Area, 4,510 acres. Staincross wapentake. -Population, 2,960 *1; Church-room, 600; Net value, £150. -This was a Rectory belonging to the Lathes, and from them to the Dukes of Lancaster, and in 3rd Richard III. it was appropriated to the Priory of Monk Bretton. This grant was vacated by authority of Parliament, but King Henry IV., under seal of the Duchy of Lancaster, re-granted it, and a Vicarage was ordained therein, 2nd June 1484 *2.
Patron and impropriator, T. W. Beaumont, Esq.
The Church is valued, in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £23. 6s. 8d. In the King's books, the Vicarage is valued at £12. 10s. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 419, it is stated : " Vicarage, £12. 10s. per annum, together with the Vicarage house and a garden of small value."
Augmented, in 1720, with £200, to meet benefaction of lands worth £250 from William Wentworth, Esq.
" The glebe (which was very considerable) hath several proprietors. The tithes, which are all impropriated, both great and small, together with the surplice fees, are possessed at present by William Beaumont, gent. (one-third), Sir John Wentworth (one-third), and Henry Eyre, gent. (one-third), who jointly pay an annual rent to the audit, out of which the Vicar hath a stipend of £12. 10s., but pays out of it, for tenths, £1. 5s.; for taxes, which the auditors deduct, £2. 8s.; and audit fees, 9s. 7d.; besides the charge of thirty miles' journey, or near upon it, to York, in November, and of one or two days' attendance ere the money will be paid : so the real and intrinsic value, of this poor Vicarage does not at present much exceed £8 per annum." Signed, " J. Leech, Vic." -Notitia Parochialis, No. 659.
There were unreported decrees in the Exchequer, in Hilary Term, 5th Car. I., in Trinity Term, 6th Car. I., in Hilary Term, 7th Car. I., and in Hilary Term, 8th Car. I.
An Inclosure Act was passed 1st Geo. IV.
For the inscriptions and list of Vicars, see Hunter's South Yorkshire.
There was a Chantry in this Church. 27th September, 1740, faculty to build a gallery.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1558.
George Beaumont's charity, by will dated 24th July 1668, and deed, dated 28th August, 27th Charles II. Income : rent of 127a. 3r. 37p. of land. One moiety is paid to the master of the school, who also has the occupation of a school-house, for instructing all the children of. the inhabitants of the parish in reading, writing, and accounts. Previous to admission, the children must be able to read the New Testament. The other moiety of the income is distributed, two-thirds of it among poor people of Darton not receiving parochial relief, or paupers who are in sickness, and the other third among poor people of Over Flockton.
Thomas Beaumont's charity, by will, dated 3rd September 1728. Interest of £100, to be distributed amongst such poor persons as should have legal settlements.
TOWNSHIP OF KEXBOROUGH. - The Almshouses, built with £50, given in 1771 by Robert Thickett, and occupied by two poor families.
The School, endowed with £5 per annum by the will of John Sylvester, dated 25th January 1719, for teaching eight poor children to read and write.
John Higson's gift, by will, dated 13th October 1814. Interest of £200, for teaching poor children reading, writing, arithmetic, English grammar, and the principles of the Christian religion, as taught by the Church of England. Also the interest of £50 as a dole for poor widows and poor families.
Birthwaite dole. 13s. 4d. per annum to the poor.
TOWNSHIP OF BARUGH. -Almshouses. Two cottages occupied by two poor widows, and an annual stipend of seven guineas to be paid to each of the widows by Micklethwaite, Esq., of Park House, near Barnsley. The Commissioners notice an opinion which prevailed, that the widows were entitled to the rents of certain closes.
Township School. The mistress receives a stipend of £2 per annum from Colonel Beaumont for teaching small children. -Vide 17th Report, page 745.
Post town: Barnsley.
Torre's MS., page 1,063. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 269. Bodleian MSS. No. 5,101. Nonae Roll, page 224. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 368.
*1 Viz. Barugh, 946 ; Darton, 1,466 ; and Kexborough, 548. In the townships of Barugh and Darton, upwards of 100 men are employed in coal mines.
*2 By the endowment, the Rectors are bound to distribute among the poor of the parish as many loaves as one quartern of bread corn will make, and also 500 red herrings in the time of Lent, yearly for ever.