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The Ancient Parish of YEDINGHAM

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"YEDINGHAM, a parish in the wapentake of Buckrose; 9 miles NE. of Malton. Situated on the banks of the Derwent, which is navigable from hence to the Humber for small craft. The parish church is a small structure, dedicated to St. John the Baptist (see Churches for photograph). Earl Fitzwilliam is the patron of the living. Population, 127.

Yeddingham, formerly called Little Maries or De Parvo Marisco. Here Roger de Clerc, before the year 1168, founded a small Monastery for eight or nine Benedictine Nuns, to the honour of the Virgin Mary, granting them all the lands in this place, with other privileges. At the dissolution in 1534, their income amounted to 2lL. 16s. 8d. --Dugdale, and 26L. 6s. 8d. Speed. The site, in 1543, was granted to Robert Holgate, Bishop of Landaff, afterwards Archbishop of York. Sir William Dugdale says, "that there were delivered in this house, to the Prioress and Convent, 62 loaves daily; to 9 brethren 12 loaves a piece weekly, to brother James, 14 loaves; to three priests, four chaplains, and other officers accordingly; and canibus in singulis maneriis, trigenta novem panes de pane duriori; i.e. to the dogs in each manor, 39 loaves of the coarser sort of bread." These are supposed to have been wolf dogs kept, at first by permission, (wolves been anciently a royal game,) afterwards by obligation, to protect both cattle, inhabitants, and travellers, from those dangerous animals, which formerly abounded upon the Wolds. --Burton, -Dugdale. -Hist of Scarborough."


"COURTHOUSE, in the parish of Yedingham, and wapentake of Buckrose; 9 miles NE. of Malton. Population included with Yedingham."


"YEDINGHAM BRIDGE INN, a Posting House, in the parish of Yedingham, between Malton and Scarborough, adjoining Yedingam."

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

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