Area, 6,360 acres. Staincross wapentake. - Population, 1,156 *1; Church-room, 600; NET VA-nun, £136. -Given by Swein Fitz Ailric to Nostel Priory, to which it was appropriated, and a Vicarage ordained 5 Id. Mar. 1253, and in 38th Henry VIII. the parsonage was passed away by the Crown to the See of York in exchange, and the Archbishop is now the patron and impropriator.
The Church is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £10 and the Vicarage at £6. 13s. 4d. In the King's books the Vicarage is valued at £7. 1s. 10d., after deducting for Synodals 4s. and Procurations 7s. 6d.; in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 421, at £38 per annum ; and in 1818, certified to be worth £140 per annum.
For the arms, inscriptions, and catalogue of Vicars, see Hunter's South Yorkshire, where it is said there was a Chantry of St. Mary, with a very small endowment in lands at Grimesthorpe and South Hindeley, which produced, at the time of King Henry's Valor, only the income of 20s. 4d.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
15th December 1774, faculty to repew the Church, and make other alterations.
23rd September 1796, ditto to erect a gallery.
18th July 1801, confirmation of allotment of pews.
The registers for baptisms commence in 1701, and for marriages and burials in 1706; but the earlier registers were destroyed by fire.
Doles for the poor, being rents-charge.
Mr. Berry's, interest of £80; also the interest of £20 towards maintaining the clock.
John Skirrou's and Alice Grant's. 20s. per annum.
Anthony Jenkinson's. 10s. per annum. Richard, Robert, and George Green's. 20s. per annum.
Joseph Walker's. 5s. per annum. George Green's. 20s. per annum. William Cawthorne's. 10s. per annum. Edward Lambert's. Interest of £5 per annum.
Mr. Kent's. Do. £20 per annum. Jonathan Green's. Do. £10 per annum. Joshua Gill's. Do. £5 per annum. Charity Stock. The dividends on £233. 6s. 8d. three per cent. consols, bought with sundry benefactions, are yearly applied as follows:-
In putting out an apprentice : £3. 10 0; For teaching poor children by schoolmistresses in the four townships, viz. 12s. 6d. each £2. 10 0; Distributed among the poor: 0 10 0; To the poor children saying their Catechism at Lent, in bread 0 10 0; Total: £7. 0 0.
The school. Endowment, £16. 17s. 4d. per annum, paid by Lord Galway to a master for teaching, as free scholars, in reading, writing, and arithmetic, all the children sent from the township of Havercroft. -Vide 17th Report, page 748.
Post town: Barnsley.
Torre's MS. page 1,227. Nonae Roll, page 221. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 266. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 400. Mon. Angl. vol. vi. pages 92. 96.
*1 Viz. Havercroft with Cold Hindeley, 153; South Hindeley, 272; Brierley, 483; and Shafton, 248.