The Ancient Parish of ROYSTON
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"ROYSTON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of Pontefract;
4½ miles N. of Barnsley, 6 from Wakefield, 9½ from Pontefract, 34 from York.
Pop. 549. The Church, a spacious and well built structure, is a vicarage,
dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Doncaster, value, ~£17.
3s. 4d. p.r. !£107. Patron, the Archbishop of York.
Here is a Free Grammar School, founded by letters patent, in the 5th
of James I. The endowment consists of a house, garden, and twenty four acres
of land, amounting to about £70. per ann. and the interest of £13. is paid to
the master, who also receives £4. 6s. 11d. from the Dutchy Court of
Lancaster. The School is open to the boys of the parish indefinitely, free
of expense. --Carlisle.
Here is also a Charity of the Lady Bolles, for the apprenticing of
Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
- Little Worth
- Monk Bretton
- Monk Bretton Grange
- New Laithes
- Saint Helens Well
- Smithies Mill
- Upper Cudworth
- Windhill Gate
- Woolley Edge
- Woolley Park
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]
- Here are photographs of Churches in the parish:
St. John the Baptist's Church, Royston, view 1.
St. John the Baptist's Church, Royston, view 2.
The former Wesleyan Methodist Church of St. Matthew, Royston, now a gymnasium.
St. Matthew's Wesleyan Methodist Church, Royston (an old photo).
The Bethel Chapel, Royston. Historic note from Richard Thickett: The entrance to the chapel was, until the 1960s, only by means of the staircase at the front the access to the side was carved out later sometime after 1960/65.
The Methodist Church, Royston.
The Salvation Army, Royston.
The Bethel Community Church, Royston. Its previous history is as a cinema (The Ace) and a ballroom.
St. Paul's Church, Monk Bretton.
St. Peter's Church, Woolley (view 1).
St. Peter's Church, Woolley (view 2).
St. John the Evangelist's Church, Carlton.
The Methodist Church, Carlton (originally Wesleyan).
The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Carlton.
St. John the Baptist's Church, Cudworth.
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Cudworth.
(The Church's website is here.)
The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Lundwood.
The Laithes Crescent Methodist Church, Athersley.
St. Helen's Church, Athersley.
(The Church's website is here.)
The Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Athersley.
The New Life Church, Athersley.
The Wesleyan Reform Church, Smithies.
The Wesleyan Reform Church, Cundy Cross.
The Methodist Church, Cudworth.
The Zion Wesleyan Reform Church, Cudworth.
- The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient)
parish, but I have no further information on them other than
the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
- (SE344098) Athersley North
- (SE345092) Athersley South
- (SE389096) Belle Green
- (SE400073) Cudworth Common
- (SE370065) Cundy Cross
- (SE375074) Lundwood
- (SE343090) New Lodge
- (SE355082) Smithies
- (SE366085) St. Helen's
- (SE376085) West Green
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
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