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HATFIELD: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

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"HATFIELD, a parish in the southern division of the wapentake of STRAFFORTH-AND-TICKHILL, West riding of the county of YORK, comprising the townships of Hatfield and Stainforth, and containing 2642 inhabitants, of which number, 1948 are in the township of Hatfield, 3 miles S.S.W. from Thorne. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Yoik, rated in the king's books at £15. 5., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £ 1000 royal bounty. Lord and Lady Deerhurst were patrons in 1817. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is in the later English style. Here is a place of worship for Independents. In the reign of Charles I., Thomas Wormeley devised to trustees property for securing an annuity of £10 to a schoolmaster to instruct the children of the inhabitants: in 1682, a school-house was built by John Hatfield, Esq., and in 1716 assigned to trustees for the use of the schoolmaster, but at the time of the inquiry of the Commissioners of Charities, in 1828, the school was discontinued."


"DUNSCROFT, a hamlet in the parish of HATFIELD, southern division of the wapentake of STRAFFORTH and TICKHILL, West riding of the county of YORK, 3 miles S.W. from Thorne. The population is returned with the parish. Here was formerly a small cell to the abbey of Roche."


"STAINFORTH, a township in the parish of HATFIELD, southern division of the wapentake of STRAFFORTH-and-TICKHILL, West riding of the county of YORK, 3 miles W.S.W. from Thorne, containing, with South Bramwith, 694 inhabitants. There are places of worship for Wesleyan Methodists and Unitarians. Henry Travers, in 1706, bequeathed certain land, directing the rental to be applied for teaching poor children."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]