St. Mary's Church
The wealth of stained glass in the Church would appear
to have suffered in the time of the Commonwealth. Vicar Knutton was in charge
when an Act of Parliament was enacted in 1643, that "all representations
of any angel or saint in any…parish church…was to be taken away, defaced and
The present font was made in 1662, thrown out of the
Church in 1825, as it was no longer fashionable and re-instated in 1852, when
Dr. Gatty made alterations to the Church.
In 1701 "John Poynton of Sheaffeild, glasior
& plumber…agreed to maintaine & uphould the said Church Windowes
during his life, haueing duly Payd unto the said Jo: Poynton…the sum of one
Pound fiue shillings the first yeare & twenty shilling yearely
"The Church was beautified in 1713, agreed
with ye Mason Isaac Boaz to plaster it with two coats…It will now
need nothing but washing over to keep it decent & clean wch may
anytime be done for 3li as has been offer’d by Whitener."
"The painting of ye Queen’s Arms,
ten Comandmts &c. cost (together) 24li, besides 5li
which was given for the gold."
The Church records list payments for all kinds of sundry activities
including a bounty paid for the destruction of animals then classed as vermin.
Badgers or bawsons, were worth a shilling a head, a fox cub’s head,
sixpence and hedgehogs or urchins 2d.
In 1823 ambitious plans were implemented to completely alter the internal
plan of the Church. This resulted in an increase of seating to 1196. Galleries
were built and the chancel arch blocked by the organ. The work cost £2151 and
was paid for by a rate levy of one shilling in the pound, £600 was given by the
Feoffees and the rest donated by the Society for the Enlarging &c. of
In 1839, the Rev. Thomas Ryder, who had instituted the alterations, died,
and was succeeded by the Rev. Alfred Gatty, who was to exert a profound
influence over the parish until his death in 1903.