Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.

The place: SPROATLEY.     Church dedication: ST. SWITHIN.     Church type: Rectory in charge.

Area, 1,380 acres. Holderness wapentake, M.D. -Population, 366 ; Church-room, 270 *2; Net value, £230. -Symon de Ver held six carucates of land in Sproatley.

The Church was given by Ralph de Gosler and Walter de Ver, son of Adam de Sprotley, to the Priory of Bridlington, in whose patronage it continued till the Dissolution, after which it came to the Constables, and in 1740 to Lord Cardigan's family, and the Earl of Cardigan is the present patron.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £10; in the King's books, at £7. 0s. 10d.; Synodals, 4s., Procurations, 7s. 6d., and Church of Beverley, £1. 16s. 8d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. page 253, at £60 per annum.

An Inclosure Act was passed 2nd Geo. III.

13th December 1819, a faculty was granted to rebuild the Church.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books for marriages commence in 1647-chasm 1748 and 1749 ; for baptisms, in 1661 ; and for burials, in 1668. -Vide transcripts at York.

rent charge. This consists of a rent charge of £1 per annum out of a farm at Lelley, payable at Easter, and distributed among the poor by the churchwardens, at their discretion.

Bridget Biggs's charity, by will, dated 5th January 1733. Two-thirds of rent of 184a. 1r. 21p. of land, and interest of £180, on personal security, for the free education of sixteen boys and fifteen girls-the boys in reading, writing, and accounts, by the master, and the girls in reading, sewing, and knitting, by the mistress ; and such of the girls as are taught writing and accounts are instructed by the master, but a charge is made to such of 5s. per quarter for each girl ; but this charge the Commissioners thought ought not to be made, or, if made, ought to be paid by the mistress, unless she performed the duty of giving the requisite instruction herself. When applications are made for the purpose, children brought up at the school are put out as apprentices, or are assisted, on going out to service, with an allowance of money for clothing. The premiums on apprenticing vary from £4 to £8, and since 1816 four children have been apprenticed, at the expense altogether of £22. 4s. The allowance afforded to children going out to service varies from £1. 1s. to £4 48.; and since 1816, and up to the time of the Report, there had been given among eighteen children, on going into service, in the whole, the sum of £30. 8s. 6d. -Balance in hand, 14th May 1822, £64. 12s. 8d., in the hands of the overseers of the poor, and there is a balance of £60 due to the charity from a former overseer, which was expected to be repaid.

Elizabeth Berrier's charity, by will, dated 21st December 1686. Rent of 1a. 2r. of land, let, at the time of the Report, for £2. 2s. per annum, for the most necessitous poor people of Sproatley, preference being shown to widows and aged persons. Distributed at the discretion of the overseers. -Vide 9th Report, page 776.

Post town: Hedon.

Torre's MS., page 1621. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. ii. page 165. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Sprotele), pages 175. 184. 243. Burton's Monasticon, page 241.

*1 St. Swithin was Bishop of Winchester in 837.

*2 Of which 100 are free sittings, under a grant of £150 from the Society for Enlarging Churches.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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