1180–1200 Bernard son of Gilbert grants to Eveward son of Roskil a portion
of his land in Staintun, namely Rigbrunild and half a bovate of the
grantor's demesne in the vill of Staintun, to hold for 2s. yearly.
Witnesses: Adam the clerk, Nicholas Eveward of Heversaim,
Brunolf de Prestun, Godewin de Heversaim. Circular equestrian
seal (2 ins.) of white wax. Legend: Sigill . . . . . . ra . . . .;
Orig. at Sizergh.
1197 Anselm de Furnes was amerced ½ m. for disseisin; Lancs. Pipe R. 99.
Pipe R. Cumb. and Westm., 179.
1204–15 Anselm de Furnesia grants to Ralph de Ainecurt with Helen the
grantor's daughter (in marriage) his hall of Stainton with the precincts, vivary and garden and the land which Dolfin held between the
garden and vivary, in increment of the free maritagium which he
previously gave to them. Witnesses: William, prior of Kertmel,
Andrew de Fegerole, Gilbert de Askebi, Simon son of Uckeman,
Richard son of Alard, Robert de Ainecurt, Thomas de Linacre.
Thomas de Essebi, Richard son of Richard, Adam de Patrikedale,
Michael the chaplain; Orig. at Sizergh.
1204–15 nselm de Fournes grants to the monks of Furness one stone of
wax yearly at the Purification, which Richard de Preston, his son-inlaw, is bound to pay him yearly at that term. Witnesses: Nicholas
parson of Kirkeby, Ralph Daincurt; Coucher of Furness (Chetham
Soc.), ii, 92.
By charter, attested by Michael de Furnas and Ralph de Bethum,
the said Richard de Prestun undertakes to render the stone of wax;
c 1207 Anselm de Furnesia confirms to Efward de Stainton the gift which
Bernard the grantor's uncle (awnculus) gave to the same Efward in
Stainton, namely in Rigbrunild, for his chief messuage and half a
bovate of defensible land in Stainton with assarts in Little Stainton,
which Bernard gave to Efward; to hold for 2s. yearly; Witnesses:
Davit abbot of Caldre, John prior of St. Bees, Alan son of Ketel,
William his brother, Michael his brother, Andrew de Fugeriis, Ralph
de Amkurt, Alan son of Benedict, Adam his son, Richard de Prestun,
Gilbert de Askebi, Adam his brother, John the clerk, writer of the
charter; Orig. at Sizergh.
1210 Anselm de Furneis is amerced 60 m. for trespass, but is pardoned
20 m. of the debt; Pipe R., Cumb. and Westm., 194.
1217 Notification by Hamon, dean [of York], William the treasurer and
Hugh, master of the Hospital of York, that pope Honorius, by letters
dated at the Lateran, 4th Ides of November, 1st year (10 November,
1216), directed them to hear and settle the complaint of the abbot and
monks of Furness against G[ilbert ?] the knight and certain
others of committing injury to them touching certain forests,
property and goods; by authority of which mandate they summoned
before them Richard de Preston and Adam son of Patrick de Borwyk
and made a settlement whereby Richard and Adam undertook to
render yearly at the Purification one stone of wax to the house of
Furness from the land late of Anselm son of Michael de Furness,
which they hold in Stainton in Kendale, which stone of wax Anselm
gave to the said monks in alms, A.D. 1217; Coucher of Furness, ii, 92.
1243–45 Patrick de Siggiswic grants to Ralph de Ayncurt land in the vill of
Stainton, near his land of Siggiswic, which the grantor had by the gift
of Christiana, daughter of Richard de Prestun; to hold for 1d. to the
grantor or the heirs of Christiana. Witnesses: Robert de Askeby,
sheriff of Westmerie, Patrick [de Culwen] son of Thomas, Matthew
de Redeman, John de Morvile, Matthew de Rossegile, Ralph de
Sihheritheserh, Thomas de Levenes, Roger de Heversam, Henry de
Witeby; Orig. at Sizergh.
Alan son of Richard son of Edward de Staintun quit-claims to Sir
Ralph de Aincurt for five marks his right in ½ bovate of land and all
Rigbrunild. Witnesses: Sir Robert de Askeby, then sheriff of
Westmerland, Richard de Copland, John de Morvill, Robert de
Yafnewid, Thomas de Lefnes, Richard de Hegham, Ellis de Winderg,
Thomas de For[s]thait, Patric de Sigiswic, Hugh de Sockebrede,
Geoffrey the reeve of Staintun, Roger de Heversam. Portion of seal;
Orig. at Sizergh.
1255–70 Hugh de Sockebrede quitclains to Richard de Ayncurt all the land
in Stayntun which he had from Sir Ralph de Ayncurt, father of
the said Richard, in exchange for his own land of Sokebrede. Witnesses: Sir Matthew de Redeman, Sir Gilbert de Lancastre, Sir
Robert de Layburne, Lambert de Santun, Thomas de Levenis, Robert
de Kendale, Thomas de Forsthwayt, Adam Gerneth; Orig. at Sizergh.
1272–74 Hugh son of Richard de Sokebred quit-claims to William de
Stirkeland his right in his land and tenement in the vill of Stayneton
in Kendale. Witnesses: Sir Richard de Creppinges, (fn. 1) then sheriff
of Westmerland, Sir John de Morvill, Sir Robert de Yafnewyte,
Henry de Tyrel, Adam Engagne, Geoffrey de Melkantorp, John de
Denton, clerk; Orig. at Sizergh.
1275–90 William de Stirkeland confirms to the prior and convent of Kermell
the perpetual cure and custody of the chapel of Croskrake formerly
founded by Anselm son of Michael de Furnes in the grantor's territory
of Staynton in Kendale, with the lands and possessions belonging to
the same chapel, with power and free arbitrament of disposing at
their will of the chapel and its goods, and so that when the prior and
convent appoint a keeper in the said chapel to celebrate divine
service for the souls of the grantor's ancestors and successors, none of
his heirs shall distrain the prior or his chaplain to receive any lepers
or infirm in the said place nor to suport or render hospitality to
such against their will. Witnesses: Sir Henry de Redeman, Sir
Roger de Burton, Master Roger de Warwik, rector of the church of
Heversam, William de Wyndesouer, Richard de Preston, Thomas de
Derlay, Roger de Levenis; Contemporary copy at Sizergh.
A similar confirmation by William de Stirkeland, Adam de Berewike and Eda de Wedacre; ib.
1275–85 Eda de Wedacre, relict of William de Wedacre, in her free widowhood confirms to the monks of Furness for the souls of Sir Anselm de
Furness, her grandfather, and Sir Richard de Preston, her father, and
William de Wedacre, formerly her husband, half a stone of wax or two
shillings yearly at the Purification; Coucher of Furness, ii, 94.
1283 Eda de Wedeacre held of William de Lyndeseye a "land" in
Stainton for 4d. yearly rent; Cal. Inq., ii, 270.
1295 Walter de Stirkeland, knt., quit-claims to the abbot [Simon de
Warwick] and convent of St. Mary's, York, his right in land, tenements and rent of free tenants which they have of his ancestor's gift
in the hamlet of Staynton in the vill of Heversham. Original at
Levens; see vol. i, 222.
1303 Margaret, formerly the wife of Hugh de la Vale, in her widowhood,
quit-claims to Walter de Stirkeland her right in land and tenements in
Staynton in Kendale which William de Stirkeland gave to William de
Stirkeland her first husband, and to her in free marriage. Witnesses
Hugh de Louther, Walter de Wessyngton, Robert de Swynburn,
Andrew de Smytehton, William de Denn, John de Denn, Thomas de
Wessyngton. Dated at Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday after St.
Nicholas, A.D. 1303, 32 Edward ; Orig. at Sizergh.
1310 Eleanor late the wife of John de Berwyk held a third part of the
hamlet of Staynton of William de Ros of Kendale by the service of 4d.
yearly; Cal. Inq. v, 118.
1324 Pardon to Robert de Staynton and Joan his wife for acquiring in tail
from Thomas de Dokwra a messuage, 10 acres of land and two acres
of meadow in Hoton in the Forest, held in chief, with remainder to the
right heirs of Robert, and licence to retain the same; Cal. Pat. R. 33.
1332 Staynton. Subsidy of a fifteenth.
|Roger de le Crage
|William his brother
|Eleanor de Burton
|Robert le Walker
|Ellis de le Ryge
|Adam de le Ryge
|Thomas de le Crage
|Adam de le Cragge
Sum of goods £20, whereof to the king 26s. 8d.; Exch. Lay Sub., 195A.
1341 Walter de Stirkeland, knt., held land in Staynton of William de
Twenge by knight's service; Cal. Inq., viii, 202
1349 Grant of the manor of Berwyk and land in Staynton by certain
feoffees to John son of Ralph de Berwyk [of Borwick, co. Lanc.] with
divers remainders. Original at Sizergh.
1353 Thomas de Stirkeland, chivaler, keeper of the lands late of William
de Coucy, deceased, accounts for 60s. of the issues of lands and tenements in Staynton late of Ralph de Berewyk, deceased, which belong
to the king by reason of the minority of John de Berewyk, son and
heir of the said Ralph, from 25 October, 25 Edward III (1351) to 12
Oct., 27th year (1353) when the king committed the custody of the
lands to John son of Robert de Dalton. Min's. Accts. bundle 1118, n. 5.
1357 Robert atte Grene and Alice his wife implead William Carpenter of
Stanton that he render an account of the time he was receiver of the
said Alice; De Banco R. 390, Easter 31 Edward III, m. 152.
1388 Grant by John de Croft of Yheland and Nicholas Faysand to John
de Berwyk and his heirs of a yearly rent of £10 out of their lands and
tenements of Staynton, co. Westmorland, and Le Hirst in Dokker, co.
Lanc. Dated at Staynton on Easter Monday, 11 Richard II; Orig.
1390 John de Berwyk held of Thomas de Ros, chivaler, 6 tenements and
60 a. land in the hamlet of Staynton for 4d. rent at Easter and
Michaelmas, worth 40s, Chan. Inq. p.m., 14 Richard 11, n. 41.
1404 John de Berwyck held of William de Parr, chivaler [etc. as in 1390];
Chan. Inq. p. m., 6 Henry IV, n. 37.
1407 John de Berwicke held of John de Parr [etc. as in 1390]; ib.,
9 Henry IV, n. 38.
1407 Walter de Stirkland grants to William Maymorn and John de
Barton, chaplains, four tenements in Hencaster, an acre of meadow
called Gousakyr, ½ a. land upon Le Potbank and the mill in Hencaster,
five tenements in Staynton with the rents and services of those
holding them, namely Robert Hyrd, John Dicson, Robert Addyson.
William son of John Crag, and Magot Crag, the manor of "Owuir"
Wynder and "Neyer" Wynder. Witnesses: Richard Ros, Richard
de Belingham, Robert de Burgh, John de Preston of Byngynges (sic),
dated at Syssher on the Invention of the Holy Cross, 8 Henry IV.
Circular seal of red wax bearing on a shield hanging by corner the
arms of Strickland with a holly bush on a closed helmet. Legend:
Sig. Walteri d' Stirkeland.
1411 Thomas de Warcopp of Lambertsete and Alice his wife, late the wife
of Walter de Strikeland, knt., demised Alice's dower inter alia in
Staynton to Thomas de Strykeland, son and heir of Sir Walter, during
Alice's life, for £20 13s. 4d. yearly. D. at Sizergh.
1411 Alan de Penyngton and John de Lamplugh, knights, held of
Philippa, late the wife of Robert de Veer, late duke of Ireland, a
tenement in Stainton by fealty and the service of 1d. (sic) at Whitsuntide and Martinmas, worth 5s.; John de Berwicke, elder, held of her
certain lands and tenements in Stainton by fealty and the service of
4d. yearly, and 12d. to her bailiff for his puture, at the same terms,
worth 10s.; Chan. Inq. p. m., 13 Henry IV, n. 44.
1417 18 April, 5 Henry V, John de Berwik of Berwik, elder, granted to
John de Berwik, younger, his son and heir, and Margaret his wife, his
lands and tenements in Lupton, Mansarre, Staynton and Heyncaster,
to hold to John and Margaret and their issue, as the grantor's father
died enfeoffed; Deed at Sizergh.
1426 Thomas de Stirkeland, knt., grants to John de Barton and William
Maymorn, chaplains, his messuages and lands in Staynton, except
those held by John de Cragg, Thomas Webster, John Bawdewynson,
and Adam Hardyberde and except a meadow called Staynton Ynge.
Dated 10 September, 5 Henry VI. Small seal of red wax bearing an
escallop shell; Orig. at Sizergh.
1437 Richard Garsdale, vicar of the church of Kyrkby in Kendale,
Richard Broxton, Thomas Broxton and Thomas Warde, chaplains,
grant to Thomas de Stirkeland, knt., and Mabel his wife the messuages
and lands in Staynton, Over Wynder, Nether Wynder, Trostormond,
Thorp and Sharrow which they had by Thomas's feoffment to hold to
Thomas and Mabel and their issue. Raynald Dokwra to deliver
seisin. Dated 10 November, 16 Henry VI; Orig. at Sizergh.
1438 Grant by John de Berwyk, younger, and Margaret his wife demised
to Thomas de Stirkeland, knt., lands and messuages, rents and services
in Staynton in Kendale, to hold to Thomas in tail male at fee farm
by rendering to John and Margaret 12 marks, 3s. 4d. yearly. Thomas
to make no waste in the woods of Staynton save for repair of the
houses and hays of the said tenements by view of the grantor's
bailiff. Dated 20 April, 16 Henry VI; (fn. 2) Orig. at Sizergh.
1448 Demise by Margaret late the wife of John Berwyk to Thomas de
Stirkeland, knt., of her lands and tenements in Staynton in Kendale,
to hold during her life for 12 marks rent. Dated on the feast of St.
Katherine the Virgin, 27 Henry VI; Orig. at Sizergh.
1495 Demise by Averey Berwike of Haverbrake in the "parishing" of
Bethom, gent., to Walter Strikland, "swyer," for 99 years, of
Averey's lands and tenements in Staynton in Kendale which he has by
right of "descent of heritage" from Thomas Berwyk, her late father,
to hold by paying after the recovery had of the premises such duty
and sum as shall be named by William of Penyngton, "swyer."
Dated 13 June, 10 Henry VII; Orig. at Sizergh.
Bond by Thomas Parre, esquire of the king's body, to John Whytyngton, esq., and Robert Wasshyngton, of the king's household, gent.
in £40, that Walter Strykland, knt., shall stand to the award of
Thomas Laurence, knt., Lawrence Starky, esq., Edward Rydman and
John Pykeryng, esquires, arbitrators on Walter's part and on that of
John Whytyngton, touching the right and possession of certain lands
and tenements in Stayneton, now in the said Walter's tenure. Dated
19 February, 19 Henry VII. Original at Sizergh.
1501 Thomas Strykland, knt., died 1 September, 12 Henry VII (1496),
seised of the manor of Staynton, 10 messuages, 100 a. land in Staynton, worth £20, held of the countess of Richmond of the half barony
of Kendale, service unknown; Cal. Inq., Henry VII, pt. ii, 270.
1526 Bond by Thomas Crossere of Sygyswyke, chapman, John Kytson of
Staynton, yeoman, and John Saule of the same, yeoman, to Walter
Strykland, knt., in £20, that the said Thomas shall fulfil the award
of Thomas Syll of Natlandmyln, Reynold Makereth, Reynold San
derson, James Raulandson, Robert Neylson, Leonard Lorremer,
William Neylson, Richard Syll of Staynton, Olyver Cowper,
Thomas Cowper, younger, Rynold Greynhede and Richard Higyn
touching all quarrels and actions depending between Thomas Crosser
and Miles Crosser his brother. Dated 31 December, 18 Henry VIII.
Orig. at Sizergh.
1529 Edmund [Whalley] (fn. 3) abbot of St Mary's, York. and the convent
leased to Richard Whalley, the abbot's servant, the tithes of corn and
hay late in the holding of Sir Walter Strikland, knt, in the "parishynges" of Eversham and Kirkby in Kendall, belonging to two tithe
barns there called Croscrak and Laikrige, appertaining to the
parsonage of Eversham for £14, and the tithes of corn and hay
belonging to the tithe barns of Natland for 74s. 8d and Sizar, for
20s., appertaining to the parsonage of Kirkby in Kendall, reserving
to the executors of Sir Walter the unexpired term of a former lease;
Orig. at Sizergh.
1537 Yearly value of the lands of Walter Strykland, knt., who died
9 January, 19 Henry VIII (1528) and which ought to descend to Walter
his son and heir; Divers meadows in Stanton-ynges, 48s. yearly,
which Elizabeth Gascoygn (see Sedgwick) holds as jointure, lands and
tenements in Stanton, £30 7s. 7d. yearly, held by Lady Katherine
Strykland, Walter's mother, for jointure; Orig. at Sizergh.
1539 William [Dent], (fn. 4) abbot of St. Mary's, York, and the convent lease to
William Knevett, esq., and Lady Katheryn Strykland, his wife, of the
tithe corn and hay [as demised in 1529], for a term of 70 years, paying
for Croscrake and Lawkryge £14; for Natland and Whynfell 66s. and
for Sysyrehe 20s.; Orig. at Sizergh.
1539 Rental of Walter Strykland, esq., renewed 1 July, 31 Henry VIII.
"Stanton of Barwyke": Walter Barray took the tenement late his
father's and gave "gressum" 40s.; Edward Nelson took a tenement
and gave "gressum" 20s.; Robert Atkynson took etc., 40s.; John
Kytson took etc., 26s 8d; Edward Carter took etc., 26s 8d.; Thomas
Saulle took etc., 20s.; Henry Chamer took etc. 26s. 8d. (each sum
being for "gressum"); ib.
c 1543 Muster roll of Walter Strykelande's tenants of Staynton:
With a horse, harness and a bow: Thomas Barray, Cudbert
Schippert, Anthony Shippert, Nycholas Denyson, Jhon Neylson,
Edward Denyson, Henry Chaymer, John Flecher, Jhon Sall, Jhon
Wylson Roger Sall. Each of the following
With a horse, harness and a byll: Jhon Barray, James Schippert,
Henry Schippert, Water Barray, Rychard Syll, Robert Walker,
Rychard Speyght, Henry Newby, Rowland Denyson, Wylliam
Lorymer, Richard Wayray (sic), Harry (cancelled) Edward Ayray,
Edward Neylson, Jhon Nycalson (cancelled), Kytson, Robert Atkynson,
Thomas Sall, Rychard Syll (cancelled), Wylliam Parke (cancelled)
John Brygges, Leonard Jackson (cancelled), Gyffray Carter, Jervyc
Hyne, Walter Cowper, Edmond Neylson, Edward Carter, Rychard
Footmen without harness, but furnished with a byll or bow:
Edmond Schippert, Rychard Neylson, John Coupertwhat, Robert
Sall, Wylliam Spyght (cancelled), Nycholes Higgyn, Jhon Jakson,
Wylliam Sall (cancelled), John Banes.
Yongmen furnished with a bow: Jhon Barray (cancelled), Steve
Barray, Herre Neyleson, Adam Barray, Henry Barray, Roger Barray,
Jhon Schippert (cancelled) Roger Forest, Edward Forest, Leonard
Thompson, James Rygg, Edward Car, William Fell, Leonard Cowper.
Yongmen furnished with a byll: Jynkyn Benson, Wylliam Sutytre
(cancelled) Stevene Schippert, Edward Ayray (cancelled), Roger
Lorymer, Jervys Walker (cancelled), Edward Neylson, Richard
Neylson, Edward Neylson, Gylles Hyggyn, Edward Neylson, Robert
Higgyn, Robert Spyght, Wylliam Hyne (cancelled), Thomas Brokbank, Robert Rychardson, Jhon Jakson, Rychard Sall, Leonard
Forest, Hugh Forest, Rychard Forest; Orig at Sizergh.
1569 Walter Strykland of Syrisarghe, esq., leases for 17 years to Thomas
Tempest of Stanley. co. Durham, gent., and Thomas Strykland of
Nyendsargh, gent., his lands and tenements in Staynton, Hencastre,
Sigisweke, etc. Orig. at Sizergh.
The queen demises to Alice Strickland inter alia the manor of
Stainton worth £36 11s. 10d. yearly; the hamlet of Sigeswike
worth £13 18s. 3d.; messuages and lands in Hinchaster worth £10 11s.
8d. yearly; a messuage etc. in Brigstre on the east side of the way
leading on the left side towards Crosthwayte, worth £4 2s. 11d. yearly;
worth on the whole £116 8s. 1¾d. and leased by Walter Strickland in
his lifetime (as above). Also the queen demises to Alice inter alia a
tenement in Awtingthwayte in the tenure of Miles Atkinson by year
7s. etc. Orig. at Sizergh.
Robert Byndeles of Helsington, gent., at the request of Thomas
Strickland of Syserghe, esquire, enfeoffs the said Thomas of
messuages and lands in Stainton which Robert acquired of Thomas
Redman, gent., to hold in fee. Orig. at Sizergh.
1574 The heirs of Walter Stirkland held certain lands in Staynton as of
the castle of Kendall and rendered yearly a free rent of 4d. Rental
and survey of lands late of the Marchioness of Northampton, 7
September, 16 Elizabeth.
1585 The yearly value of the estates of which Thomas Strickland
obtained livery after attaining his full age of 21, on 6 June, 27 Elizabeth
(1585): The hamlet of Steynton held of the heirs of Thomas Parre,
knt., as of the 4th part of the barony of Kendall, by knight's service
and worth yearly £32 15s. 7d.; 12 messuages, 60 a. land and 10 a.
meadow in Hankaster alias Hynkaster, held as above by service
unknown, worth yearly £9 15s. 4d.; the hamlet of Siggesweke held
as above by service unknown, worth yearly £11 19s.; a messuage
in Awtingthwaite held of the queen by knight's service, worth yearly
7s.; D. at Sizergh.
1597 Tenants of Thomas Strickland, esq., in Staynton, 1 August, 39
|Relict of John Ingarson
|Rel. of Leonard Barrow
|Dorothy Bennyson, widow
|Richard Crackell for a close
|Rel. of John Forrest
|Edward Forrest for 2 closes
|Rel. of John Shawe
|Rel. of Robt. Mackereth
|Rel. of William Saule
|Wife of John Jackson
|Rel. of Leonard Lorymer
|Rel of Brian Howgill
|Rel. of Robert Beck
|Rel. of Edmond Shepard
|Rel. of John Newby
|Rel. of John Nealson
|Rel. of Giles Higging
|Rel. of Richard Lorymer
|Rel. of Thomas Fletcher
|Rel. of Thomas Saule
|Rel. of Rich. Saule, younger
|Rel. of Richard Chamber
|Thomas Nealson, 18s. 5½d. rent,
4 boone shearings, 6 hens, one
|Orig. at Sizergh.
1635 Inquest taken at Kirkbie Kendall, 19 August, 11 Charles I (1635)
before Henry Cowper, gentleman, escheator, by the oath of Henry
Feild, Christopher Phillipson, Rowland Gibson, James Waidson, John
Taylor, William Atkinson, John Harryson, John Mealebancke, Roger
Baiteman, Robert Cooke, Thomas Bracken, John Birkehead, Geoffrey
Helme, Miles Walker, Christopher Bland and John Jackson, yeomen,
who say that: Edwin Sawll long before and on the day of his death
was seised of one capital messuage or tenement in Stainton and
60 a. of land, 20 a. meadow, 20 a. pasture in Stainton and
Hincaster to said capital messuage belonging; and one water grain
mill in Stainton being of the yearly rent or fee farm of £4 yearly
payable to Robert Strickland, esquire.
So seised Edwin Sawll, died 24 November, 8 Charles 1 (1632). All
the above premises are held of the king as of his manor of Kirkbie
Kendall called "le Marquesse Fee" by one 20th part of a knight's
fee and they are worth yearly clear £4 13s. 4d. Charles Sawle is his
son and heir, aged now 29 years and upwards, and he has received the
profits of all the premises from the time of his father's death until
now. Chanc. Inq. p. m., ser. ii, vol. 735, n. 118.
1662–64 Schedule of defaulters to Hearth Tax. Lay Subsidy Roll, 259,
64 n. 13.
Thomas Bindlas for one hearth and is not willing to pay neither
hath any goods to distreane upon. Thomas Levens, constable.
1669–71 Hearth Tax Roll. Lay Subsidy 195, n. 73, m 12d.
|Mr Edmond Saull
|Richard Robinson taylor
|Discharged by Certificates.
1786 By the Rev. John Wilson, 31 May, 1786. Whereas it is possible
that the school of Heversham and Chapel of Crosscrake may, after my
decease, be again united, being a native of Stainton and perfectly
acquainted with everything relative to the above chapel, for the
benefit or amusement of my successors I here insert the following
short account. Crosscrake chapel, when I attended to learn writing
etc. about the year 1733, was then and formerly a school (fn. 5) without one
farthing endowment, and for many years taught with much credit
and reputation by an industrious master, Mr. Wells. About the
year 1755, Dr. Keene, then Bishop of Chester, informed of the utility
of a chapel at Crosscrake paid it, at his northern Visitation, a personal
visit and finding how very useful a chapel would be in this part of the
parish procured of the Governors of the Bounty of Queen Anne £400.
This sum, till a purchase was made, being only at 40s. per cent. made
a stipend of £8 per annum. To this chapel a Mr. Ellis from Arkholme
was first ordained. He staid about two years and was succeeded by a
Mr. Hartley who quitted it in the year 1760. In March, 1760, on the
sole nomination of the present vicar of Heversham, Rev. Henry
Wilson, along with the Free School of Heversham to which I was
chosen in 1756, I was elected curate of Crosscrake. As the stipend
was yet but £8 per annum I endeavoured to make it more [by the
purchase in 1763 of land in Dillicar, (fn. 6) let for £17 per annum]. About
the year 1765, through the endeavours of the then Bishop of Chester
with Lady Gower, I got forward with a 2nd augmentation, thus:—From Lady Gower £100, from Dr. Stratford £60, from myself with
deed of gift £42 [to which the Bounty added £200]. With this £400
I made a purchase of an estate in Killington called Beckside . . . .
now rented at £16 per annum. About the year 1772 on my third
application to the bishop [Lady Gower advancing £200] I bought an
estate called Mackreth Hill, in the parish of Sedbergh, and a rentcharge issuing out of an estate in Garsdale called Garsdale Foot. Till
the year 1773 I officiated in the old chapel. The walls and roof being
the old school and the structure very shabby and limited I applied for
a Brief. From this we received upwards of £90, with this and the
main part of a subscription in the hands of the late Alderman Shaw of
Kendal, we built the present chapel. (fn. 7) Farrer, Records of
Heversham Gram. School.