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The Ancient Parish of BARNBURGH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BARNBURGH, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Strafforth and Tickhill, liberty of Tickhill; (Barnburgh Hall, the residence of Mrs. Griffith,) 6 miles W. of Doncaster, 8 from Rotherham, 9 from Barnsley, 36 from York. Pop. 466. The Church is a rectory dedicated to St. Peter, in the deanry of Doncaster, value, 23. patrons, Prebendaries of Southwell, Collegiate Church, (Notts.)

Mr. Bingley, in his Animal Biography, relates the following singular anecdote. "At Barnborough there is a tradition extant, of a serious conflict that once took place between a man and a wild cat. The inhabitants say, that the fight commenced in an adjacent wood, and that it was continued thence into the porch of the church. I do not recollect in what manner it is reported to have begun; but they state that it ended fatally to both combatants. A rude painting in the church commemorates the event; and the accidentally natural red tinge of some of the stone, is considered as stains of blood still remaining.""


"BARNBURGH GRANGE, (the seat of Mrs. Farrer) in the township and parish of Barnburgh; 5 miles from Doncaster."


"BILHAM, in the parishes of Hooton Pagnell and Barnburgh, lower-division of Strafforth and Tickhill, liberty of Tickhill; (Bilham House, the residence of the Rev. Godfrey Wright) 6 miles NW. of Doncaster, 10 from Barnsley. Pop. 74."


"HARLINGTON, a hamlet in the township and parish of Barnburgh, liberty of Tickhill; 6 miles W. of Doncaster, 9 from Barnsley."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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