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The Ancient Parish of BEEFORD

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BEEFORD, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 8 miles ESE. of Driffield. A very pleasant village, situated on the high road from Hull to Scarbro'. The church, of which the Rev. W. Welbank Childers, M.A. is rector, is dedicated to St. Leonard (see Churches for photograph), and the King is the patron; here are also two chapels, one of the Independent and the other of the Methodist persuasion; and a free school, conducted on Dr. Bell's plan. Pop. 620.

At the time the enclosure of the lands within this township took place, a field containing 11 acres, was laid out, in lieu of certain balks, for the repairs of the church."


"BEEFORD GRANGE, (the seat of Sir George Wood, Knt.) in the township and parish of Beeford; 1 mile N. of Beeford, 10 miles from Great Driffield, 11 from Bridlington."


"CROWGARTH, in the parish of Beeford, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 7 miles ESE. of Driffield. Pop. included with Beeford."


"DUNNINGTON, in the parish of Beeford, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 2 miles NNE. of Beeford, 7 miles NNW. of Hornsea. Population, 76.

Here was formerly a chapel to Beeford: the foundation is all that at present remains. The chapel yard is still a separate inclosure and a burial ground."


"LISSETT, in the parish of Beeford, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 2 miles NNE. of Beeford, 6 miles SSW. of Bridlington. Here is a small Chapel of Ease (see Churches for photograph), incumbent the Rev. John Mason, curate of Beeford. Pop. 95."

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

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