Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.
The place: LOW BENTHAM. Church dedication: ST. JOHN BAPTIST. Church type: Rectory in charge.
Area, 24,990 acres. Ewcross wapentake. -Population, 3,957 *1; Church-room, no return; Net value, £452.
Patron, J. W. Farrer, Esq.
Valued in the King's Books, at £35. 7s. 8½d. per annum.
An Inclosure Act was passed 7th Geo. III.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1662 ; early books defective.
Collingwood's charity, by will, 18th July 1726. Almshouse : twelve almspeople, six of them widowers, and six widows, £12 per annum each. A school-free for the children of Upper and Lower Bentham. Salaries ; master, £45 per annum ; under master, £35 per annum. The children are taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and also Latin and Greek, if required ; between eighty and ninety scholars. Endowment; 340 acres of land, and common rights.
Thomas Baynes's gift, by will, 4th March 1725. Rent of ten acres of land, paid to a schoolmaster.
Isabel Baynes's charity, by deed, 12th March 1738. Rent of 7A. 3R. of land and four houses ; given among the poor. 40s. per annum thereout is directed to be paid for teaching five children.
Mrs. Longstaffe's charity, by will, 1713. Rent of a house, garden, barn, and 4a. 0r. 20p. of land ; given among poor housekeepers.
Timothy Remmington's charity, by deed, 1723. Three small houses and gardens, occupied by poor persons. -Vide 14th Report, page 694.
Torre's MS., page 1741. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Benetain), page 42. Whitaker's Richmondshire, vol. ii. page 342.
*1 Viz. Bentham, 2,179; Tngleton, 1,228; Langcliffe, 550.
George Lawton in 1842..
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