‘The Puritans and the Church Courts in the Diocese of York, 1560 1642.’ R Marchant, Longmans, 1960.
1642 WILLIAM WARD, MA, Univ. Coll. Oxford 1586 (ages 19) See Lady Hoby’s Diary – ed DM Meads. Perp. Curate and preacher at Guisborough. Mentioned 1615/1618/1624 in ABs, recusants being referred to him for conference. MA. Not the Ward of 1616. Will proved 1632.
1621 JOHN WARD BA, of Emmanuel (Cantab). Ordained Deacon 1621 as assistant at Guisborough and Licensed Preacher. Was perhaps William’s son and also a puritan.
1650 ROBERT REMMINGTON. Minister at Guisborough 1650 and allowed to continue despite general ejection of formerly sequestrated ministers. 1627 – 3 April – committed to pursuivant’s custody. Examined. Released on bond, submitted 40/- costs. 1629 cited again. Denial. At Whitby 1624/38. Smeaton 1628/40. Licensed Preacher 1624. Lockington 1639-47 (ejected by Parliament).
1650 THOMAS WOOD. Deacon 1607. Priest 1608. 1609 Visitation – preaching unlicensed at Marton in Cleveland and Middlesbrough. Cause dismissed. Ordered to wear a surplice and use sign of cross in baptism. 1629 – cited to answer charge of unlicensed preaching at Hackness; absent; excommunicated. 1632 Visitation, inhibited until licensed. 1632-33 Chancery Court – non-attendance, two months later absolved. Non-attendace one month later. Suspended in July. High Commission 1633. Submitted to Archbishop and promised conformity. 1619 “of Acklam, Hackness”, 1623. Perpetual Curate 1633 on nomination of Sir TP Hoby. Minister at Guisborough 1650.
In neighbouring parishes –
JAMES ALDERSON before High Commission 4/6/1629 – 4 days in custody. Preached whilst in custody. 20/- costs. To acknowledge privately before Commissioners his abuses against parties he had wronged. (p225)
Also at Stokesley
Wm KAY c1639. Became Royalist during Commonwealth, ejected 1660. Late a Baptist 1653 and published at London “Baptism without Bason, or Plain Scripture proof against Infant Baptism.”
At Westerdale ROGER TODD, Deacon 1632, Priest 1632-36. Schoolmaster and Perpetual Curate Rosedale 1631. Conformed at Restoration and Licensed perpetual Curate at Westerdale 1660. There in 1682. (1632 Visitation – not reading Litany every Sunday, psalms instead of Canticles.)
"I have been at Guisborough and examined into the Statement delivered by Mr. Clarke on behalf of Robert Challoner Esq. with a view to claim certain Lands comprised in my Report containing 988 acres to be exempt from Tithes under the Grant of Edward the 6th and have endeavoured by comparing the parcels contained in the Grant with such information as could be procured to ascertain whether such claim is well founded. On the investigation Mr. Clarke gave up 107 acres of the best part of the Land. The remaining 880 acres is bad Land half of which is covered with Wood and Ling, he Tithes whereof in my Report are estimated at £67.4s.6d. per Year. Of this 880 acres it appears from ancient Title Deeds and oral testimony that there are certain Lands called Roundhills, Allanby Close, Westerhigh Close and Swarthy head which from the description, there is reason to believe are the same parcels mentioned in the Grant by the names of
a r p*
Swarthy hedee 2. 0. 0
Roundhill with Raghill 30. 0. 0
Allanby Close 50. 0. 0
Westerhigh Close 20. 0. 0
102. 0. 0
but there does not appear to be any other parcels mentioned in the Grant that can be identified to form part of the said 880 acres
The Swarthy Head contains by Survey 23a.2r.0p, and the Roundhill, Allanby Close and Westerhigh Close, Mr. Clarke says contains 200 acres.
It does not appear that any correct boundaries of these parcels are known and it is presuming too much to say that what is described in the Grant as 2a.0r.0p. contains 23a.2r.0p. or that the other parcels are double the quantity contained in the Grant.
Rt. Clarke has endeavoured in his statement to show that the Tithable Land was surrounded by an ancient fence with a double Ditch or Mound of Earth, and that the Stones set up by Mr. Challoners late Agents are in that line, but there is not any Evidence to prove that the Tithable Lands had any such boundary, and there have been double Ditches and ancient mounds of Earth in other Lines of Fence, as well as where the Stones are set. I incline to think that the Line where the Stones are placed has been the boundary of the ancient open Town Fields of Guisborough and does not by any means determine the limits of the Tithable Land. It will be recollected that the boundary Stones wee put down by Mr. Challoners Agents as they pleased, and the same Agents who furnished a Rental of the Rectory property that they knew was fictitious. It appears to me on examining the parcels in the Grant that Mr Challoner would have considerable difficulty in showing an exemption to the whole of the 2000 acres, not taken into account by me. And under all the circumstances if an allowance of £12.10s.0d. is made for the before mentioned 102acres I am of Opinion he will be fairly dealt with.
5th August 1815
Robt. Scott Esq."
*Presumably acres, rods and perches.
1713 – ‘Spiritually Dead’ ?
1846 Tithe Apportionment Map
Tom Parratt formerly of Redcar and now living in Ulverston had a tracing of this. Some 470 fields, garths, etc. “several names given to various fields in 1846 are the names of occupiers as given in Ord’s Appendix M of the names (Tom P) collected from the Chartulary – hardly one had survived to 1846. Write up? ‘something about what Sir Thomas Chaloner received’ – relate this to 1846!
At Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York – undated Terrier – ref. R III M – “That which belongs to the Curate of Gisborough is forty pounds per annum: paid by the farmer of the Tythes belonging to my Lord Archbishop of York”
Rich: Lumley, curate
Tithe Award 10 July 1844 – R X III 66 1L. Map by Wm. Simpson at the Borthwick.
Wesleyan Reformed Church
‘Guisbrough Exchange’ 18 April 1873
“A branch interest of Wesleyan R. Ch. Of Brigham Street Chapel, Middlesbrough. First service in Club Room at Temperance Hall. 23 March 1873. Public tea on Monday: Mesdames Bowes, E Wilson, WD Wilson, Tait, Collett, Colman.”
Bulmer’s Directory 1890: “The Wesleyan Free Church or Chapel of the Reformed Wesleyans, is a neat little structure of brick, with buttressed front, erected 1878 at a cost of about £500. Accommodation not large. Reeds (Reid) Terrace, Sunnyfield.”
Two buildings of this description:
1. W end of Reid Terrace behind Miss W Oliver’s house and opposite the telephone exchange buildings. (shown on OS Map 1894 25” scale)
2. A brick buttressed building (which looks comparatively new) to the rear of Sunnyfield House – NE corner of what used to be a garden. When Dr WW Stainthorpe lived there it was used as a laundry (to serve dwelling house and nursing home – the latter a 1930 addition, the lower part housing a billiard table).
There is now nothing remaining of the old chapel at the SW end of Reid Terrace. On the site is a bus proprietor’s garage, built 1972 when the chapel was demolished. This garage should not have been granted planning permission owing to its proximity to the adjoing dwelling house No. Reid Terrace and to the nuisance it causes to the S end of Hollymead drive. Owned by a former councillor (who had some leakage?/guidance on a legal technical point that the disused chapel had been used as a private garage – a very sad state. The owner (Miss Oliver or her brother) had the old place repaired and the application went through after which the lot was pulled down and the site covered by a commercial bus garage. No consideration of owner-occupiers having their properties devalued or of traffic or fire hazards at the point where vehicles converge – Hollymead Drive/Reid Terrace which takes in the stretch from Carmel Gardens to Northgate, not to mention turn-offs into Westgate Road, Hedley Street and Gill Street.
Whitby Gazette 12 Nov 1887
Stockton Bankruptcy Court. Dobson Wilson, tailor’s cutter, Guisborough – depreciation, property speculation. Liabilities £924. £114 for dividend. Along with eleven others responsible for two sums of £400 and £50 on account of Weslyan Reformed Chapel. £50 of latter paid off. Claim on his estate for remaining £50.