Area, 2,020 acres. Birdforth wapentake, -Population, 233; Church-room, 100; Net value, £360. -This Church, with two oxgangs of land and a mansion, is an ancient Rectory, formerly belonging to the patronage of Walter Ingelram, by whom it was given to the Priory of Guisbrough, and a pension was ordained in 1242 to be paid to the Vicar by the Prior and Convent.
Patron, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Valued in Pope Nicholas's taxation at £13. 6s. 8d.; Nova Tax, £8. 6s. 8d.; and in the King's Books, at £7. 2s. 10d. per annum ; Synodals and Procurations, 9s. 6d.; and pension of £1. 6s. 6d. to the Prior of Gisburn *1.
The glebe house is fit for residence.
The Register Books commence in 1682.
Parochial Charities. -No return.
Post town: Northallerton.
Torre's MS., page 17. Abp. Sharp's MS., vol. iii. page 131. Nonae Rolls, page 232. Bawdwen's Domesday Book (Welleburge), pages 27. 234.
*1 The Valor Ecc. specifies the tithe, mansion, and glebe land. -Page 89. col. 1.