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  Royston, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England

Royston is a village in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. Historically it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but is now in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, on the border with West Yorkshire. It is part of the Barnsley Central borough constituency, and has a population of 9,375.

Royston lies on the Barnsley Canal, and on the intersection of the B6132 and B6428 roads. It is located due north of Monk Bretton, at approximately 5335'40"N 127'00"W and at an elevation of around 75 metres above sea level. The Trans Pennine Trail runs through it along the canal bank.

Originally a farming village, it joined the industrial revolution with the construction of the canal (built 1790s, now disused) then the railway (opened 1840, now disused). It had a mine, clay works and brick works. These are now closed, but a coke works is still in operation, processing coal brought in by road. A large shirt factory (brandname Valusta) provided employment from the 1940s to 1980s.

The Anglican parish church, St John the Baptist (built about 1234) has a clock and a sundial and 8 bells. The parish is part of the diocese of Wakefield. Other churches are the Bethel Church, the Royston Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church: Our Lady and St Joseph.

It is the birthplace of comedian
Charlie Williams, politician Roy Mason and the cricketer Norman Yardley grew up and lived in the village.

Genuki Information
The Ancient Parish of Royston, transcribed information from the early 1820s.

"ROYSTON, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Staincross, liberty of Pontefract; 4 miles N. of Barnsley, 6 from Wakefield, 9 from Pontefract, 34 from York. Pop. 549. The Church, a spacious and well built structure, is a vicarage, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Doncaster, value, ~17. 3s. 4d. p.r. !107. Patron, the Archbishop of York.

Here is a Free Grammar School, founded by letters patent, in the 5th of James I. The endowment consists of a house, garden, and twenty four acres of land, amounting to about 70. per ann. and the interest of 13. is paid to the master, who also receives 4. 6s. 11d. from the Dutchy Court of Lancaster. The School is open to the boys of the parish indefinitely, free of expense. --Carlisle.

Here is also a Charity of the Lady Bolles, for the apprenticing of children."

Website Information
Royston Web first came online in 2002.

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