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

The place: BADSWORTH.     Church dedication: SAINT MARY.     Church type: Rectory in charge.

Area, 4,320 acres. Osgoldcross wapentake, U.D. -Population, 782 *1; Church-room, 330; Net value, £596. -This Church is an ancient Rectory belonging to the patronage of the Longvilliers, knights; afterwards by marriage to the Nevilles; subsequently divided between the heirs of Sir Richard de Balderstone, knight, Sir Roger de Swillington, and Sir Robert de Neville, of Hornby, knights, who presented by turns, and from thence to the Earls of Derby.

The Earl of Derby is the present patron.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £20; in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 392, at £116 per annum ; and in the King's books at £32. 5s. 8d. per annum, after deducting £2 to the Prebendary at Pontefract. Synodals 4s., and Procurations 7s. 6d.

There were three Chantries in this Church.

An Act was passed 50th Geo. III. to inclose Thorpe Audlin, &c.

7th March 1820, faculty granted to erect an organ.

A mortgage of £740 under Gilbert's Act will cease in 1841.

There is a glebe house fit for residence.

The Register books commence in 1583. Some chasms.

Feoffee estate. Rent of 32a. 0r. 19p. of land, with farmstead, cottages, &c., let at the time of the Report for £43. 10s. 8d. per annum. Applied towards the needful and necessary reparation of the body of the Church except the Chancel, and of the church-yard, and gates and walls thereof.

Thomas Bright's charity, in 1739. Interest of £30 to the poor at Christmas. The principal has been applied towards providing new pews, and the interest is paid out of the rates.

Thorpe Audlin poor's land. Rent of 1a. 3r. 21p. of land, distributed at Christmas. - Vide 15th Report, page 643.

Post town: Pontefract.

Vid. Torre's MS. page 1,037. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. L page 213. Nonae Roll, page 221. Bodleian, MS., No. 5,101. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 435.

*1 Viz. Badsworth, 198; Thorpe Audlin, 355; and Upton, 229.

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George Lawton in 1842..
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