Area, 3,000 acres. Agbrigg wapentake. -Population, 995 *2; Church-room, 250 *3; Net value, £148.
Patrons, trustees of Barnabas Oley.
This Church was given by Robert de Lacy to the Priory of Nostell, and appropriated thereto, and a Vicarage ordained therein, 5th March, A.D. 1253. In 1662, Dame Mary Bolles gave an augmentation of £100 to buy lands for the maintenance of the minister.
In 1684, Barnabas Oley, clerk, presented; and in 1741, 1763, 1770, 1797, 1808, and 1810, his trustees presented.
In Pope Nicholas's Taxation the Church and Vicarage are each valued at £4. 13s. 4d.; in the King's books at £5. 4s. 2d. after deducting for Synodals 48. and Procurations 7s. 6d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 285, it is stated "A Vicarage, £15. 10s. Part of the great tithes are impropriated to Clare Hall. The rest are in several hands.
" Endowed with a moiety of the tithe corn, by deed of gift, by Dr. Barnaby Oley, of Great Gransden; also an augmentation of about £3 per annum, by Dr. Oley." Signed, " Jo. Leake, Vic. -Notitia Parochialis, No. 1,540.
A Chantry is mentioned in the Valor Ecc.
Torre gives a list of the Vicars.
The Vicarage is endowed with a moiety of the great tithes, remainder to Clare Hall, Cambridge. There are 11a. of glebe.
10th September 1818, a faculty was granted to take away a coach-house, &c. belonging to the Vicarage.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1652.
John Freeston's almshouse, founded by will, dated 26th November 1594, for seven aged men, elected by turn, out of the parishes of Warmfield and Normanton ; to receive 12d. per week, and the eldest to have 6d. per week more, and one woman as laundress to have 12d. per week, and the Vicar to have 6d. per week for doing divine service. Various official trustees are named, but none have acted except the Vicar of Warmfield. The funds are now accumulating, in order to afford a weekly payment to each poor person of 3s. 6d. or 4s. per week. Income: rent of 3a. 1r. 19p. of land, one croft, rent-charges of £23. 14s. and interest of £266.
Othoneus Sagar's almshouse, for four poor women, who receive £3 and 6s. each. Founded by will, 14th February 1558.
William Pearcey's gif. Dividends of £400 three per cent. consols, payable to the poor people in Freeston's and Sagar's hospitals.
Countess of Westmoreland's gift, by will, 25th August 1727. £20 per annum, for apprenticing poor children. -Vide 16th Report, page 411.
Some further Charities will be noticed in the Addenda.
Post town: Wakefield.
Torre's MS., page 731. Archbishop Sharp's MS., vol. i. pages 165. 334. Bodleian MS., No. 5,101.
*1 Alias Kirkthorpe.
*2 Viz. Sharlston, 243; and Warmfield with Heath, 752. Part of Sharlston township is in Upper Osgoldcross wapentake, Wragby parish.
*3 In 1818, returned at 700.