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Rev. John Kettlewell, rector of Coleshill, Warwickshire; Thomas Rymer, Historiographer Royal; Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser; Dr. Thomas Burnett, master of the Charter House, London; Dr. Edmund Guest, bishop of Salisbury, and almoner to Queen Elizabeth. The following persons, during the 18th century, were also educated at this school, while the Rev. Wm. Dawson and the Rev. James Wilkinson were masters: Lieut.-colonel Wm. Lambton; George Hammond, the wealthy cheesemonger of London; Sir John Scott Byerley, knight; Thomas Byerley, brother of the above; Dr. Andrew Plaisance, an eminent_physician of York, and afterwards of Northallerton; and Thomas Maltby, an extensive lead merchant and banker in London; with many others who filled high and respectable situations in life.

The following is a list of the masters of the Grammar School since its foundation, but, unfortunately, it is not a complete one :—

A.D. 1327


John Podesay


William de Leeds

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The following inscription, now defaced, appeared upon a tablet in the parish church. It is valuable as an historical Inscription. record:



The will of Johanna Smyth de Northalverton, dated April 6th, 1499, contains the following bequests :-A towel to the high altar, a brass pot to the church, to Elizabeth Scrube, my daughter, tway dublers and a dyssh of pewtr., a mate, one pair sheets, a gowne, and a ketyll, to Robert Scroby a brass pot.

1499. Curious will.

A.D. 1534. Cardinal Fisher.


1646. A disloyal vicar.


Dr. Fisher, was appointed the twenty-fourth vicar of Northallerton in 1491, but only held the living four years. He was created a cardinal by Pope Paul III., during his imprisonment in the Tower in 1534, in recognition of his opposition to Henry VIII, whereupon the king exclaimed:"Paul may send him a hat, but I will take care that he have never a head to wear it on." Fisher was executed the following year. After his execution, his head, with that of Sir Thomas More, was fixed upon a pole on London Bridge. Such was the fate of a former vicar of Northallerton. Dr. Nicholas Metcalfe, an ancestor of the Rev. Mark Metcalfe, vicar of Northallerton in 1561, was sometime chaplain to Dr. Fisher, Cardinal-bishop of Rochester.*

In the ordnance map of Northallerton and neighbourhood (6 inch scale) made for the Government by the Royal Engineers in 1854, the following note appears :-" The Porch House, Charles I. bivouaced here in 1639." t

The following is an extract from the Journals of the House of Commons, Die Lunæ 30 Novembris, 1646.:

"A letter from Colonel Sedinham, points of the 27th Septembris, 1646, from York with two copies of letteres not signed and a paper inclosed, concerning an endeavoure to surprise Pontefract Castle, and concerning Malignants and Papists receiving commissions from the King to raise forces against the Parliament, were all this day read. The names of the persons in the copy of the letter written to the committee were Sir James Leisby, &c., and the minister of Allerton.‡

Resolved, &c., that the several persons above-mentioned be forthwith sent as delinquents by the Sergeant-at-Arms attending on this House, his deputy or deputies.

Ordered that Sir Philip Stapilton do prepare a letter to be signed by Mr. Speaker, and sent to the General of the Scots' army, to desire him to be aiding and assisting to the deputy and deputies of the Sergeant-at-arms attending on this House, for the bringing up of the persons of Sir James Leisby, &c., and the minister of Allerton, or of such of them, as are within any of the quarters of the Scots' army."

June 9th, 1660. Mr. Prynn reported a list of some persons who sat on Parliamentary the pretended trial of the late King's Majesty; that Francis Lascelles, esq., orders. (Member for the borough of Northallerton), sat on the 22nd day of January. Resolved that Francis Lascelles, one of the judges who sat at the trial of the late King's Majesty,§ be discharged from being a member of this house.

1661. Will. Maw.

12th. Ordered, a new writ be issued for the electing a burgess to serve in this parliament for this borough in the room of Francis Lascelles, discharged from being a member of this house.¶

"This noted villain, aged about 50 years when he was hanged, was born at Northallerton in Yorkshire, from whence he came to London, at about 20 years of age, and served his apprenticeship with a cabinet-maker, and for a great while followed that occupation in the parish of St. Giles's, Cripplegate, where he dwelt for above eighteen years together; and for many years before his death having left off working at his trade, he maintained himself by some illegal ways of living, such as the buying of stolen goods, and thereby encouraging thieves and robbers, he had also been addicted to coining, and for some of his irregular actions, had a fine of ten pounds laid upon him, in

* Vide "Hist. Cantab. Acad. ed. 1574; ed. super, pp. 40, 41.
+ Vide page 90. The year 1640 is the more probable date.
Rev. T. Blaikeston.

Charles I.

¶Vide Carew's Boroughs, 1750.

September, 1705, was burnt in the hand in April, 1710, and in September A.D. 1661. following, was twice ordered to hard labour in Bridewell. Having once committed a robbery, for which he was afraid to be apprehended, when he lived at Golden Lane, he pretended to be very sick at home, and ordered his wife to give out that he was dead. His wife being a cunning baggage, so ordered the matter, that she cleanly executed his command, bought him a coffin, invited about forty or fifty neighbours to the funeral, and followed the corps in such a mournful condition, as if her poor husband had been dead indeed. As they were coming by the Red Cross alehouse, at the end of Red Cross Street, to St. Giles's Church-yard, near Cripplegate, some company being drinking at the door, who were inquisitive to know who was dead, they were told it was old Maw, whom they knew very well.

About five years afterwards, one of those persons that were drinking, as aforesaid, being a prisoner in Wood Street Compter, for debt, and Maw coming in also a little after him, the former person was so surprised at the latter, that at first he had not power to speak to him; but, at length, recovering some courage, as dreading he had seen a ghost, quoth he, Is not your name Maw, sir? Maw replied, Yes, sir; as sure as your name is Watkins. The other said again, Why I thought you had been dead and buried five years ago! Yes, replied Maw, so I was in trespasses and sins: But I mean said Watkins, laid yourself corporally in the grave. No, (replied Maw) I was not dead; but being at that time under some troubles, I was at the charge of a coffin to save my neck, and my wife gave out I was really defunct, as supposing then my adversaries would not look for me in my grave. Shortly after this imprisonment, as he was going up Holborn to be hanged, another person, who, like Mr. Watkins, had thought him dead and buried, seeing him in the cart, he was in a great admiration, calling thus out to him in the cart, Oh, dear, Mr. Maw, I really thought you had been dead and buried five years ago and more. Why so I was, replied Maw, but don't you know that we must all rise again at the day of judgment? Yes, replied his acquaintance, but the day of judgment is not come yet. Ay, but it is, quoth Maw, and passed too, twelve days ago, at the sessions house in the Old Bailey; where I am sure 'twas the judgment of the court to send me to be hanged now. So his friend wishing him a good journey and a safe return, they both parted.

Will Maw having once stolen a trunk from behind a coach, in which were several goods, and among them a clergyman's gown and cassock, great enquiry was made at most of the brokers for the canonical robes, by a friend of the minister who had lost them. Maw had sold them to one Seabrook, in Barbican, with whom they were at length found. Seabrook offered to sell them a pennyworth, and the gentleman bid him bring them to the Sun Tavern, in Aldersgate Street, where the person was that wanted them. The clergyman was there, and having viewed and tried the robes, found them to be the same; whereupon he asked the broker how he came by them; who could neither give much account of the manner he bought them in, nor find the person he bought them of. In a word, but an act of grace having been lately passed, he pleaded the benefit of it, and so escaped the punishment which he must otherwise have suffered, though not the disgrace which attends such practices. After a long course of iniquities, Maw was at last committed to Newgate himself, and at the ensuing sessions convicted of five indictments. 1. For breaking open the house of Mrs. Anne Johnson, and taking thence eight pewter plates, and other goods. 2. For breaking open the house of Mr. John Avery, and taking thence twenty-four pair of leather clogs. 3. For assaulting and robbing Mr. Charles Potts, on the highway, and taking from him a silver watch, five gold rings, money, and other things. 4. For assaulting Mrs. Anne Grover on the highway, and taking from her 3s. 6d. And 5. For assaulting on the Queen's highway, and robbing Mr. Coleman of some money, an handkerchief, and other goods. 'Twas impossible for him now to think of coming off; and if it had been possible for him to have expected any grace, he had been deceived, for on Wednesday, the 29th of October, 1711, this offender met with the punishment he so well deserved, at the usual place of execution."

A.D. 1670.

There is about a mile north-west of Northallerton, adjoinHenry Jenkins ing the road leading to Richmond, a low wet piece of ground called "Jenkin," and by some "Jenkins," which is generally covered with water during the winter months, and from report or tradition was once covered with water during the whole year, and abounded with fish. This tract of low land, it is said, derives its name from Henry Jenkins, the centenarian, who was an ardent piscator, and a very frequent visitor there in the pursuit of his favourite pastime.

1679. Sir Gilbert




Sir Gilbert Gerrard, bart., was Member of Parliament for Northallerton in conjunction with Sir Henry Calverley, knight, from 1678 to 1685. The following incident is related concerning him:-"Whitehall, Jany. 13. This morning Sir Gilbert Gerrard accompanied by Mr. Charleton, Mr. Desborough, Mr. Ireton, Mr. Elias Crisp, Mr. John Smith, Mr, Henry Ashurst, Mr. Johnson of Stepney, Mr. Anthony Selby, and Mr. John Ellis, presented to his Majesty (Charles II) a petition for the sitting of Parliament, saying that it was from the thousands of his subjects in London, Westminster, and places adjacent. His Majesty was pleased to answer, “That he looks upon himself to be the head of the Government, and the only judge of what was fit to be done in such cases, and that he would do what he thought most for the good of himself and his people," adding to Sir Gilbert, "That he did not expect to find one of his name, and particularly him in such a thing, and that he was very sorry for it." Whereupon Sir Gilbert would have said something to the King, but his majesty turned away and would not hear him.*

An act of Parliament of the 8 George II., cap. 6, was The Register passed for the public registering of all deeds, conveyances, wills, and other incumbrances, that shall be made of, or that may affect, any honours, manors, lands, tenements, or hereditaments, within the North-Riding of the county of York, after the 29th September, 1736. In pursuance of the second section of the above act, the magistrates assembled at the general quarter sessions for the said Riding, on the 17th July, 1735, adjudged Northallerton to be the market town nearest to the centre of the Riding, for establishing an office for the public registering of all deeds, &c. At the following Easter sessions it was ordered, that a committee then appointed, should have power to lay out any sum not exceeding £200 in the purchase of a convenient piece of ground in Northallerton for building the Register Office; taking care that the ground should be spacious enough, so that it should stand apart from, and not be liable to injury by any other building. It was afterwards ordered, that the committee should draw

* Vide "London Gazette," January 15th, 1679.

upon the treasurer of the Riding for £140; the purchase A.D. 1735. money for the ground; and for a further sum not exceeding £200, on account of the building and other necessary expenses of the office. The building, which was first used as the office and dwelling-house, and continued as such up to the year 1782, is in Zetland-street, and has a good garden and yard thereto. In or about the year 1782, the present office was erected in the same yard, for the sole purpose of transacting the register business therein and additional buildings were added to the first office and dwelling-house, so as to render the same a residence for the registrar, and separate from the office. Still further additions have recently been made, so that it is now one of the most complete and commodious offices of the kind in England.* The following is a list of the Registrars and their Deputies.

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In the year 1740, an issue was tried respecting the parish 1740. of Northallerton, and in that case the ancient custom and Select Vestry. jurisdiction which was set up by the select vestry was held by the Court to be illegal.t

The following is an extract from Todd's MSS. :


On opening a small vault in the south transept of Northallerton Church Henry in February, 1814, in order to inter the remains of the late Rev. Benjamin Lascelles. Walker, the leaden coffin containing the body of the late Henry Lascelles, esq., was discovered. The outside wooden coffin was quite decayed, but the leaden one was tight and perfect, upon the lid was a piece of lead bearing the following inscription :-"Henry Lascelles, esq., died October 6th, 1753, in the 63rd year of his age." There was another square brass plate, with the same inscription upon it, laid adjoining the leaden one, which appeared to have been affixed to the lid of the outer wooden coffin. The remains of the Rev. Benjamin Walker were deposited on the north side of the said coffin. Henry Lascelles was the son of Daniel Lascelles, esq., of Stank Hall, near Northallerton, who died October 28th, 1734, aged 78, and who was also interred close to the above. Henry Lascelles was governor of, and receiver of the Crown revenues at Barbadoes for ten years, and afterwards was one of those

* Vide page 137.

+ Vide speech of J. C. Hobhouse, M.P., on Select Vestries, April 28th, 1829.

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