The history and topography of the parish of Kirkburton and of the graveship of Holme, including Holmfirth

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Page 84 - They could not leave their lord without his permission : but if they ran away, or were purloined from him, might be claimed and recovered by action, like beasts or other chattels.
Page 17 - And he was clad in coat and hood of green; A sheaf of peacock arrows, bright and keen, Under his belt he bare full thriftily; Well could he dress his tackle yeomanly; His arrows droope'd not with feathers low; And in his hand he bare a mighty bow.
Page 84 - Temple speaks (/), a sort of people in a condition of downright servitude, used and employed in the most servile works, and belonging, both they, their children and effects, to the lord of the soil, like the rest of the cattle or stock upon it.
Page 19 - Now have we many chimnies; and yet out tender**** complain of rheums, catarrhs, and poses; then had we none but reredosses, and our heads did never ache. For as the smoke in those days was supposed to be a sufficient hardening for the timber of the house, so it was reputed a far better medicine to keep the good man and his family from the quacke or pose, wherewith, as then, very few were acquainted.
Page 85 - They held indeed small portions of land, by way : of sustaining themselves and families, but it was at the mere will of the lord, who ¡ might dispossess them whenever he pleased ; ; and it was upon villein services, that is, to carry out dung, to hedge and ditch the lord's demesnes, and any other the meanest offices, and their services were not only base, but uncertain both as to their time and quantity.
Page 222 - I rode over the mountains to Huddersfield. A wilder people I never saw in England. The men, women, and children filled the street as we rode along, and appeared just ready to devour us. They were, however, tolerably quiet while I preached ; only a few pieces of dirt were thrown, and the bellman came in the middle of the sermon, but was stopped by a gentleman of the town. I had almost done when they began to ring the bells...
Page 142 - But comp. Stool of Repentance, infra. The cucking-stool was an engine invented for the punishment of scolds and unquiet women, by ducking them in the water, after having placed them in a stool or chair fixed at the end of a long pole, by which they were immerged in some muddy or stinking pond. Blount tells us that some think it a corruption from ducking stool, but that others derive it from Choaking Stool. Though of the most remote antiquity, it is now, it should seem, totally disused. An essayist...
Page 43 - Trentam, et qua; occasione mortis ejusdem comitis in manu nostra existunt,' were settled on Edmund of Langley, a younger son of the king, and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to John of Gaunt, and Lionel of Antwerp, and their heirs male respectively ; remainder to the crown. This grant was confirmed by parliament, but Edmund not being more than six years of age, his mother, Queen Phillipa, was allowed to receive the profits for the education of 'him and her other children.
Page 40 - Surry, answering to a writ of ' quo warranta,' said, that he claimed gallows at Coningsburgh and Wakefield, and the power of doing what belonged to a gallows in all his lands and fees, and that he and his ancestors had used the same from time immemorial ; to which it was answered, on the...
Page 222 - I preached, near Huddersfield, to the wildest congregation I have seen in Yorkshire ; yet they were restrained by an unseen hand, and I believe some felt the sharpness of His word.

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