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

The place: WHISTON.     Church dedication: ST. JAMES.     Church type: Rectory in charge.

Area, 3,190 acres. Strafforth and Tickhill wapentake, S.D. - Population, 927 ; Church- room, 400 *1; Net value, £868. -An ancient Rectory belonging to the patronage of the Lovetots, and from them to the Fur-nivalls, Talbots, and Howards. Torre says that there was sometimes a Vicar under the Rector.

Lord Howard of Effingham is the present patron.

Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £10. 13s. 4d.; in the King's books at £10, after deducting for Synodals 4s. and Procurations 7s. 6d.; and in the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. page 42, and vol. xviii. page 461, it is stated " Rectory £103. 6s. 8d. per annum. We think fit to annex Gilthwaite Hall, in the parish of Rotherham, two miles distant from Rotherham, and within half a mile of Whiston, to this parish."

There were decrees in the Exchequer in Michaelmas Term, 9th Wm. III., and in Trinity Term, 2nd Geo. I., which are unreported.

14th June 1762, faculty to erect a gallery.

An Inclosure Act was passed 56th Geo. III.

For the arms, see Hunter's South Yorkshire, and for the catalogue of Rectors, see Hunter's Hallamshire.

There is a glebe house fit for residence ; which was rebuilt under faculty dated in June 1781.

The Register Books commence in 1592, many leaves torn. Chasm from 1630 to 1652.

Frances Mansel's gift, by will, dated 15th September 1728. Rent-charges of £6 to a schoolmaster, for teaching twelve poor children to read, write, cast accounts, and say the Catechism, and 52s. a year to be laid out in bread ; and also charged her estate with what might be necessary to buy books for the children whilst at school; and that each of the scholars, when able to read, should have a new Bible and the Whole Duty of Man. 12s. a year was paid for books, which the Commissioners suggested should be increased.

Joseph Hammond's donation, by will and codicil, dated 10th and 22nd April 1794. Interest on £443. 9s. 2d. 52s. per annum to be laid out in bread, and the residue for teaching poor children. At the time of the Report, twelve children were instructed in reading and writing. The Commissioners had required the money to be invested on good security. -Vide 19th Report, page 607.

Post town: Rotherham.

Torre's MS. page 1151. Abp. Sharp's MS. vol. i. page 251. Nonae Rolls, page 222. Hunter's Hallamshire, page 292. Hunter's South Yorkshire, vol. ii. page 181.

*1 According to the returns in 1818 and 1834 ; but in the last edition of the Clerical Guide (1836), it is returned 460.

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George Lawton in 1842..
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