Area, 2,560 acres. Osgoldcross wapentake, U.D. -Population, 473 *1; Church-room, 300; Net value, £93. -This Church was an ancient Rectory belonging to the patronage of the Veseys, Knights, and so to the Hamertons, and from them to the King, from whom it came to John, Duke of Lancaster, who gave it to the Abbey of Welbeck, to which it was appropriated by Pope Boniface IX., and a Vicarage ordained therein, in 1418.
Patron and impropriator, Philip Davis Cooke, Esq.
The Church is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £26. 13s. 4d.; in the King's books, the Vicarage is valued at £7. 0s. 1d. Synodals, 4s.; Procurations, 7s. 6d.
The impropriator is charged with the annual payment of 3s. 4d. to the poor of the parish.
There were three Chantries in this Church.
Inclosure Acts were passed 33rd Geo. II. and 41st Geo. III. (Skellow.)
For the monuments, inscriptions, and catalogue of Vicars, see Hunter's South Yorkshire.
There is a beautiful monument by Chantry, to the memory of Frances, wife of Bryan Cooke, Esq.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1683.
William Adams's charity. Rent-charge of 20s. per annum. 13s. 4d. per annum to the poor of Owstone, and 6s. 8d. to the poor of Skellow.
Cartwright's, alias Vicars's charity. A pension of 13s. 4d. is paid to a poor person of Owston, and a like pension to a poor person of Skellow. -Vide 18th Report, page 598.
Post town: Doncaster.
Torre's MS. page 975. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 211. Nonae Roll, page 221. Mon. Ang., vol. vi. page 876. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 477.
*1 Viz. Owstone 292, and Skellow 181. In 1834, the Population was returned at 447.