Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.

The place: GREAT DRIFFIELD.     Church dedication: ALL SAINTS.     Church type: Peculiar. Perpetual Curacy.

Area, 7,520 acres. Harthill wapentake. Bainton Beacon. - Population, 2,854 *1; Church-room, 850; Net value, £154.

The manor of Driffield was parcel of the possessions of Morcar, Earl of Northumberland, at which time there were two Churches, and afterwards came to the Earls of Chester, and in 20th Henry III. by Christian, daughter and heir of Allan of Galloway, came, by marriage, to William de Fontibas, Earl of Albemarle, and in the time of King Henry IV. to the Lords Scrope of Massam.

In the town of Driffield are twenty-four carucates of land, whereof nineteen and a half are held by an uncertain service, and three and a half of the demesne of Balliol, and of one carucate the Church of Driffield is endowed.

The Church was given by Henry I. to the Archbishop of York, who afterwards gave it to be a Prebend in the Cathedral. The Prebendary is Rector, patron, and impropriator, and hath nine oxgangs of land and nineteen tenements, and all manner of jurisdiction over the tenants and inhabitants.

There was a Chantry founded at the altar of St. Nicholas and St. Mary the Virgin in this Church for the souls of John Tebb and Joan his wife, which was of the patronage of the Lords Scrope of Massam, and from them of the Danbys of Farnley.

No endowment is given by Torre, but he mentions a curious correction cause.

The Church is now held as a Perpetual Curacy.

Valued in the King's books, (where it is called a discharged Vicarage) at £7.10s. 2d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. pages 324. 488, it is stated : " Mr. Ralph Mason preaches at both Churches of Great Driffield and Little Driffield, after his fashion. Easter book and all small tithes of Great and Little Driffield, Kellythorpe, and Emswell, worth £26 per annum."

Augmented in 1772, with £200, by lot.

There was an unreported decree in the Exchequer in Michaelmas Term, 10th Geo. I., as to tithes.

An Act was passed 14th Geo. II. for inclosing and settling money payments in lieu of tithes.

The Church is partly of Saxon architecture, and exhibits a very antique appearance.

26th July 1805, faculty to re-pew the Church.

No glebe house.

The Register Books commence in 1556. Entries of baptisms defective 1653, 1697, 1698. Burials defective 1699. Marriages defective 1713 and 1723. -Vide transcripts in the Registry of the Peculiar Court.

Walter Crompton's dole, by will, proved 31st March 1714. rent charge of 20s. per annum, distributed among poor widowers and widows.

Matthew Ellis's gift. A legacy of £100, the interest to be applied in the relief of poor persons. Lost nearly thirty years before the Report, through the insolvency of the person in whose hands the money had been placed. -Vide 9th Report; page 745.

A post town.

Torre's MS. (Peculiars), page 653. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. ii. page 103. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Drifelt, Elmesauelle, Calges-torp), pages 12, 13. 79, 80. 236, 237. Gentleman's Magazine, vol. lxxx. page 416. (Epitaph only.)

*1 Viz. Great Driffield, 2,660; Little Driffield. 92 ; and Emswell with Kelleythorpe, 102. Great and Little Driffield are partly in the liberty of St. Peter of York.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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