"ACOMB, a parish in the ainsty of the city, and East riding of the county of YORK, comprising the townships of Acomb and Knapton, and containing 870 inhabitants, of which number, 783 are in the township of Acomb, 2 miles W. from York. The living, a discharged vicarage, is a peculiar, rated in the king's books at £3. 9. 2., and endowed with £200 private benefaction, £200 royal bounty, and £600 parliamentary grant. The peculiar formerly belonged to the Treasurer of the Cathedral Church of York, but was surrendered, with the rectory, to the Crown in 1547 and in 1609 it was granted by James I. to Thomas Newark and his heirs. It now belongs to J. E. Baker, Esq., who has lately, by an application to the court of King's Bench, established his right to appoint a commissary to the peculiar ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The church, dedicated to St. Stephen, is a small ancient structure, occupying an elevated situation. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, A school, built by subscription among the inhabitants, is conducted on the National plan."
"KNAPTON, a township in the parish of ACOMB, ainsty of the city, and East riding of the county of YORK, 3 miles N.W. from York, containing 137 inhabitants."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]