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

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

Area, 2,760 acres. Skirack wapentake, L.D. -Population, 523 ; Church-room, sufficient ; Net value, £510. -This Rectory belonged a long time to the patronage of the Swillingtons, and from them to the Hoptons, Dyneleys, Blands, Darcys, and Lowthers. The present patron is Sir William Lowther, Bart.

Torre gives a catalogue of the Rectors.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's Taxation at £10; in the King's Books at £16. 0s. 8d., after deducting Synodals, 2s.; Procurations, 6s. 8d. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. p.344, at £100 per annum.

There is a glebe house fit for residence, which was rebuilt under a faculty granted 28th August 1797.

An Inclosure Act was passed 35th Geo. III.

The Register Books commence in 1553.

Sir William Lowther's almshouse, built in 1728. £12 a year among four poor widows.

School. A school and dwelling-house were built about the year 1748. £50 was given by Peter Hall, Sir William Lowther also contributed, and the freeholders set apart 164a. 2r. of common. The master also receives 32s. a year, being the interest of a donation by Mrs. Faith Hollings.

Arthur Middleton left £10 to build a cottage for two poor persons, but the cottage was burnt in 1812.

Harpham's, £3; Arthur Middleton's, £1; Peter Halls', £2 for repairing the school; Faith Hollings', 3s. -Vide 21st Report, page 609.

Post town: Ferrybridge.

Vid. Torre's MS. page 305. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 100. Wood's MS. (Bodleian), No. 5078. Loidis et Elmete, page 252.

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