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

The place: WOODKIRK.     Church dedication: OR WEST ARDSLEY. -SAINT MARY.     Church type: Perpetual Curacy.

Area, 2,250 acres. Agbrigg wapentake, L.D. -Population, 1,450; Church-room, 500; Net value, £265. -Formerly a cell to Nostell Priory.

Patron and impropriator, the Earl of Cardigan.

In Pope Nicholas's Taxation, the Church of Woodkirk is valued at £10 per annum. In the Parliamentary Survey, vol. xviii. page 320, it is stated : " The Lord Savill allows to the present minister £30 per annum, but we conceive that payment arbitrary. All the tithes are the inheritance of the Lord Savill."

Augmented, in 1721, with £200, to meet a benefaction from Messrs. Copley and Hodgson of lands worth £10 per annum.

An Inclosure Act was passed 7th Geo. IV.

The glebe house is fit for residence.

The Register Books commence in 1652.

Greenwood's Hospital, for three poor women, founded by Richard Greenwood, by deed, dated 28th August 1593, and endowed with a rentcharge of 20s., and augmented with an annuity of 20s. under the will of William Naylor, dated 22nd April 1682.

Taylor's charity. Rent-charge of 5s., distributed to the poor in bread.

Joshua Scholefield's charity, by will, dated 27th January 1807. Dividends of £121. 0s. 7d. three and a half reduced, for educating children of the name of Scholefield or Kitson. -Vide 16th Report, page 406.

Post town: Wakefield.

Mon. Ang., vol. vi. page 99. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. L, page 178. Scatcherd's Morley, page 214. Torre's MS., page 25.

Further information:
WOODKIRK PRIORY. -In this parish was a Priory of Austin Friars, 7 founded temp. Henry II. by William Earl Warren and others. It was a cell to Nostell Priory.

From the original book published by
George Lawton in 1842..
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