Data from the 'Collectio Rerum Ecclesiasticarum' from the year 1842.
The place: WORTLEY. Church dedication: SAINT LEONARD.
Area, vide Tankersley. Staincross wapentake. -Population, 918, vide Tankersley ; Chapel-room, 300 *1; Net value, £105. -The Chapel having been rebuilt, it was consecrated 29th November 1815.
Patron, Lord Wharncliffe.
In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 403, it is stated : " Chapel, £20 per annum. Thurgoland town be dissolved from Silkstone, from whence it is distant three miles, and annexed to Wortley, one mile and a half distance. The whole to be made a separate parish." Certified value in 1818, £98.
Augmented in 1740, with £200; in 1751, with £200; and in 1813, with £1,400 from the Parliamentary grant-all by lot ; and in 1815, with £300 from the same grant, to meet benefaction of £300 from J. A. Stuart Wortley, Esq.
For the arms, inscriptions, and account of Curates, see Hunter's South Yorkshire.
There is no glebe house.
The Register Books commence in 1686, but no marriages have been solemnized in this Chapel since 1752. -Vide Official Return.
Vide Tankersley. Mr. Hunter mentions an old benefaction, now disused, of loaves to five poor persons, who, on receiving them, were to say the Lord's Prayer, kneeling, and then, holding up tite right hand, to say aloud, " Thanks be to the Lord God for this and all other Thy benefits." -No return made to the Commissioners.
Post town: Barnsley.
Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 273. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 307.
*1 Returned in 1834 above 500.
George Lawton in 1842..
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