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[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 children."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Appleday
  • Carlton
  • Chevet
  • Cudworth
  • Little Worth
  • Monk Bretton
  • Monk Bretton Grange
  • New Laithes
  • Notton
  • Saint Helens Well
  • Smithies Mill
  • Upper Cudworth
  • Windhill Gate
  • Woolley
  • Woolley Edge
  • Woolley Park

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]


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Memorial Inscriptions

Names, Geographical

  • 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



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