North of the Sands

Westmorland Church Notes - Winders

 

Winders Dufton

(In. S. brass). Michael Todd of the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, gentleman, by his will dated the 11th of August 1692 gave several yearly sums of money for purposes following. To the Churchwarden of this parish for the time being on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel yearly to be distributed at the discretion of the minister and churchwardens among such poor people of this parish as should most want the same, £5 0 0. To the said Churchwardens to be employed and disposed of at the discretion of the said minister and churchwardens in binding and putting apprentices to some handicraft Trade 2 poor boys natives of this parish, to be yearly elected on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, £4 0 0. To such persons as the said Minister & Churchwardens shall approve of being a schoolmaster for the time being, for his better livelihood & encouragement in his employment, £4 0 0. To the Minister of this parish for the time being at the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel yearly, upon condition that he should yearly preach a sermon on that feast or on the Sunday or Lord's Day then next during his residence in this parish £0 10 0. To the said churchwardens to be by them yearly distributed amongst 20 poor indigent men of this parish who shall attend the said sermon & divine service an equal share & share alike, £1 0 0. £14 10 0. To be yearly issuing after the testator's wife's death out of 10 acres of freehold & copyhold lands at Knowel's Green in the Parish of Stains in the County of Middlesex. But a suit in chancery being commenced between this Parish & the heirs at law of the said testator touching this charity, & the lands being very remote from this Parish & worth if sold no more than £320 William . Winders of this parish Esq. out of charity & benevolence & for preserving the testator's charity (which otherwise would have been much lessened if not totally frustrated) made a proposal to settle an annuityof £4 10 0 out of his estate in this parish for the purposes mentioned in the said will, & to pay all the costs & charges on account of the said charity upon having the said 10 acres of land vested in him & his heirs which proposal hath been accepted & carried into execution. The security for the said parish is invested in 5 trustees which in the original will more fully and at large appears. And this monument was to have been erected pursuant to the said will in the year 1739 but has always been neglected till the present year 1778. William , Kilner, Rector, Jo. Furnas, Thomas Watson, John Loy, churchwardens.