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Wapentake and Petty Sessional Division of Ryedale - Poor Law Union and Electoral Division of Kirby Moor Side - County Court District and Rural Deanery of Helmsley - Archdeaconry of Cleveland - Diocese of York.
This is a small parish containing 1,854 acres, situated in the lower vale of the Dove. It is divided into two townships, Great Edstone and North Holme, whose united population in 1881 was 124. In the first-named township there are 1,244 acres of land, of which the rateable value is £1,253. The principal landowners are Miss Huby, Rev. Mr. Walker, and Messrs. George Conning, Parkinson, and Wood. The village of Edstone is seated on a conical shaped hill, commanding extensive views of the beautiful vale of Ryedale. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small ancient structure, recently restored, exteriorly, at a cost of £90. Above the entrance is an old Saxon dial bearing a mutilated inscription in a style of lettering similar to that at Kirkdale. The inscription, as deciphered by the Rev. J. T. Fowler, reads: "Orlogium Viatorum" (the travellers clock), and in Saxon characters is added "Lothan me wrohted" (Lothan made me). The living is a discharged vicarage, held by the Rev. C. Walker, who purchased the advowson in 1884.
There are also a school and a Methodist chapel in the village. The poor parishioners have the interest of £100, reduced to £90 by dues, &c., left by the late Rev. R. K. Pearson; and under Lumley's Charity (see Thornton Dale Parish) Edstone has the privilege of presenting one poor person in turn.
North Holme is a small township lying between the Riccal and Hodge becks, There are 532 acres of land under assessment, of which the rateable value is £648. The township is divided into two farms, both of which belong to the York Union Banking Co. The inhabitants in 1881 numbered ii.
[Description(s) from Bulmer's History and Directory of North Yorkshire (1890)]
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