Area, 1,190 acres. Rydall wapentake. -Population, 156 *1; Church-room, 100 *2; Net value, £188. -In the town of Edston are eight carucates of land, which were held of the fee of Roger Bygod, five whereof the Prior of Hexham held, and one oxgang, not geldable, is held of the liberty of St. Peter, of York.
And the Prioress of Keldholm held five oxgangs, not geldable.
Also William Romayne held two oxgangs, geldable, of Richard de Broutone, which he held of the Earl of Albemarle, and he of Roger Bygod, and he of the King in capite, rent 2s. per annum.
Here nine carucates made a knight's fee.
The Church was an ancient Rectory, belonging to the patronage of the By-gods, till it was given by Roger Bygod to the Prior and Convent of Hexham, to which it was appropriated, and a Vicarage ordained therein, 13 Kal. Feb. 1310.
At the Dissolution the patronage came to the Crown, which granted it to the Lords Eure, afterwards it passed to the Bennetts, and from them to the Earls of Salisbury.
Present patron and impropriator, G. W. Dowker, Esq.
The Church is valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation, at £6. 13s. 4d.; Nova Tax, £4; in the King's Books, the Vicarage is valued at £6. 10s.; and in 1818, at £140 per annum.
An Inclosure Act was passed 26th Geo. III.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1557 ; baptisms deficient, 1558-1568 ; burials deficient, 1559-1568-15901596, 1647-1653 ; marriages deficient, 1559-1572, 1618, 1677, 1735-1741. -But vide transcripts at York.
Doles. There are two ancient rents-charge of £1 per annum each, which are distributed among the poor.
Lady Lumley's charity, vide general Charities. -Vide 7th Report, page 750.
Post town: Kirkbymoorside.
Torre's MS. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. iii. page 89. Nonae Rolls, page 240. Parliamentary Survey, vol. xvii. Burton's Monasticon, pages 260. 374. 380. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Edestun), page 121. Eastmead's Rievallensis, page 255. Young's Whitby, page 747.
*1 In 1834, the Population was returned at 197.
*2 Estimated in 1818 at 140.