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

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

Area, 3,380 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, N.D. Population, 500 *1; Chapel-room, 350 *2; Net value, £685.

This Church anciently belonged to the patronage of the Fitzwilliams, Lords of Emley, from whom it came to the Copleys.

Sir J. Copley, Bart. is the present patron.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £26. 13s. 4d.; in the King's books at £44. 18s. 8½d: after deducting for Synodals and Procurations 12s. 6d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 486, at £120 per annum.

An Inclosure Act was passed 49th Geo. III.

For the monuments and inscriptions, see Bodleian MS. and Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 331.

Mr. Hunter gives a catalogue of the Rectors ; see also Torre's MS.

A free chapel or hermitage is mentioned in the Valor Ecclesiasticus. There was also a free chapel at Ancres juxta Doncaster.

Dodsworth mentions the Hospital of St. Edmund, in which there was a Chantry called St. Catharine's Chantry. Another Chantry, called St. Nicholas's, is named in the Valor Ecc.

There was an ancient cross in Sprotborough, which was taken down in 1520.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1559. Some chasms.

Cartwright's, alias Vicars's charity. A pension of 13s. 4d. a year is paid to a poor person of this parish. Vide General Charities.

The Wormley dole. Rent-charge of £2 per annum, given yearly on Good Friday.

Dole, donor unknown. Rent-charge of £3 per annum, charged on the Copley estate, and distributed on St. Thomas's day. -Vide 18th Report, page 637.

Post town: Doncaster.

Torre's MS. page 865. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 234. Nonae Rolls, page 220. Bodleian MS., No. 5101. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 331.

*1 Viz. Cateby, 178; and Sprotborough, 322. In 1834, the Population was returned at 465.

*2 In 1818, the Church-room was returned at 484.

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