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BIRKBY: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

"BIRKBY, a parish in the wapentake of ALLERTONSHIRE, North riding of the county of YORK, comprising the chapelry of Hutton-Bonville, and the townships of Birkby and Little Smeaton, and containing 261 inhabitants, of which number, 90 are in the township of Birkby, 6 miles N.N.W. from North Allerton. The living is a discharged rectory, in the peculiar jurisdiction of Allerton and Allertonshire, belonging to the Bishop of Durham, rated in the king's books at £6.13.4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Durham. The church is dedicated to St. Peter."


"HUTTON BONVILLE, a chapelry in the parish of BIRKBY, wapentake of ALLERTONSHIRE, North riding of the county of YORK, 4 miles N.N.W. from North Allerton, containing 107 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Durham, for Allerton and Allertonshire, endowed with £800 royal bounty. H. Piers, Esq. was patron in 1791 The chapel is dedicated to St. Lawrence."


"LITTLE SMEATON, a township in the parish of BIRKBY, wapentake of ALLERTONSHIRE, North riding of the county of YORK, 5 miles N.W. from North Allerton, containing 64 inhabitants."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]


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