Area, 1,800 acres. Langbarugh liberty, W. D. -Population, 553 ; Church-room, 135 ; Net value, £165. -The manor was part of the fee of Robert de Bras, who gave it to the Abbey of St. Mary's, York. At the Dissolution it was granted to Sir Charles Brandon, and, on his death, to Charles Vincent, Esq., from whom it passed to the Godwyns, Granges, Halls, Whartons, Walkers, Ferrands, and Al-lans.
Patron, H. Hewgill, Esq.
The parish of Great Smeaton is in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, and Diocese of Chester. The Chapel having been augmented by Queen Anne's Bounty, it is now become a benefice within the Diocese of York.
The name is probably derived from the number of apple-trees which formerly might grow in the neighbourhood -" Nothing," says Thoresby, " being more common in former ages than for towns and territories to receive names from the sort of trees with which they abounded." The word Wisk' is derived from the Gaelic, and signifies water, in general.
The Chapel is small, and does not appear to be very ancient.
" Endowed with tithe corn and small tithes." -Notitia Parochialis, No. 1152.
27th October 1760, license granted to wall up the north door of the Chapel.
27th November 1802, faculty to re-roof the Church, and cover it with slate, to erect new gallery, and to re-pew the Church.
The glebe house is unfit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1629.
Mrs. Morton Middleton's gift, by will, in 1734. Interest of £20, distributed among the poor.
Lady Calverley's charity, vide General Charities. -Vide 7th Report, page 613.
Post town: Northallerton.
Not noticed by Torre nor Archbishop Sharp. Graves's Cleveland, page 115.
*1 Ecton and Bacon erroneously state this to be a Chapel to Smeaton, which is a parish within this Deanery. It has however been said that the Chapel was given by Hardewyne des Escalliors to the Abbey of St. Mary's, at York.