Area, 4,940 acres. Staincliffe wapentake, W.D. -Population, 1,174 ; Church-room, sufficient *1; Net value, no return. -This is an ancient Rectory, some time of the patronage of the families of the Boultons and Pudseys, and now of John Bolton, Esq. It was anciently in moieties, but they were united in 1245.
Valued in Pope Nicholas's first taxation, at £13. 6s. 8d.; and in his new taxation, at £5; in the King's books, at £11. 13s. 4d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 192, it is stated : " Rectory. Glebe lands, but no tithes, instead whereof there is a fee rent paid to the parson, value £50"
In Easter Term, 8th Jac. i. there was a decree in the Exchequer, which is unreported ; and there were unreported decrees in the Exchequer in Michaelmas Term, 9th Car. I. (query what Bolton ?),' and in Easter Term, 8th Jac. I.
" No tithe paid, save some small tithes, and those are paid to the Rector. The Church is endowed with glebe lands, glebe rents, and fixed and certain rents, paid out of all estates within the parish to the Rector, at several rent-days. Yearly value, better than £60." Signed, " John Miers, Rector." -Notitia Parochialis, No. 1065.
Here was a Chantry.
Augmented in 1828, with £200, £200, and £200, to meet benefaction of £600 from the Rev. H. G. Lonsdale, the Rector.
Mr. Hodgson also observes that there are augmentations for the Vicarage of Bolton-in 1714, with £200; in 1767, with £200; in 1786, with £200; and in 1793, with £200 -all by lot ; but he does not distinguish which Bolton it is.
A catalogue of the Rectors is given by Dr. Whitaker. The Doctor also gives the pedigree of the Pudseys, and engravings of a tomb and brasses.
The glebe house was returned in 1818 as fit for residence. No return was made in 1834.
The Register Books commence in 1558.
Hungrill School. About sixty scholars of both sexes are gratuitously taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, on the national plan. The endowment consists of a rent-charge of £3. 19s. 6d. per annum, and a farm in Bolton, comprising a house, barn, and thirty acres of land. The farm is understood to have been given by a gentleman named Parker.
Mrs. Pudsey's Girls' School. Ten poor girls are taught reading, knitting, and sewing. Income : cottage and garden, and the dividends on £250 three per cent. consols, bequeathed by Christopher Dawson, Esq., who died in 1786.
Poor's Land. Thirteen acres. Rent distributed on St. Thomas's-day.
Matthew Walker's dole. Rent-charge, 20s. to the poor.
James Ellis's dole. Rent-charge of 3s. to the poor. Vide 21st Report, page 611.
Post town: Skipton.
Torre's MS. page 397. Bodleian MS., No. 5101. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 140. Whitaker's Craven, page 110.
*1 Vide return in 1818. No return was made in 1834.