- 1701-1995 (Creation)
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Lady Elizabeth Hastings' Charities was established by the will of Lady Elizabeth Hastings of Ledstone Hall, Yorkshire, in 1739. Possessed of a large estate, Lady Elizabeth left lands and property at Collingham, Burton Salmon, Shadwell, and Thorp Arch, to be overseen by a committee of trustees who had the power to appoint a bailiff for the management of the estate. The accounts of the bailiff were to be audited once a year.
Her bequests endowed more than sixty perpetual charities, including scholarships to Queen's College, Oxford, a number of charity schools (including the girls' boarding school she had established at Ledsham and schools at Aberford, Pontefract, Wyke and Chelsea), schools on the Isle of Man, and various religious causes.
In 2012 the Charities received a new scheme of governance, dividing the charities into three constituent parts. The Lady Elizabeth Hastings Estate Charity administers the overall running of the charities and manages its investments, with all income divided between the second and third parts. These are The Lady Elizabeth Hastings Educational Foundation, which provides financial assistance to schools, individuals and community groups around Leeds, and the Lady Elizabeth Hastings Non-Educational Charity which provides financial assistance to clergy of the Church of England and makes grants to repair churches.
The trustees of the charities now meet four times a year to award grants.
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- Hastings, Lady Elizabeth, 1682-1739 (Subject)