BROUGHTON HALL - THE TEMPEST ESTATE
Landlords of the Moorhouse family 1700's- 1900
The Tempest family have lived in the local area for 900 years. They built
the present house in 1596 and extended it in the 18th and 19th century. The
family are pre-reformation Catholics and were patrons of All Saints' Church
at Broughton-with -Elslack where they are buried inside the church. They continued
to be buried there for two centuries after the reformation.
In 1746 the Moorhouse family moved to Elslack from East Skibeden
after the unsettled era of the Stuart rebellion [also called the Jacobite Rebellion
of 1746]. The Moorhouses had been tenants of Skipton Castle, the Lords
of which were Protestants, who would not have approved of their Catholic tenants.
The Moorhouses would have felt safer near the Catholic Tempests At Broughton.
Tracing the history through Tempest Cash Records
At first the Moorhouse family were not tenants of the Tempest
Estate when they farmed at The White House at Elslack but in 1777
John Moorhouse is renting land from The Estate at a cost of 15 pounds and in 1799
John Moorhouse and a Mr Laycock are paying land tax of 17 pounds.
During 1817 John Moorhouse (1762-1838) paid the massive fee of 100 pounds
rent for 1816 but it is not specified for what farm(s).
In 1817 Thomas (1775-1863), brother of John, is paid for work to the church
at Broughton and in the same year John pays 35 pounds for 30 ewe sheep.
Thomas Moorhouse (1809-1845) is shown as renting Hesliker
Farm (now called Heslaker on current maps) and his father John (1762-1838)
is renting Small
House farm in 1830.
In 1844 Thomas Moorhouse was still renting Hesliker Farm plus
the Bull Inn and it's farm, but by the following year he had died and his widow
Martha was just renting the Bull Inn at Broughton with a small farm of 26 acres.
The family continued to rent the Bull at Broughton until 1900. Upon the death
of Martha in 1873 her son Edward ran the pub and after his death in 1885 his
widow Alice was the innkeeper.
The Present Tempest Estate
Tempest Estate still exists and they have a marvellous collection of their
historical records. I would like to thank Henry Tempest for showing me the
records. They still own land and their
new business is renting Business Premises based in their converted outbuildings.