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

The place: SOWERBY.     Church dedication: ST. PETER.

Morley wapentake. - Population, 6,457, vide Halifax ; Chapel-room, 1,000 *1; Net value, £199.

Patron, the Vicar of Halifax.

Valued, in 1818, at £78 per annum.

In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 277, it is stated: "Three miles from Halifax. Way bad and mountainous. Three hundred families within the Chapelry. To be made a parish Church."

Augmented in 1719 with £200, to meet benefaction of lands, &c. worth £200 and upwards, from Elkana Horton, Esq.; in 1817, with £800 from the Parliamentary grant, by lot; in 1828, with £200, to meet benefactions of £100 from the Rev. William Howie Bull, the incumbent, and £100 from the parishioners; and, in 1831, with £200, to meet benefactions of £100 from Mrs. Pyncombe's trustees, and £100 by subscriptions.

22nd June 1761, faculty to rebuild the Chapel.

The glebe house is fit for residence. A mortgage under Gilbert's Act of £228. 5s. 2d. will cease in 1848.

The Register Books for burials commence in 1643, and for baptisms in 1668. Marriages take place at Halifax.

Elkanah Hoyle's gift, by codicil, dated 28th March 1718. Rentcharge of 40s. per annum to the poor of Soyland not receiving parochial relief.

Bentley's gift, vide Sowerby. £5. Part of the gift is advanced upon loan to a poor inhabitant of Soyland, and secured by a promissory note.

Elkana Horton's almshouses, by will, dated 19th September 1728, for three poor men and three poor women, 2s. 6d. a month to five, and 4s. 2d. a month to one, for reading prayers. A charge upon the Sowerby Hall estate.

John Fourness's charity, by deed, 19th October, 13th Jac. I. Two cottages to the use of three poor men.

John Bentley's gift, before 1651. £20 to be lent to poor tradesmen for four years, in loans of £5 each.

Daniel Greenwood's gift, by will, dated 11th March 1672. 40s. rent-charge to the minister, and 40s. per annum to the poor.

Paul Bairstow's charity, by will, dated 31st March 1711. £16 to a schoolmaster for teaching ; 20s. per annum for a sermon on Michaelmas-day, and the residue of rents, subject to the repairs of the tomb of his father and mother, among the poor in small sums. Income: rent of 56a. 0r. 37p. of land.

Edward Wainhouse's Charities, by will, dated 18th September 1686. Rent of two cottages for the poor. The Commissioners report three other Charities to be lost.

Mary Wadsworth's charity, by deed, 14th May 1793. Rents of property, let at the time of the Report, for £21. One-third to the poor of Sowerby, one-third to the poor of Rishworth, and one-third to the poor of Midgley.

Lost Charities. -Thomas Foxcroft, in 1617. £10 to be lent without interest.

Thomas Mitchell, in 1621, gave £10 for a similar purpose.

Robert Brook left a house in Hunslet, which was sold for £10 and the money placed out at interest.

The Commissioners could obtain no further account of these Charities, and the funds are lost. -Vide 18th Report, pages 582, and 586.

Post town: Halifax.

Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. pages 191. 343. Whitaker's Loidis et Elmete, pages 393. 396. Watson's Halifax, pages 291. 447. History of Halifax, page 299.

*1 Estimated in 1818 at 1300.

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