[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.
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.