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Crofton is a large village near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England.
It is located about 4 miles (6 km) to the south east of the city.
It is Walton's neighbour to the north-east.
Find out more about the village at CROFTONline.
All Saints' Parish Church, Crofton.

All Saints' Parish Church, Crofton.

The churchyard and Wilson Mausoleum.

The churchyard and Wilson Mausoleum.

The Wilson Family Mausoleum Guardian Angel.

The Wilson Family Mausoleum Guardian Angel.

Crofton from Thorntree Hill.

Crofton from Thorntree Hill.

Crofton, High Street Shops.

Crofton, High Street Shops.

The Millennium Stone, Crofton.

The Millennium Stone, Crofton.

Picturesque cottages.

Picturesque cottages.

Crofton Old Hall, High Street.

Crofton Old Hall, High Street.

The stocks near the entrance to the churchyard.

The stocks near the entrance to the churchyard.

Crofton War Memorial and the Cock and Crown pub.

Crofton War Memorial and the Cock and Crown pub.

Crofton Working Men's Club, Slack Lane.

Crofton Working Men's Club, Slack Lane.

The  Crofton Arms, Doncaster Road.

The Crofton Arms, Doncaster Road.

Lord of the Manor, once home to Titus Salt.

The Goose & Cowslip, formerly the Lord of the Manor, once home to Titus Salt.

The former Roman Catholic church, Crofton.

The former Roman Catholic church, Crofton.

Shay Lane towards the Nine Arches Viaduct.

Shay Lane towards the Nine Arches Viaduct.

The Slipper, Crofton.

The Slipper, Crofton.

Wakefield from the dismantled railway.

Wakefield from the dismantled railway line and sidings at Crofton.

The Parish Church of All Saints was probably built in the 1420s and 30s. It is thought to have been founded by Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln. ( 1)

From the churchyard there is a fine view westwards towards the neighbouring village of Walton and, on the horizon, Emley Moor Transmitter.

The stocks outside the church are thought to date from Tudor times. The Lychgate was built as a memorial to the men of Crofton who died in service to their country. (2)

The Wilson Mausoleum is a prominent feature of the churchyard. There was once a Georgian vault for Sir Henry Wright Wilson (1760 - 1832) and his wife, Lady Francis. It seems that the vault was demolished and grassed over on the orders of the vicar. (6)

The Wilson Family lived at Crofton Hall from 1870 until 1924. Later the Hall became Brown's Tutorial School. Crofton Hall was built around 1750. The original two wings of the original building were demolished by Henry Smithson Lee Wilson, and new, larger wings built in their place. The building was generally Victorianised. The building ended its days as Wakefield Tutorial School and was demolished shortly after the closure of the school in 1980. (3)
Inside the mausoleum a guardian angel watches over the Wilson Family. Joe Anderson picks his way through the history of the Wilson family in his book The Wilsons of Crofton Hall. (6)

Across the High Street from the church, the Old Hall was once the home of the Ireland Family. It has been used as a youth club, Crofton Secondary School, National Coal Board Offices, an annexe for Bretton College and offices for the High School, now Crofton Academy. (4)

The original Old Hall was once owned by the Wilson family, although they never lived there. It was bought by William Hurst in 1872, who built the present building. (6)

One of Crofton's pubs, the Lord of the Manor was once home to Titus Salt, the founder of Saltaire and Salt's Mill. ( 5)


Crofton's Roman Catholic Church of St Joseph closed in June 2008 following a review by the diocese. The building is situated on Santingley Lane, where it was built in the 1930's. It was part of the R.C. Parish of St. Peter & St. Paul.

Cross of St. George English Heritage
All Saints' Church is a listed building. Find out more on Images of England.
IoE Number: 342326. Location:High Street, Crofton Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 22 November 1966. Grade II*.

Also listed at the church:

The Stocks
IoE Number: 342325. Location: Stocks Near To Entrance To Churchyard Of Church Of All Saints, High Street (North Off), Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Date listed: 27 August 1986. Grade II.

The Wilson Mausoleum
IoE Number: 468922. Location: Wilson Mausoleum To North East Of All Saints Church, High Street (North East Off),  Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Date listed: 30 October 1997. Grade II.

Photographic History of Crofton
Photographic
History of Crofton
1900 -2000


The Wilsons of Crofton Hall, Joe Anderson
The Wilsons of Crofton Hall,
Joe Anderson

A History of All Saints' Parish Church Crofton, Lawrence Pacey
A History of All Saints' Parish Church Crofton,
Lawrence Pacey.
2nd edition, April 1991.
Arcadia Publishing, Crofton.

Notes
1. Photographic History of Crofton 1900 to 2000, published by Crofton Millennium Committee, p 9.
2. Ibid., p. 10.
3. Ibid., p. 49.
4. Ibid., p. 17.
5. Titus Salt and the Lord of the Manor.
6. The Wilsons of Crofton Hall, by Joe Anderson, 2003.

 
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