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ENDOWED CHARITIES (ADMINISTRATIVE COUNTY OF DURHAM).
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dated 14 February 1900 ;--for,
RETURN " comprising (1) THE REPORTS made to the Charity Commissioners,
in the result of an Inquiry held in every Parish wholly or partly within the Administrative County of Durham into Endowments subject to the provisions of the Charitable Trusts Acts, 1853 to 1894, and appropriated in whole or in part for the benefit of that County, or of any part thereof, together with the Reports on those Endowments of the Commissioners for inquiring concerning Charities, 1818 to 1837"; and
(2) A DIGEST showing, in the case of each such Parish, whether any, and, if any,
what such Endowments are recorded in the books of the Charity Commissioners in the Parish."
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Parish of STAINDROP.
Staindrop. 1. The Inquiry in this Parish was held on the 8th November 1900.
I. Date of
Inquiry. II. The following is the Report on the Charities of this Parish, dated 31st January 1829, of the Commissioners appointed in pursuance of the Acts 58 Geo. III, c. 91, and Report of 59 Geo. II1, c. 81, as continued by subsequent Acts, to inquire concerning Charities in England and Wales (Vol. 21, p. 99).
This Report is hereinafter referred to as the “ Report of 1829.”
PARISH OF STAINDROP.
SCHOOL (see page 4).
Staindrop. In the Parliamentary Returns of 1786, it is stated that John Grainger, by Will, in 1710, gave School. 3001. for teaching thirty poor children of Staindrop.
This sum of 3001. is in the hands of Thomas Papillon, esq. of Acrise, near Folkestone, by whom the sum of 15l. yearly, as the interest at five per cent, is regulariy transmitted to Mr. Joshua Watson, who has hitherto acted as trustee for the use of a schoolmaster, who instructs thirty children of Staindrop in reading, writing and accounts, without any charge. There being no public schcol or schoolhouse in the parish, the children are taught in a house provided by the master.
Mr. Papillon has not been able to ascertain by what means this money came into his hands. He states that he found his father had always paid 15l. yearly, and that on succeeding to his property be continued the payment. He has engaged to supply us with further information if he can oblain it.
Sunday School (see page 10). A Sunday school was established for the poor children of this parish, about fifty years ago, by the Sunday subscription of the late Earl of Darlington, Mrs. Raby Vane and other individuals. The subscription School. hins recently been augmented by the Marquis of Cleveland, and the principal sum now amounts to 3001. which is placed in the hands of the Marquis, who has given a promissory note, dated 5th January 1828, 10 the minister and church wardens, for securing the same, with interest at five per cent.
The school is kept in the vestry, and about sixty children usually attend. The master receives a salary of 61. 6s. a year, and the rest of the income is applied principally in purchasing books and rewards for the children.
BRABANT's CHARITY (see page 11). Hercules Brabant, by his Will, bearing date 221 April 1612, gare a yearly rent of 20s. out of his Brabant's lancis at Redworth, to the vicar and churchwardens of Staindrop, to be distributed by them and Charity. their successors, with the advice and consent of John Dowthwaite, and Barnard, his brother, and old Charles Brahant and Robert Brabant, to twenty of the most aged and impotent poor people of that parish. He also gave two sums of 20s, to the parishes of Brancépeth and Heighington, as before stated in our account of the charities in those parishes; and he directed that George Brabant and his heirs should have one especial voice in nominating the poor people in the three several purishes to which he had given his yearis benevolence; and he directed that when any of the four persons above mentioned should die, the survivors should choose other men, well devoted to religion, for the distribution of the said money; and he directed that if the 31. or any part thereof, shoulii not be regularly paid, for every month's non-payment he charged the said land with the payment of 10s. for the same uses.
The sum of 19s, is received in respect of this charity by the church wardens, at Easter, froin James Whitfield, the tenant of lands at Redworth, belonging to Robert Surtees, esq.; one shilling is deducted for land tax.
This money is carried to the general charity account, and given away in the manner hereafter mentioned
Poor's LANDS (see page 11). The following parcels of land, kdown by the respective names hereafter mentioned, have for a great length of time been let by the minister, churchwardens and twenty-four for the time being, and the rents have been applied for charitable purposes in the parish ; but it is not known from whom any part of the lands were derived, nor are there any deeds relating thereto.
These lands comprise,
1.-A field, containing about three acres, called the Lee Close, let to John Hawdon, for three years from March 1826, at the yearly rent of 101. 108.
2.-About seven acres of land, called the Ackwards, let to William Palmerley, for the like term, at the yearly rent of 341.
3. A garden, containing about three quarters of an acre, let to John Bell, for the like term, at the yearly rent of 77. 14s. 6d.
4.—An allotment, called the Moor Butts, set out upon the inclosure of Staindrop Moor, in 1764, to John Brownless, the church warden, in trust for the poor, in respect of their ancient lands. This allotment contains two acres and a half, and is let to John Hawdun, for the same term, at the yearly rent of 141. 15s.
All these are high rents, the lands having been let by tender.
There was also a small parcel of land between the allotment and the road, which was considered as part of the estate held for the benefit of the poor. It consisted of less than a quarter of an acre; and at a vestry meeting, held in March 1826, it was agreed that it should be put up to auction and sold to the best bidder. The object of selling this land was to raise a fund for the purpose of straightening the course of the brook which divides the Lee Close from the property of the late Earl of Strathmore, which will prevent the river from overflowing. The land was accordingly sold, and 321. 55. 7d. the produce of the sale, is placed in a bank at Darlington.
The rents above mentioned, with 19s. received in respect of Brahant's charity, making altogetber
The share appropriated to the township of Staindrop is distributed soon after Easter, by the churchwardens, with the minister, chiefly to poor widows, and other poor persons not receiving parochial relief, in sums varying from 58. to 10s. each.
In Raby, it is distributed in like manner, in sums varying from 8s. to 30s.
The four parts appropriated to the east quarter are again sub-divided between the township of Ingleton, Whackerfield and Hilton, the former receiving two-fifths and the two latter three-fifths between them; and these several shares are distributed amongst such poor of the respective townships above mentioned as are selected by the inhabitants, at a meeting held in each township respectively, soon after Easter, and generally to such as do not receive parochial relief, in sums varying from 5s. to 258.
In Langley Dale and Shotton it is given away in a similar manner, in sums varying from 10s. to 21.
It is intended that the lists of distributiou shall in future be produced at the annual meeting of the four-and-twenty, for the inspection of all the parish.
TOWNSHIP OF STAINDROP.
Simpson's CHARITY (see page 11). John Simpson, by his Will, bearing date 5th April 1680, as appears from a copy entered in the churchwarden's book, left to his wife, Ann Simpson, all bis lands in Staindrop, subject to the annual payment of 20s, to be paid to the minister, churchwardens and overseers of Staindrop, for the putting out poor children apprentices, or to be distributed at their discretion amongst poor widows and fatherless children in Staindrop.
The property out of which this payment is made has since been divided, and 14s. part of the rent-charge, is paid by the Marquis of Cleveland's steward, as charged upon property belonging to the Marquis ; 4s. is paid by John Hodgson, shoemaker, in Staindrop, as charged upon the house in which he lives, belonging to himself, and 2s. is paid by Miss Lee, of Staindrop.
This division of the rent-charge took place at least as far back as 1794.
This sum is generally applied towards putting out a child of the township of Staindrop apprentice, or in supplying clothing for such cliid when bound out.
III. General Digest, 1869-70.
III. The following is the description of the Charities of this Parish contained in the General Digest 1869–70:
GENERAL DIGEST, 1869-70.
Objects of Foundation or Purposes to which the
Income is applicable.
Distribution to the Poor.
0 19 0
13 0 38
57 0 0
450 0 0
*Duke of Cleveland's 286 3 12
NotE.—* In possession of property unproductive of incoine. C.-Consols. P. = Personal.
1869-70), Digest, General