HOOTON ROBERTS: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.
"HOOTON ROBERTS, a parish in the S. division of the wapentake of Strafforth, West Riding county York, 4½ miles N.E. of Rotherham, its post town, and 7 S.W. of Doncaster. The village, is small, and is situated on the road from Rotherham to Doncaster. Here are some excellent freestone quarries, which supplied the material for Wentworth House. The soil consists of loam and clay, with subsoil limestone. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £255. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of York, value £340. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient stone structure, with a square tower containing a clock and three bells. In the interior of the church is a painted window. This is the burial-place of Lady Strafford, whose interment took place by torchlight, it being her wish that no monument should be erected to her memory, nor funeral sermon preached. The countess had resided in this parish several years after the decapitation of her husband in the reign of Charles I. The register dates from 1702. There is a school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. Earl Fitzwilliam is lord of the manor and sole landowner."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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