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

The place: KIRK SMEATON.     Church dedication: ST. MARY.     Church type: Rectory in charge.

Area, 1,770 acres. Osgoldcross wapentake, U.D. -Population, 318; Church-room, 190 *1; Net value, £370. -An ancient Rectory, of the patronage of the Folyots, Knights, till temp. Edward II., when it came, by the marriage of the heiress of Richard Folyot, to John de Camois, and from him to the Lords Hastings.

Earl Fitzwilliam is the present patron.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £10; in the King's books, at £10. 1s. Synodals, 4s.; Procurations, 7s. 6d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 386, at £70 per annum.

" The Rector is entitled to the tithes of the parish in kind. Hugill v. Coates." 3 Wood, page 73.

An Inclosure Act was passed 48th Geo. III.

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

The glebe house was returned, in 1818, as unfit for residence, being " a wretched farm-house."

The Register Books commence in 1604, but defaced and much obliterated till 1695. Chasm, 1696 to 1719. -Vide transcripts at York.

Parochial Charities. -No return.

Post town: Ferrybridge.

Torre's MS., page 983. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 212. Nonae Roll, page 221. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 460.

*1 In 1818, the Church-room was returned sufficient for the then Population of 299.

Other information:
NORTON. -Here was a Chantry, which was valued, at the Dissolution, at £5 per annum.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
OCR and changes for Web page presentation
by Colin Hinson. © 2013.