The Ancient Parish of CROFTON
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"CROFTON, a parish-town, Agbrigg-division of Agbrigg and Morley, liberty of Pontefract, (the seat of Sir Henry Wright Wilson, Bart.); 3½ miles SE. of Wakefield, 6 from Pontefract, 29 from York. Pop. 459. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to All Saints, in the deanry of Pontefract, value, £10. 0s. 2½d. Patron, the King, as Duke of Lancaster.
Here was born Richard Fleming, founder of Lincoln College, Oxford: in 1406, he was Prebendary of South Newbald, and in 1407, served the office of Proctor at Oxford; in 1415, he exchanged South Newbald for Langtoft, and in 1420, was advanced to the See of Lincoln, by favour of Henry V. He died at Sleaford, 1430/31. He was named by Pope Martin to the vacant Bishopric of York, about 1426; but the appointment was frustrated by the King, and Dean and Chapter. --Hist. Oxford.
He was, for some time, zealous in supporting Wickliffe's doctrines, which afterwards, however, he as strenuously opposed. --Biogr. Dict."
"BIRKWOOD, 2 farm-houses in the township and parish of Crofton; 3½ miles from Wakefield."
"OAKENSHAW, a farm-house in the township and parish of Crofton; 1½ miles SE. of Wakefield, 7 from Pontefract."
"WIND MILL HOUSE, a public house in the township and parish of Crofton; 4 miles from Wakefield, 5 from Pontefract."
- Transcript of the entry for Crofton in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
- The whereabouts and dates of the Registers etc. for the Parish of Crofton.
- Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Crofton to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE380179 (Lat/Lon: 53.65622, -1.426502), Crofton which are provided by:
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- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
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- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
- (SE387173) New Crofton
- (SE388180) Windmill Hill
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
- A list of those paying the 1379 Subsidy Rolls (Poll Tax) for this parish.