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Now here is some good advice from the time regarding looking after sheep in Yorkshire.


Tusser's advice for sheep-shearinge.
Wash sheepe for the better wheare water doth, runne,
And lette him goe cleanly, and dry in the sunne;
Then share him, and spare not att two dayes an ende,
The sooner, the better his corps will amende.
Reward not thy sheepe, when yee take of his coate,
With twitches and patches, as broade as a groate :
Lett not such ungentleness happen to thine,
Least fly with her gentills doe make it to pine.
Let lambes goe undipped, till June bee halfe worne,
The better the fleeces will growe to bee shorne :
The pye will discharge thee of pullinge the rest;
The lighter the sheepe is, then feedeth it best.


Further advice for cutting grass

Mowers have usually Wd. a day, and meate themselves; if they bee to take a peece of grownde to mowe they will scarce
deale with it, unlesse they can allmost assure themselves that they shall come to 1 2d. a day ; the tooles that mowers are to
have with them, are sythe, shafte, and strickle, hammer to pitte the strickle with to make it keepe sande, sande-bagge, and
grease-horne ; they usually buy theire sythes att some faires here-aboutes; the price of a sythe is usually 2s. 2d. or 2s. 4d. ;
sometimes they may bee bought for 22d., and sometimes againe they cannot bee bought under 2s. 0d.; the best strides are those that are made of froughy, unseasoned oake ; yow may [buy] one for 1d., but a good one will cost and is worth 2d.; as for
sande, they usually buy it att Malton by penniworth and 2 penniworthes. Mowers will usually come afore five in the
morninge, and they then will sleepe an houre att noone ; yow are to minde what time they arise and fall to worke att noones;
yow are likewise to see that they take theire full breadthes, and cutte cleare att pointe and att heele, otherwise there is a losse both of time and of grasse, when hee that followeth is forced to cutte his foreman out allmost to his foote. A good mower
will goe the breadth of those broade-landes with a whette, and take a broade-lande and more att fower sweathes, and when hee
hath done, yow shall scarce perceive his sweath-balke. ginne aboute the middle of July ; wee had (this yeare) a very kindely springe, and the weather very moist, soe that allmost in all medowes and hay-growndes, grasse prooved to bee very stronge, and well growne ; and greate store of bottome grasse arose ; and besides it beganne to turne and dye betimes, soe that wee had a very forward and seasonable hay-time.
In a moist yeare hardlande-grasse prooveth better then carres, or ing-growndes, and ridges of lande better then furres, for
water standinge longe in the furres spoyleth the growth for that yeare. Haymakers have 4d. a day and are to meate
themselves ; the tooles that they are to have with them are onely shorte forkes and rakes ; if there be any odde ones
amongst them the odde ones should have rakes, for there is more use for rakes then forkes. Wee have constantly fower,
or five mowers, and eight or tenne haymakers, because there are many thinges belonge to tiftinge of hay; as spreadinge,
and, sometimes, turninge, rakinge, and cockinge, throwinge togeather, and castinge into greate cocke, carryinge out of
bottomes and lowe growndes with forkes and rakes, and in wette weather throwinge out and tiftinge amongst. The best time
for spreadinge of grasse is allwayes the next day after it is cutte ; for the sooner that it is spreade, the sooner will it welke,


A William Needham held a title deed in Dalton Parva in 1601


From: 'Yorkshire Fines: 1601', Feet of Fines of the Tudor period [Yorks]: part 4: 1594-1603

Plaintiffs Nicholas Mounteney, gent., and Thomas Woodhouse, gent. Deforcients  Richard Rawson and Katherine his wife Lands in Dalton als. Dalton Parva.

From: 'Yorkshire Fines: 1602', Feet of Fines of the Tudor period [Yorks]: part 4: 1594-1603
Plaintiffs James Paslewe and Bartholomew Walton Deforcients John Armytage, esq., and Margery his wife2 messuages and 2 cottages with lands in Maltbie and Dalton.


The Estate Management of Conisbrough and Butterbusk record Manorial rentals For Gilfitt, Aston cum Aughton, Awston Braithwell cum Micklebring, Northings, Ravenfield, Tristropp, Dalton Magna cum Dalton Parva, Clifton, Firsby and Mr Vincent. in the early part of this century


On the 3rd and-4th of April 1611 a Conveyance lease and release-concerning a James Jenkin of Hazlebarrow in the parish of Norton co. Derby and the trustees, descendants, etc. of Thomas Hirst of Dalton Parva, to John Whitehead of Dalton Parva in the parish of Rotherham, gentleman. The Den Bank and the Lane Close in Dalton Parva for 320 a repayment of a mortgage

In 1653 Banns were proclaimed at Parish of Thriburgh for the wedding of Thomas Sherle of Wickersley and Priscilla Linley of Dalton. Which tells us that a family named Linley lived in Dalton at this time.


There are title deeds described as Counterpart settlement of uses  dated 3rd of  December 1685  I. 3 closes totalling 6 acres at Woodhouse Leys, adjoining Dalton Brook occupied by John Chadwick.


Conisbrough Court Roll 1605:
Surrender. Robert Tagg has come into this court in his own person and surrenders into the hands of the lord of this manor one room, being Crosschamber, and one granary in Dalton Magna and one bovate of land and meadow, with appurtenances, in the graveship of Braithwell (three roods of land arable and meadow with egress and regress to and from the same in whichever field

Also in that year
 George Lyndley 2d, Thomas Hurst 2d, and John Hurst 2d of Dalton ... Dalton. They declare that Henry Hurst was elected constable there for this coming year and sworn as above, etc. They also declare and present upon their oaths Thomas Hurst 4d because he tied up a mare in a sown field. Therefore he is in mercy, etc. Ralph Hill 4d for the same





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