Area, 5,220 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wap., N. D. - Pop. *1, 1,144 ; Church-room, 350 *2; Net value, £113. -" This Church continued long a Rectory, in the patronage of the Tibetots. In later times, I see Sir John Fastolf twice presented, viz., 1446 and 1456, viz., temp. Henry VI. In 1504, or thereabouts, it was appropriated to the Priory of Lenton, and a Vicarage ordained, but upon what terms I find not ; only I find in my list of pensions, a pension of 20s. a year was reserved to the appropriation. The reason of this Vicarage being of so good a value (as it is effectually worth £100) is, that Mr. Bryan Cook, the uncle of Sir George, generously gave the mediety of the impropriation or Rectory to the Vicar for ever. The other mediety he settled for the founding of an almshouse, which is said to be worth £60, and likewise of a free school, said to be worth £40 per annum : both in the town." -Archbishop Sharp's MS.
Sir W. B. Cooke, But., is the present patron and impropriator.
" When we enter the Church," says Mr. Hunter, " we see ourselves surrounded with the armorial insignia of the great aristocracy of this part of the country, as it stood in the reigns of the second and third Edward, still glowing in the windows in their original colours."
A Chantry was founded in this Church.
The Rectory is valued, in P. Nich.'s taxation, at £40; in the King's books, the Vicarage is valued at £12. 17s. 4d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 490, it is stated: " A Vicarage. 19 marks per annum paid out of the impropriation. The impropriator pays £30 per annum fee farm rent to the State, and 20s. to the Church of York as a pension. We find two ministers contending about the Cure, both pretending to be lawful Vicars of the said Church, viz.: Mr. Greenwood, by virtue of a presentation under the Great Seal, and the other is Mr. Samuel Burtell, who claims by an order of the Committee of Plundered Ministers. Both of them are able and painful ministers, and well affected to the Parliament. We think fit that that part of Stockhouses which is within the parish of Doncaster be annexed to Arksey parish."
Augmented, in 1833, with £200, and £200 from the Parliamentary grant, to meet benefaction of £30, and house, &c., worth £370, from Sir William Cooke, Bart.
Inclosure Acts were passed 32nd Geo. II., and 7th and 8th Geo. IV.
The glebe house is unfit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1557.
Sir Bryan Cooke, Bart., by will, dated 3rd January 1660, left £87. 6s. 8d. per annum to the Vicar as a perpetual augmentation. He also founded, by the same will, a hospital for 12 poor people of the parish, who should each receive £5 per annum ; and he left £40 per annum for a schoolmaster to instruct the youth of the parish in learning and literature. The poor people in the hospital also receive the rent of an allotment of two acres of land on Hesse-croft Common.
Richard Brewer, by will, dated 11th November 1687, left certain lands, about 25a. 3r. 34p., as an augmentation, and the rent is divided equally amongst the poor people in the hospital.
The School. This was founded under the will of Sir George Cooke, Bart., dated 2nd July 1683. The endowment, exclusive of the above-mentioned £40 left by Sir Bryan Cooke, and the schoolhouse and garden, consists of four acres of land. Sir W. B. Cooke is the patron. At the time of the Report, the number of scholars was about twenty, and the school was not in much repute, or in a flourishing or satisfactory condition. The Commissioners were of opinion that the school might be rendered very useful in the way of affording education to the children of the better class of the parishioners, and in supplying the means of gratuitous instruction to the children of the lower orders.
Samuel Hall's charity, by deed, dated 10th January 1677. Rent of 7a. 0r. 13p., to be applied in the purchase of kersey or woollen cloth, of the value of 2s. 6d. a yard, and four yards each to be given to ten of the most aged poor of the parish, on the 1st December annually (excluding the people in the hospital), and the residue to be given in bread to the said ten poor people. About eighteen persons now receive four yards of cloth each.
Doles. -Cartwright's, alias Vicars's, in 1593. 13s. 4d. per annum to a poor person at Arksey, and 13s. 4d. per annum to a poor person at Bentley.
Margaret Wormley's, by deed, in 1631. 40s. per annum to the poor of Arksey.
Henry Howson's, by will, in 1641. One-fourth of rent of land (at the time of the Report, £2. 12s. 6d. a year), distributed among poor persons at Christmas.
George Radley's gift, 24th April 1824. Interest of £20 in the Doncaster Say ings' Bank, given in bread to poor widows or widowers of Bentley with Arksey on the Sunday nearest St. Thomas's day. -Vide 18th Report, page 600.
Post town: Doncaster.
Nonae Roll, page 224. Torre's MS., page 1,009. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 227. Wood's Bodleian MS., No. 5,101. Bishop Kennett's Case of Impropriations, page 276. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. 1. page 323.
*1 Bentley with Arksey. In 1834, the Population was only returned at 344.
*2 In 1818, the Church-room was stated at 1,100.