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

The place: KIRKBY MALHAMDALE.     Church dedication: PATRON SAINT NOT KNOWN.     Church type: Vicarage in charge.

Area, 22,040 acres. Staincliffe wapentake, W.D *1. -Population, 1,033 *2; Church-room, 600 *3; Net value, £81. -This Church was appropriated to the Abbey of West Dereham. " When this Church was appropriated to the Vicarage therein endowed," says Archbishop Sharp, " I find nothing."

Patron, the Duke of Devonshire.

Impropriator, J. Peach, Esq.

A Chantry was founded in this Church.

Torre, in his account of this parish, is silent as to any ordination, but has left a blank space in his MS., evidently for the purpose of inserting any thing he might subsequently find. He merely says the Church is endowed with two oxgangs of land. He gives a close catalogue of the Vicars, which commences in 1275 (vide page 447), and ends in 1621.

Dr. Ducarel does not give any information as to the endowment ; but Dr. Whitaker, in his History of Craven, page 189, says, that in the Registry of Walter Gifford, is a kind of Inspeximus, dated 1275, referring to an act of Archbishop Geoffrey's, A.D. 1205, ordaining a Vicarage, with an assignation of ten marks per annum to the Vicar. The owner of the great tithes now pays to the Vicar a pension of £30 per annum. In the time of Archbishop Sharp there was no Vicar, but the impropriator put in a Curate, and allowed him £20 per annum, which was all the Curate had, the very surplice fees going to the impropriator's tenant. In 1775, a Vicar was however instituted.

In Pope Nicholas's first taxation, the Church is valued at £40 and in his second, at £15. 6s. 8d.: the Vicarage is valued in the King's books at £6. 13s. 4d. per annum.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 193, it is stated: " Vicarage, twenty nobles per annum, paid by the impropriator, and also an augmentation of twenty marks." Certified value in 1818, £43. 10s.

Augmented in 1809, with £200 by lot ; in 1812, with £200, to meet benefaction of £200 from the Duke of Devonshire and Lord G. A. H. Cavendish; and in 1814, with £1,200 from the Parliamentary grant, by lot.

8th July 1768, faculty to erect a gallery.

On the 9th October 1813, a faculty was granted to cut down trees in the church-yard, and apply the produce towards building a parsonage-house. No house has however been yet built. -Vide Returns, 1818 and 1834.

Dr. Whitaker gives a catalogue of the Vicars to 1621; since which time, the Doctor says, it has been held by sequestration.

For notes concerning schools, &c., see Ashmole Catalogue, and Bodleian MS., No. 5,101.

The Register Books commence in 1597.

Free grammar school, founded by John Topham, by deed, dated 12th October 1606, free to all who repair to the school, be they rich or poor. At the time of the Report, there were three classical scholars, and between twenty and thirty English scholars. A moderate charge is made for writing and arithmetic. The income, at the time of the Report, was £21. 5s. per annum, arising from rents of cattle gates £5 £5, rents-charge of £10, and dividends on £200 three per cent. consols.


Poor's cattle gates. Rent of thirteen cattle gates and 1a. 2r. of land. Distributed among poor persons not receiving parish relief, on the Wednesday next after Easter week.

Poor's land, 1a. 2r. Rent distributed among the poor of the township of Kirkby.


Alice Ellis's charity, by deed, dated 26th September 1709. Rent of 29a. 0r. 38p. of land, for apprenticing poor children. This charity is confined to the Society of Friends.

Airton cattle gates. The rent of a beast gate and a half, is distributed annually among the poor of Airton.


Poor's estate. Rent of four acres of land, distributed among the poor.

Edward Wilson's dole, by deed, dated 19th and 20th April 1677. 20s. per annum among the poor.


School, founded by Rowland Brayshaw, by deed, dated 10th and 11th June 1717, for all the children of the township, as well poor as rich. Endowment: thirteen acres of land, and 107 sheep gates. The school is well attended, and the children are gratuitously instructed in reading, writing, and arithmetic, and in Latin when required.

Mary Hargrave's dole. Interest of £10 to the poor, and rent-charge of 10s. per annum, unknown.


Fish's dole. Rent-charge of 15s. per annum, to the poor not receiving parish relief.

Richard Chamberlain's charity, by will, dated 16th January 1738. Rent-charge of 30s. per annum to the poor. This has not been paid since 1791. -Vide 15th Report, page 701.

Post town: Settle.

Torre's MS., page 447. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 138. Mon. Angl. vol. vi. page 901. Whitaker's Craven, page 188. Bray's Tour, page 308. Ashmole Catalogue, Nos. 5,101 and 8,518.

*1 The township of Calton is in the west division of Staincliffe and Ewcross wapentake.

*2 Viz. Airton, 179; Calton, 79; Hanlith, 42; Kirkby Malhamdale, 219; Malham, 259; Malham Moor, 94; Otterburn, 66; and Scosthorpe, 95. In 1834, the Population was returned at 1,138. It may here be observed, that within this parish are situate Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, and Gordale.

*3 In 1818, estimated at 700.

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