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

The 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.



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