St Pancras Church, Wroot
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Wroot (pronounced // ROOT) is a linear village and civil parish in North Lincolnshire, England, south of the River Torne on the Isle of Axholme, close to the boundary with South Yorkshire. The population at the 2011 census was 455.
In 1726 Samuel Wesley, father of John Wesley and Charles Wesley, became rector at Wroot, occasionally living there. The living obtained from the small parish was unsupportive for Wesley, with his parsonage being thatched and the area "little better than a swamp". His son John Wesley officiated as curate at Wroot until July 1728, after which he became Moderator of Lincoln College, Oxford. Samuel Wesley's daughter, Mehetabel, wrote of the inhabitants of Wroot to her sister Emilia:
Fortune has fixed thee in a place
Debarred of wisdom, wit, and grace –
High births and virtue equally they scorn,
As asses dull, on dunghills born ;
Impervious as the stones their heads are found ;
Their rage and hatred steadfast as the ground.
With these unpolished wights, thy youthful days
Glide slow and dull, and Nature's lamp decays :
Oh what a lamp is hid 'midst such a sordid race !'
By 1826 houses in the parish numbered no more than 54 with a population of 285.
In 1885 Kelly's Directory recorded an 1881 population of 356 in a parish area of 3,246 acres (13.1 km2), in which the chief crops grown were wheat and potatoes. One of the principal landowners was the Hatfield Chase Corporation. There were eighteen farmers, a wheelwright, shopkeeper, blacksmith, shoemaker, grocer, and a collector of rates. The grocer was also a provision and tea dealer and confectioner. An omnibus linked the village to Doncaster market weekly. There was a Primitive Methodist and a Wesleyan chapel, a post office, and a public house, the Cross Keys. The parish church of St Pancras, rebuilt in 1879 on the site of an earlier church, held 100 people. The village school, which held about 100 children, was also built in 1879 on the site of a former Free School, founded and endowed in 1706 by Henry Travis.
Henry Travis of London provided in his will endowments for the establishment of three schools, one each in Hatfield, Thorne and Wroot parishes, to provide instruction in English, Church catechism and Christian religious principles. Children were to be selected for the schools by parish parsons and churchwardens. The endowment was administered by nine trustees, and a schoolmaster was to be employed for between eighty and ninety pounds per year.
- "civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- "Wroot". Key To English Place Names. English Place Name Society. Retrieved 9 May 2012.[page needed]
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p. 513, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
- Tyerman, Luke (1866); Life and Times of the Rev. Samuel Wesley, M.A., Rector of Epworth, and Father of the Revs. John and Charles Wesley, the Founders of TheMethodists, pp. 388–405, reprinted HardPress Publishing (2012). ISBN 1407753398
- Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 719, 720
- Stonehouse, William Brocklehurst; The History and Topography of the Isle of Axholme: Being That Part of Lincolnshire Which Is West of Trent; pp. 383–392, reprinted Lightning Source UK Ltd (2011). ISBN 1241410240
- "Wroot Travis Charity Church of England Primary School"; Ofsted School Inspection Report. Retrieved 21 July 2012
- "Village school is praised by Ofsted"; The Epworth Bells, 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012