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

The place: MELTHAM.     Church dedication: ST. BARTHOLOMEW.

Agbrigg wapentake, U.D. -Population, 2,746, vide Almondbury; Chapel-room, 750; Net value, £273.

Patron, the Vicar of Almondbury. Impropriators, governors of Clitheroe Free School.

Valued in 1707 at £34. 3s. 6d. per annum, and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 298, it is stated, " the inhabitants of Meltham, half in the said parish, are now building another Chapel within the same parish, and in regard that it is almost six miles remote from the parish Church, and about 80 inhabitants are fit to repair to it, we do desire, on their behalf, some maintenance from the Parliament for a minister."

Consecrated 24th August 1651, by Henry Tilson, Bishop of Elphin.

A brief was granted in 1782 for this Chapel.

29th July 1785, a faculty was granted to rebuild the Chapel.

25th February 1835, faculty to enlarge the Chapel and to erect a gallery.

Torre gives a list of the Curates.

Inclosure Acts were passed 57th Geo. III., 11th Geo. IV., and 1st Wm. IV. amended Act.

No glebe house.

The Register Books, for baptisms and burials, commence in 1669.

School. Matthew Lockwood, by will, dated 23rd May 1715, directed the interest of £20 to be paid to a schoolmaster, for teaching children, in the town of Meltham, English or Latin. A school and house have been lately built by subscription. -18th Report, page 552.

Post town: Huddersfield.

Torre's MS., page 760. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 199.

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