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By Deed dated 3rd March, 1775, Timothy Hollis, Samuel Shore, and Samuel Stones, the surviving Trustees, appointed as Trustees, Samuel Shore, of Norton, Esq., John Shore, of Sheffield, Merchant, Joseph Roberts, of Sheffield, Merchant, John Dickinson, of Sheffield, Minister of the Gospel, Robert Wylde Moult, of Rotherham, Gent., Jonathan Mellor, of Ikles, Rotherham, Book-keeper, and Thomas Kirk, of Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, Farme
This includes the Meeting House, Minister's House, and other premises.
By Deed dated 9th July, 1791, Samuel Shore, late of Norton, but now of Clapham, Surrey, Esq., John Shore, of Sheffield, Banker, Robert Wylde Moult, of Wickersley, near Rotherham, Esq., Jonathan Mellor, of Rotherham, Book-keeper, the surviving Trustees, appointed as Trustees John Hollis, of High Wycomb, Esq., Isaac Solly, of Geoffry's Square, St. Mary Ax., Esq., Samuel Shore, the Younger, of Norton, Esq., William Shore, of Sheffield, Banker, Joseph Turner, of Rotherham, Surgeon, and Apothecary, and William Favell, of Rotherham, Grocer.
By Deed dated 2nd June, 1813, Samuel Shore, late of Clapham, Surrey, but now of Meersbrook, Derby, Esq., John Shore, of Norton, Banker, John Hollis, of High Wycomb, Esq., Samuel Shore, the Younger, of Norton, Esq., William Shore, of Sheffield, Banker, and Joseph Turner, of Rotherham, Surgeon, the surviving Trustees, appointed as Trustees John Aldred, of Wickersley, Esq., Harry Thompson, of Rotherham, Wine Merchant, Joseph Turner, the Younger, of Rotherham, Surgeon and Apothecary, Samuel Lucas, of Sheffield, Refiner, and Samuel Lucas, the Younger, of Sheffield, Gent., John Shore then retiring from the trust.
By Deed dated 24th December, 1835, Samuel Shore, of Norton, Esq,. John Aldred, of Wickersley, Esq., and Joseph Turner, of Rotherham, Surgeon and Apothecary, the surviving Trustees, appointed as Trustees, Oftley Shore, of Richmond Hill, near Sheffield, Banker, Samuel Kirkby, of Sheffield, Merchant, Samuel Solly, of Swindeby, Lincoln, Esq., James Hattersley, of Rotherham, Roper, John Hattersley, the younger, of Rotherham, Roper, Thomas Blunn, the elder, of Catcliffe, near Rotherham, Glass Blower, and John Priston Cutts, of Sheffield, Optician.
By memorandum under Peto's Act., dated 10th January, 1860, the appointment of John Lupton, of Leeds, Merchant, George Buckton, of Leeds, Tool Manufacturer, Robert Marsden, of Sheffield, Scale Cutter, Thomas Tasker, of Rotherham, Grocer, Paul England Fisher, of Sheffield, Merchant, John Hobson, of Sheffield, Scissor Manufacturer, and John Beckett, of Sheffield, Accountant, as new Trustees, in addition to Offiley Shore, then of Clifton Hall, of Richmond Hill, near Sheffield, Banker, James Hattersley, the elder, of Rotherham, Roper, and John Hattersley, the Younger, of Rotherham, Roper, was recorded.
By deed dated 30th April, 1880, John Lupton, of Leeds, Merchant ; Robert Marsden, of Sheffield, Scale Cutter, Thomas Tasker, of Rotherham, Grocer; and John Hobson, of Sheffield, Scissor Manufacturer, the sur. viving Trustees, appointed as Trustees James Atkinson, of Rotherham, Rope Maker, William Higginbotham Beckett, of Norfolk Row, Sheffield, Stockbroker and Accountant, Henry Leadbeater, of Rotherham, Plasterer, John Hill, of Rotherham, Manager, Isaac Walker, of Rotherham, Manufacturing Chemist, and Robert Thomas Eadon, of Sheffield, Merchant.
By Deed dated 17th March, 1891, John Lupton, of Leeds, Merchant James Atkinson, of Rotherham, Rope Maker, Henry Leadbeater, of Rotherham, Plasterer, John Hill, of Rotherham, Gent., and Isaac Walker of Rotherham, Manufacturing Chemist, the surviving Trustees, appointed as Trustees, Andrew Thomson, of Rotherham, Brass Founder, Michael Joseph Hunter, of Sheffield, Manufacturer. William Robinson Stevenson, of Sheffield, Share Broker and Accountant, James Laycock, of Sheffield, Manager, and Isaac Hanby, of Rotherham, Monumental Mason.
By Deed dated 3rd May, 1905, Andrew Thomson, of Rotherham, Brass Founder, Michael Joseph Hunter, of Sheffield, Manufacturer, and William Robinson Stevenson, of Sheffield, Share Broker and Accountant, the continuing Trustees, appointed as Trustees, Henry Rickards Bramley, of Sheffield, Barrister-at-law, Frank Ewart Brooksbank, of Rotherham, Commerical Clerk, Thomas Cocker, of Rotherham, Ironmonger, Wilfred Hutton Hydes, of Rotherham, Pawnbroker, Fred Leadbeater, of New Zealand, Bridgegate, Rotherham, Plasterer, Alfred Pearson, of Rotherham, Bath Enameller, and Charles Arthur Smith, of Totley, near Sheffield, Engineer. The said Henry Leadbeater, John Hill, James Laycock and and Isaac Hanby at the same time retiring from the Trust.
EXTRACTS FROM DEEDS.
2nd and 3rd March, 1775.—Indentures of Lease and Release made between Timothy Hollis, Samuel Shore, of Broadfield, &c. After reciting, respecting the Meeting House and Minister's House, “Sometime theretofore in the tenure of William Wilson, minister of the Gospel,” it follows:
“And also all that piece or parcel of land lying at the back of and near to the dwelling-house of the Revd. Samuel Moult, minister of the Gospel, situate at the upper end of a street in Rotherham aforesaid, called Wellgate, containing by mensuration one rood and 24 perches, abutting on the land of the said Samuel Moult, East, and distinguished therefrom by 3 meer stones, and on the lands of Samuel Tooker, Esqr., South West and North, and fenced on those three sides."
“And also all that piece or parcel of land lying at the upper end of Pinfold Hill, in the township of Rotherham aforesaid, containing by mensuration one acre and two roods, abutting on the highway leading from Rotherham to Bawtry,West, on the New Road to Badsley Moor, South, on the lands of William Earl and Lord Besborough, East, and the land of the said Samuel Moult, North, which said two pieces or parcels of land were allotted to the said Timothy Hollis, Samuel Shore, and others, the trustees, which were by them received in exchange on the General Inclosure and Division of the Common Fields, Moors, and Common Grounds, in the town. ship of Rotherham aforesaid, in lieu of and for the piece of land at Dalton Brook, containing by estimation one acre and Common Right for two months on the Common and Waste Ground belonging to the town of Rotherham aforesaid, in the said last abstracted indentures of lease and release mentioned, which two several pieces or parcels of land so allotted and received in exchange as aforesaid were then in the tenure or occupation of the said Samuel Moult, or his assigns.”
1791, July 8 and 9.-Indentures of Lease and Release of the said trust properties with the addition of ground in Westgate, called Royd's Croftthe Release made between the said Samuel Shore, John Shore, Robert Wylde Moult, and Jonathan Mellor of the one part, and John Hollis, Isaac Solly, the said Samuel Shore, the younger, William Shore, Joseph Turner, and William Favell of the other part.
In these deeds relating to the purchase of the properties in Royd's Croft, Oil Mill Fold, of the ground, old Oil Mill, tenements, &c., there is the following provision :
“Upon trust that they the said Samuel Shore, of Clapham, and others, their heirs and assigns, should from time to time pay and apply the rents and profits of the said grounds, hereditaments, and premises towards the maintenance and in augmentation of the salary of the minister, who should preach and minister from time to time to the congregation of Protestant Dissenters in the said Meeting House in Rotherham aforesaid. And also towards the support of a school then lately erected by private contributions on part of the said piece of ground, and towards the repairs and improvements of all or any part of the said estate in such manner as they the said trustees and the survivors or survivor of them their or his heirs and assigns should think fit, and most for the benefit of the said charity.”
Acting on the aforesaid provision the Charity Commissioners decided, against the judgment of the trustees and minister, to issue their order, recited as under, in the Appointment of 7 new trustees, and Conveyance of the Trust Estate, dated 3rd May, 1905, viz. :
“And whereas in the year 1893 it was found impracticable to carry on the said Hollis School as theretofore, and the same was leased to the Local Educational Authority until July, 1896, when such Authority constructed further school buildings of its own in place of the said school, and the said school building was converted into three cottages by the then trustees at a cost which was cleared in succeeding years out of the rents of such cottages.
And whereas by an order of the Charity Commissioners, sealed on the 19th day of April, 1905, made in the matter of the charity or charities, known as Hollis's Trusts (otherwise the Rotherham Charity), in the County Borough of Rotherham, in the matter of the Board of Education Act, 1899, and in the matter of the Charitable Trusts Acts, 1853 to 1894, in execution of the provisions of the Board of Education Act, 1899, Section 2, Sub-Section 2, it was determined that the part of the endowment of the above mentioned Charity or Charities which was held for or ought to be applied to solely educational purposes, consisted of part of Royd's Croft, in the above mentioned Borough, with three cottages stnding thereon, where a school formerly stood, and two other cottages formerly used as teachers' residences or of which the rents had been utilized for school pur. poses, and that such part should be called “ The Hollis Educational Foundation.”
Eben. Shirley, are yet in the possession of her descendants,
Is it known where these " outlines are at the present time ?” The Early Meeting House S.—Miall quotes (p. 341, id) a M.S. of Mr. R. W.
Moult, of Wickersley, “I have heard my grandfather say that Mr. Westby, old Mr. Hatfield, of Laughton, Mr. Staniforth, of Firbeck, Mr. Foljambe, of Eastwood, and other highly respectable puritanic families often attended at this place, and also at the present one [built 1706), and that he has often seen three coaches together belong. ing to the above families. Most of these persons had private chaplains at their own residences,".
Hunter, in his “ Life of Oliver Heywood,” inserts the following note, pp. 414, 15 :
* Mr. Westby, Mr. Heywood's friend, gave up Ravenfield to his son, Wardell George Westby, member for Malton, on his marriage with a sister of the Earl of Holderness, and settled at Linton, in Cambridgeshire, acting as a magistrate for that county. There was a small dissenting chapel there, which he attended to the time of his death in 1747, and he was buried
beneath the vestry floor. Cole of Milton, who may be believed when he says anything favourable of a Nono nformist, speaks of him thus : 'I think he had been a member of Parliament in the former part of his life, and was a most tediously, ceremonious gentleman, but of an exceeding good character and very friendly. His son survived him about nine years, and with him the family became extinct."
Hunter also states : “ The Hatfields (of Laughton), and the Staniforths, of Firbeck, continued connected with the Nonconformists till the extinction of the two families."
Dickenson's Register.-Herein is preserved this entry by Thomas Dickenson :Marriage.--Henry Ibbetson, of Leeds, Esqr., was mar. to Miss Foljamba,
dr. Francis Foljamba, near R., Esqr., 23 Dec.  ; a young Lady
of great Beauty, Merit and Fortune ('tis said). Isaac Bates,-Probably assisted John Heywood and John Rastrick at times
in their ministries at R. Oliver Heywood had a concern for him. Writing on 16 March, 1697, to his son Eliezer H., then in London, he says : Mr. Isaac Bates was here last week, and tells me sad stories which afflict me. He hopes you will do something for him ; if you
can get him a place I think you will not be discredited by him." Was there a Rotherham Classis? In his " History of the English Church
during the Civil War, and under the Commonwealth, 1640-1660,"
' Luke Clayton, minister of Rotherham.
Will. Gryffan, minister of Laughton.
“ Wm. Hawdon, minister of Brodsonthe. A8 Thomas Hollis, Sen., and John Stones, a trustee of the original trust, 1704, were Smiths, or Whitesmiths, it is interesting to refer to the following record of another smith, found in the pulling down of an old Rotherham house, and given to Mr. Blazeby :
A curious shoeing document is extant; from its faded writing we find that one Robard Stoocks made out his bill in April, 1738. It contains 37 items from the first on 1st July, 1738 to the last on ye 12th April, following, and amounts altogether to the sum of £1 10s. 9}d. The cost of 1 sho was invariably 34d ; 1 stapl. 2 lincks 4d ; 1 rem. Id. ; I sho. and I rem. 410 ; 14 sho. 4s. Id., &c., &c. G.E.E.