"KIRKBYMOORSIDE, a parish in the wapentake of RYEDALE, North riding of the county of YORK, comprising the market-town of Kirkby-Moorside, and the townships of Bransdale (East Side), Fadmore, Farndale (Low Quarter), and Gillimoor, and containing 2903 inhabitants, of which number,, 1878 are in the town of Kirkby-Moorside, 29 miles N.E. from York, and 224 N.W. from London. This is a small and irregularly built town, situated on the banks of the river Dove, and almost surrounded by steep hills. In the vicinity are several corn-mills; a considerable quantity of malt is made here, and there is a small linen manufactory. Near the town are limestone and freestone quarries, and coal mines. The market is on Wednesday; and fairs are held on the Wednesday in Whitsun- week, and September 18th for cattle, sheep, Sac. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cleveland, and diocese of York, rated in the king's books at £14.0.10., and in the patronage of the Crown. The church, which contains some ancient portions, with later insertions, is dedicated to All Saints. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, and Wesleyan Methodists. Here is a Sunday school, with an endowment of £4 per annum;, the gift of the Rev. W. Comber, in 1800, but principally supported by subscription. The manor of Kirkby-Moorside was given by James I. to his favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, whose son, the second Duke, having retired hither, died at the manor-house, in 1687."
"BRANSDALE EASTSIDE, a township in the parish of KIRKBY-MOORSIDE, wapentake of RYEDALE, North riding of the county of YORK, 11 miles N.W. from Pickering, containing 455 inhabitants."
"FADMORE, a township in the parish of KIRKBYMOORSIDE, wapentake of RYEDALE, North riding of the county of YORK, 6 miles N.E. from Helmsley, containing 162 inhabitants."
"GILLIMOOR, a township in the parish of KIRKBYMOORSIDE, wapentake of RYEDALE, North riding of the county of YORK, 7 miles N.E. from Helmsley, containing 195 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists."
"KELDHOLME, a hamlet in the parish of KIRKBYMOORSIDE, wapentake of RYEDALE, North riding of the county of YORK, 6 miles N.W. from Pickering. The population is returned with the parish. A Cistercian, nunnery was founded here in the time of Henry I., by Robert Stuteville, the revenue of which, at the dissolution, was valued at £29. 6.1."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]