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Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.

The place: HIGH MELTON.     Church dedication: ST. JAMES.     Church type: Perpetual Curacy.

Area, 1,790 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, N. D. - Population, 131 ; Church-room, 200; Net value, £97.

Patron and impropriator, Richard Fountayne Wilson, Esq.

The Rectory and tithes were appropriated to Harepoole Priory.

The Church is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £7; in 1707, at £20; in the King's books the Curacy is valued at £4. 13s. 4d.; in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 504, it is stated, " Vicarage, £12. 13s. 4d. per annum, paid by Mr. Thomas Vincent, the impropriator and patron, to William Bedford, clerk, a godly minister, and painful in his calling, submitting to the present government, who receiveth the profits. The said Mr. Vincent pays much too little to maintain a minister."

There was a Chantry in this Church.

For the inscriptions and catalogue of Rectors, see Hunter's South Yorkshire.

The glebe house is unfit for residence. In 1818, it was returned as fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1538.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fountayne's charity, by will, dated 3rd June 1766. One-fifth part of 16a. 2r. of land, purchased with a legacy of £100. The interest to be applied in putting out four girls to read, write, and work, and two boys to read and write, and what should remain to be laid out in books for them.

Mrs. Catharine Williams's charity. Interest of £58. 1s. 6d. left for sick poor or other objects of relief. Dr. Fountayne, Dean of York, settled the sum of £4 a year as the interest of this charity ; and that sum, with a considerable voluntary addition, is distributed yearly among the poor, under the direction of Richard Fountayne Wilson, Esq., in meat, money, and occasionally in coals.

Cartwright's, alias Vicars's dole. Two annual sums of 13s. 4d. are paid at Brodsworth, to poor persons of Melton. Vide General Charities. -Vide 18th Report, page 623.

Post town: Doncaster.

Torre's MS., page 876. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. pages 233. 332. 346. Mon. Angl. vol. v. page 486. Nonae Roll, page 223. Bodleian MS. No. 5,078. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 363.

*1 Or Melton on the Hill. Mr. Hunter is of opinion that the name is a contraction of Middletown.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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by Colin Hinson. © 2013.