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The Ancient Parish of ROYSTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"ROYSTON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles N. of Barnsley, 6 from Wakefield, 9 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 2007]

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