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The Ancient Parish of WILBERFOSS

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"WILBERFOSS, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill, 5 miles WNW of Pocklington. The parish church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph). the patronage of the living is still in the Wilberforce family. Pop. 385.

Here, in 1153, Helias de Catton, founded a Nunnery for Benedictines, which was endowed by his son Alan, with divers lands. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Not a vestige of this Nunnery is now to be seen, Valued at the dissolution at 21L. 16s. 10d. -Dugdale. -Burton.

Wilberfoss is remarkable for having been the ancient seat of the family of Wilberfoss, which is said to have taken its name from the place, and to have flourished here ever since the Conquest; till William Wilberfoss, Esq. who was born A. D. 1710, sold the family estate and the mansion. William Wilberforce, Esq. M.P. celebrated for his senatorial abilities and philanthropy, is a descendant of this ancient family."


"NEWTON UPON DERWENT, in the parish of Wilberfoss, wapentake of Harthill, and liberty of St. Peter's; 1 mile SW. of Wilberfoss, 6 miles W. of Pocklington. Pop. 205. Robert Harrison, music preceptor, who resides here, is a blind man and famous for his mechanical ingenuity."


"WHINBERRY HILL, in the parish of Wilberfoss, and wapentake of Harthill; 1 mile NNE. of Wilberfoss, 6 miles WNW. of Pocklington."

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

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