Hebden Township Historical Data

Mystery Document

The following is a transcript of a copy of a document held by David Joy, titled "1796 Hebden". The headings of the columns have been transcribed as given. The bottom section of the document on the copy transcribed appears to be incomplete. The last column was not in the original document, but was calculated by the transcriber as the percentage of the figure in Column 1 compared with the figure in Column 3. The totals have also been added by the transcriber.

Of the list of numbers, almost invariably the value in the second column is about 7.5% of the value of the third column.

It is not known for sure what the document is. David Joy has pointed out that the date is the same as that when an area of moorland around what was to become the Duke's Level, was sold by the Hebden freeholders to the Duke of Devonshire, and that it may be a list showing how the money was distributed to the Lords of the Manor according to their share of the manorial rights.

In support of this thesis is that the first column list of proprietors is very similar to the list of proprietors given in the 1795 Land Tax assessment. There are in 41 unique names in the Land Tax document, 31 of which can be confidently equated to names in the 1796 document. Similarly, there are 37 "proprietors" on the the 1796 document, 30 of which can be similarly equated to names in the Land Tax document.

Also in support is the fact that the two sums of money in each row are almost always in the same proportion to each other.

It is not known what the list of names in the fourth column represents.

One noteworthy point about the document is that it refers to "J Birch Innkeeper". It is known that Joseph Birch owned the New Inn, and that the rental sum for it is 1s 6d in the document, and also in the land tax returns.

Proprietors named Rental Proportion
of Purchase
% of col 1
to col 3
Henry Young £5 1s 4d £67 19s 8d £1 Ann Constantine Brown, Stockdale James Rodel 7.5%
J Constantine Bounty £0 4s 9d £3 3s 7d R Constantine 7.5%
Thomas Barker £1 4s 3d £16 5s 3d John Lupton 7.5%
Thomas Brown Esq £0 8s 6d £5 14s 0d Henry Brown Histers 7.5%
Mr. Peter Brown £1 4s 3d £16 5s 3d Mrs Brown, London 7.5%
Mr. Swaile £2 2s 9d £28 14s 0d Mr. Swaile 7.4%
George Grange £0 10s 3d £6 17s 6d Mr. Stockdale 7.5%
Mr. Chamberlain £2 6s 6d £30 19s 6d Mrs. Chamberlain 7.5%
Wm Naylor, Leeds £0 14s 1d £9 1s 10d Rev. H. J. Bailey 7.7%
Francis Bedford £0 5s 8d £3 15s 11d Mr. Malorie 7.5%
Francis Tennant £1 6s 3d £18 1s 2d Garnshaw Mr. Wilson 7.3%
Thomas Topham £0 4s 0d £4 0s 6d John Constantine, Late 5.0%
Allinson Scaife £0 7s 8d £5 2s 10d Mr. Hebden 7.5%
William Skelton £1 12s 6d £21 16s 0d Mr. Proctor & others 7.5%
Edmund Fletcher £0 10s 0d £7 12s 6d Mrs. Brown, Otley 6.6%
John Brown £0 5s 6d £3 13s 7d Ellen Brown, Hebden 7.5%
John Minikin £0 7s 7d £4 19s 8d Wm. Dawson, Esq. Duke of Devonshire 7.6%
John Birch £0 1s 6d £1 0s 0d J Birch, Innkeeper 7.5%
Wm. Dawson Esq £0 5s 0 £3 7s 1d Wm. Dawson, Esq. Duke of Devonshire 7.5
Henry(?) Hawkridge £0 12s 0d £8 0s 11d Mrs. Brown, Otley 7.5%
Wm. Hardisty £0 11s 6d £7 12s 2d Ann Constantine 7.5%
Trustees Hospital £1 0s 0d £13 8s 4d Trustees 7.5%
Joseph Lowes £0 1s 0d £0 13s 4d M Wilson, Esq 7.5%
Thos. Stephenson £0 10s 3d £6 17 6d Mr Stockdale (Supposed) 7.5%
Anthony Joy £0 5s 0d £3 7s 8d George Joy 7.4%
Benjamin Shires £0 4s 9d £3 3s 7d John Petty 7.5%
Christopher Brown £0 0s 7d £0 7s 9d 7.5%
John Blackoe £0 2s 0d £1 6s 10d John Calveryt 7.5%
Rev R Heber £0 2s 0d £1 6s 10d Mr. Brown (Supposed) 7.5%
John Bland £0 3s 10d £2 11s 1d Wm Dawson Esq (Supposed) 7.5%
Robert Bownas £0 12s 4d £8 1s 2d Mrs. Geldard 7.7%
Richd Sheepshanks £1 4s 8d £16 10s 10d Whalley J Lupton ? 7.5%
John Whiteley £0 2s 6d £1 13s 6d M Wilson Esq 7.5%
John Tomlin £0 7s 3d £4 17s 0d George Joy, Wm Dawson 7.5%
Robert Brown £0 11s 1d £7 8s 10d Mrs Brown, Otley 7.4%
Duke of Devonshire £1 0s 6d £13 15s 0d Duke of Devonshire 7.5%
Henry Young £0 7s 0d
Total £27 0s 17d £359 13s 11d 7.5%