MARK SMITHSON Esq. of Aldborough hath by his last Will dated the 12 of May 1787 bequested to the Vicar and the two Church-wardens so much Money as would purchase Three-thousand three-hundred and thirty-three Pounds, six Shillings and eight Pence. Three perCent consolidated Bank-Annuities to be vested in them so as to receive the Dividends and Interest, being Fifty-Pounds half Yearly to be applied by by them to the Use of the Township of Aldborough in the Manner following, Viz. Ten Pounds a Year for ever to the Ringers of the said Town, to be paid at Christmas, provided they always ring a Peal on Thursday Evenings, and likewise on Sunday before Morning-Service: Thirty two-penny-Loaves to be distributed by the Church-wardens every Sunday to so many of the most necessitous Poor who shall attend Divine Service, and to no others unless prevented by sickness.
Ten Pounds in Money at Christmas to be laid out in the Purchase of Butelers. Meat to be distributed to the said Poor at two different Times.
Five Shillings a Piece to be given to Thirty of the most necessitus Poor on St.Thomas' Day. Ten stuff-Gowns, Ten wooley-Petticoats, and Ten black-stuff-Bonnets to be given to the most ancient poor Women of the said Town. The Remainder of this Bequest for the first Year only, to be expended in the Purchase of an additional Bell, and better paving the Isles of the Church, and other ornamental Repairs in the Inside thereof; and ever after the first Year, to be applied by the Vicar and Church-wardens, for the Relief of the most deserving Poor of Aldborough either daily or weekly, as, shall seem to them most necessary, by an Allowance of Coals in the Winter at Times as usual, and in repairing their Houses, when wanted.
And in Case of any Misapplication of the said Dividends, the Testator ordered, that said Bank Annuities should devolve unto his Wife Mrs. Clare Smithson, and her heirs. Those Annuities could not transferred to the Vicar, and Church-wardens as a Body corporate, without an Act of Parliament and therefore were transferred to the Rev. Henry Goodrick ****************** Clerks, Mrs. Clare Smithson & Peter Earnshaw, in Trust for ***********
In 1783, Mr. Smithson gave a handsome new Minute ***************** by Mess'rs Clemetshaw for this Church.