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

The place: SILSDEN.     Church dedication: ST. JAMES.

Staincliffe wapentake, E.D. -Population, 2,137, vide Kildwick ; Chapel-room, 400 *1; Net value, £121.

Patron and impropriator. the Earl of Thanet.

" This Chapel," says Dr. Whitaker, " which had been endowed by Thomas, Earl of Thanet, was, in the year 1712, consecrated by Archbishop Sharp, and dedicated to St. James."

Valued in 1707 at £20; and the certified value in 1818 was £86 per annum.

Augmented in 1719 with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from the Earl of Thanet; in 1764, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from Sackville, Earl of Thanet; and in 1815, with £400 from the Parliamentary grant, by lot.

The faculty to rebuild the Chapel is dated 19th April 1815.

JURISDICTION. -The manor of Silsden comprises the township of Silsden only, and the Court of the said manor has the right to grant probates of wills and letters of administration, relating to personal estate within the said manor. The wills and administration bonds are deposited with the steward.

The glebe house is unfit for residence.

The Register Books for baptisms commence in 1768 ; and for burials in 1783.

SILSDEN AND STEETON TOWNSHIPS. - William Laycock's charity, by deed, dated 5th October 1612. Rents-charge of £3. 6s. 8d. and £1, to be applied as follows : the £3. 6s. 8d. towards maintaining a school at Steeton for five poor children, viz. three from Silsden and two from Steeton, in reading and writing, gratis; and the sum of £1 equally between poor persons of Silsden and Steeton, at the discretion of the overseers.

Thomas Townend's charity, by will, dated 21st December, 2nd Car. II. £50 which in 1683 was laid out in the purchase of 5a. 2r. 33p. of land ; the rent whereof (£14) is distributed at Christmas, among poor persons of Silsden not receiving parochial relief. -Vide 13th Report, page 637.

Post town: Keighley.

Whitaker's Craven, page 168.

*1 In 1818, estimated at 500.

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