East & West Molesey

A Dictionary of Local History

Rowland G. M. Baker, 1972

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The following charities were brought together under one board of trustees in 1937: Henry Smith, silversmith of London, died 1627, a rent charge from land in Sussex, to be paid to the poor; Joseph Palmer, of West Molesey, died 1815, the interest of 500 to be divided among the person who winds up the parish clock, the parish clerk, the poor, and coals to warm the church; Apps Court, formerly the owners of Apps Court, a large mansion the site of which is now the Bessborough reservoir, had to provide a quantity of bread and beer to the poor on All Souls' Day each year, in recognition of an old tenure which went back at least to the thirteenth century. When the reservoir was constructed the Water Company commuted the custom for the sum of 200 paid to the Charity Commision, the interest on which was to be divided equally between the poor of West Molesey and Walton-on-Thames.

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