Area. 1,700 acres. Osgoldcross wapentake, U.D. -Population, 223 *1; Church-room, 85 *2; Net value, £275.
This Church is an ancient Rectory, belonging to the patronage of the Wallises, and, from them to the Gascoignes of Gowlthorpe, and afterwards to the Annes, and since to the Wyatts.
Patron, Michael Tasburgh, Esq.
Valued, in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £12, and in the King's books at £14. 6s. 10d. per annum, after deducting for Synodals 5s. 6d., and Procurations 4s.
In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 381, it is stated : " Rectory, £60 per annum. The inhabitants of Skelley, in the parish of Anston, every Christmas day have used to repair to the parish Church of Burghwallis, and so for that day only are holden to be of that parish. We think fit that that custom be broken, and no longer continued, and that Skelleye be always of Anston parish, no day excepted."
Mr. Hunter gives a list of the Rectors, and the arms, monuments, &c.
An Act was passed 53rd Geo. III. for effecting a drainage.
In 1818 the glebe house was unfit for residence, being too small and ruinous, but it has been rebuilt under Gilbert's Act.
The Register books commence in 1597. Some chasms.
Poor's Land. 2a. 1r., purchased in 1678 with £10 bequeathed by William Huscroft for the use of the poor.
Poor's Money. 5s. per annum, as interest of £5, in the hands of M. Tasburgh, Esq., and distributed with the rent of the above-mentioned land. Vide 17th Report, page 735.
Post town: Doncaster.
Torre's MS., page 1,001. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 210. Non Roll, page 222. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 483.
*1 The return of Burghwallis parish includes Haywood and Sutton.
*2 In 1818, it was returned that there was accommodation for between 150 to 200.