Legacies and Bequests

Dockroyd Graveyard Trust is a registered charity (no. 1187162).

This means that it pays no tax on gifts of money or property made in your lifetime or after your death. So any legacies left to the Trust are given in their entirety and are not subject to inheritance tax.

Legacies and bequests, of any size, are tremendously valuable and very gratefully received.

If you are thinking of this form of planned giving, we have suggested wordings for you to discuss with your solicitor.

F.A.Q      

What words should I use in my Will? 

You can donate to us through your Will by way of a fixed amount, gift of a specific item or by leaving what’s left of your estate after other gifts have been given out.

Below we have set out suggested wording you could use in your will.

Fixed Sum: “I give to Dockroyd Graveyard Trust (Registered Charity 1187162) the sum of £ ………….. (in words and figures) free from all taxes and duties, to be applied to the general purposes of the said Trust and I declare that the receipt of the Chairman of the Trust or other authorised trustee for the time being of the Dockroyd Graveyard Trust shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors”.

Gift of the balance your Estate: “I give to Dockroyd Graveyard Trust (Registered Charity 1187162) all [or a percentage or share] of my residuary estate to be applied to the general purposes of the said Trust and I declare that the receipt of the Chairman of the Trust or other authorised trustee for the time being of the Dockroyd Graveyard Trust shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.”

Leaving a specific item: “I give to Dockroyd Graveyard Trust (Registered Charity 1187162) my [description of property] free from all taxes and duties, to be applied to the general purposes of the said Trust and I declare that the receipt of the Chairman of the Trust or other authorised trustee for the time being of the Dockroyd Graveyard Trust shall be good and sufficient discharge to my executors.”

YOU MUST DISCUSS YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES WITH YOUR SOLICITOR

DOCKROYD GRAVEYARD TRUST ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR DECISIONS

CHARLES EDWARD SUGDEN BEQUEST

“I DESIRE to place on record that I am actuated by a strong desire that the said grave and monument and also the said Burial Ground generally should be regularly and systematically attended to with the view of their being kept in good condition.” Charles Edward Sugden 1915

Oakworth Methodist Church recently transferred to Dockroyd Graveyard Trust the sum of £300, being the residue of a bequest made by Charles Edward Sugden in his Will.

The following is an extract from the Will dated 15th September 1915 and proved in the Principal Registry on the 11th July 1916 of Charles Edward Sugden who died on the 16th April 1916.

13. On the death of my wife my Trustee or Trustees shall out of the trust pay to the Trustees of the Oakworth Wesleyan Chapel Burial Ground (to whom I accordingly bequeath) the sum of Two hundred pounds (free of death duties) AND I direct that the last mentioned Trustees shall hold such sum UPON TRUST to invest the same in any investment for the time being authorised as investments for trust money with power to vary investments and to stand  possessed of such sum and the investments for the time being representing the same and the annual income thereof UPON TRUST until the expiration of a period of twenty one  years after the death of me and my wife to apply the same in the purposes of putting and keeping in due order and proper repair and condition the grave and monument of my ancestors and other relatives in Oakworth Wesleyan Chapel Burial Ground known as the Sugden Family Vault and from and after the expiration of such period to apply the same in or towards putting and keeping in due order and condition the said Burial Ground.

14. On the death of my wife my Trustee or Trustees shall out of the trust fund pay to the Trustees of the said Burial Ground (to whom I accordingly bequeath) the further sum of Two hundred pounds (free of death duties) AND I direct that the last mentioned Trustees shall hold such sum UPON TRUST to invest the same in any investments for the time being authorised as investments for trust money with power to vary investments and to stand possessed of such sum and the investments for the time being representing the same and the annual income therefore UPON TRUST to apply the same in and for the purposes of putting and keeping in due order and proper condition the said Burial Ground.

16. I DESIRE to place on record (but without imposing an obligation or creating a trust) that in making the provisions of clauses 13 and 14 hereinbefore contained I am actuated by a strong desire that the said grave and monument and also the said Burial Ground generally should during the continuance of the trusts declared by such clauses respectively be regularly and systematically attended to with the view of their being kept in good condition.

18 (7). And as to the remaining equal eighth part of the said remainder of the residuary trust premises UPON Trust to pay the same to the Trustees for the time being of the said Burial Ground (to whom I bequeath the same accordingly) And I direct that the last mentioned Trustees shall hold the same upon the declared by clause 14 hereinbefore contained concerning the legacy of Two hundred pounds thereby bequeathed.

Also included in the Will are details of bequests to Bingley Cottage Hospital and the Charles Edward Sugden’s Almshouses. The Almshouses were built in 1930 and renovated in 1993. The Almshouse Charity caters for aged or infirm persons, inhabitants of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Oakworth.

   The Charles Edward Sugden Almshouses opened on 22nd March 1930, benefitting from a fund from the Wills to the sum of £8487. The building contained seven single bedroom bungalows and a Committee room. The Wills stated that residents should be “inhabitants of Oakworth but not Catholics, Socialists, or supporters of the Labour Party”.

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Betty Longbottom / Charles Edward Sugden’s Almshouses – Keighley Road, Oakworth

   Charles Edward Sugden was born on 15th March 1854, only son of JAMES* and Eliza* (Walker) Sugden. His mother died when he was just eight years old and his father when he was twelve years old. He had three sisters.

At the 1871 Census Charles was a 17 year old Merchant Apprentice, living on Dockroyd with his aunt Martha Cockshott* 58 (widow) and her son Jonas Sugden Cockshott* 21 and daughter Sarah Cockshott* 18. Martha was the sister of Jonas, JAMES, Robert, John, William Sugden, also Elizabeth and Sarah (wife of Sir Isaac Holden). Martha had married John Cockshott* who died in 1866 aged 49.

All those marked * are buried in the Sugden Vault in Dockroyd graveyard.

By 1881 he was a Worsted Manufacturer living with his wife Clara (Patchett) at Bramham Cottage, Bingley. In the 1891 Census he is described as a Spinner and Manufacturer and the Electoral Register of 1893 shows him having a “joint tenement at Vale Mill”. He had retired by 1901, living at Ryshworth Hall, Bingley.

He died in 1916 and is buried at Oakworth Crematorium. His wife joined him following her death in 1927.