Area, 22,120 acres. Hang West wapentake. -Population, 1,235 *1; Church-room, 400; Net value, with Horsehouse, £223.
Patron, Rev. W. Otter.
Inclosure and Composition Acts were passed 15th and 48th Geo. III.
There is no glebe house.
The Register Books, which include Horsehouse, commence in 1707.
Thomas Forster's Charity, by will, dated 25th June 1692, rent of 10a. 1r. 15p. of land, and a slate quarry. One fourth to the Curate, and three fourths to the poor.
John Constantine's Charity, by will, 24th November 1724, £12 per annum to the Curate of Horsehouse, if resident, and performing Divine service every Sunday forenoon, if not, to be given in charity. -Also £3 for educating six poor boys ; also £9 per annum, for apprenticing three poor boys ; also 20s. per annum, to two of the poorest families ; also 10s. per annum, for a treat to the trustees, and 2s. 6d. to the Minister of Horsehouse, and 2s. 6d. to the poor of Coverham.
William Swithenbank's Charity, by will, 21st January 1714. -Rent of a fire house for poor widows (the house has since fallen down, and the site is in the possession of Thomas Lofthouse), £1 per annum, to the Minister of Horsehouse, for preaching four sermons, viz. Christmas-day, Good Friday, Holy Thursday, and the 5th of November ; 10s. per annum, to the poor of High Dale ; £5 per annum, for teaching and apprenticing poor children ; £2 per annum, to old people and poor widows, and £1. 6s. per annum, to the poor of Steanbeck Up.
J. Hammond's rent charge, 10s. per annum ; T. Hammond's do., 10s. per annum ; Marshall's do., 30s. per annum, out of land at Melmerby belonging to Col. Chaytor ; Robert Pickering's do., 30s. per annum, paid by Mr. William Topham of Middleham.
Walker's gift, interest of £18 in the hands of John Blackbeard and Henry Spence. -Vide 7th Report, page 693.
Torre's MS., page 1419, Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Covreham), page 108. Whitaker's Richmondshire, vol. i. page 350.
*1 Viz. Agelthorpe, 188 ; Caldbridge, 107 : Carlton, 303; Carlton Highdale, 365; Melmerby, 127 ; West Scrafton, 145.
COVERHAM ABBEY. -Founded about 1215, by Radolphus, son of Robert Fitz Ralph.