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Eighth, where service was performed by a resident Minister. This Chapel having fallen into decay, was rebuilt about forty years since by the Rector of Scotton, who has ever since provided for the duty.
The above agreement was therefore evidently made in the interval, when the inhabitants of East Ferry had lost the benefit of a resident Minister, and before the liber. ality of the late Rector provided them with the performance of public wor. ship once a fortnight*.
The Vicarage House stood near the Church, in a small croft, not far from the place to which the gates were removed, when the late improvements in the Church walk were completed, and is described in the terrier as one bay of building It was suffered to fall into decay during the incumbency of the late Vicar, who held the living about fifty years. I have heard it described as containing some good rooms, and surrounded by some very large old walnut trees, which were illegally cut down about thirty years since. The last Vicar who inhabited this house was the Rev. Mr. Wardle, a man passionately fond of shooting, who having started a hare in the north-east corner of the Churchyard, was, by his own desire, afterwards buried on the spot.
* There is an old book, containing the Church warden's accounts from the year 1960 to 1684, from which we learn some very curious particulars :—That a trifling repair was never done at the Church, but the acting Warden spent as much money as the work came to. That it was the custom to elect four Wardens in this parish, one for Owston, one for Ferry, one for Gunthorpe, and one for West Butterwick. This practice was given up in the year 1640; since which time only three have been elected, as at present, the one for Gunthorpe being omitted. It appears that a visitation was held at Kirton, by Bishop Sanderson, in the year 1661. There are several lists of persons, as many as ten in one year, who had “ been declared excommunicate;” and also of others who had “ been absolved and received again into the Church,” but for what offences is not stated. Many of these were married women. The parish had a law suit in the Ecclesiastical Court with one Fillingham, most probably for non-payment of the Church Rate, which was carried on for four years, when he was excommunicated, and ordered not to go into the Churchyard. This Fillingham seems to have been a very refractory parishioner, as there is also an item for expences in going to the Jus. tice, because “he refused his collection for the relyfe of the poor.” There are two very curious old documents in this book of accounts, entitled “A true note of all the lots about the Churchyard, beginning at the south side of the east Church steel, and so about the Churchyard, having relation from the year 1620, one yard and a quarter for every lot.” I should conjecture that this was a plan made use of at that time for the repair of the Churchyard walls. It gives us, however, the names of all the occupiers and owners of lands and tenements at that period, from which there is variation at the present time. Very few of the old families have become extinct, though some fresh ones have been added. We learn also, that, with the exception of the owners of High Melwood and Low Melwood, and the family of Pindars, most of them were small owners, not being assessed at more than one lot each, very few persons had two, and only one had three lots. In the year 1663 is an item of which I can make nothing: Paid to Edward Terwitt’s wyfe for pulling Everatt's boy's head, 5s.
Very little RECTORS.
The following is a list of the Rectors and Vicars of Owston, as far as they can be ascertained.
Stephen de Malls 1317 John Nassington
Robert Bramley 1343 Radolphus Gisbourne
Presented by the Prior of Newburgh.
1347 William Navesby
Collated by the Bishop of Lincoln, per lapsum.
William Outram 1357 Robert Straitenhead 1372 William Goderick 1381 Robert Yenesley
John Gall 1434 Hugo Briding
Richd. Becbanke 1458 John Skynner 1469 Robert Turr 1473 William Darnbrooke 1476 Robert Medley
Presented by the Prior of Newburgh.
1543 John Golding
Presented by the Archbishop of York.
1605 Robert Markham
Presented by Milo Sands, Lessee of the Arch
bishop of York,
It appears by documents which, through the kindness of a friend, I have been allowed to inspect, that in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Sir William Ventworth, of Wentworth Woodhouse, in the county of York, possessed a very considerable estate in the parish of Owston, which he sold to John Torksey, of Haxey, and Thomas Otter, of Owston. John Torksey sold his share to the family of Woodhouse, in whose possession it still remains, The present family residence was in a great measure rebuilt by the late Gervas Woodhouse, Esq. ; and, at the west end, the large tree still flourishes under which Wesley frequently preached when he came to visit this place.
There are four small Charities for the benefit of the poor of the township of Owston and West Kinnard Ferry: a rent charge of forty shillings per annum, in money, payable out of a close of meadow land, situated in the Black Dikes, and which, by the will of the donor, is called Pindar's Dole : an acre of land, in a place called the Beggins, vested in the Minister and Churchwardens, for clothing the poor, now lets for one pound nineteen shillings, given by Edward Otter, in 1710: a rent charge of thirteen pounds four shillings, given by the will of Robert Stovin, of Fockerby, in the year 1662: a rent charge of five pounds, bequeathed by Joseph Noddell *, of. Westwoodside, in the parish of Haxey, out of his lands and tenements, “ to be paid iuto the hands of the Minister and Churchwardens of the parish of Owston, the place of the nativity of the said Joseph Noddell, upon special trust and confidence, that the said Minister and Churchwardens shall, with the said five pounds, pay and discharge all the School Master's wage for teaching so many of the most needful poor children, inhabiting within the said township and parish of Owston, to read and write in the English tongue, as the Minister and Churchwardens shall think fit." Three other small Charities have been lost :-one left by Thomas Moody, in 1695, for bread to the poor :- also a rent charge upon some land of one pound per annum, which has been sold to several different persons, and cannot now be identified ; which was left by Thomas Burton, in 1715:-a piece of land left by one Skerne, for clothing the
* Joseph Noddell was born at Kinnard Ferry, in the parish of Owston. He was the son of Daniel Noddell, a solicitor, the same person who, with about four hundred men, assisted in destroying the Participants' Church at Sandtoft. He was perpetually in litigation. His solicitor was Mr. John Pindar of Ferry, until such time as he could no longer find money to pay the expences of his suits, then he had recourse to Mr. Edward Laughton, of Scotter. The last trial in which Noddell was engaged was at the Lent assizes, at Lincoln, A. D. 1638, before the pious Judge Hale, who, on that occasion, says our hero, “preverted judgment.” The gift of his estate at Park, to his son and Owston school, was made with the intention of defrauding his creditors. In the year 1712, he
poor. West KINNARD Ferry.-Of the derivation of the word Kinnard, which, from very early times, has been the distinguishing appellation of the Ferry over the Trent at this place, and of the Castle which guarded it, I am not able to offer any very satisfactory information. It has been conjectured that Kinnard is a contraction for King Edward, King Edward's Ferry, which is somewhat supported by the fact that, in all antient documents and records, this Ferry is denominated the King's Ferry. As it was known by this name as early as the beginning of the twelfth century, it may perhaps not be thought altogether improbable, that, when Edward the Confessor sought forces amongst his allies in Northumbria, against his southern enemies, he might effect a passage over the river at this place, which, from so remarkable an event, was ever afterwards called King Edward's Ferry.
This Ferry, as I have already noticed in the History of the Manor Court, has an exclusive right of taking toll of all persons passing over the Trent
published a work in quarto, containing four hundred pages, entitled “The Divine Companion, or the Christian’s Support under the Troubles of this Life." It consists of Poems, Meditations, and Prayers; to which is added a trial between Joseph Noddell and Mrs. Ann Tankersley. The whole work betrays the disordered state of the mind of the author. He died at Park, in the parish of Haxey, and was buried in one of the fields adjoining to the house in which he expired.