Area, 7,590 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, S.D. -Population, 1,232 *1; Church-room, 400; Net value, £96. -This Church was given by King Henry I. to the Canons of York, at the instance of Gerald, Archbishop of York, and by him made a Prebend; and on 20th July 1484, it was appropriated to the Chancellorship of the Church of York, who hath jurisdiction of the whole town.
A Vicarage was ordained, but Torre does not give the date or particulars of the endowment.
The first known institution was in 1319.
The Chancellor of the Church of York is the present patron and impropriator.
The Vicarage is valued, in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £5.6s. 8d.; in the King's books, at £6. 13s. 4d.; in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. page 174 (Manor), and vol. xviii. page 434, it is stated : " A Vicarage, 20 marks per annum ;" and in 1818, at £44 per annum.
A Chantry was founded in this Church.
Augmented in 1810, with £200; and in 1816 with £1,200 both from the Parliamentary grant, by lot.
An Inclosure Act was passed 9th Geo. III.
For the inscriptions, catalogue of Vicars, and an engraving of the Church, see Hunter's South Yorkshire.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books are officially returned as commencing in 1677, but Mr. Hunter appears to have seen an old register book kept from the beginning of Queen Elizabeth.
Cousin's rent-charge. 20s. per annum to the poor.
Mrs. Beckwith's gifts, in 1766. Rents-charge of £1 per annum for educating children, and £2. 12s. per annum for bread on Sundays.
Margaret Mirfin': gift, by will, dated 20th October 1817. Interest of £100, to be given to the poor every Candlemas day.
William Beckwith's Charities, by will, dated 2nd October 1816. 2s. a week for bread, to be distributed every Sunday to such poor people as receive no parochial relief ; £5 per annum for teaching five poor children reading, and arithmetic ; 30s. per annum for Bibles, Prayer-Books, and the New Whole Duty of Man, for children on leaving school ; £2 per annum to the schoolmaster, for teaching his scholars the Church Catechism ; £1 per annum to the minister, for examining the children in the Church half-yearly ; 30s. per annum for rewards to the children found perfect in their Catechism ; £7 per annum for apprenticing a poor child of the parish yearly, or, if needful, for clothing the child when put out ; or, if there should be no poor child to be apprenticed, for a poor maid of the parish married within the year, at the discretion of the minister and churchwardens ; or, if not wanted for either of such purposes, then to be distributed to poor persons not receiving alms or pay of the parish, by 6d. a week each, as far as it would extend, and 16s. to the trustees for their trouble. These payments are made by the Governors of the Foundling Hospital in London out of the sum of £7,255. 7s. three-and-a-half per cents., bequeathed by the testator.
School. This is endowed with a dwelling-house, garden, school-house, and 3r. 19p. of land, and a rent-charge of £2 per annum out of a close called the Town Ing. Ten free scholars, nominated by the Vicar, are taught reading, writing, and arithmetic. -Vide 19th Report, page 574.
Post town: Rotherham.
Torre's MS. (Peculiars), page 519. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 294. Nonae Roll, page 228. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 280. Bodleian MS., No. 5,101.
*1 Viz. Gildenwells, 81; Laughton en le Morthen, 780; Letwell, 155 ; Throapham, 70; and Woodsetts, 146. Thorpe Salvin is not included in the above. The townships of Gildenwells, Laughton en le Morthen, and Woodsetts, with the Chapelry of Letwell, extend into the jurisdiction of St. Peter of York.