Morley wapentake. -Population, 4,500, vide Halifax ; Chapel-room, 850; Net value, £132.
Patron, the Vicar of Halifax.
In 1496, license was granted to the inhabitants of Midgley, Sawley, and Warley, to cause divine service to be celebrated in this Chapel. Mr. Waterhouse left an augmentation of £3. 10s., and one Dean left 13s. 4d. per annum.
The only certain maintenance, at the time of the Parliamentary Survey, was an annual payment of one mark. Recommended to be made a parish Church. -Vol. xviii. page 278.
" Endowed only with £4 per annum. Built since the Reformation, without Priest or Curate ; and the reason is why we are without, is decay of woollen manufacture. Dissenters taking advantage, building Chapels very nigh us. The place convenient and in good repair, yet no Clergyman is willing to serve us for so small wages. We have been without a minister six months, and never like to have any without the. Queen's Bounty. -Signed by the two Chapelwardens and six inhabitants." -Notitia Parochialis, No. 908.
Augmented, in 1732, with £200; in 1772, with £200; in 1787, with £200; and in 1810, with £200 from the Parliamentary grant-all by lot; in 1811, with £300 from the Parliamentary grant, to meet benefaction of £200 from the Chapelwardens ; in 1813, with £300 from the same grant, to meet benefaction of £200 from the inhabitants ; and, in 1815, with £1,000 from the same grant, by lot.
27th January 1816, faculty to take down and rebuild the Chapel.
Torre gives a list of the Curates.
No glebe house.
The Register Books commence in 1653, but very imperfect until 1738.
Rev. Edward Watkinson's charity, by deed, dated 2nd June 1732. Rent of a house and several cottages, distributed in bread and money to poor widows. Part of the property is upon a building lease, which will expire 1st May 1847.
Mary Wadsworth's charity, vide Sow. erby. -Vide 18th Report, page 589.
Post town: Halifax.
Torre's MS. page 831. Whitaker's Loidis et Elmete, page 391. Watson's Halifax, pages 287. 439. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 188. History of Halifax, page 286.