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The Ancient Parish of MEXBOROUGH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"MEXBOROUGH, a parish-town, in the lower-division of Strafforth and Tickhill, liberties of St. Peter and Tickhill; 5½ miles NE. of Rotherham, 8 from Doncaster, 44 from York. Pop. 865. The Church, peculiar, is a vicarage in the deanry of Doncaster, value, p.r. !60. --Bacon styles it a curacy, certified value, 20.

The Church of Mexborough is only a perpetual curacy, so far as respects the incumbents; but is described as a vicarage in the roll of livings; subject to the Dean and Chapter of York, and is required to pay procurations and synodals as a Vicar. In the Church are several ancient monuments to the Savilles, a branch of which family, has furnished the title of Earl.

The tenants of the lands of Roger Bacon did fealty and acknowledge, that they held in Mekesburgh (Mexborough) 4 oxgangs of land and paid every two years for keeping the Castle, (Tickhill) in each year, 2s. 4d. and the third year, nothing. May not this have been the famous Fryer Roger Bacon? For there is a tradition that he was a native of this part of Yorkshire, and that his brazen head was set up in a field at Rothwell, near Leeds. --Blount's Fragmenta Antiq."


"DENABY, in the parish of Mexborough, upper-division of Strafforth and Tickhill; 6 miles NE. of Rotherham and 6 from Doncaster. Pop. 141."


"DON POTTERY, a hamlet in the township and parish of Mexborough; 5½ miles from Rotherham."

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

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