a. 1307 I Margaret de Ros, in my pure widowhood, grant to John de
Camera all those scalingae (sheepcotes) which Henry de Satgill
formerly held, to remove or put up in whatever place in Satgill shall
seem most expedient on either side of the water within my bounds
there, together with the common of pasture at all time of the year for
ever. Rendering therefor yearly one penny of silver on the day of
our Lord's Nativity for all secular services, customs, exactions and
demands. Witnesses, Roger de Lanc[astre], Henry de Staveley,
knts., Ralph de Patton, Roland de Thornb[urgh], Thomas de Derley,
Thomas de Cheney, Thomas de Kentem[ere], Thomas Collan, Thomas
de Lanc[astre] clerk and others. Deed 7¾ by 3½ inches, seal lost.
Chambre Deeds, County Muniment Room.
1699 14 July. Order that Will. Holme, Margaret Todd, Roger Lickbarrow, John Lowes and Isabel Harryson repair a foot bridge in Long
Sleddale called Bitch Hill Bridge (now Beech Hill). Kendal Order
1699/1700 12 January. Roger Lickbarrow of Dockernook in Longsleddale, yeo., indicted for obstructing the common highway there
leading from Kilne Stone to Dockernook Field, by raising a fence.
Found not guilty on 11 October, 1700. K. Indictment Book, 16921724.
1712 Longsleddale Chapel rebuilt and burial ground consecrated.
1717 3 May. The inhabitants of Long Sleddale, Langdale, Grasmere,
Rydal and Loughrigg, Ambleside, Troutbeck, Kentmere and several
other townships in the Barony of Kendall, show that the great road
and public highway between Hawksyde, Ambleside, Shap, Penrith
and Appleby, very much used by travellers, drovers and others having
occasion frequently to pass and repass to and from the said markets
with cattle and other goods, in which public highway there is a water
or rivulet called Sadgill which by the violent and sudden rain there is
often raised and overflows its banks so that no passenger dare venture
to cross the same and many times travellers are forced to stay two or
three days before they dare to venture to cross and are often in
danger with their cattle of being lost in crossing the said water to the
great prejudice of trade, and pray that a bridge may be erected over
the same; order that the Chief Constable view the same and report
the cost of a bridge on 31 May next. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
1721/2 12 January. Waddshow Bridge in Long Sleddale presented to
to be very ruinous and in decay to the danger of passengers. K.
Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
16 January. Order that the Rev. Mr. Trent pay £2 9s. to John
Gibson, Isaac Goodman, Alice Collinson and Will. Holme, being his
proportionable rate towards the charge of erecting a stone bridge
called Bitch-hill bridge in Long Sleddale. K. Order Book, 1724–1737.
10 April. Ric. Hall of Longsleddale, husbandman, was convicted
of swearing one profane oath in the chapel of Longsleddale. K.
Indictment Book, 1738–50.
12 January. Presentment that Dale End Bridge in the King's
highway from the township of Longsleddale to the market town of
K. Kendale upon the River Sprint is in such decay for want of
rebuilding the same, and further that Mary Gibson, widow, Thomas
Hudson, yeo., Alice Collinson, widow, Christopher Todd, yeo., John
Harrison, yeo., all of Longsledddale, and Tho. Field of Flookborough,
clerk, James Garnet of Underbarrow, yeo., John Richardson of
Coldbeck, yeo., by reason of their tenure of certain lands adjoining the
said highway ought to amend and rebuild the said bridge. (A. and K.
Indictment Book, 1738–50). Upon the presentation that the bridge
was rebuilt and in good and sufficient repair at the court held
27 April, 1750, the order was discharged. Ibid.
18 January. Whereas by petition it is set forth that by a
violent flood which happened in 1749 Wadshaw Bridge in the high
road from Ambleside to Appleby was entirely destroyed and that the
inhabitants had to a great expense to themselves rebuilt the said
bridge, and that by the said flood also sustained a great loss to the
amount of £600, this court having taken the matter of the petition
into consideration and compassionating the hardship and great
expense hath ordered that the High Constable of Kendale do pay the
sum of £8 to the petitioners as a gratuity, but not to be taken as a
precedent for any future claims, towards the rebuilding of the said
bridge. K. Order Book, 1750–60.
1751 15 July. Died in his 55th year John Wilson, author of The
Synopsis of British Plants, and the first writer that attempted a
systematic arrangement of our indigenous plants in the English
Language. He was born in Longsleddale and became a shoemaker,
but a severe asthma prevented him from following this trade and
assisted him to cultivate his favourite science. His first volume was
published in 1744, but he did not live long enough to finish the second
volume. K. Notes and Queries, n. 581.
1845 17 October. The Rev. Robert Walker (of Woolsthorpe, Grantham)
on being instituted to the perpetual curacy of Longsleddale in
succession to Mr. Edward Greenwood, took and subscribed the usual
oaths and signed the usual Declaration. K. Indict. Book, 1839–52.
8 January. Ordered that Mr. Robinson the Bridge Master inspect
Sad Gill Bridge and report his opinion as to whether it is a county
bridge and liable as such to be repaired by the county. K. Order Book,
17 October. Rev. William Dent took the usual oaths and subscribed the Declaration on his appointment to the Perpetual Curacy
of Longsleddale. K. Minute Book, 1859–75.
June. The old church was taken down and the present one erected
by Lady Howard; a carved oak door in the vestry bears the date
1662, an oak chest is dated 1719, while the Communion plate includes
a silver chalice and cover-paten dated 1571. On the chalice are four
marks:—1, Fleur-de-lis and two stars; 2, Leopard's head crowned; 3,
Lion passant; 4, Small black-letter [see page image] being the London date letter