St. Peter's Church, Dallowgill

This is an extract from Lilian Chandler’s book “Laverton and Dallowgill”

Laverton and Dallowgill were part of Kirkby Malzeard parish until St. Peter’s Church was built and consecrated in 1842. (Church consecrated 17th October 1843: taken from The Vicarage Timeline) The adjoining farm was donated by Mrs Elizabeth Lawrence of Studley Estate as glebe land and the farmhouse became the vicarage. The first incumbent was the Rev. Henry Prior whose stipend was £100. The vicarage and glebe land were sold to Leeds City Council in 1908 under a waterworks compulsory purchase order and the price paid for 68 acres, 1 rood, and 32 perches was £2410-17s.

The parishes of Kirkby Malzeard and Laverton with Dallowgill were united in 1922 and the Dallowgill vicar moved to Kirkby Malzeard. There was much controversy at the time as the local people felt very strongly about losing their vicar and had sent petitions containing 150 signatures to the Lord Bishop, His Majesty King George V and the Lord Chamberlain. An acknowledgement of the receipt of the petition sent to the King was sent from Buckingham Palace to John Pearson of Wakehill.

The Chapelry district of Dallowgill included the township of Laverton and the hamlet of Carlesmoor.

Confirmations had always been at Ripon Cathedral or at Masham Church, but in 1941 there were so many young people attending the confirmation class that the Rev. H E Horton persuaded the Bishop of Ripon to perform the ceremony at Dallowgill.

Extract from the London Gazette. Published by Authority. Tuesday July 23rd, 1844.

Her Majestey’s Commissioners having taken into consideration all the circumstances attending the parish of Kirkby Malzeard, in the county of York and diocese of Ripon, it appears to be expedient, that particular districts should be assigned to the consecrated chapels of Saint Mary at Ramsgill, Saint Peter at Dallaghill, the Saint John at Mickley, in the said parish, under the provisions of the 16th section of an Act, passed in the fifty-ninth year of the reign of His Majesty King George the Third, intituled “An Act to amend and render more effectual an Act, passed in the last session of Parliament, for building, and promoting the building, of additional churches in populous parishes;” and that such districts should be named, respectively, “The Chapelry District of Ramsgill;” “The Chapelry District of Dallaghill;” and “The Chapelry District of Mickley;” with boundaries as follow, that is to say:

“The chapelry district of Dallaghill comprises part of the township of Laverton and the detached hamlet of Carlsmoor, in the township of Grewelthorpe, and is bounded on the west by the township of Fountains Earth, in the chaplery district of Ramsgill; on the south and south east by the parish of Ripon; on the east by the township of Azerley, till the said township joins the river Laver, not far from Beck Meeting, from which place the township of Kirkby Malzeard forms the boundary line on the north east and north,

Assistant Overseer’s Appointment document 1880

Whereas John William Pearson of Dallowgill in the Township of Laverton in the West Riding of the County of York, farmer, was on the tenth day of April instant duly nominated and elected by the inhabitants of the said Township of Laverton then and there in Vestry assembled to be Assistant Overseer of the Poor of the said Township and the said inhabitants did then and there determine and Specify the following Duties of Overseers of the Poor which by the said John William Pearson shall be executed and performed that is to say all the Duties of an Overseer of the Poor. And the said inhabitants did then and there also fix the yearly Salary of the said John William Pearson to be six pounds for his execution of the said Office to be paid to him half yearly on the 25th day of March and the 29th day of September in every year the first half yearly payment to become due and be made on the 29th day of September next.

We therefore two of Her Majestey’s Justices of the Peace in and for the said Riding in pursuance of the Act of the 59th year of the Reign of King George the Third Chapter 12 do hereby appoint the said John William Pearson so nominated and elected as aforesaid to be Assistant Overseer of the Poor of the said township of Laverton for the purpose of executing the said duties so specified and with the said yearly Salary so fixed by the said Inhabitants in Vestry assembled aforesaid

Given under our hands and seals the thirtieth day of April in the year of our Lord 1880 at Ripon in the Riding aforesaid.
James Swire?
C C Oxley

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