Area, vide Guiseley *1. Skirack wapentake, U. D. -Population, 2,057, vide Guiseley' ; Chapel-room, 350 *2 ; Net value, £108. -This Chapel was built about 1653, and Francis Layton, of Rawden, Esq., by his will, dated 10th April 1653, left a rent-charge of £40 per annum, in trust, in the first place, towards building the Chapel, and also a convenient house for the Minister.
The Commissioners express an opinion that the present charge is not applicable towards the repairs of the Chapel.
Consecrated by Archbishop Dolben, and endowed by the patroness, Mrs. Layton, with £20 per annum.
The church-yard was consecrated 4th May 1684.
7th July1781, faculty to erect a gallery.
Augmented, in 1743, with £200, to meet benefaction from Mr. R. Wainhouse, merchant, of £200; in 1760, with £200, to meet benefaction from Richard Emmott, Esq., the lord of the manor, of £200; in 1812, with £400, and, in 1824, with £200, both from the Parliamentary grant, by lot.
Patroness, Mrs. Emmott.
There is a glebe house fit for residence.
The Register Books for baptisms and burials commence in 1783. Marriages are celebrated at the mother Church.
Francis Layton's charity, by deed, dated 21st October 1652, and also by will, dated 10th April 1653. Rent-charge of £40 per annum, mentioned above, £20 of which is for the Minister (if nominated by the owner of the manor -but if nominated by any other, then only £4 per annum); 40s. to the parish Clerk, if nominated by the lord of the manor; 20s. to the feoffees for an annual dinner (but which is now paid to the Clerk as an augmentation) ; £2. 14s. to the Master of Tadcaster Hospital, for one of the resident poor there ; and £2. 12s. to the oldest poor widower of the township. Residue to be applied to the binding out poor boys and girls apprentices.
Free School, founded by deed, dated 22nd May 1746, for teaching sixteen poor boys and girls to write and read English, and to learn Latin and arithmetic. The lord of the manor and £10 rate-payers to elect the Master, with power to displace : the Curate to have the preference, but no usher to be employed, but with the consent of the electors. Income, rent of 12a. 2r. 2r. of land and £10 per annum rent-charge. -Vide 15th Report, page 653.
Poet town, Otley.
Torre's MS., page 390. Whitaker's Loidis et Elmete, page 211. Thoresby, page 171. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. pages 109. 653. Parsons's Leeds, vol. i. page 440.
*1 In 1818, the Population was returned at 1,450.
*2 In 1818, the estimate was 500.