Hatfield (St. Lawrence)
HATFIELD (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Thorne, S. division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill, W. riding of York; containing, with the township of Stainforth, 2939 inhabitants, of whom 2015 are in the township of Hatfield, 3 miles (S. W. by S.) from Thorne. Hatfield Chase was the scene of a sanguinary battle in 663 between Penda, King of Mercia, and Edwin, King of Northumbria, in which the latter was defeated, and himself and his son Osfrid killed. The parish anciently comprised that of Thorne, and nearly the whole of the chase and places adjacent; and though its limits have been greatly diminished, it still contains 16,203 acres, of which 3868 are waste or common. The township of Hatfield alone comprises more than 10,000 acres, and about 3000 of peat-moss uninclosed, for the improvement of which some efforts are now in progress. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at £15. 5., and has a net income of £139; the patronage and impropriation belong to the Countess of Coventry, and the tithes have been commuted for £2153. The church, erected on the site of an ancient structure in the Norman style, of which a part is incorporated with the present building, is a handsome cruciform edifice in the later English style, with a square embattled tower rising from the intersection of the nave and transepts, and crowned with pinnacles. In the reign of Charles I., Thomas Wormeley devised property for securing an annuity of £10 to a schoolmaster; and a national school is endowed with £80 per annum, arising from lands bequeathed in 1706, by Henry Travis, Esq., of London.