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

The place: THORNTON.     Church dedication: ST. MICHAEL.     Church type: Peculiar. Discharged Vicarage.

Area, 6,660 acres. Harthill wapentake. Wilton Beacon and Holme Beacon. -Population, 791 *2; Church-room, Sufficient *3 ; Net value, £210. -This was originally a Chapel in the parish of Pocklington, but in 1226 a Vicarage was ordained, and on the 8th November 1252, a Vicarage was endowed for the Chapels of Thornton and Allerthorpe, reserving 12d. per annum to the mother Church of Pocklington, in name of subjection ; and in 1415 a further payment was made of 4s. per annum, on the right of sepulture at Thornton being conceded. The preamble of the grant sets forth, that on the 12th March, A.D. 1415, John Prophete, Dean of York, considering that although all and singular the parishioners of the Chapel of Thornton, depending on the parish Church of Pocklington, ought, when they died, to be buried at Pocklington, yet in regard the corpse of the defunct within the town of Thornton, by reason of inundations which frequently happened both in summer and winter, were hardly preserved from drowning as they were carried to Pocklington to be buried.

Patron and impropriator, the Dean of York.

Torre gives an imperfect catalogue of the Vicars.

Valued in the King's books, at £7. 5s. 8d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. page 379, at £3. 10s. per annum.

Inclosure Acts were passed 17th Geo. III. (Melburn and Storthwaite), 36th Geo. III., and 54th Geo. III.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1651.

Wood's dole, vide Pocklington. rent charge of 5s. per annum to the poor on the 12th January.

Poor's Money. The sum of £28. 6s. 8d., arising from several small benefactions, was, about twenty years before the date of the Report, laid out in building a school-house, with a chamber over it, and a blacksmith's shop. The rents of the latter are distributed among the poor.


Poor's Money. The sum of £40, arising from sundry gifts, was, about twelve years before the date of the Report, laid out in erecting a school-house and a small tenement. The rent of the latter is distributed among the poor.

rent charge on Odlin Ings. 5s. per annum to the poor.

Wood's dole. 5s. per annum -Vide Pocklington. -Vide 11th Report, page 745.

Post town: Pocklington.

Torre's MS. (Peculiars), page 717. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. ii. page 93. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Torentun, Middeburne), page 185.

*1 Torre calls this town " Thornton in Spaldingmore."

*2 Viz. Melburn, 463 ; Storwood, 119 ; and Thornton, 209. -In 1834, the Population was returned at 300.

*3 In 1818, the Church-room was returned at 600.

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