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[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]"COWESBY, a parish in the wapentake of Birdforth; 7 miles NNE. of Thirsk. The church, peculiar, is an ancient edifice and a rectory, dedicated to St. Michael, in the deanry of Cleveland, and in the patronage of Thomas Alston, Esq. incumbent the Rev. Vere John Alston. Pop. 91."
"KEPWICK, in the parishes of Leake, Cowesby, and Over-Silton, and wapentake of Birdforth; 1¾ miles SE. of Over Silton, 8 miles NNE. of Thirsk. Pop. 170." - -(See Leake for directory)
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]