Morley wapentake. Population, 7,254 *1, vide Bradford ; Chapel-room, 650 *2 ; Net value, £157. -" The Chapel of Wibsey," says Archbishop Sharp, " was built by William Rooks, of Rodshall, gent., and other inhabitants of Wibsey and Bierley. In their petition to Archbishop Neile, 1636, they set forth that they will, at their own proper charges, find and provide a Curate or Preacher, to be elected and nominated to the Archbishop and Vicar of Bradford for the time being, to serve the said inhabitants of those two villages in the same Chapel, which said Curate shall have settled on him £20. 10s. per annum for his salary. Whereupon, Archbishop Neile commissionated Richard, Bishop of Sodor, to consecrate the said Chapel, and chapel-yard thereof for a burying-place, which was done accordingly 21st October 1636. The Chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity."
Patron, the Vicar of Bradford.
Torre gives a list of the Curates.
In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 290, it is stated : " Only forty shillings maintenance for a Minister." Recommended to be made a parish.
Augmented, in 1720, with £200, to meet benefaction, of £200 from Richard Richardson and William Rookes, Esqrs.; in 1755, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from R. Richardson, Esq., and Edward Leedes, Esq.; and, in 1815, with £300 from the Parliamentary grant, to meet benefaction of £200 from the Rev. R. Powell, the Incumbent.
The glebe house is fit for residence. 6th October 1819, an additional burial-ground was consecrated.
The Register Books, for baptisms and burials, commence in 1744.
Rev. John Wilton, Clerk, in 1669, left a close in Wibsey, called Penny Close Farm, to certain trustees, who, after paying 40s. to one poor man, should pay the remainder of the rent to the Minister of Wibsey Chapel. For the 40s. rent-charge, vide North Bierley. -Vide 17th Report, page 726.
Post town: Bradford.
Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 173. Torre's MS., page 734.
*1 Being the Population of North Bierley township. The Population is repeated under North Bierley Chapelry.
*2 804 additional sittings (of which 304 are free) have been obtained, towards which the Society made a grant of £250.