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The Ancient Parish of BATLEY

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BATLEY, a parish-town, in Agbrigg division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Pontefract; 2, miles from Dewsbury, 6 from Bradford, 8 S. of Leeds, 31 from York. Pop. 3,717. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to All-Saints (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Pontefract, value, ~16. 11s. 8d. p.r. 150. Patrons, Lords Wilton and Cardigan, alternately.

Batley, the field of Batt or Batta is a place of great antiquity. The church was granted to the Canons of St. Oswald of Nostal, and confirmed by Henry I. Not a vestige of the original structure remains, the whole having been rebuilt about the time of Henry VI. The north chapel of the choir belongs to Howley Hall. This church is adorned with several monuments of the Savilles, Fitzwilliams, Elands, Copleys, &c. --Whitaker's Loidis and Elmete. Here is a Free School, founded in the 10th year of James I. by the Rev. William Lee, Vicar of Stapleford, Cambridgeshire, who was a native of this place, for the purpose of teaching the children to read English, and write, also to instruct them in Latin. He endowed it with an estate, which he conveyed to certain Trustees in his lifetime. This School was handsomely rebuilt in 1818, out, of monies arising from the estate."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Batley Carr
  • Brown Hills
  • Bruntcliffe Thorn
  • Carlinghow
  • Churwell
  • Gildersome
  • Havercroft
  • Healey
  • Holden Clough
  • Howley Hall
  • Morley
  • Purlwell Hall
  • Staincliffe Hall
  • Staincliffe Moor
  • Stump Cross
  • Upper Batley

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

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