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Workmen commenced taking down the old vicarage house A.D. 1827. Northallerton on September 15th, 1827, and on October 22nd, the foundation. Vicarage. stone of the new vicarage, a little to the south-west of the old one, was laid by the Rev. George Townsend, vicar, attended by the churchwardens of Northallerton, Romanby, Brompton, and Deighton, with the clergy and principal inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood. Previous to laying the stone an appropriate speech was made by the vicar, and after the ceremony the company adjourned to the school room, where they sat down to a very handsome cold collation. The children at the school had a dinner given them, and the workmen also dined and spent the afternoon together. The old vicarage was built about the year 1491, by John Fisher, the then vicar, who became Bishop of Rochester, and was afterwards beheaded on Tower-hill, in 1535. The west end of the old vicarage was of great antiquity, and supposed to be the remains of a former vicarage which was destroyed in 1318, by the Scots, commanded by Sir James Douglas, at which time the town of Northallerton was plundered and burnt.


On Sunday, June 8th, the small theatre at Northallerton, 1834. which had been purchased by the Primitive Methodists of the Primitive town, was opened for divine service. The Rev. Mr. Towler, Chapel. of Darlington, preached morning and evening, and the Rev. Mr. Parrott, of Stockton, in the afternoon and following evening. At each of the services the chapel was crowded to excess. The donations added to the sums collected at the chapel amounted to upwards of £84, besides a pair of gold ear-rings deposited in one of the collection boxes by a young lady member of the society.

1836. Alterations in

July 3rd, 1836. In consequence of the lowering of the walls and ceilings, &c. (probably the transepts) of this church, Church. there was no service on this day. C. Spivey, clerk.

This event was celebrated at Northallerton on Wednesday, 1837. May 17th, by a review of the North York Yeomanry Cavalry, Princess Majority of by Colonel Clarke, of the 7th Dragoon Guards; a salute of Victoria. three vollies was fired; and a treat to the school children and seventy old people of the town, workhouse and Maison Dieu.

The Rev. George Fyler Townsend, curate, read prayers Rev. G. F. and preached for the first time on Thursday evening, the 17th Townsend. of August, 1837, from Corinthians ii, 20. Č. Spivey, clerk.


The coronation of Queen Victoria was celebrated at 1838. Northallerton on July 28th, by a general holiday. The morn- The Coroning was ushered in by merry peals from the church bells, and all the shops were closed throughout the day. There was a service at the parish church in the forenoon, when the vicar (Mr. Townsend) preached from 2 Kings xi, 12, 17. At one o'clock upwards of 600 poor persons sat down to a substantial

A.D. 1838. dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, on tables placed on the spacious land adjoining the vicarage, the castellated turrets of which, as well as the tower of the church, were adorned with numerous flags, &c. In the evening the church Day and Sunday school children, to the number of 700, were regaled with a bountiful tea, as were the children of the schools of the other denominations. The inmates of the Union Workhouse and House of Correction rested from their labours, and enjoyed a good dinner. On this occasion W. B. Wrightson, esq., M.P., and Peter Consett, esq., of Brawith Hall, each sent the sum of £25 to be distributed to the poor of Northallerton, Brompton, and Romanby.

A large confirmation.

1839. Rev. Dr. Townsend.

On Monday, October 15th, the Lord Bishop of Ripon (Dr. Longley) held a confirmation in Northallerton church for the peculiar of Allertonshire, when upwards of four hundred persons were presented for the holy rite. There had not been a confirmation in Northallerton church for about eighty-three years, in consequence of a dispute whether the duty devolved upon the Archbishop of York or the Bishop of Durham.*

On Sunday afternoon, April 14th, the Rev. G. Townsend, D.D., preached his farewell sermon to the parishioners of Northallerton, in the parish church, from 1 Chronicles, xxviii, 2. The church was crowded to excess, and the powerful and impressive discourse of this eminent preacher was listened to with the greatest attention. His telling appeals to the aged, to those in middle life, and to the young, were delivered in such a solemn and impressive manner as will not easily be forgotten by those who heard him, and on the concluding words of his discourse, "Finally, brethren, fare ye well, be perfect; be of good comfort; be of one mind; live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you; farewell." Scarcely a face was dry in the whole congregation. On the following Tuesday afternoon, the whole of the scholars belonging to the Church Sunday schools of Northallerton and Brompton, in number about six hundred, marched in procession, headed by the Northallerton brass band, to the spacious gardens at the vicarage, where they were met and solemnly addressed by the worthy vicar. After tea and other refreshments, the Rev. G. F. Townsend was deputed by the teachers and children to present to his father, in their name, a beautiful silver inkstand, on which was engraved a suitable inscription. This he did in a very feeling manner, the worthy vicar replying with tears. On the next Sunday, Mr. Townsend preached his farewell sermon in the morning to the people of Brompton, and in the afternoon to the people of Deighton,

* Vide Todd's MSS. vol. 1, page 36a.

founding his discourse on both occasions upon Judges iii, 20, "I have a message unto thee from God." On Tuesday, the 23rd of the same month, the gentlemen, tradesmen, and respectable inhabitants of the town and its vicinity gave a sumptuous banquet to their late highly esteemed vicar, at the Golden Lion Hotel, William Welbank, esq., presiding, and J. S. Walton, esq., being vice-president. After the repast, the president, in the name of the company, presented to Mr. Townsend an elegant massive silver cup, valued at £40, as a testimonial of their esteem and great regard. The worthy vicar returned thanks in a very feeling and affectionate address.

A.D. 1839.


There was at this time, in the possession of Mr. John An ancient Hepton, of Northallerton, watchmaker and silversmith, a curious and antique clock, wholly made of iron, with the exception of two brass wheels, which Mr. Hepton (in whose family the clock had been for several generations) said had been put in by the late Mr. Hugh Pannel, of Northallerton, an eminent clockmaker, about eighty years before, in the room of two iron ones which had become defective from long use. The clock was of curious workmanship, and in a good state of preservation. On the back plate of it the date "A.D. 1359" was discernible, so that it was then 480 years old. There is reason to believe, and with some degree of correctness, that the clock originally belonged to the ancient monastery of Carmelites or White Friars at Northallerton, which was built and endowed by Thomas Hatfield, bishop of Durham, in 1354.

Upon a tombstone in the churchyard at Northallerton, Curious erected to the memory of three sisters, daughters of Robert Epitaph. and Mary Dennison, of Thornbrough House, who died in three successive years, 1837, 1838, and 1839, aged respectively 19, 17, and 26, the following epitaph appears :

"Fair marble tell to future days

That here three virgin sisters lie,

Whose life employed each tongue to praise,
Whose death drew tears from every eye.

In stature, beauty, years, and fame,

Together as they grew they shone,
So much alike, so much the same,

Death quite mistook them all for one."

Northallerton Church first lighted with gas, March 26th, 1840. 1840. C. Spivey, Clerk.

At the conclusion of the North-Riding Sessions, held at Archdeacon Northallerton in April, 1840, the magistrates adjourned to the Headlam. inner Court Room for the purpose of witnessing the presentation of a splendid piece of plate to the late venerable Chairman of the Riding, Archdeacon Headlam. The plate was an elegant candelabra of very beautiful workmanship. It has


A.D. 1840. six branches, and is beautifully chased and ornamented. Towards the base are three shields, on the centre one of which is the following inscription:-" To the venerable Archdeacon Headlam, late Chairman of the Quarter Sessions of the NorthRiding of Yorkshire, this piece of plate was presented by the Magistrates of the Riding, the Gentlemen of the Bar practising at Northallerton, and the Officers of the Court, as a testimony of respect and esteem for his long and able services in the chair for nearly a quarter of a century, A.D. MDCCCXL." On the left hand shield were engraved the arms of the NorthRiding, and on the right hand shield an emblem of justice. The Hon. and Rev. Thomas Monson was deputed to present the plate, which he did in a very neat and appropriate manner, and the venerable Archdeacon, who appeared to be deeply affected, replied at some length in acknowledgment.


A will case.


The British

Miss Anne Peacock, a venerable old lady of over seventy years of age, was tried at the York Assizes for the alleged forgery of a will, but was honourably acquitted. She was a

native of Northallerton, and descended from families of great respectability in the counties of York and Northumberland. She was the grand-daughter of Daniel Mitford, esq., of Northallerton, who was the elder brother of Thomas Mitford, husband to Abigail Mitford, the testator, and whose will Miss Peacock was accused by Thomas Robert Cooper, nephew of the said Abigail Mitford, of having forged. The said Daniel and Thomas Mitford were sons of the late Cuthbert Mitford, an eminent medical professor, resident at Northallerton, and Mary Lascelles his wife, of Stank Castle and Northallerton, who was sister to Henry Lascelles, of Stank Castle and Barbadoes, gentleman, who purchased Harewood House and its estate in the year 1739. The said Cuthbert Mitford was son of Robert Mitford, esq., of Northallerton, and Newby Wiske Hall, who served the office of high sheriff for the county of York in 1702, a descendant of an ancient family of that name, long resident at Mitford Castle in Northumberland.

A British School was established at Northallerton in this year. It was held for some twenty years after its institution in the long row of houses at the east of the town known as Friarage Terrace; but the system of instruction not meeting with public sympathy it was discontinued, and the schoolrooms turned into dwelling-houses.

1848. On Monday afternoon, July 3rd, 1848, his grace the Confirmation. archbishop of York (Dr. Musgrave) held a confirmation in Northallerton church, for the parishes situate in the wapentake of Allertonshire, when about three hundred young persons and two adults were admitted to the rite. had not been a confirmation by an archbishop of York at


Northallerton for more than 120 years, since the time of A.D. 1848. archbishop Swinburne; nor had the bishops of Durham held a confirmation at Northallerton since the time of Dr. Joseph Butler in 1754, in consequence of the ecclesiastical differences which had prevailed as to the jurisdiction of the peculiar of Allertonshire. In 1836 the revenues of the peculiar were transferred by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to the see of Ripon, but were subsequently returned to the original possessors, the dean and chapter of Durham.*




Candlemas and St. Bartholomew's Fairs were granted by king Northallerton John to Philip Pictaviensis (then called Philip of Poictieus) Fairs. bishop of Durham, according to Leland, A.D. 1200.

St. George's Fair was granted, according to letters patent bearing date at Westminster, the 18th day of February, in the first and second year of the reign of king Philip and queen Mary, 1553-1554, to Cuthbert Tunstall, bishop of Durham, with a fortnight day every other Wednesday until Lammas, for buying and selling all kinds of cattle, on the petition of the following persons, inhabitants of the town of Northallerton and its neighbourhood:

Thomas Conyers, Eaglescliffe
Lionel Strangwayes
Edwarde Nornaville

Thomas Herbert, Brompton
Richard Markenfield

Gyles Fisher

William Metcalfe, N.Allerton
Edwarde Rymer

Robert Gouldstone

Hughe Gamble

John Wilson

Alfred Hutton

Abel Smithson

Lemuel Thwaites

William Danby, Leak Hall
Roger Hawerde

James Gale, Thrintoft
Charles Waylande

William Hutton

The patronage only of Northallerton and several adjoining parishes remains with the Dean and Chapter of Durham, the Archbishop of York claiming the ecclesiastical jurisdiction.-J. L. S.

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