the poor children therein, until
the appointment of a master as aforesaid : the person so provided by
the said minister to have a share of the said twenty pounds yearly



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salary, proportioned to the time he should so serve the said school.
And her will also was, that her said devisees, their heirs and assigns,
or the major part of them, at all times after the erecting of the said
school-house, and electing and appointing a master thereof, might
at their will and pleasure, to be expressed in writing, signed by them
or the major number of them, and to be notified to the master of
the said school for the time being, remove or displace not only such
first appointed master, but any other person or persons who there-
after should be appointed master or master, or serve as master or
masters, either by her trustees for the time being, or by the mini-
ster of the said church of Elland, and in manner therein before di-
rected for the appointment of a new master upon a vacancy, elect
and appoint another fit person to supply the place of master of the
said school, in the place and stead of the master so by her trustees
removed or displaced. And her will and mind was, that the master
of the said school, for the time being, should on every day in the
week throughout the whole year, (not being the Lord's day, or
other days appointed by the church or state to be observed as
a holy day, except the last ten days of the month of December,
and except three days before and three days after either of the
great festivals of Easter Sunday and Pentecost, and except also the
afternoons of every Saturday in the year,) both the forenoons and
afternoons of such days, (except as before excepted,) diligently apply
himself at the said school to the teaching of poor boys, the children
of such poor persons lawfully settled in Elland with Greetland, as
aforesaid, which boys the said testatrix would have to be twenty-
four in number, to read the English language, and write a plain,
legible hand or character, and to understand common arithmetic, so
as the said children might be thereby better qualified to gain a live-
lihood than the children of such poor parents usually are : and that
the poor boys to be first admitted after erecting the said school-house,
and so taught there, should be nominated by her said trustees, and
that all other the said boys to be thereafter admitted to be taught
there, should be nominated thereunto by the trustees for the time
being, or the greater number of them, or in case of default of such
nomination by the space of one month next after the said boys there
taught shall not be in number twenty-four, then by any two or more
of such trustees : and that the master of the ?aid school, for the



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time being, should also faithfully instruct the said poor children in
the principles, doctrines, and precepts of the christian religion, and
should particularlj'- oblige them to learn the catechism of the church
of England, and to repeat the same to him without book, at least
once in every week, after they have so learned that they should be
able to repeat the same to him, and that on such occasions he should
explain the same, or some parts thereof, to the said children, in a
manner suited to their capacities ; and that at all times whilst the
said children were under his care, he should watch their behaviour,
and in a proper manner, by gentle means if it might be, and if not
by moderate punishment, restrain them from all immoralities and
indecencies. And her will and mind also was, that the master of
the said school, for the time being, on every day of the week in
which the morning service, according to the liturgy of the church
of England, should be read in the said church of EUand, should
devoutly attend the same service there, and oblige his said scholars
to attend there with him, and take care that they behave themselves
there decently, and with due reverence, as their respective ages
would admit.

And the testatrix willed that her said trustees should apply the
residue of the rents and profits of the said tenements, after satisfying
thereout the master's said salary, to the buying of books as should
be requisite for the learning of the said boys, till they could read well
the English bible, and for the buying of paper, quills, and ink, for
such of them as should be taught writing and arithmetic, which
writing and arithmetic she would have taught to every of the said
boys, after he could read well in the Bible, for the space of six months
next after : and she willed also, that there be given to everj'^ one of
the said boys that should be taught and instructed at the said school
till he could read well in the bible, besides his bible, a new common
prayer book, and a "whole duty of man," at his quitting the said
school, which books her trustees for the time being, should provide
out of such residue of the rents and profits of the said farms to them
devised, after payment of the said salary to the master as aforesaid.

And as for and concerning the said annuity of three pounds ten
shillings therein before devised to her said trustees, the same was to
them devised upon trust, that so much of the sum of fifty shillings,
part thereof, us sho\ild be requisite, should l)e yearly and every year.



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expended in providing and laying in coals for a fire to be kept in the
said school-house, during the winter season, for the benefit of the
master and scholars there ; and that the residue of the said fifty-
shillings, or so much of such residue as should be needful, be laid
out, as occasion should require, in the supporting and keeping in
repair the said school-house. And as to the sum of twenty shillings
residue of the said annuity of three pounds ten shillings, the same
should be expended by her said trustees, for the time being, at any
meeting or meetings to be had by them, or the greater number of
them, in Elland aforesaid, touching the said school, or the trust
thereof, which she desired might be at the least once in every year,
and as often as her said trustees in their discretion should see meet.
And she recommended to them and every of them, that at such
their meetings, or on any other occasion, they, or any one more of
them, do visit the said school, and enquire into the conduct of the
master of the said school, and the proficiency of the poor boys there,
in their learning and knowledge : and for the encouragement of the
said poor boys, she willed that so much of the said annuity of three
pounds ten shillings as should not be expended in any year, should
be distributed to and amongst such of the said boys, as in the
judgment of her said trustees, or the major number of them, should
appear to have best behaved themselves.

And as for and concerning the said annuity of thirteen pounds,
therein before devised to her said trustees, in case the same should
become payable, she willed that the same be expended and disbursed
for the benefit of the poor children thereafter to be taught and
instructed at the said school, ,in such manner as to her trustees for
the time being should seem meet, only she willed that from and after
such annuity of thirteen pounds should take place, the number of
poor boys to be taught in the said school-house should be increased,
and that such additional boys be children of like poor parents, and
and be in like manner nominated, taught, instructed, governed, and
provided, as was therein before limited, of and concerning the poor
boys to be admitted to the said school, before the falling of the said
last mentioned annuity. And for the better continuance of the said
trust, her will was, that her said trustees of the said school-house,
within three months next after the decease of any two of them,
should elect two other honest men, of good real or personal estate,



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and, if to her said trustees should seem meet, residing in or near
EUand aforesaid, to be with such survivors co-trustees of the said
school-house, farms, and annuities, and should convey the same to
the use of themselves, and such like new elected trustees, and their
heirs and assigns on the trusts therein thereof before limited ; and
that in the like manner, from time to time, and at all times, so
often as any two of the trustees of the said school-house, farms,
and annuities, for the time being should die, the survivors of them
should, within three months next after, elect two such other honest
men of good estate, (and if to such survivors it should seem meet,)
residing in or near EUand aforesaid, and to be with them co-trustees
of the said premises, and convey the same to the use of such sur-
vivors and new elected trustees, and their heirs and assigns. And
the testatrix also willed that the trustees for the time being, of the
said school-house and premises, or any two or more of them, should
have power and authority, at their will and pleasure, to turn out,
and remove from the said school, any poor boy there admitted to be
taught and instructed, on complaint to them of the misbehaviour of
such poor boy ; and her wiU was, that the master and scholars of
the said school should at all times conform themselves to such rules
and orders as the trustees should institute and appoint, so as the
same rules and orders were not repugnant to what she had directed.
And it was by the said will provided that it should be lawful for
the trustees to retain their expenses, &c. and that they should not
be answerable for the acts or defaults of each other.



RISHWORTH.



WHEELWRIGHT S CHARITY.



John Wheelwright, formerly of North Shields, in the county of
Northumberland, gentleman, by his will dated Oct. 14th, 1724,
gave, devised, and bequeathed all and singular his messuages, hou-
ses, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, situate in the
county of York and elsewhere, unto John Wheelwright, of Norland
in the county of York, Miller ; Ely Dyson, of Clay House, in the
county of York, merchant ; and Abraham Thomas, of Dewsbury, in



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the said county of York, clothier ; upon trust, for the building a
school at Dewsbury. And upon farther trust also, that the said
John Wheelwright, Ely Dyson, and Abraham Thomas, should with
all convenient speed after his decease, out of his personal estate
therein after devised to them, pay and apply the sum of one hundred
and fifty pounds for the building of a school at Rishworth, in the
said county of York, and that bis said trustees for the time being,
should also out of his real estate pay the yearly sum of ten pounds
to a school-master for ever, at four equal quarterly payments, to
wit, at Candlemas, May-day, Lammas, and Martinmas, in every
year, for the teaching and instructing of twenty boys and girls, to
be chosen by his said trustees, from time to time, out of the poorest
tenants' children, living on any of his estates ; and so many of the
boys and girls as should not be elected out of his said tenants'
children, should be chosen by his trustees, for the time being, out
of the poor of the parish where the said school stood, the said master
to teach them to read and write, and to prepare as many boys for
the Latin tongue as his said trustees should judge to have capacity
to learn the same, and he thereby ordered that the said twenty
children should always consist of more boys than girls : and his wiU
further was, that his said trustees should, out of his said estate, pay,
at four equal quarterly payments, to wit, Candlemas, May-day,
Lammas, and Martinmas, in every year, the clear yearly sum of
forty pounds to a school-master for ever, sufficiently instructed and
skilled in the Latin and Greek languages, and of sound principles,
according to the doctrine of the church of England by law established,
who should teach and instruct as many of the aforesaid poor boys as
should from time to time become fit to learn the Latin and Greek
tongues, and that the said number of twenty boys and girls to be
taught by the said two masters as aforesaid, be from time to time
kept up, and consist of a majority of boys ; and he gave full power
to his said trustees for the time being, or any two of them, to choose
such schoolmaster and schoolmasters, and from time to time to place,
and for any misdemeanor, neglect, or other just cause, to displace
them, or any of them, according to their discretion.

And his will further was, and he did thereby order, direct, and
appoint, that his dwellinghouse, commonly called by the name of
Goat-house in Rishworth aforesaid, be fitted up and made convenient,



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and so continued by his said trustees, for the lodging of the said
two masters, and also for the lodging, boarding, and entertaining
of the twenty boys and girls before-mentioned, for ever ; and the
testator ordered, willed, and directed, that his said trustees, and such
other person and persons as should be duly elected in their or any
of their steads and places, after their, any, or every of their deaths
and deceases, should yearly, for ever, pay and apply out of his said
estate, the sum of five pounds for the maintenance of each of the
said twenty boys and girls at the said Groat-house, the same to be
paid at equal payments, to such person and persons as should from
time to time have the care and management of the said boys and
girls, at the end of every week : and also that his said trustees did
and should yearly for ever, pay to a sober, discreet, and careful
woman, to be employed in the dressing of victuals, washing, bed-
making, and other the necessary looking after the twenty boys and
girls aforesaid, the sum of ten pounds at four equal quarterly payments
to wit, at Candlemas, May-day, Lammas, and Martinmas, in every
year, such woman to be chosen and displaced, from time to time,
by his said trustees, as they should see cause ; and his will also was
that the said Goat-house should be suificiently furnished, and kept
furnished, by his said trustees, with beds, bedding, and all other
necessary furniture, for the entertainment and intent aforesaid, out
of his said estate. And he did also thereby will, order, and direct,
that each and every of the said boys should, at the age of sixteen
years, or thereabouts, have the sum of five pounds paid or applied
by his said trustees, out of his said estate, for and towards the fitting
him for, or putting him an apprentice to some trade, occupation or
business, such trade or occupation to be in the choice of the boy and
his parents, or relations, except only one of the said boys, that
should be best capable of University education, which he did thereby
order should, at the age of eighteen years, or so soon as he should
have school learning sufficient, be sent to Cambridge or Oxford,
and should be there maintained by his said trustees, out of his said
estate, at the rate of forty pounds per annum for four years, and no
longer ; after the expiration of which four years another boy should
be sent on the same footing as the former, and so to be continued one
after another for ever ; all and every such boy and boys to be from
time to time chosen and elected by the said trustees, or the majority



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of them, with advice of the head schoolmaster for the time being.
The testator gave all his household goods whatsoever, with all his
books that belonged to him, either at North Shields, or any where in
Yorkshire, towards furnishing the aforesaid Goat-house, the said
books to be catalogued, and carefully placed in some fit room,
towards the foundation of a library, for the use of the twenty boys
and girls aforesaid, and the said two schoolmasters. And his will
was, and he did thereby direct, that in case the said John Wheel-
wright should die without heir male, that then it should be in the
power of his other two trustees, or their successors, to elect and
appoint another person of the surname of Wheelwright, who should
be invested with, and entitled unto, the same powers, profits, and
privileges, as the said John Wheelwright was by the testator's
said will, in all respects whatsoever. And he did also order,
that upon the deaths of the other two trustees, Ely Dyson and
Abraham Thomas, the survivor of them, and the said John Wheel-
wright, or his heir male, or such other person of the name of
Wheelwright as should be appointed as aforesaid, did and should
elect and appoint other trustees, whom he desired might be honest,
able, and faithful persons, living in the tenements wherein the said
Ely Dyson and Abraham Thomas then dwelt, in case there be any
such, and for default of such, the two surviving trustees to choose
such other person and persons as they should think fit to be trus-
tees from time to time, as often as occasion should require ; and the
said testator did thereby order, will, and declare, that in case of
any neglect or defaults happening by his said trustees or their suc-
cessors, elected as aforesaid, in not making such elections of trustees
as aforesaid, or in the not duly performing the several trusts in them
reposed, or the non-payment of any of the bequests and charges
thereby made by him upon his said estates, or any misapplication
thereof, contrary to the true intent and meaning of his said will,
that then, and upon any such complaint made, and not otherwise,
he authorized and empowered the archbishop of York, for the time
being, to enquire into, and rectify all and every such abuse or default,
and to put the same again upon the footing thereby intended, but
without further power to intermeddle therein ; and he did thereby
will, order, and appoint, that the clear yearly sum of one hundred
pounds per annum should be from time to time paid out of his said



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