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

The place: BEESTON.     Church dedication: ST. MARY.     Church type: Perpetual Curacy.

Area, vide Leeds. Leeds liberty. - Population, 2,128, vide Leeds; Church-room, 300 *1; Net value, £189.

This is an old Chapel.

Patron, the Vicar of Leeds.

The Priory of Drax had here a culture of land, and tofts and crofts.

The Monastery at Kirkstall had possessions in Beeston.

A short account of the landed endowment, and a list of the Curates, is given in Dr. Whitaker's Loidis et Elmete.

The impropriator is entitled to the corn tithes of the farm called Catt Beeston, in kind *2.

In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 358, it is stated to be " two miles from Leeds. To be made parochial. 150 communicants."

Augmented in 1723 with £200 to meet benefaction of £50 from Lady Elizabeth Hastings ; of £50 from William Milner, Esq.; of £50 from the Rev. Joseph Cookson ; and £60 from George Moore, gent.

There is a glebe house fit for residence. 7th November 1789, faculty to enlarge the Chapel.

The Register books commence in 1720, for baptisms, marriages, and burials. No marriages since 1753. Marriages are celebrated at the mother church.

Thomas Kitchingman's rent-charge, by will, proved 17th March 1714. £2 per annum to the poor.

Another Thomas Kitchingman's rentcharge, by will, proved 7th April 1715. £2 per annum to the poor.

Gervas Neville's gift, date unknown. Rent-charge of £1. 4s. per annum, for bread.

Tatham's gift. Interest of £10 for the poor. " The money," say the Commissioners, " was in the hands of a person named Wilkes, who died upwards of 30 years before the date of the Report, and they were not able to trace from whom the money is due." -Vide 15th Report, page 677.

Post town: Leeds.

Torre's MS. page 273. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 104. Scatcherd's Morley, page 313. Loidis et Elmete, page 102. Thoresby, page 205. Burton's :Bonas. pages 101. 290. Parsons's Leeds, vol. i. page 434.

*1 In 1818, the Church-room was returned at 330 or 400.

*2 Atkinson v. Clarke, 2 Wood, 514.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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