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The Ancient Parish of KILHAM

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"KILHAM, a parish in the wapentake of Dickering and liberty of St. Peter's, 6 miles NNE. of Driffield, had once a market on Thursday, but it has long declined, and is now wholly disused. The town is situated in a pleasant vale amidst the Wold hills, and the soil is fertile in corn. The town is nearly a mile and a quarter long, running from East to West. The church, dedicated to All Saints (see Churches for photograph), and in the patronage of the Dean of York, is large and lofty, and seems to have been designed for containing a more numerous congregation than the present population of the parish can supply. The free grammar school in this town was founded by John Lord D'Arcy, of Aston, in this county, in the ninth year of the reign of Charles I. with appointments for a master and usher, £20. per annum being allowed the former, and £10. the latter. In this parish there is a mineral spring, near the road leading to Rudston, said to be efficacious in curing various disorders; and the Vipsey or Gipsey, after a wet autumn, breaks out at a place called Henpit Hole, near the road to Langtoft, the violence of this spring or spout, when it first issues out of the ground, is said to be so great, that a man on horseback may ride under its arched stream. The Methodists and Baptists have each a chapel here. The population amounts to 971."

"SWAYTHORPE, a farm house in the township and parish of Kilham."

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



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