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The Ancient Parish of LASTINGHAM

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"LASTINGHAM, a parish in the wapentake of Rydale; 4 miles NNE. of Kirkbymoorside. The church is a very large and ancient structure (see Churches for photograph), and has, in all probability, belonged to the monastery. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the King, of which the Rev, W. N. Darnell is the incumbent. Here is also a Methodist chapel Population, 225.

In 648, Edilwald, son of Oswald, - King of Northumbria, gave to Cedde, bishop of the East-Saxons, a piece of ground, called Lestingay, for binding a monastery. He instituted here the same discipline as at Lindisfarn, where he had been educated. In this monastery he died about the year 664. -Dugdale. This monastery was destroyed in 870, restored in 1078, and in 1088 the fraternity removed to York. Underneath the choir of the present church, and of the same dimensions, is a vaulted crypt, 13 paces by 8, the massy cylindrical columns of which, with their variously sculptured columns and arches, are all in great preservation, and exhibit excellent specimens of Saxon architecture. The entrance is through a trap-door from the west-end of the choir, and consists of a centre and two side ailes, lighted by a small window at the east-end of each aile, and being situated on the brow of a steep bill, admit light. The east-end is circular, resembling the crypt or bone-house at Ripon minster, which was built about the same time."

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.

  • Appleton Le Moors
  • Bainwood Head
  • Barmer Lodge
  • Blakey House
  • Douthwaite Dale
  • Farndale East Side
  • Hamley Hagg
  • Hamley Houses
  • High Askew
  • Hutton Le Hole
  • Lingmoor
  • Little Ashes
  • Lower Askew
  • Rosedale
  • Skipster Hagg
  • Sled Shoe
  • Spaunton
  • Spaunton Lodge
  • Yoadwath

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. 2010]

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