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

The place: WADWORTH.     Church dedication: SAINT MARY.     Church type: Peculiar. Discharged Vicarage.

Area, 2,930 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, S.D. -Population, 690 *1; Church-room, 404 *2; Net value, £110. -This Church was appropriated to the Prebendary of South Cave, who, says Torre, was Rector, and had jurisdiction of the whole town, and a Vicarage ordained therein, 11th Kal., Dec. 1232.

Patron, W. Walker, Esq.

Impropriators, several proprietors.

The Vicarage is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £4. 6s. 8d.; in the King's books, at £4. 2s. 6d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 500, at £18 per annum.

Augmented in 1792, with £200, by lot.

" The great tithes are impropriated, except the tithe hay, which was given to the Church by Mrs. Martha Battie. The Church is also endowed with the small tithes. Mrs. Battie's gift was by will, and she died in 1684. Value, £24 per annum." Signed, " Robt. Wace, Vic." -Notitia Parochialis, No. 993.

An Inclosure Act was passed 5th Geo. III.

For the arms, inscriptions, and catalogue of Vicars, see Hunter's South Yorkshire ; also Bodleian MS.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1575.

Cartwright's, alias Vicars's charity. The sum of 13s. 4d. a year is received by a poor widow of Wadworth, nominated by the Vicar.

Poor's Money. The sum of £15, the amount of several ancient benefactions to the poor, was applied in 1738 towards the expense of rebuilding the Church, under an agreement that the yearly interest should be paid out of the Church assessment, and distributed on St. Thomas's day. This agreement appears to have been neglected for many years, but the Commissioners ordered the payment to be renewed and continued.

John Tofield's gift. Rent-charge of 6s. 8d. a year for the poor out of Flash Hill Close, in the parish of Stainton.

Robert Elwess's gift. 10s. per annum. The Commissioners could not discover either the property or the person liable to the payment. -Vide 19th Report, page 606.

Post town: Doncaster.

Torre's MS. (Peculiars), page 821. Bodleian MS., Nos. 5078 and 5101. Nonae Roll, page 229. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. i. page 293. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. i. page 249.

*1 In 1834, the Population was returned at 730.

*2 In 1818, the Church-room was returned at 420, (but in the Clerical Guide, 1836, at 464); of which 84 free sittings have been obtained under a grant of £70 from the Society for Enlarging Churches.

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