Mr. Richard Foster


Lease of Hassell Hall and other properties by Mr. Richard Foster

Lease of Hassell Hall and other properties by merchant Richard Foster, the elder (c. 1648-1730), to John Lumb the elder (1638-1719) and his son John Lumb of Silcoates Hall (1690-1768).

Hassell Hall is described in lines 11 and 12 as "that dining room or house recently built and erected by Richard Foster, the old man, in which he lives". The document also names Foster's other lands (line 15): Tophill Close, Middle Close, Rye Spring, Brooke Close and Laith Close, total 20 Acres.

Document belonging to the Yorkshire Historical and Archaeological Society. MD 71/2. July 20, 1716.

Richard Foster (c.1648-1730) / Cloth Worker

Richard Foster (Ossett, West Yorkshire, England, UK; c. 1648 - Ossett, West Yorkshire, England, UK; September 17, 1730) was an English dissident and cloth maker who built Hassell Hall in the late 17th century.

He was the son of Dame Foster (1614-2 February 1709) and Richard Foster (1623-20 September 1710), both of Ossett, Yorkshire, England.

Some documents indicate that Richard Foster was also an independent dissident, at a time when there was much persecution and it was dangerous not to conform to the official Protestant religion, and great efforts were made to trap those who had a different opinion.

Richard Foster died after suffering severe strangulation pains for a considerable time, on September 17, 1730, in Ossett. He was buried the next day with his father in the old Anglo-Saxon churchyard of St Peter and St Leonard in Horbury, Yorkshire, England.

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