SAINT JAMES. -Claro wapentake, U. D. -Population, 1,321 ; Chapel-room, 500; Net value, £181. *1-The town was given to the Knights Templars by William, son of Robert de Denby.
Patron, the Rector of Spofforth.
A brief was granted in 1757, for repairing this Chapel.
22nd June 1816, faculty to erect a gallery.
The Cure was augmented in 1776 by lot with £200, in 1778 with £200 to meet benefaction of £200 from the Duke of Devonshire ; and in 1812 with £800 by lot, from the Parliamentary grant.
" Wetherby, a market town, very populous, and a high road between Barwick and London, and two miles from Spofforth. The Chapel is of ancient erection, but bath no endowment; one Mr. Dunwell performs the Cure, and has only some small tithes of the value of 40s. per annum for his maintenance, without any further allowance from the incumbent of Spofforth, save that the inhabitants do give him a voluntary contribution for his better subsistence. We think Linton and Sherry Grange should be annexed to Wetherby, and that it be made a parish church." -Parliamentary Survey, vol. xxviii. page 148.
No glebe house.
The Register Book for baptisms commences in 1783. Marriages and burials take place at Spofforth.
The only charity, exclusively for the benefit of the poor, arises out of a legacy of £10 left by Mr. Geo. Dewer, the interest to be yearly given to such poor people as should most regularly attend Divine Service in Wetherby Chapel. This legacy was laid out, in 1817, in the purchase of three pews in the west gallery, which at the time of the Report produced 15s. a year. -Vide 3d Report, page 503.
A post town.
Vid. Torre's MS. page 260. Hargrove's Knaresbro', page 298.
*1 In the Parliamentary Return, the value is stated, by error, at £101; but in the last edition of the Clerical Guide (1836), the error is corrected.