"OWSTON, a parish in the upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross, West Riding county York, 5 miles N.W. of Doncaster, its post town, and 2 S. of the Askern railway station, on the Lancashire and Yorkshire line. The village, which is of small extent and wholly agricultural, is situated on the road from Doncaster to Selby. The parish includes the townships of Owston and Skellow, and the hamlets of Holme and Carcroft. In this neighbourhood is a meet for the Badsworth hounds. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of York, value £93. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient stone structure, situated on the N. side of the park. The interior contains monuments of the Adamses and Harrisons of Skellow. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. There is a National school. Owston Hall, the principal residence, is an ancient mansion situated in a well-wooded park of 160 acres. The mansion, of late years, has undergone extensive alterations and improvements. P. B. D. Cooke, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner."
"CARCROFT, a hamlet in the parish of Owston, wapentake of Upper Osgoldcross, in the West Riding of the county of York, 5 miles to the N. of Doncaster. It is near the Great Northern railway."
"HOLME, a hamlet in the parish of Owston, West Riding county York, 5 miles N. of Doncaster."
"SKELLOW, a township in the parish of Owston, upper division of Osgoldcross wapentake, West Riding county York, 5½ miles N.W. of Doncaster, its post town, and 1½ mile S.W. of Owston. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on a branch of the river Dore."