Area, 2,810 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, S.D. - Population, 368; Church-room, 220 *2; Net value, £366. -The manor of Armthorpe was given to the monks of Roche by Richard I. After the Dissolution, the manor passed to the Earl of Northumberland, then to the Washingtons, Swyfts, Daniels, and Parkers.
William, Earl of Warren, gave the Chapel of Hernoldsthorpe, then dependent on Sandal Parva, to the monks of Lewes. It is presumed by Mr. Hunter, that the Chapelry was soon after created into an independent parish. It anciently belonged to the patronage of the Mowbrays. King James I. presented once, by lapse ; and King Charles II. in 1662. Since 1708, the Crown has presented.
Valued in Pope Nicholas's Taxation, at £5 per annum; in the King's books at £8. 18s. 8d.; Synodals, 2s.; Procurations, 3s. 4d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 505, at £80 per annum.
An Act was passed 13th Geo. III. for inclosing the manor and parish.
The Church is a small building without a tower, having merely a penthouse on the roof, with two bells therein.
Mr. Hunter gives the inscriptions and a catalogue of the Rectors.
Holmes, Rector of this Church, was ejected under the Act of Uniformity.
The Priory of Cottingham had possessions here, and the abbot was lord of the town.
There is a glebe house fit for residence.
29th October 1785, faculty granted to build a gallery.
The Register Books commence in 1653.
Poor's estate. About 29 acres set out on the inclosure of the Low Common, in or about 1671. The rent is distributed at Christmas, amongst poor people not receiving constant parochial relief, in sums of 10s. and upwards. Trustees: the Rector, the lord of the manor, and the proprietors of land.
Ann Holmes's charity, by will, dated in 1689. Rent-charge of 50s. for teaching six poor children and apprenticing boys. On the inclosure in 1754, an allotment of 2a. 3r. was set out for the schoolmaster. The master of the parish school now receives the rent-charge, and rent of the land, and teaches ten poor children, as free scholars, to read.
George Scholey's charity. Two cottages under one roof, and garden of 2a. 29p., were given, as is understood, by one George Scholey, for the use of the parish clerk and sexton; and the same, with an allotment of 2r. 3r. 17r., awarded in lieu of common rights, are accordingly held and occupied by the clerk and sexton jointly.
Bell-rope land. An allotment of 1a. 16p., given in lieu of land appropriated from ancient time to the providing of church bell-ropes, is let by the churchwardens, and the rent carried to their general account. -Vide 17th Report, Page 781.
Post town: Doncaster.
Nonae Roll, page 220. Burton's Monast. page 319. Torre's MS. page 933. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 220. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 86.
*1 Formerly Hernoldsthorpe, alias Ernelfesthorpe.
*2 Of which 116 are free sittings, under a grant of £100 from the Society.