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

The place: THORNTON.     Church dedication: SAINT JAMES.

Morley wapentake. -Population, 10,437 *1, vide Bradford ; Chapel-room, 600 *2; Net value, £155. -Patron, the Vicar of Bradford.

About £7 per annum was settled for the Curate by John Sunderland, Esq.

Augmented, in 1760, with £200, by lot ; in 1766, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from John Stanhope, Esq.; in 1802, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from J. Scholefield Firth, Esq.; and, in 1821, with £400 from the Parliamentary grant, by lot.

An inclosure Act was passed 10th Geo. III.

The glebe house was returned, in 1818, as fit for residence ; but since returned " unfit."

26th June 1818, faculty to rebuild part of the Chapel, re-roof the same, and cover it with grey slate, and erect a cupola.

9th May 1759, faculty to erect a gallery.

The Register Books commence in 1678.

Sermons. -20s. per annum. Rent-charges to the minister of Thornton, for a sermon in the afternoon on Christmas day, and another on the morning of St. John the Evangelist's day. Left by a Miss Midgley.

Rent-charge. -Unknown, £2 to the master of Thornton school.

Endowed School, for teaching English and Latin. About 85 scholars, of whom about seven are taught Latin. The endowment consists of 34a. 3r. 26p. of land, and rent-charges of £3 per annum.

James Sager's charity, by will, dated 15th February 1665. Rent of twenty acres of land (subject to a debt of £50), to be divided amongst the poor not receiving regular parochial relief. These twenty acres were taken in exchange, under 1 and 2 Geo. IV. cap. 92. -Vide 17th Report, page 730.

Post town: Bradford.

Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 130.

*1 In 1831, returned at 5,968.

*2 Stated at 800 in the return of 1818.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
OCR and changes for Web page presentation
by Colin Hinson. © 2013.