HATFIELD: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.
"HATFIELD, (and the Chace) a parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 4 m. from Doncaster. K. William I. gave its Ch. to the priory he founded at Lewes; and K. Will. II. gave the tithes, of all the eels taken out of his fish-works here to the abbey of Roche. The manor bel. formerly for several successions to the Earls of Warren and Surry; but it came to the crown in the R. of Edw. III. who gave it to his 5th son, Edw. de Langley, whose posterity inherited it till it came again to the crown. The chace is famous for deer-hunting. There are many intrenchments near the T. as if it had been the camp of some great army. It is said that no rats were ever seen in this T."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]