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Grammar School (1606-1874)
The 19th century saw Malhamdale with numerous Schools,
but the Kirkby Malham Grammar School set up in 1606 is the oldest documented
one with its own building and took over from the Chantry School
which was held in the Church from the 15th century.
It was situted in a building to the Northwest of the church,
between the vestry and Victorian, north wing of the vicarage. The North
wall of the garden between the vicarage and the church appears to be
all that is left of the establishment.
Often reported to have been founded by the Lamberts of Calton as a Latin
Grammar School, it would appear Benjamin Lambert attempted to endow
a school but that his will was illegal. Whitaker says it was actually
founded by John Topham by a deed dated12 Oct 1606 and goes on to state:
.......from the goodwill he (John Topham?) bore to Benjamin Lambert,
deceased, and to the intent that the charitable work mentioned in his
will should not be hindered, conveyed unto Josias Lambert, and other
feoffees therein named, all the lands, cottages, rents and inheritances
arising of the Manor of Kirby and Hanlith, devised by the will of the
same Benjamin Lambert (which is therein stated to have been void in
law) in trust to the use and for the salary or stipend of a schoolmaster,
to be elected by the feoffees, for teaching a free grammar school in
Kirby; the said rents to be paid over to the schoolmaster for the time
being, who in consideration is to freely teach all and every scholar
who should come to be taught.
He goes on to note from the Charity Commissioners
Report that :
The only income known to arise from this bequest is about £10
a year arising from about twenty eight different quit-rents from cottages,
lands and tenements in Kirby and Hanlith.
Another footnote seems to indicate that this was the only educational
establishment at the time and states that:
This parish is divided into thirds, each of which nominates six trustees
of the free school - viz., Malham and Malham Moor one third, Kirby,
Hanlith and Calton a second, Airton, Scostrop and Otterburn another.
The school building can be seen lying between the vicarage and church,
on this map of around1860. It was demolished in 1874 when the new Kirkby
Malham United school opened.
The last schoolmaster was Christopher Edmondson who also
served as the the Parish Clerk.The first KM United School Accounts
for 1872/3 show that Christopher Edmondsons salary when the Grammar
school closed on Aug 23 1872 was £100 per annum, plus half the
school fees. He retired when the old school closed and they paid him
a pension of £5 5s 9d to cover the period up to Dec 31 1872 and
£15 for the year 1873 and 84.
Mention of previous masters appears in the the Parish
records and Timothy Parkinson is shown as living in Calton when mentioned
in further record entries in 1776 and 1778, that information could point
to there being a school in Calton or Airton at the time, but he probably
only lived there. The Revd. J. Procter was both the curate and schoolmaster,
and the 1841 census shows James Mount son of Robert Mount of Skellands
a schoolmaster, but not necessarily at Kirkby.
|Revd. J. Procter
|James Mount ?
Shortly before it closed, the school was catering for 25 boys (no girls)
and was teaching Latin and Greek as well as Arithmetic, English and
For more information see the Kirkby
Malham Free Grammar School page and the other schools pages on
the Malhamdale Local History Group Education
TD Whitaker, History of Craven
3rd Ed 1878 p25
Kirkby Malham Annual Parish Reports and Accounts 1872-3
Bishops transcripts 1736, 50 & 61, Borthwick Institute
Edward Baines Directory 1822 p. 541
William Whites Directory 1838
1841 Scosthrop census
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