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The Ancient Parish of BAINTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BAINTON, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill, and liberty of Holderness; 6 miles SW. of Great Driffield. Here is an ancient parish church, dedicated to St. Andrew (see Churches for photograph). - The living is a rectory, of the value of 1000L per annum. in the patronage of St. John's College, Oxford, and when vacant is bestowed on the oldest B. D. of the college. The present incumbent is the Rev. John Bell, D. D. There are two chapels here, one belonging to the Wesleyan and the other to the Primitive Methodist. In former times a Beacon was erected near this village, for the purpose of alarming the surrounding country on the approach of danger, and this circumstance has given name to that division of Harthill called Bainton Beacon. Population, 300.

In the 2nd of Edward II. Peter de Mauley was found to be seized of the manor of Bainton, and the advowson of the church by the service of finding two Knights and four Esquires, in the King's army for forty days, in time of war, and to provide a steward to do suit for him at the King's Court at York, from six weeks to six weeks. --Blount's Ancient Tenures. In the church is a monument of Peter de Mauley, a Knight Templar, temp. Henry III. The Vicar has 602 acres of land, nearly a sixth of the parish, in lieu of tithes and money payments of every description, except surplice fees and mortuaries. William le Gross, a Knight of Malta, and Earl of Albemarle, was buried in this church."

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. 2010]

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