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The Ancient Parish of SCORBOROUGH

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SCORBOROUGH, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill; 5 miles N. of Beverley. Here is a church, dedicated to St. Leonard (see Churches for photograph); the living is a rectory, patron the Earl of Egremont, and incumbent the Rev. Penistone La Tour. Pop. 88.

There is also a seat of Lord Hotham, in the cottage style, (occupied by John Hall, Esq.) on the spot where stood the ancient mansion of the Hothams, Baronets, which was three times destroyed by fire. This place was formerly the seat of the ancient family of the Hothams. The mansion house during the civil wars, was supplied with stores and cannon, and garrisoned by Sir John Hotham, governor of Hull. But it fell suddenly with its master, after being ravaged by those whose party he had supported against Charles I. Sir John Hotham, on his flight from Hull, was seized near Beverley gate, as he made an effort to regain his house at Scorbrough, the place of his nativity. A small remnant of decayed trees, bald headed with dry antiquity, hard by where the mansion stood, and close to the road, still affords protection to a company of herons; and an extensive castle moat is still preserved."

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


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