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The Ancient Parish of BISHOP WILTON

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"BISHOP WILTON, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill, and liberty of St. Peters; 4 miles N. of Pocklington. The church is an ancient structure, dedicated to St. Michael (see Churches for photograph), the Rev. William Metcalfe is the vicar, and Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, lord of the manor, the patron. Pop 570.

"Bishop Neville formerly resided in this parish, which gave rise to the name of Bishop-Wilton. Here is a field moated round, where his palace stood to this day, and the Neville's Arms are, on painted glass, in one of the windows of the church.""


"BOLTON, in the parish of Bishop Wilton, wapentake of Harthill, and liberty of St. Peter's; 2¼ miles SW. of Bishop Wilton, 3¼ miles NW. of Pocklington. (Bolton-Hall, the seat of John Preston, Esq.) There is here no place of Worship except a small Methodist chapel. Pop. 112."


"GARROWBY NEW INN, in the township and parish of Bishop-Wilton; 12 miles from York and Sledmere."


"GOWTHORPE, in the parish of Bishop Wilton, wapentake of Harthill and liberty of St. Peter's; 2¼ miles W. of Bishop Wilton, 4 miles NW. of Pocklington. Population, (included with Youlthorpe) 111."


"GREENWICK, a single house in the parish of Bishop Wilton, and wapentake of Harthill; 3 miles ENE. of Bishop Wilton, 5 miles NE. of Pocklington."


"HIGH BELTHORPE, in the parish of Bishop Wilton, wapentake of Harthill and liberty of St. Peter's; 1 mile WSW. of Bishop Wilton, 5 miles N. of Pocklington. Population included with Bishop Wilton."


"YOULTHORPE, in the parish of Bishop Wilton, wapentake of Harthill, and liberty of St. Peter's; 2 miles W. of Bishop Wilton, 5 miles NNW. of Pocklington. Population including Gowthorpe, 111."

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

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