CHARITIES FOR THE POOR.
reportedly bought by the parish for charitable
purposes in 1649. (fn. 4) It was later supplemented by
other gifts of land and in 1728 formed an
endowment yielding £3 a year for the poor. (fn. 5)
The income in 1783 evidently came from a close
let for £3 3s. (fn. 6) By then land left under the will
of Samuel Pont, proved 1780, produced a further
£1 5s. a year. In the 1780s the income of both
charities was laid out in cash, bread, or fuel. (fn. 7) At
inclosure in 1806 an allotment of 3 1/2; a. was made
for the two together, thenceforth known as the
Poor's Land. In the 1830s it was let for c. £8,
most of which was spent on coal. (fn. 8)
By will proved 1771 Grace Sindrey left £26
for the poor of Histon. The capital sum was for
many years held by a succession of landowners,
who paid £1 6s. a year to the churchwardens. (fn. 9)
In 1860 the Poor's Land was producing £8 11s.
and Sindrey's charity only 15s. 2d., both spent
on fuel. (fn. 10) Coal was distributed to c. 60 people
each year in the 1910s. The united charity
produced c. £21 in 1974, of which £19 was
distributed in lots of £1. (fn. 11)
An annual payment of 1/2; qr. of wheat and 1/2; qr.
of barley to the poor, said to have been begun
on the appropriation of St. Andrew's church in
1416, evidently continued until the early 18th
century. (fn. 12)
31st Rep. Com. Char. 93.
||C.U.L., E.D.R., B 8/1, f. 18v.
||Ibid. B 7/1.
Char. Don. i. 86-9.
31st Rep. Com. Char. 93-4.
||Ibid. 94; Char. Don. i. 88-9; C.R.O., P 93/1/4, p. 26.
Char. Digest Cambs. 1863-4, 397-8.
Camb. Ind. Press, 7 Feb. 1913; 30 Jan. 1914; 12 Feb.
1915; Char. Com. file 203123.
Char. Don. i. 88-9.