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

The place: SLEIGHTS.     Church dedication: CHAPEL.

Whitby Strand liberty. -Population, vide Whitby ; Church-room, 200; Net value £329, with Ugglebarnby.

The Chapel of Sleights was built by Robert Bower, Esq., in the place of the old Chapel of St. John's, at Eskdaleside, under the authority of a faculty granted on the 9th July 1762.

The petition recited that the small Chapel of Eskdale contained in length twelve yards and in breadth six yards, and had no burial place ; and was a poor mean structure, covered with thatch, and situate in a low damp place near the river Esk, which very frequently overflowed its banks, and was anciently placed in that solitary part out of superstitious veneration for the memory of an ancient hermit, who was said to have resided thereabouts ; that the way to the said Chapel was steep, commonly bad, and very often dangerous ; and the Chapel standing alone in a field at a long distance from any dwelling-house, there was no kind of shelter for the people who resorted thither before the Chapel door happened to be opened, by reason whereof in bad weather there frequently was no congregation, though the service was only every third Sunday in the afternoon. A faculty was accordingly granted to take down the old Chapel, save only the lower part of the walls thereof, which for the sake of order and decency were required to be left standing and well coped five feet high at the least, and to build a new Chapel on a piece of waste ground within the said chapelry about a mile distant from the said Chapel, but nearer to the dwellings of about two thirds of the inhabitants than the old Chapel. And the new Chapel was consecrated 22nd July 1767, by Archbishop Drummond, when the old Chapel was ordered to be shut up.

Patron, the Rev. W. Walker.

Impropriator, the Archbishop of York.

Valued in 1707, at £7. 16s. 8d.; and in 1818, at £93. 9s. 4d. per annum.

Augmented in 1735, with £200 -by lot ; in 1767, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 and interest, £24. 13s. 4d. from Robert Bewlay, Gentleman, and in the same year with £200 -by lot ; in 1769, with £200, to meet benefaction of a rent charge of £7 per annum, from A. Swainson, M.D., Robert Bower, Esq., and Tabitha his wife ; and in 1825, with £300 £300 £300 £300 £300 and £300, all from the Parliamentary Grant, to meet benefactions of £200 £200 £200 £200 £200, and £200, from John Walker, Senr., Esq., the then patron.

" Ugglebarnby and Eskdaleside, in the parish of Whitby, the tithes are impropriate. The Minister, as an endowment; has £7. 13s. 4d. per annum. There is an augmentation of £8 by Mrs. Cholmeley, and allowed by the Archbishop ; the whole yearly value of the two Chapels is £14. 6s. 8d. '-Notitia Parochialis, No. 1060.

An Inclosure Act was passed 33rd Geo. II.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1676. The book containing entries from 1692 to 1741, cannot be found. -Vide transcripts at York.

William Coates's charity, in 1781. Dividends on £350 three per cent. consols, for the benefit of the Minister, and rent charge of £5 per annum for the poor not receiving alms.

Robert Bower's charity and settlement, for the Minister, by deed, dated 14th October 1769. House for the residence of the Minister, and one close of land, subject to a rent charge of £4. 6s. per annum, to be applied as follows : £1. 6s. in weekly bread ; 40s. for ornamenting and beautifying the inside of the Chapel in such manner as the Ministers of Whitby and Egton may direct; and 20s. to the parish clerk. At the time of the Report, there was a balance of nearly £100 in the hands of Mr. John Wilson, one of the principal inhabitants, towards ornamenting and beautifying the Chapel. The Commissioners recommended that new trustees should be appointed, and that the balance should be laid out on proper security.

Tabitha Bower's charity, by deed, dated 8th October 1784. Dividends on £1,400 three per cent. reduced, among the poor not receiving alms, of Aislaby, Eskdaleside, Ugglebarnby, and Holy Trinity in Micklegate, in York. The deed to be kept by the Minister and chapelwardens of Eskdaleside. At the time of the Report, the stock had not been properly preserved.

Richard Chapman's charity, by will, dated 4th January 1785. Interest of £100; 20s. per annum to the clerk, residue in equal thirds to the poor of Eskdaleside, Ugglebarnby, and Speaton. -Vide 7th Report, page 757.

Post town: Whitby.

Not noticed by Torre. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. iv. page 180. Charlton's Whitby, pages 315-340. Burton's Monasticon, page 72. Grose's Antiquities, vol. vi. page 93. plate 2. Mon. Angl., vol. i. pages 408-421.

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